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Getting your music on internet radio and streaming services is not that hard and either free or inexpensive. We try to take the work out of finding the main players and how to get your music heard.

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Spotify

Spotify is a way for consumers to search any track, artist or genre and play it for free if willing to listen to commercials. They also have commercial free programs for a fee for consumers. Consumers can also buy MP3's. At first it was limited to major and indie record label artists but now indie artists can submit their music to get on Spotify. The programs to submit are thru Tunecore or CD Baby. They have the largest online streaming catalog at 15 million songs. They have a partnership with Facebook and was reported in April 2012 17.5 million people use Spotify on Facebook. 

Pandora

Location: Oakland, CA 94612
Pandora is an internet music discovery service to help you enjoy music you already know and to discover new music. The service works by typing in an artists name or song you like and then it gives you a streaming radio station of songs that sound like the band you like. So unknown bands that sound like a big name band may be randomly selected to be on that radio station and discovered by new fans. They have 100 million registered users. To get your music on Pandora you can submit your CD for free. The CD needs a UPC barcode. If you need help with getting a UPC they have a link on how to get this. They listen to everything they receive but do not add every CD.  This link shows you the submission process.  

Napster

Napster allows users to listen to over 10 Million songs and buy the ones they like. You can listen to the entire song and not buy it. It costs $5/mo for users. For bands to get on Naptser, ask your digital distributors such as CD Baby to get you on there. 

Rhapsody

Rhapsody is a leading on line subscription based internet music service where you can get your music listed. The way to get on is to submit your music to an aggregator, like CD Baby, who re-distributes music to online digital retailers like Rhapsody, iTunes, Napster, etc.  Upon submitting your CD to CD Baby, within about 2-3 months you should see your submitted music appear on those services. 

Jango

Jango is a free social music service that lets users create their own custom radio stations and share them with friends. They have 7 million monthly visitors. If you can get your music in their rotation you could find new music fans. It works when users type in an artist they like and get similar sounding artists on their custom radio station. Similar to the Pandora concept. They mention you can submit your music for consideration if you are a popular artist to feedback@jango.com. They also have a program that started March 2009 for artists/labels that you can pay $30 for 1200 plays on their station and if you get good ratings from listeners you can get in their regular rotation for free. We talked with them and this program called Jango Airplay is getting new fans for artists. We take you to the page that talks about ways to submit your music. 

Last.fm

Location: London,
Last.fm is a online music service that learns the music you love by tracking what you play to create a profile of the music you like. It can connect you to other people who like what you like and recommends songs from their music collection and yours too. Bands can submit their music and get listed for free. This could allow you exposure to new fans. They also have a paid service for bands that boosts the amounts of plays or promote a release.

Grooveshark

Location: Gainesville, FL 32601
Grooveshark is a streaming service similar to rhapsody in that you can listen to any song from any artist for free. They have 35 million registered users. They do not charge listeners to hear the music. It also gives you similar artists to check out that you may have not heard of before. You can upload your music to the site for free via MP3's or mail your CD to them.  You can also pay them to push your music to new listeners and you get a customized report on how many listeners played the song and liked it or not. They have good information on their site showing the report and what you will get out of paying to play. The costs start at $20 for 125 plays and go as high at 50,000 plays for $2500. The biggest issue with grooveshark is they don't pay artists any royalty per stream and in many cases don't have permission from the artist to stream. While legal for now, they are not as legit as streaming services that are clear about how much they do pay artists. 

SomaFM

Location: San Francisco, CA 94110
SomaFM is a leading Internet Radio Station that has 14 different commercial free internet stations steaming music to listeners that log 6 million listening hours a month. They do not focus on commercialized music but music and formats that aren't available on commercial radio, or formats that are not being done right. They support unsigned and indie artists and they will consider adding your music to their station if you send a CD to them. Check out the contact section of the site which gives you directions on how to get your music on their station.

Somojo

Somojo is a web radio for independent and unsigned artists. It is free to get your music on. 

RadioTower.com

Location: Whistler, BC,
RadioTower.com lists over 4000 internet radio stations by genre and by country. They have links to every website. Many of the internet radio station sites tell you how to submit your music.

earbits

earbits is 100% commercial free online radio, featuring high quality music from around the world. Working directly with artists and independent labels, earbits works to setup special broadcasts just before a new release or live performance, leveraging the power of online radio to bring new fans to the club and make each new release a success.  The company launched in beta in August 2010 and are accepting music submissions for those artists interested in being broadcast.  There is no fee for the service during the beta period.   

Article on Music Services: Growth and Decline

An article on which online music streaming and e-store servies have seen growth and decline recently.

Echoboost

Echoboost is a Free Internet Radio Station that plays independent music by location. Upload your songs to be a part of this.

Indie Charts

Indie Charts offers musicians free profiles for music fans to find.  Bands can get their music reviewed, enter battle of the band contests and connect with fans.  Also their library is sent out to am/fm and internet radio stations worldwide. You can submit your songs. 

moof

moof is a online music site that allows you to search for any song and listen to it on demand for free. You can also export a copy of your itunes library to a free backup which also allows you to listen to your music from anywhere. If your friends are on moof you can view what they are listening to and export anything in their library to yours. The only issue is how they get the music. When you type in a song it pulls it from YouTube and connects you to the video. YouTube's sound quality is not as good as streaming MP3's due to the YouTube noise. If your band wants to be on moof make sure you music is on YouTube. 

Music Submit

Location: New York, NY 10010
Music Submit submits your music to genre-specific radio stations, online music magazines, online music directories, blogs, podcasts, indie record labels and other electronic. Rates start as low as $9.95

Punk Radio Cast

A 24/7 online radio forecast broadcast that features a variety of rock/punk music and live DJ’s to 20 million unique users, worldwide monthly.

Thumbplay Music

Thumbplay Music allows consumers to listen to unlimited, on demand music on their computer and smart phone (android, iPhone, Blackberry) for about $10/month. Is your music on here?

The Ten Best Music Sources

The most currently popular music stores and online streaming services.

yourockradio.com

yourockradio.com provides indie artists the opportunity to have their music played on this internet station.  They do half hour shows and interviews on selected artists. They claim to help increase artists fan bases and increase their myspace activity to get heard by over 100,000 fans. yourockradio also offers artists a place to sell their music.  

Myspace Music

Recently reinvigorated, the new Myspace offers a great way for bands to engage with fans and direct listeners to streaming and downloading.

Amazing Radio

Amazing Radio is a UK based streaming service that allows bands to upload music directly to profiles for listeners to stream and buy. There are also programmed Internet Radio components to Amaing Radio.

Deezer

Available in over 180 countries worldwide, Deezer is a French company, boasting a library over 30 million tracks for listeners to stream for free, but also offer various levels of memberships.

Slacker Radio

Slacker's huge selection of songs, stations and variety of genres gives listeners free streaming on any device. You can also subscribe and enjoy a commercial-free experience with deep customization, offline listening and on-demand access to millions of songs and albums.

Tune In

Tune In works a bit differently, in that it sources thousands of physical radio stations for free online streaming. 

Songza

Songza offers very structured radio stations/playlists that are aimed to fit various activities throughout the day. From working out to cooking and cleaing, the folks at Songza have designed sets of music that will pair will with whatever you've got going on.

Rdio

Rdio is an online streaming source with a massive library across all genres. It's currently available in North America, Europe, Australia and South America and is free for listeners.

Starzzradio

Location: TX
Starzzradio is an internet radio station that services major and independent artist in the R&B and rap genres, and continues to be a source for a&r's from major labels to listen for new independent artist.

 
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