The Top 4 Free Online Streaming Music Services

Sep 19, 2013

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Tyler Carter

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Remember the day when wanting to listen to some new music required going and buying a new album, visiting a music venue or taking your chances with the radio? Today, anyone with a decent Internet service has access to unlimited music right at their fingertips. Companies like Apple, Amazon and Wal-Mart provide digital copies of music for you to download anytime you want for reasonable prices. But if you know where to look, you can have all the music you want as long as you are connected to the Internet and pay nothing at all.

1. 8 Tracks

8 Tracks is a streaming music service site with a social networking aspect as well. The idea here is to create playlists of at least 8 tracks that can be shared with other users. Users can find songs, create playlists to listen to, or listen to playlists created by community members. The availability of songs depends on all the users uploading their personal mp3 and mp4 files.


Pandora has been around for quite a while and has a large following today. Pandora is an Internet radio service that revolves around creating stations. You can create stations based on a whole genre, based on a specific artist, or even a specific song title. Pandora will then play like a radio station that searches for music that matches your station in one way or another. As you up-vote or down-vote the songs it plays songs tailored to the stations you like.

3. iHeartRADIO

The iHeartRADIO website along with the iHeartRADIO App is another great way to get an online radio experience. Like Pandora, you can create stations based on artists and genre and get a great variety of music. Along with those capabilities, however, IHeartRADIO can also stream live radio stations from your area or anywhere really. This adds a lot of value for those old school local radio fans.

4. Grooveshark clinches the top spot on this list for a variety of reasons. Grooveshark is one of the oldest and, in my opinion, best online music streaming sites on the Internet. Along with having a radio type function for genres, Grooveshark has a database of millions of songs for you to listen to. You can create an account for free and create completely personalized playlists to your heart’s content. You can even name your playlists whatever you want and have music ready for any and all occasions. Grooveshark also has a community function where you can look at and listen to playlists made by others and see what your Grooveshark friends are listening to. On top of all that Grooveshark doesn’t play audio advertisements, unlike the free versions of Pandora and iHeartRADIO.

What are your favorite online music streaming sites and why?

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