Sites for Music Lovers

  • Last.fm is a won­der­ful place to keep up with artists you know you like and to dis­cov­er new ones. The scrob­bling fea­ture works with many devices and pro­grams to track the music you lis­ten to if you want to share that infor­ma­tion with friends (and see what they lis­ten to).
  • Pan­do­ra is anoth­er way to dis­cov­er great music. Enter the names of some artists you like, and it’ll cre­ate a radio sta­tion that plays those artists and sim­i­lar ones you’ll love.
  • Noise­trade is the place to down­load total­ly free, legal music from up and com­ing artists. There’s no junk here—it’s all good stuff, and you can find every­thing from folk to hip-hop to alter­na­tive to met­al and gospel.
  • If you don’t have a Spoti­ify account yet, go open one now. You can get a free account, but if you have a smart­phone you’ll prob­a­bly be tempt­ed into the pre­mi­um account before long, and it’s def­i­nite­ly worth­while. Their music library is incred­i­ble. The only songs I haven’t found there when I’ve searched have been filk (a regret­table ommis­sion, and one I have sug­gest­ed that they rec­ti­fy). You can share your playlists with oth­ers and even store your own music on their servers for lis­ten­ing with­out tak­ing up all the space on your mobile device.
  • Are you old enough to remem­ber mix tapes? Then you might enjoy 8tracks.com. Tell them what you feel like hearing 
  • I’ve always had a soft spot for a cap­pel­la music, so I was absolute­ly delight­ed to find the Con­tem­po­rary A Cap­pel­la Soci­ety’s web page and Pri­mar­i­ly A Capel­la, a won­der­ful catalog!
  • Need to look up an artist, album, or song? you need All­Mu­sic.
  • MusicBrainz is the very best pub­licly avail­able source of music metadata.
  • Discogs claims to be the largest and most accu­rate music database.
  • The Best of NPR Live offers free down­loads of some great music.
  • Do you enjoy Celtic music? Check out This­tle and Sham­rock.
  • I love lul­la­bies so much that I may end up mak­ing a page about them—but there’s an incred­i­ble resource for Lul­la­bies and Oth­er Kids’ Songs already out there.
  • Can’t remem­ber the words to that song? Try Dig­i­tal Tra­di­tion.
  • HNH Inter­na­tion­al is an excel­lent source for clas­si­cal, Chi­nese and oth­er recordings.

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