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Music Discovery Services

Arguably nothing is more satisfying than finding new music that you can appreciate, and the apps in this category make this happen. From Shazam’s ability to identify music from snippets, to Spotify’s curation of music in playlists based off of your existing music history, these apps help you discover your next favorite song or artist in natural and intuitive ways.

  1. Spotify is a freemium music streaming service providing digital rights management-restricted content from record labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal.
  2. Last.fm is a music community website that offers personalized internet radio, using a recommendation system called "Audioscrobbler" to build a detailed profile of users based on their music tastes and interests.


  3. SoundCloud lets you share music fast & easily. The platform takes the daily hassle out of receiving, sending & distributing music for artists, record labels & other music professionals.
  4. Shazam gives instant satisfaction for when you want to know the name of that song playing on the radio.
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    Pandora Radio is a free (ad-supported) internet radio founded in 2000. Using the Music Genome Project, over 400 attributes of songs are analyzed in order to personalize radio stations from music you like.
  5. Funkwhale is a community-driven project that lets you listen and share music and audio within a decentralized, open network. It can be self-hosted and is libre, open source software.
  6. YouTube Music allows you to easily find what you’re looking for and discover new music. Get playlists and recommendations served to you based on your context, tastes, and what’s trending around you.
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    SoundHound is a music search and discovery app that listens to what is being played around you. Tap the orange button to instantly identify songs and see lyrics, share, stream, buy or simply explore more about artists you know and love or have just discovered.
  7. Discogs is a crowdsourced music database and marketplace. Discover music, buy and sell music with collectors in the Marketplace in all physical formats.
  8. To bring you more music than ever with access to millions of songs. To give you personal recommendations from people who know and love music. To deepen the connection between artists and fans. To reimagine radio with a 24/7, global station.
  9. Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. Share your music, download your favorite artists!
  10. Libre.fm is a project to help you keep track of what music you like and share that, with your friends, discover new music, and meet new people who share your taste in music.
  11. TasteDive (formerly TasteKid) is a recommendation engine for music, movies, authors and books. Just type in your favorite bands, artists, movie titles, book titles or authors, separated by commas, and TasteDive will suggest other things that you may enjoy.
  12. Audius is a streaming platform built for all musicians, not just those signed to labels. Build a fanbase, share your works in progress, and then publish your completed tracks for all the world to hear.