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The top 20 streaming(free) music sites

According to compete, here is the latest list of the top 20 streaming music sites. Some interesting things to note about the list and what you should know: All of these sites now have some sort of social aspect to them in order to grow and kepp its user base. With that being said this list also shows that users like to listen to their music, they just do not like to pay for it very often as this graph will attest to.

So what’s new there? I had previously posted about the top 44  social music sites awhile back, but that list has expanded and changed since that posting.

Here is the latest list:

  1. Imeem Imeem’s expensive label deals, which allow it to offer on-demand music from all four majors, plus indies — combined with emphases on social networking and reaching out to blogs — have paid off handsomely. The site’s unique U.S. visitor count rose 58 percent over the previous March to 10.3 million.
  2. Yahoo Music Yahoo, which had acquired large music sites like Broadcast, Launch Media and Musicmatch in order to become the top-ranked music-streaming site in the country, has slipped into second place.
  3. AOL They’re still around? Actually I’m kidding, based on their #3 standing in the top 20!
  4. Myspace Music
  5. Project Playlist One of my favorites
  6. MSN Music
  7. Hypem A site that everyone should bookmark
  8. Pandora– Used to loop alot but getting better
  9. ILike Integrates lots of nice social network features
  10. Last.Fm Updates a lot and sometimes has an odd mix but maybe thats not so bad?
  11. Jango Has a very simple interface
  12. Live365 A pioneer, been around a long time, always good to have in the rotation
  13. Qloud very strong social media integration
  14. Mog Great tag line, but is it any good?
  15. ReverbNation Little bizy
  16. HypemThe Hypem1500 presents aggregate traffic to the more than 1500 music blogs tracked by the Hype Machine, a popular blog aggregator. The Hype Machine itself is ranked separately from its network at #16
  17. Deezer In 2007 launched a free on-demand music playback service
  18. Songza– Great clean and simple and easy to use interface
  19. Seeqpod The oddest name of the bunch but still pretty cool
  20. Muxtape

In conclusion, let me paraphrase Alex Patriquin : “As the music industry seeks to reassemble in the wake of digital distribution, it should recognize social streaming communities as the fastest growing opportunity in its evolution”

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1 Response to “The top 20 streaming(free) music sites”


  1. 1 Greg July 24, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Maestro.fm is not in the top 20 yet, but worth a look as a playlist-based social music site which has the added capability of remotely accessing your entire music collection and syncing your iTunes playlists with your profile.

    http://www.maestro.fm


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