Free (and legal!) music on the Internet

Free (and legal!) music on the Internet

If you fancy some music while you work, there are plenty of legal ways to enjoy any and all musical tastes. The great thing is that you don’t necessarily need an iPod or even an mp3 player. There are a few options for just getting the music ‘streamed’ to your computer. Streaming media is defined by Wikipedia as ‘distributed over telecommunications networks’. That means it is just audio from the ‘net. You will need broadband for this 🙂

Here are some options;

Last.fm is a music service that learns what you love…

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I am listening to this as I write. You download a simple player (or a plugin for an existing player) and you put in some music artists names. It then streams a radio station with music you will like. Excellent and all free. You need to login and set up an account, but well worth it.

SomaFM is independent, commercial-free internet radio, with 14 unique channels featuring underground electronica, chillout, ambient, downtempo, lounge, space music, indie rock and alt.country/americana.

One of my favourites! You need to download a media player such as Winamp (free download).  You can use Winamp to open one of the 14 playlists (a .pls file) that they publish on the website, each one is a ‘radio station’ with different types of music. My favourite one is Groove Salad 🙂

No login needed.

SHOUTcast Radio is a free-of-charge audio homesteading solution. It permits anyone on the internet to broadcast audio from their PC to listeners across the Internet or any other IP-based network (Office LANs, college campuses, etc.).

This one is the Big Daddy of internet radio lists. You can be your own DJ or listen to other peoples ‘radio stations’ . There is some wonderful stuff here – alterative, jazz, pop and classical. Again, you will need Winamp to listen to this by clicking on the ‘Tune In’ button and opening the playlist file in Winamp.

See the Shoutcast help pages for more information.


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