3 Ways to Listen to Free Music

by Kay Lynn


In the 1970’s I was a teenage girl with an 8 track tape player in my car enjoying Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac (among others).  When not in my car music options were radio and records. 

While I still listen to radio it’s mostly for news.  I’ve found alternate venues for music.

Internet Radio

It is interesting that free online music is called radio because the stations are created by the listener instead of a producer or show host.  But there is advertising.  I usually listen to one of these stations when working on blog posts or reading.

One of my favorite features is the ability to save “channels” I’ve created with favorite genres and artists.  My brother and I have also shared channels meaning which is a fun social aspect.

There are numerous websites with streaming music for free.  Here’s a list of five to get you started.

  1. Aol Music
  2. Pandora 
  3. Slacker
  4. Jango
  5. Shoutcast

Smart Phone

My MP3 player isn’t getting used much because I’m listening to music on the computer or on the phone.  Searching the free apps for music brings up hundreds of applications including music from all over the globe. 

I stick to Pandora and Slacker because I can continue to hear the channels set up online on the app. 


If you pay for satellite or cable service it most likely includes music channels.  The various channels will focus on a certain type of music.  During dinner parties we listen to the smooth jazz and when cleaning the house the choice is classic rock. 

This option is more like traditional radio in terms of the listener having no control over the song selection but there’s enough variety. 


This option does not mean I don’t still buy music to add to my personal library but it’s a great way to try new artists as well as listen to favorites.  What is your favorite free music source?

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Shannon June 25, 2010 at 6:56 am

I like to listen to music by searching for my favorite songs/artists on YouTube. I like it because I can also make playlists and save them under my YouTube account.

Shannon from FabulousSavings.com

Bucksome June 28, 2010 at 5:52 am

Shannon: Youtube is a great source to find new songs (and see the artists’ creativity.

LittleHouse: I’ve not heard of GrooveShark. I’ll them them out.

James: I really don’t even notice the commercials because I have Pandora in the background. Ads are the price for “free” sites, media and apps.

Little House June 25, 2010 at 9:03 am

I like to use GrooveShark when I’m in front of the computer. You can queue up songs and have them play. I think these songs have been uploaded by other users, so I find many versions of one particular song. It’s a great way to hear a song for free!

James June 25, 2010 at 9:15 am

i like pandora- i liked it better before all the commercials but it is still really solid.

Me, Myself & Pie June 26, 2010 at 5:29 am

Great post! I’ve recently fallen in love with internet radio and playlist.com. Stopping by from SITS! Have a great weekend!

Bucksome June 28, 2010 at 6:00 am

Ummmm, Pie. Your name is just too cute!

I haven’t tried playlist.com yet so will have to give it a go. Thanks for the recommendation.

Miss Thrifty June 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Ah, I miss Pandora terribly! We used to get in the UK, but haven’t been able to for a good couple of years now. We do have Spotify though 🙂

Bucksome June 28, 2010 at 6:03 am

Miss Thrifty, it looks like we have spotify here as well (spotify.com). Is it by invitation?

Thomas | Imperial September 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

I go for Pandora and of course having a Iphone I have almost 30000 sing on my MacBook and Phone combined. I just make it through the day with listening to music. I have my Pandora on as I type this comment. I remember the 8 tracks those were the days. So long as funny my son doesnt even know what a tape deck is. LOL im old!

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