If your carefully cultivated music collection just isn’t cutting it come study time, chances are you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for somewhere on the web. But instead of trolling the internet for hours at a time looking for the perfect song to download, why not try one of these free music options? Whether you want to create a playlist by mood, artist or on your own, there’s a music service that’s got you covered.
With 200 million users, Pandora internet radio streams 200 million songs before 10 a.m. each morning! You can create personal stations based on artist, composer, song or genre, or search through the massive list of pre-curated stations. The website plays more than one million unique songs every month (to put that it perspective, the average radio station only manages about 540), so the chances of finding something you love are pretty high. You may even discover your new favorite song! Download the app on your smartphone to listen to personalized radio on-the-go.
This up-and-comer from Sweden has exploded in popularity over the last year. It has a catalog of more than 20 million songs that users can stream for free. Sync up your iTunes to get all your music in one place, and you can tap into popular playlists, create your own or follow friends or celebrities. Like Pandora, Spotify has commercials, but you can pay a small fee to listen advertisement-free.
This music website features pre-loaded playlists curated to fit every mood. Do you feel like studying? Running? Thinking? Maybe you want the perfect song for a rainy Sunday morning or are in need of some good karma. Search through the Stereomood archive to find something that fits, or create your own!
The Hype Machine
This free music aggregator is less like radio than other websites, but offers just as many unique musical options, if not more! The Hype Machine gathers songs from different music blogs around the web and allows you to search through tracks based on popularity, genre or album. It’s ideal for fans of up-and-coming bands and indie music.
Neverending Playlist is exactly that – an endless playlist of your favorite artists. The website has a simple design: Just a small search box on a white screen. All you have to do is type in the name of a band or singer whose work you want to explore and you’re off! Hours of musical enjoyment, all for free.