Online Music: 76+ Essential Music and Audio Websites
01st December 2007
Online music has always been
popular, and now social networks, peer
recommendations and personalized radio stations are
helping fans find bands faster than ever before.
Here are more than 90 sites for musicians, fans, and
everyone who enjoys music.
Last.FM - one of the most popular
music communities around, with personalized radio
stations, a stunning array of social networking
features, RSS support and lots more.
personalized Internet radio which offers a desktop
version of the application and a hardware portable
music player. Available only in the United States.
A large directory of Internet radio stations,
categorized by genre. Streams work in Winamp.
- A directory of web-based Internet radio stations -
- listen to Internet radio and watch music videos on
Yahoo’s music portal.
AOL Music -
AOL’s take on internet radio. Offers music from XM
Pandora - a very popular Internet
radio/community which brings you new music based on
stuff you like. Works only in the US & Canada at the
a huge music library boasting over 3.4 million
songs, accessible from your web browser.
Music Discovery Tools
browse through artists based on their similarities;
find tracklists and reviews for albums.
browse through top lists and listen to popular
artists for free.
discover new music with this cool take on Internet
- a community that lets you discover new music based
on you and your friends’ tastes.
a “MySpace for music”, albeit with a classier
- popular site for sharing playlists and posting
them to other social networks.
Imeem - another playlist-sharing
community for artists and fans that also supports
embedding of tracks on other social sites and blogs.
MP3.com - the famous music site is
now a social network similar to MySpace Music.
iJigg - a
place for indie bands and artists to post their
music, which the users can download for free.
MOG - a place to share your music
and video library and exchange thoughts on music
discover new music; artists can sell their music,
but there are also free songs to be found on the
- convert your tracks into preview files, then sell
them and keep 94% of the profits.
- Music community for indie bands, complete with
widgets to post on MySpace and blogs.
Rapspace.tv - social networking
for rap and hiphop.
Musocity - a
music community with profiles for fans, artists,
retailers and music venues.
social networking, playlist sharing and band
find and rate music playlists in a Digg-like
find songs by humming or singing the tune. Then
explore profile pages and network with others.
large pop culture community with news, videos,
photos and member profiles.
- Upload music and share tracks with friends. Bands
can sell their CDs, write a blog and post events to
track bands and see band-related news and reviews,
as well as information on gigs and new releases.
- social network connecting bands, fans and venues.
- find new music, watch music videos; if you’re an
indie/unsigned artist, join for a chance to get
exposure or even a record contract.
- an online service that rewards you for sharing,
reviewing, and discovering new music (currently in
private testing - enter you email address on the
homepage to be notified of the launch).
upload and share your tracks and beats, and record
- a music sharing community where authors can upload
songs, while everyone can bookmark, select, listen
and comment on them.
social playlist sharing.
- create playlists and share them with other users;
meet people with similar taste and discover new
pick an artist and receive a custom playlist
featuring music by that artists and other related
browse through playlists and create your own in a
Music Sharing Applications and Widgets
uPlayMe - a
downloadable application that lets you meet people
with similar music tastes.
share your iTunes collection with friends through
your web browser.
Audiozue - A
Mac OSX application that posts your recently-played
iTunes tracks to your MySpace page or blog.
Sonific - a
music network where you can store the music you hold
the rights to, and syndicate it to other sites with
- upload your entire music collection and access it
from anywhere in the world. You can also publish
this music via widgets to any website.
BooMP3 - upload and share your
MP3s; unlimited hosting.
Goombah - an
application that scans your iTunes library and
connects you with like minded users.
upload your entire music library and access it from
Apple’s overwhelmingly popular music download store
is a service that requires little in the way of
- music market where music starts with free price,
and the price increases as a track becomes more
popular (the price never goes above 1 dollar).
Emusic - one
of the most successful “indie” music stores, with
over 100 million DRM-free tracks sold.
high-quality MP3s with prices that are a bit high,
but offering a great assortment of quality music.
MP3 Tunes -
an online music store offering 30,000 albums and
some 360,000 songs in its catalog.
Amazon - a
soon-to-come music store which should have a huge
assortment of music from big and indie labels alike.
PayPlay.FM - choose between over
1.4 million indie music tracks, and buy them in
either MP3 or WMA format.
Beatport - a
Flash-based music store with an embeddable player.
- choose between 2 million DRM-free songs in MP3 or
buy music from indie artists; if you’re an artist,
sell music to people directly on the site.
another audio marketplace that connects indie
artists with the listeners.
Mtraks - an
indie music marketplace with a very interesting and
quite strong music collection in store.
here you’ll find an assortment of music from various
genres, ranging from electronica, rock and chillout
to metal & punk.
Jamendo - an
online music repository offering thousands of albums
for free while still protecting the artists’
buy and sell audio, video and ringtones.
music search, recommendations and a store. Purchases
are made via Amazon and iTunes.
through Snocap’s embedded music stores, bands on
MySpace sell tunes to the social network’s huge
audience. Bands can also sign up for Snocap
independently and sell music elsewhere.
jam with other musicians and record music online.
compose music with other musicians. Record a track,
then invite other musicians to add their own
Jamnow - a
musical collaboration site where you can jam with
other musicians. Jam sessions can be broadcast live.
listen to completed music or works in progress and
give your feedback; join in the music-making
sessions or start your own.
have a song that’s not quite finished yet? Or,
better yet, have a dozen? Organize them with
remix your music online and listen to other users’
upload samples, remix them and post them for others
mix your own version of your favorite track, share
it and post it to your blog or MySpace page.
Miscellaneous Music and Audio Tools
converts text to audio.
find gigs in UK and Ireland and get your tickets.
create voicemail and audio e-cards online.
- can’t figure out where a certain melody comes
from? Identify it with the help of this service.
share funny audio clips from your life with other
users, with the possibility to earn prizes.