In Napoleon’s opinion that music affects emotion most in terms of all the arts. Once Beethoven said that music was medium between our spiritual life and physical life. Music can adjust this nervous and monotonous life, and relax our nerves.
Technology, with the rapid development of society, is becoming more and more advanced, and the methods to listen to music appear as bamboo shoots. It becomes available to listen to music both online and offline. Sometimes, we even can match a suitable music with the video we took. For example, if we take a video about cooking, a suitable music can be put together, thus making a better video with high quality. Then, we may put this new video on the Youtube or other website alike, sharing with other people who like this video too.
At this time, however, problems come one after another. We may have no idea where to find suitable music, or we may have no access to downloading it though we find the right places because it is not for free, or the music we found is right but the singer is wrong, or the music style is not what we want. Generally speaking, we can not find the most suitable music easily. So where should we go to pick this music? I’ll list seven music websites for you to play your favorite styles at random.
Pandora Radio, a music radio website in the United States, mainly deals in providing personalized music broadcasting services. It will recommend users the most suitable music through its music labeling system after users create their own private radio stations. Therefore, it has been talked about by everyone.
Based on OpenLaszlo, Pandora Radio can be played through such various streaming media services as Roku’s Reciva radios (like Grace Digital, Sanyo and Sanjin), Frontier Silicon’s products that can connect audio systems and Slim Devices’ products.
This software can also be downloaded by Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch through their iTunes app stores, as well as it launches application software versions for many electronic products, including Windows phones, Android phones, Blackberry phones, and HP webOS platforms.
At present, however, it is available to the United States, Australia and New Zealand alone.
Yahoo Music, a music channel website in terms of Yahoo, is initially known as LAUNCH, which used to be a magazine website. In 2001, Yahoo acquired LAUNCH for $12 million and changed its name to Yahoo Music. At the same time, Yahoo integrated LAUNCHcast Internet broadcast and music video products in terms of LAUNCH into Yahoo Website.
Yahoo music offers so wide range of music services, including Internet broadcasts, music videos, news, artist information, and original programming that account users can search songs sorted by artist, album, song and genre on the site, numerously.
But the weakness of this website is that it lacks core technology that mainly provided by other search engines such as Google and Bing.
Google Play Music
Formerly, Google Play Music was called Google Music. Now, it is a cloud-based music media service after released on Google I/O by Beta Service on May 10, 2011.
This website allows its users to do the following things, such as storing 20,000 songs at most for free, buying music online, sharing music on Google, caching music library and downloading music for offline use, through web browsers, Android phones, tablet computers, and devices that can use Adobe Flash. Besides, its Instant Mix function can create a playlist that contains song mix, or its music imported from iTunes can also kept on such playlist. Moreover, its users have access to uploading music and storing it on the computer or downloading it from the cloud through its Music Manager function.
Unfortunately, its users must be American citizen that have been invited by Google in the beginning. Even in 2012, it could be available in America alone, though Google has integrated Google Music into Google Play. At present, things are changed a little, it can be used in United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.
TuneIn is a privately held Internet radio website, headquartered of which is in Palo Alto, California. It was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 2002.
TuneIn provides its users with more than 70,000live broadcast stations which covers all over the world, and have more than 2 million on-demand programs. Early in 2013, it announced that its active listeners had passed 400,000.
TuneIn Radio is a flagship product in terms of TuneIn,. This radio, by using its own Radiotime engine, covers plenty of mobile platform software, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Samsung, Windows Phone devices, and Ouya. Besides, it is a brand new listening method that enable its users to listen to the world at any time through local and global radio stations no matter where you are. Whether its music, sports, news or current affairs, only if you want to listen to, the TuneIn will provide more than 50,000 radio stations and 1.2 million on-demand programs for you to choose from.
However, it is a pity that it will cost lots of traffic so that you have to use it under WIFI.
SoundCloud is a German online audio distribution platform that allows its users to collaborate, promote and distribute audio. At first, SoundCloud intended to allow musicians to share each other’s music, but later it turned into a tool that allowed musicians to release their music tracks. At present, it is known as YouTube in audio sharing, without any advertisements on its interface.
SoundCloud, an audio-sharing service platform, is mainly created for those who record their lives by using their favorite music. It allows its users to record or upload any sound online to SoundCloud to share with everyone in that it supports such audio formats as AIFF, WAVE, FLAC, OGG, MP2, MP3, AAC. These music files can be uploaded online or through an application client project, without any restriction to volume.
However, it is no more than 2 hours to play for a free version, and only a maximum of 100 downloads is allowed for each song.
Spotify is a website providing commercial music streaming services. It provides digital rights management-restricted content for record companies, including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal. In addition to to be used on a computer, it can be used on mobile phones.
Compared to paid download mode of iTunes in terms of Apple, Spotify is much more convenient to be operated and it has more tracks to be selected from. The most important, however, is Spotify is used for free. Thus, this method of online music dissemination is naturally popular in that it costs nothing and takes on nothing.
Spotify has gain support from several major record companies in the world, including Warner Music, Sony, EMI, and so on, and it offers genuine music, but it is only available online.
As a flagship product of the Audioscrobbler music engine design team, Last·fm is an Internet radio station and music community based in the UK. It attracts more than 15 million active listeners in 232 countries.
This world’s largest social music platform allows its users to search, listen to, and talk about their favorite music. Moreover, it has been committed to creating a more democratic musical culture where every people can listen to the music he prefers in his own method, without having others made a choice for themselves. This website provide music services for the global listeners in 12 languages. It makes a full use of collective wisdom to provide personalized recommendations according to music listening situation, contact users with similar music taste and offer customized radio broadcasting and more other services.
Unfortunately, its server is in the UK that other countries are not stable when listening.
iHeartRadio is an Internet radio platform that is owned by Clear Channel Broadcasting Limited. It was founded in April 2008 and was called the iheartmusic.com site in the beginning.
At present, iHeartRadio is a music recommendation system and wireless network platform on which audio content from over 800 local clear channel radio stations, hundreds of other radio stations, and various media are gathered. It also allows its users to listen to online via mobile devices and video game consoles. And it is the only radio station that can broadcast live radio stations and custom stations, as easy as telling your favorite artists. This website collects 20 million songs from 450,000 artists, all over the world, in its music library, and its site covers numerous fields such as pop, hip-hop, R&B, rock, alternative, talk, news, sports, comedy and more.
Users have access to installing iHeartRadio on their various devices. In fact, the most important thing is that it is used for free. However, it went bankrupt and was reorganized in 3018, though its business is still going on.