Music is changing every single day. Slowly but surely the physical copies of albums and songs just aren’t being as readily sold as they were before. Instead people are relying much more on streaming services that offer them millions of tracks for little to no cost. The list below will detail 10 of the best free streaming music services that exist right now and will give you a great place to really dive into the new digital age of music with nothing out of pocket.
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Here are the Top 10 Free Music Streaming Services
10. Sound Cloud
Sound Cloud is a service that is geared towards the indie artist and the up and coming artist out there. While there are many big acts that have accounts on this site and offer their latest singles and greatest hits to stream through the site (and even download in some cases), the bulk of the music that you are going to find on this streaming service is unsigned talent. In fact a lot of the up and coming artists that you are going to see and hear in the future got their buzz through sites like Sound Cloud and Myspace (listed higher up on this list). This service is completely free to use, and allows you to set up playlists and subscribe to artists and channels that you enjoy to get a first listen on exclusive new content released from your favorite bands.
This is an app based service that offers free streaming of music channels. The hitch is that ads are included when you aren’t paying a premium price for the content, much like you were listening to the radio in your car. The difference is that you can choose radio stations based on bands that you like, genres that you enjoy, and even mix and match to hear all the music you love and up and coming artists that play music in your wheelhouse. The app is available on many different internet connected devices, but most commonly it is found on the Roku streaming boxes and sticks.
Deezer is a free streaming service that is either available online or through your respective phone’s app store. This is a service that gives you access to millions of songs, including the latest releases from the top artists of today. While the push is to sign up for the premium service tier of the Deezer app for roughly 10 dollars a month, they do offer free access to the service. This will mimic the behavior of a lot of the streaming services on this list, by offering a channel based radio option with intermittent advertisements. Premium subscribers can get a lot more options, including downloading tracks, making playlists and having no advertisements ever.
iHeartRadio is a great free service that is committed to staying free throughout all of the pressures of the more successful streaming services getting a lot of business from their respective premium accounts. iHeartRadio is based on giving their users a lot of options in making stations that suit them specifically based on everything from their mood to their general genre interests. Similar to Rdio and other services, stations can be comprised based on what you deem to be your favorite artists as well, and the app can even notify you when your favorite artist is playing on the hundreds of actual radio stations streaming at once throughout the service.
6. Google Play
Google Play is really big on trying to encourage Android users to try their service as their one stop shop for music streaming. This particular service seems to differ very little on its free spectrum from the likes of Rdio, Pandora and free tiers of Deezer and Spotify. The primary difference in this service is the inclusion of your phone’s downloaded music tracks into the app itself along with the streaming tracks that you are finding. This is more effective through the use of the premium end of the service, but it still has a place even in the free tier package. They do offer a 30 day trial of their premium service, which in itself is longer than most of the free trials available for these services.
Slacker Radio is kind of DJ Paradise. While it does offer millions of tracks from all genres, it does seem to have a certain appeal to the up and coming and established DJs making music right now. While there are plenty of spots that you can listen to this kind of music all over the internet, Slacker Radio offers a one stop experience to get all of the electronic music that your heart desires, especially when your heart desires to mix this kind of music up with a number of other top artists across every genre. This is a versatile application that a lot of people are using right now.
Much like the Sound Cloud website and application, Last.FM caters greatly to the independent artist and up and coming talent across the globe. This has been a site that has always prided itself on helping new talent get discovered by its placement of these tracks in like-minded bands radio channels. Best of all, Last.FM costs you nothing to use, and features a basic yet effective interface for finding the music that excites you the most.
Spotify is a service that is gaining a lot of steam. It is estimated that this one streaming service likely has the most available music out of all of the other listed streaming services on this list. The reason that it is not sitting at number one is that its free version is not quite as user friendly as some of the other options that exist on this list. One thing that is cool is that you can find individual tracks from your favorite artists, and in many cases even listen to entire albums from the artist provided that you are able to suffer through some advertisements. But hey, free is free. Of course, you can negate all of the advertisements, make playlists, and download albums and tracks by upgrading to the monthly premium service.
Pandora is probably the most widely recognized of all of the streaming services, followed closely by Spotify. While they are too offering a premium monthly rate to do away with ads and limitations on song skipping while streaming, they are the pioneers of the streaming radio stations. Much like the other services on this list, a free user is able to comprise radio channels based on specific artists and genres to make a custom tailored station specific to your interests.
This is one of the services that kind of evolved from something else entirely. While the social media giant once was a hub of all manner of activity, including music sharing, in recent years the site has become nearly exclusively about music and music promotion. While the site follows a similar structure to Sound Cloud, offering a lot of exposure for up and coming artists, they do have rights to a lot of music that will appeal to every kind of listener. Best of all this service is free for streaming with minimal advertisements. This site is responsible for the popularity and eventual signing of acts like One Republic and Adele.
These are a few of the most commonly used free music streaming services that exist in the entire world right now. Millions and millions of people are using each and every one of these services to get a direct line to the latest releases from the world’s most popular artists as well as a bead on the up and coming artists that are going to be huge successes in the days to come. Each of these can offer you exactly what you are looking for in a music streaming services, so any one of them would be a great place to get your feet wet with the possibilities of the digital age of music.