March, 2009.. Last.FM announced a surreal change to the way it works. Specifically, In the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, nothing will change but In all other countries, listening to Last.fm Radio will soon require a subscription of â‚¬3.00 per month. The thing is, they disabled the comments on that particular announcement taking away a lot of users. Anyway, there are a lot of cool alternatives to Last.FM.. if you’ve been reading this site, I did cover some online music services that totally rock. To narrow the search down, here’s a list of 10 free online alternatives to last.fm. Hope you like these and If I’ve miss any, let us know about it in the comments.
Grooveshark is a sweet online music station. Simple interface, as soon you visit the site, you’ll see the search button. Search for any band / music (For example; I searched for Metallica) and it will bring down a list of almost all the songs.
Double click the song you want to hear and it will show in the timeline below where you can add more songs, save them to a playlist for future use and much more.
We’ve covered Steromood earlier and loved it. Stereomood knows (and even states on its homepage) that every song accompanies a particular emotion. What Stereomood has so craftily done isÂ createÂ playlists corresponding to a particular mood; the songs in these playlists are all from great artists, from Radiohead and Led Zeppelin to Alela Diane.
Simply, choose your mood and it will bring down a list of songs that go with that. A sweet service indeed.
Deezer is another awesome alternative to last.fm. Giving you access to radios, HQ music, top charts, top playlists and much more. A notifying feature is that the music doesn’t stop even if you’re browsing through pages/music. The player keeps on playing.
“Imeem is the worldâ€™s leading social music service, enabling music fans to discover, interact and express themselves with music and playlists, and connect with other people based on shared tastes and interests.” Â Imeem lets you search for the artists or the albums easily, just type in the name and you’ll be confronted by a list of songs. Choose and play, simple as that. One thing that bothered me was that if a song is not approved full-lenght for users, you can only listen to it for 30 seconds, which is a drag.
Pandora is one of the most used online services for music in the United States. Started back in 2000 with a huge database of songs and much more. Too bad, it’s not available to users in most of the parts of the world.
Not sure what do you wanna listen to? Check out Stumble Audio, it plays random music, one after the another. If you like any, you can thumbs up and share it via the share button if not, click >> and move on to the next one. Their catalog has over 2,000,000 tracks by over 120,000 artists ready to be played in full length, high quality, free of charge.
It comes down to the music in the end. Not how the fancy a site looks. Honestly, there are lots of online music stations that looks “WOW” but Â when you search for something in particular, bang! nothing. Though, at Goear, I found what I was looking for in seconds, music quality is good, interface, not much – but who cares? as long as you’re getting what you need.
iLike is a different type of music portal. You’ll love it, why? because it also searches for a video of the song you’re searching for and plays it in a another small screen. You can also create and share a playlist there. Weekly picks, fast spreading songs and much more.
Songza looks like iLike, almost similar to what they offer. Video/music, featured section, ability to share and create playlists.
Jango is another awesome service that lets you play the music you like. According to the site, With over seven million US unique visitors a month, Jango has grown fast to become the #5 largest music site in the US (ComScore, pageviews, July 09).