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 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 wonder if the hit songs you listen to on the radio are really the best offerings from their respective artists? Would you like to know what an artist’s loyal fans think are their best songs? GoRankem.com is a website where you can discover new music by browsing song rankings compiled using ratings from fans. According to GoRankem:
GoRankem is crowdsourcing the music discovery process. By aggregating the expertise of the existing fanbase for every artist, the prospective fans can more easily embrace a new artist or dive deeper into a catalog than they ever had before. In general, we hope you’ll find the songs you were always meant to hear… It’s our ultimate goal to optimally organize the catalogs of every artist of all-time. It’s a daunting task, but one that can be conquered with your help! In order to maintain the integrity of our results, we encourage you to rank your favorite songs from all your favorite artists. Whether other fans just received a recommendation to check out a new artist, or they’re debating whether they should catch a show, we hope visitors can use the GoRankem resource with confidence… We aspire to create an environment where trust, authenticity and honesty prevail.
Artists can be searched for or browsed by genre. Songs can be previewed and have links to Amazon, iTunes, and eMusic. GoRankem also includes a blog and discussion forums.
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.
Are you tired of all the same old music played on the radio? Do you want to discover something new, different and a little less mainstream? One-Track-Mind.com is blog that posts a daily song review, with a free legal MP3 download. One Track Mind describes itself as: “a daily music blog which spotlights a different individual song each day. Each featured track is critically assessed and open to discussion via user ratings and comments.”
Songs are categorized as Indie, Electronic, Soul, and Hip-Hop, with more specific subcategories. Song are rated on originality, repeat listening potential, and overall verdict. One Track Mind also includes The Hidden Track Podcast, an hour long monthly podcast discussing the best in new music.