If you are a music lover, there are many websites where you can listen to music online for free from your mobile phone, tablet or computer without downloading anything.
With so many options available, it can be difficult for you to settle for just one or two. Below is a list of 12 sites to help you make your decision so you can find and play just about any song in the world whenever you want.
A place to listen to free music online
Spotify is one of the leading music streaming service providers with millions of songs. With Spotify, you can listen to free music online without downloading anything. You are only using the web browser on your laptop or the app on your mobile device.
What makes Spotify great is that you can create playlists and share them with others so they can play the same songs, or access your favorite playlists. You can also create a radio station and Spotify will play recommendations based on your musical interests.
All music is free and there are many genres, including modern and old music, which you can find by searching for your favorite artists, playlists and albums, or browsing the best and newest episode lists. You can add them to your Spotify music library to play them later.
However, you need to create a user account in order to use Spotify.
Spotify shows ads for free, has a lower bitrate and limits track skipping every hour. Moreover, you can select and play any track only from certain playlists.
YouTube Music is another widely used site for listening to music online for free. It allows you to access your entire music catalog and is much easier to access as it works with all major platforms.
YouTube Music works just like a regular site, except that it is dedicated to streaming music videos and songs. You can search and download your favorite music, create playlists, listen to predefined playlists for specific genres, find categories for children’s music, or subscribe to your favorite artist’s channels for updates on new content.
It can also create a playlist based on your musical interests, and you can use it on your mobile phone, tablet or computer. However, YouTube Music, just like Spotify, also requires you to be signed into your Google account.
If you just want to listen to music in the background while you work or study, YouTube Music Free is a good option. However, you have to put up with ads between tracks and you won’t be able to download music or listen to music in the background.
You will enjoy YouTube Music more if you buy the paid tier as it offers ad-free music, allows you to download tracks, and play music in the background.
Pandora is one of the oldest free music streaming platforms on the internet. Besides the millions of songs in the catalog, it boasts a host of features, including podcasts, artist tour information, and album commentary, among other things, to compete with competing services.
You can explore music for free with or without a subscription, create up to 100 personalized radio stations, and play music on demand. It also remembers the music you like as you listen to and rate songs. It then adapts to your tastes to play more of what you like.
If you love customizing your music listening experience, Pandora is the perfect place to find your favorite songs and artists, and find music that is similar to what you already like.
Pandora works on multiple devices, but there are some differences between using the free and premium versions of the service.
With Pandora free you can listen to music and create your own radio stations. It also offers unlimited skip tracks only if you watch video ads. The paid tier – Pandora Plus – offers ad-free music, unlimited personalized stations, unlimited skips and repeats, and up to 4 stations for offline listening.
The Mixcloud audio streaming platform has taken an “interactive radio” approach to develop as a platform for podcasts, millions of DJ mixes and radio shows created by DJs and radio hosts. It was free to listen to, but there were rules on what could or could not be uploaded to the mixes, and they could pay royalties to content creators for the music used in the content.
As with other free music sites on the Internet, you can create playlists for free, access long audio recordings, music mixes, and radio shows. Optionally, you can sort the content by genre, mood or searchable tags and listen to it from your mobile device or computer.
However, the free streaming option limits users for several reasons. You cannot listen to a show with more than three tracks from one album or four tracks from the same artist.
Also, you can only search forward if you are listening to the show and you can listen to the same show a maximum of three times within a two week window. It also supports ads and you can’t listen to certain songs on demand.
AccuRadio is a free online music streaming service that lets you search for radio stations, or select any of them if you don’t know what you are looking for. Unlike the other services on this list, it is curated by humans, not algorithms or bots, and you can skip songs an unlimited number of times.
You don’t need a user account to use the service, but if you need less ads, you can create a free account and then customize your channel to suit your musical interests, or save them as favorites. The premium version of Accuradio is not available without ads.
Deezer has one of the largest music catalogs with tens of millions of songs that you can listen to for free. It has a lot of radio stations, genres, and fun pre-made mixes. You can also play individual songs or complete collections, create playlists and add your own music to them, or share with others.
You can also use Deezer’s music finder to find new music based on your preferences and enjoy it from any mobile device or computer. Like the other free music streaming services on this list, this free tier is ad-supported and does not support high definition (HD) music streaming.
Jango has a huge library of songs that you can listen to for free without downloading or registering. You can create your own Internet radio station by searching for your favorite artists or browsing stations by genre or decade and then sharing them with others.
It also offers similar artists and songs based on the music you like, lets you listen to other users’ stations, and you can ban songs you don’t want to show on your stations.
You can freely switch between songs in his collection, but you cannot jump to a specific point on a track. Also, if you want to play a specific song, you can search for it, although Django will play the full YouTube video instead of the audio track.
SoundCloud has been on the music scene since 2007, when social media such as Facebook and others were gaining popularity. This is one of the best sites where you can listen to music for free on the Internet without downloading it. You can find new artists, mixtapes from DJs and demos from musicians.
You can also share your music creations with others, access unlimited playlists, and if you have an account, you can access all your songs from the website and mobile app. However, it does not include most of the songs from other music streaming sites.
StreamSquid streams YouTube audio without video. In terms of usability, it has fewer limitations compared to other services. You can skip unlimited tracks, create playlists and a library of favorite tracks, access your listening history, and play any songs.
While you can play all songs from search results and view top charts from different countries, you cannot import YouTube playlists into your collection.
LiveXLive also lets you stream music for free online, but it’s popular for streaming live festivals and events. You can create your own radio stations based on your musical interests based on different genres, artists or songs, and find radio stations created by other users.
The free version doesn’t let you choose the songs you want to play. It also supports ads, lacks offline music playback and HD audio, and limits track skipping.
MusixHub is another unlimited free music source that streams songs from a variety of genres like rock, punk, rap and pop as well as YouTube music videos on one platform.
It gives you free, simple and unlimited access to the music you love from your favorite artists, including live performances, latest videos, full albums and interviews among other content.
It lists all the songs from your favorite playlist on the side so you can choose the ones you want to listen to and you don’t need to register to use the service. You can play songs as many times as you like and skip to any part of the song.
However, searching for a song does not show the individual track you were looking for, but instead displays playlists. It also tends to lag slightly because it shows both audio and video on the same platform.
Dash Radio is an internet radio website that offers many different genres of radio stations that you can share via email or social media with your family or friends. You can stream free music by searching for a station by your favorite genre and adding it to your dashboard so you can access it later.
You can use it online or in a mobile app, but the choice of genres is limited and some have only two radio stations.
Enjoy your favorite tunes
All of these sites allow you to listen to free music online without downloading. Whether it’s a single track or a complete album, playlist or radio station, you can find music from different genres and artists and even share it with others.
Most of these services have advertising support, but you can still use your personal music library, discover new or upcoming artists, and save money as well.
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