Playing Music on the Internet

February 28, 2009


You know you can purchase music on the internet from many places like,,, and many more. Once you purchase them, you can download them to your computer. At that point you can listen to them on your computer, or you can put them on your portable music player (mp3 player, ipod, smart phone, etc), or you can burn them to CD, or whatever.


But did you know you can listen to music for free on the Internet? So if you mostly listen to music on your computer, you can listen to all the music you want for free. You can’t put the music on your portable music player and you can’t burn them to CD, but you can listen to them on your computer.


There are many places you can do this, but my two favorite websites for listening to music are and Both let you listen to music over the internet. But there is a big difference between the two.


Pandora asks you to enter the name of a song or artist. What it does then is to use that information to play songs or artists like the one you entered. If it plays a song or artist you don’t like, you can tell it to skip it and it learns from that so that in the future it won’t play songs or artists like the one you skip. This is a really good way to get exposed to other artists and songs you may not have heard before. I also find it interesting to type in the name of a song or artist and see what it starts playing. Pandor also has what it calls genre stations. You can specify a genre and it will play songs from that genre.


Are you in the mood for a certain type of song? Type in a song that fits that mood, and Pandora will play a lot of songs that fit that mood., on the other hand, gives you the ability to create a playlist. You have to specify all of the songs you want to hear. You create a playlist, and plays it for you. Simple. Of course, you can save your playlists and play them whenever you want, from any internet connected computer you want. You can build a playlist for different moods or different types of music, or whatever you want.


Something else that is good for is to play a specific song for a friend. Let’s say you ask a friend if they heard a new song called “Computer Talk” They say they are not sure. All you have to do is go to and type in “Computer Talk” and then play them the song. Then they can hear the song and figure out if they have heard it or not.


So if you want to hear specific songs or songs from a specific artist and you don’t mind building a playlist, then is the website to use. But if you just want to listen to a certain type of music and would like to hear some artists or songs you’ve never heard before, then Pandora is the way to go.

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