Digital Music Resources and Services

Music Discovery Services

blip.fmListen to Music Online – Free Streaming Radio.

hypem.com - Every day, thousands of people around the world write about music they love — and it all ends up here.

  • “The Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about. We handpick a set of kickass music blogs and then present what they discuss for easy analysis, consumption and discovery. This way, your odds of stumbling into awesome music or awesome blogs are high.”

last.fm - Listen to internet radio and the largest music catalogue online.

  • “Last.fm is a music recommendation service. You use Last.fm by signing up and downloading The Scrobbler, which helps you discover more music based on the songs you play.”

pandora.com - It’s a new kind of radio – stations that play only music you like.

  • “an automated music recommendation service and “custodian” of the Music Genome Project; plays musical selections similar to song suggestions entered by a user. The user provides positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by the service, which are taken into account for future selections.”

turntable.fm - Turntable connects you, your friends and others in a real time music listening 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.”

legitmix.com - Revolutionary new way to monetize works made using copyrighted music.

  • “a simple-to-use browser-based software application. Artists use it to create Legitmix files for their works containing other people’s copyrighted source music. The Legitmix file contains no audio and can’t be played in any way. Fans use a Legitmix file, together with the Legitmix software, and their copies of the source music (in any digital format) to recreate an artist’s work on their computer. If a fan doesn’t already own the source music, the Legitmix music store provides an easy way to buy it. The recreated work is identical to the artist’s version and is automatically imported into a fan’s music library along with their purchased source music.”

8tracks.com - Handcrafted Internet radio.

  • “Listen for free to the best internet radio, handcrafted by people who know and love music. Or, share your own online mixtape, a streaming playlist with 8 or more tracks.”

soundcloud.com- Share Your Sounds.

  • “Capture a voice, moment or music in seconds or upload audio you’ve already created. Everyone has sounds to share. Now you can share yours.”

bandcamp.com - Artists: sell your music & merch directly to your fans.

  • “We’re a publishing platform for bands, or, anthropomorphically/arthropodically-speaking, your fifth, fully geeked-out Beatle — the one who keeps your very own website humming and lets you get back to making great music and building your fan base.”

mixcloud.comListen to the best radio presenters & DJs in the world.

  • “ Mixcloud helps connect radio content to listeners more effectively. Mixcloud is re-thinking radio by joining the dots between radio shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes. We refer to them as Cloudcasts – audio shows that are stored in the “cloud” and available to be streamed on-demand.”

 

Music Streaming Services

spotify.com - All the music, all the time.

  • “Millions of tracks, any time you like. Just search for it in Spotify, then play it. Just help yourself to whatever you want, whenever you want it.”

mog.com - Unlimited Music. Listen for Free.

  • “With MOG you get over 14 million songs everywhere. No more need to buy MP3s, store them on your computer and sync them to every device. With MOG, you get all the music everywhere.”

rhapsody.com - All the music you want. Just 10 bucks a month.

  • “Choose from over 14 million songs. Old favorites and the newest releases, chart toppers and the deepest indie catalog around – you can listen to anything and everything with a subscription.”

grooveshark.com - The World’s Music Library.

  • “Grooveshark is the world’s largest on-demand music streaming and discovery service. Over 30 million users flock to Grooveshark to listen to their favorite music, create playlists, discover new tunes, and share it all with friends via Facebook, Twitter, social news sites, and more.”

rdio.com - Unlimited Music. Everywhere.

  • “Choose what you want to play and listen as much as you want — from the web or your phone. No ads.”

 

Cloud Music Storage Services

Apple iCloud- iCloud is seamlessly integrated into your apps, so you can access your content on all your devices.

  • “allows users to store data such as music files on remote computer servers for download to multiple devices… iTunes Match allows customers to scan and match tracks in their iTunes music library, including tracks copied from CDs or other sources, with tracks in the iTunes Store.”

Amazon Cloud Drive - Anything digital, securely stored, available anywhere.

  • “a web storage application, users can download music files to Android devices or computers. Bundled with Cloud Drive is a music streaming application called Cloud Player which allows users to play their music stored in the Cloud Drive from any computer or Android device with Internet access.”

Google Music -  Set your music free.

  • “online music streaming service and online music store that supports streaming music to desktop browsers and Android phones and tablets, or any other device that can use the Adobe Flash platform.”

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Concert Aggregaters

songkick.com - Be the first to know about concerts.

