Does it seem like you hear the same few songs over and over again when you listen to over-the-air radio? Do you prefer the variety and convenience of online radio? Live365.com is an enormous network of internet radio stations from all over the world covering enough genres to fit any taste. According to Live365:
Live365 is a network of 5000+ internet radio stations run by real people, not generated by computers! …Featuring 260+ genres of music produced by 7,000+ broadcasters and music tastemakers from over 150 countries, Live365 boasts a roster of artists and radio producers ranging from the Atlanta Symphony, Pat Metheny, and Carlos Santana, to commercial and public radio stations, to individual DJs who program stations in every musical style.
There are apps for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Some of the many popular genres include: Alternative, Blues, Classical, Country, Easy Listening, Electronic/Dance, Folk, Freeform, Hip-Hop/Rap, Inspirational, International, Jazz, Latin, Metal, New Age, Oldies, Pop, R&B/Urban, Reggae, Rock, Seasonal/Holiday, Soundtracks, and Talk.
Do you love internet radio but wish it was a bit more social? Do your friends on social networking sites have great taste in music? Would you like to mix all their music posts together into a playlist? Serendip.me is a website that combines music streaming and social networking to create a social online radio station that plays the music that your friends post on Facebook and Twitter. According to Serendip:
Serendip is a social music radio service, connecting you with great music through friends and music soul mates. Serendip creates a personal music channel in real-time based on music shared on social networks. In a nutshell, it’s the music station you always dreamed of, where you get to pick out the DJs. Serendip plays the sound of NOW. We play what’s going on now, what is shared by the people you listen to on the different social networks, what is hot and worth listening to. All you have to do is tune in…
You can easily share any song played on Serendip through Facebook Twitter and email. If one of your social networking friends has not such great taste in music you can remove them as a DJ. You can also add DJs other then your Facebook and Twitter friends. Serendip also has a blog.
Do you love radio? Would you like to listen to great local stations with unique personality from all over the world? TuneIn.com is your online source for great radio at home or on the go, including local radio, international radio, internet only radio, podcasts, and more, in just about every genre you can think of. According to TuneIn:
TuneIn is the global leader in delivering free local, international and Internet radio. TuneIn helps listeners quickly and easily find their favorite radio stations and personalities plus discover new ones. With our directory of over 50,000 AM/FM and Internet only radio stations, available on over 150 products, listeners can experience the whole world of radio within a single application, at home or on the go.
TuneIn can be searched or browsed by Local Radio, Music, Talk, Sports, Location, Genre, and more. In addition to your computer’s web browser you can also listen on: iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Palm, Samsung Bada, Google TV, Yahoo TV, Roku, WD TV, and more. Signing up for a free account allows you to create presets, customize the guide, keep your preference across multiple devices, and more. TuneIn also has a blog.
Is there a song that you’re completely in love with and can’t get enough of right now? Would you like to share it with your friends and the world? ThisIsMyJam.com is a new kind of internet radio where you can share your favorite song of the moment, and follow your friends (or anyone with good taste) and listen to their favorite songs. According to This Is My Jam:
Choose one song. That song that’s been stuck on repeat, that one you love. Personalize it to make it yours, then share it with the world. This is your jam, and it’s yours for up to seven days. Change it whenever the mood strikes, but choose wisely. You only have one! …Follow people if you like their music; and only if you like their music. Then play all their jams with one click. Listen to an evolving radio station of the best music, handpicked every day by your friends.
When you post a new jam you can also share it on Twitter and Facebook. This Is My Jam is a relatively new website, so they are adding new features and looking for feedback.
Do you love all the great music you can find with internet radio but wish it was a bit more of a social experience? Turntable.fm is a new kind of internet radio that seeks to make online listening more social by using interactive listening rooms. According to Turntable:
Listening to music has always been one of those experiences that’s better together, whether at a concert or hanging out with friends. But the digital music revolution so far has been defined by a solitary experience. Turntable.fm is bringing the social value of music to the the digital music experience by letting people experience and discover music together — live — online… Music is subjective, humans make connections and suggestions that just would not occur with a computer running the show. Chances are that you will hear something great that you have never heard before.
Currently you can use turntable two ways: through Facebook or with their iPhone app, but more ways are coming soon. Once you are in you can chose a room that is playing a style of music that you like and start interacting with others in the room. If there is a spot open you can take your turn being the DJ and choose songs to play for the room. Turntable also has a blog.
Do you love listening to music online on internet radio stations? Do you wish there was more of a social element to it? JamCloud.com is a free online app that lets you set up or join listening rooms where you can play music and videos while chatting with your friends at the same time. According to JamCloud:
JamCloud is a free social music app that lets you play music and watch videos with your friends in real time. Create listening rooms with an international audience where you can chat about what’s playing and vote up or down. With a library of over 325 million songs and videos, JamCloud’s awesome music discovery tools make it easy to find what’s hot.
With JamCloud you can: discover videos, playlists, and people to follow, create your own station, music library, and playlists, share videos on Twitter and Facebook, and be social by seeing what others are watching and promoting your favorites. JamCloud currently works with both Windows and Mac OS X, and supports both YouTube and SoundCloud. Videos posted on Facebook and YouTube playlists are easily imported. JamCloud also has a blog.
Do you like to listen and discover new music with internet radio? Do you wish the radio would play music that matched the mood you’re currently in? Musicovery.com is different kind of online radio that not only plays music based on artists and genres that you like, but also allows you to further define the music you listen to based on your mood. According to Musicovery: “Musicovery works at making music listening a simple, rich, playful and exciting experience.”
There are four different radios on Musicovery. Mood Radio lets you select your mood on a mood map with two axises – the horizontal goes from positive to dark and the vertical goes from calm to energetic. Dance radio also has two axises – the horizontal lets you select dance-ability and the vertical lets you select tempo. Artist Radio plays music similar to your favorite artist. And finally What’s new? plays the newest music. Both Mood radio and Dance radio let you further refine the music by Favorite Songs, Favorite Artist, Hits, and Discovery. You can also define things further by decade and genre. Musicovery has an iPhone app so you can play your mood on the go and a blog.
Do you love internet radio? Do you like to make playlists for special occasions or to fit the current mood you’re in? Do you like to listen to carefully arranged playlists created by other music enthusiasts? 8tracks.com is different kind of internet radio where you can listen to and create playlists of eight songs or more. According to 8tracks:
8tracks is handcrafted internet radio. It offers a simple way for people to share and discover music through an online mix, a short playlist containing at least 8 tracks… 8tracks believes handcrafted music programming trumps algorithms. Think radio in the 1970s, mixtapes in the 1980s, and DJ culture of the 1990s through today. DJs share their talent in taste making, providing exposure for artists. Listeners get a unique blend of word-of-mouth sharing and radio programming — long the trusted means for music discovery — on a global scale… On 8tracks, people can do two things: listen to a mix, or create a mix. Listeners can search for a mix by artist or genre, stream it in a legal, radio-style manner, and follow others who make compelling mixes.
You can find mixes that are New today, Hot this week, and Popular this month. Results can be filtered by genre. You can also search for mixes containing a specific artist.
Jango.com is free and legal Internet radio that plays music you like and it couldn’t be easier. Acording to Jango:
Just type in an artist – and your first station starts playing right away. You’ll get the music you want, along with similar favorites of Jango users who share your taste. Customizing your stations further is just as easy. Just add more artists and rate songs that you want to play more or less. You can also tune in to other people’s stations – and they can tune in to yours! In your player, you’ll see who’s listening to the same music as you, who’s listening to your stations, and what your friends are playing.