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Keep on rockin’ in the free world!

2010/07/08

As many people know, usually I like to listen to music while I work. So, while I’m certain that some of these will be familiar to all of you, and all of them will be familiar to some of you, I thought I’d share some places I go to hear music online for free, legally.

Pandora radio is the personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites.

Last.fm is an interesting hybrid streaming music service and social network.  It’s an interesting way to see what your friends are listening to, and find artist bios, local concerts, and more.

The Hype Machine is  an MP3 & music blog aggregator that scours the web for new songs and blog posts about music.  There are features that let you listen to the most popular tracks, or search by artist or genre.

Grooveshark purports to let you listen to any song in the world for free.  Like Pandora or Last.fm you can create free internet radio stations, unlike Pandora you can search for free mp3’s to stream.

CBC Radio has a bunch of different streams of Canadian radio broadcasts, I have found a lot of great music from the morning program on Radio 2, and their afternoon program called Drive.

So, pump up the volume, keep pickin’ up the good vibrations, and until next time, keep on rockin’ in the free world!

UPDATE – 2010/07/09:
I have been listening to Stereomood all day today, and it is pretty stellar!  It’s a site that plays “emotional internet radio providing music that best suits your moods and activities.”  Very interesting, instead of playing songs that are similar by artist or genre to ones that you already know and like, it gives you a bunch of playlists to choose from.  The playlists are named after moods like “happy” or “excited”, there are a bunch of them.  I’ve not heard a single repeat once, and it’s played songs by lots of people I’m not familiar with (and some I had forgotten about, like Fischerspooner.)  It is definitely living up to its to name!  HUGE thanks to Traci (@nineone) at This & That for giving me the heads up about this, it’s awesome!

UPDATE – 2010/07/16:
Just found out my friend Max wrote a music blog aggregator that allows you to listen to the posts it finds.  Check it out, it’s called Songysong, and it’s pretty cool!

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