  • “Songkick works by indexing many different ticket vendors, venue websites, and local newspapers to create the most comprehensive database of upcoming concerts happening around the world. It’s our mission to have every show happening anywhere, from your friend’s show at your local bar, right up to Lady Gaga tour dates in Tokyo.”

bandsintown.comA more personalized, more social way to discover & promote concerts.

  • “Bandsintown was started in Boston, MA back in 2007. Our goal was to make the discovery of local live music easier, through personalized recomendations and notifications. Today that remains our goal and we aim to be the definitive source for upcoming concert information and tickets, no matter the size of the artist or venue.”

eventful.com - See what’s happening near you.

  • “With a comprehensive movie showtimes section and over 4 million local events to enjoy, Eventful provides the world’s most comprehensive selection of local entertainment content. Eventful serves its users across multiple platforms including online, iPhone and email programs, all of which deliver highly personalized content to each user.”

 

Stores

beatport.com - Music. Technology. Culture. Design.

  • “Beatport.com allows users to access the world of club music through secure, legal, hi-speed, high quality downloads in MP3, MP4 and WAV formats on a pay per download basis from an impressive library of the world’s leading independent labels.”

cdbaby.com - The Most Indie Music.

  • “ 850 unique music genres… 300k+ independent artists… Support musicians who have bypassed the major label system in order to be independent… The lion’s share of the money you spend at CD Baby ends up back in the hands of the artists themselves!”

topspinmedia.com - The most powerful direct-to-fan platform on the planet.

  • “Topspin is a direct-to-fan marketing and retail software platform. You used professional software such as ProTools, Logic, or Final Cut Pro to create your art. Topspin’s software provides tools to help you increase awareness, build relationships with fans, and turn those fans into customers.”

 

Services

artistdata.com - Update all your band profiles at once!

  • “ArtistData is simple. You post your shows in our dashboard, and then can then automatically send them to all of the places below.”

onesheet.com - The simplest web presence for a band, ever.

  • “Onesheet allows musicians to set up a web presence in minutes using content from other websites they’re already updating. They simply connect their existing social networks and services immediately have a website full of content already posted across the web: music, videos, photos, concert dates, blogs, social streams, mailing list signups, online stores and more.”

nextbigsound.com - Actionable intelligence for the music industry.

  • “Next Big Sound provides a centralized place to monitor all the behavior and activity happening for artists both online and off. Next Big Sound tracks more data for more bands online than anyone else in the world.”

sonicbids.com - Get a Gig. Book a Band.

  • “Sonicbids helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands. 95,000 gigs were booked last year alone.”

reverbnation.com - The best tools for musicians and the best music for everyone else.

  • “the leading online music-marketing platform used by over 2,117,000 artists — plus managers, record labels, and venues — to grow their reach, influence, and business across the internet. ReverbNation.com provides free and affordable solutions to individual artists and the music industry professionals that support them in the areas of web promotion, fan-relationship management, digital distribution, social-media marketing, direct-to-fan e-commerce, fan-behavior measurement, sentiment tracking, web-site hosting, and concert booking and promotion.”

fanbridge.com - Power-Up Your Fan List.

  • “We make it easy to create powerful communication channels with your fans so that your message gets heard and amplified. Give them the content they want and in turn, they’ll love you forever…FanBridge helps you create a multi-channel sales engine to stimulate purchases and effectively turn your dedicated fans into lifelong customers.”

bandzoogle.com - The most powerful band website platform.

  • “Build a band website that does more — sells music & merch, syncs with your social networks, and puts you in front of more fans. No web design skills needed!”

sellaband.com - Where fans invest in music!

  • “To unite Artists and Fans in an independent movement that aims to level the playing field in the global music industry.”

 

Micropayment & Crowdfunding

flattr.com - Big change through small payments

  • “a microdonation system… Users are able to pay a small amount every month and then click Flattr buttons on sites to share the money they paid among those sites, comparable to an Internet tip jar.”

kickstarter.com - The world’s largest funding platform for creative projects

  • “an online crowdfunding website for creative projects. Kickstarter has crowdfunded a diverse array of endeavors, ranging from indie film and music to journalism, solar energy technology and food-related projects.”

indiegogo.com - The world’s leading international funding platform

  • “Helping people create campaigns and fund ideas since 2008. Unlike similar sites such as Kickstarter, IndieGoGo disburses the funds immediately.”