There's a lot of them out there, but they all have their assorted quirks, making different ones better for different things. For example, last.fm doesn't allow pausing, Pandora is US-only, and so on.

It'd be great if people could post one service per answer, and use a format to allow easy reading and comparison, such as:

Name (www.website.net)

Short description/tagline/similar, (keep it brief, use Extra Details section for more).


  • only plays X music
  • country/region restrictions
  • limited to X browser/client
  • etc


  • benefits to this service
  • which the average doesn't have


  • missing or bad features
  • not covered by restrictions
  • e.g. no pausing

Extra Details

Any other rambling stuff you want to write to add detail not provided by the above sections

  • I wanted to also tag this "online-radio" but I need another 37 rep before I can do that. :( Jul 11 '10 at 16:13
  • -1 Sick of seeing list questions on here and not yet able to vote to close as NARQ. Jul 11 '10 at 16:18
  • I've added a 'radio' tag, I don't think 'online' is needed as this whole site is about web apps which imply 'online'. Also, as this is a 'list' type question it ought to be marked as community wiki
    – Marc
    Jul 11 '10 at 16:19
  • 1
    random, if you don't like these questions, just ignore the webapp-rec tag. Jul 11 '10 at 16:23
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    +1 for specifying a template for replies rather than just a list! Jul 11 '10 at 19:22

Grooveshark (www.grooveshark.com)

Online Music streaming, music recommendation and sharing


  • It is flash based (if that is a restriction)
  • Mobile apps are available only for paying customers.


  • Great UI
  • Large collection of songs, ability to create, save and share playlists
  • A good song recommendation engine
  • Radio
  • Internationally available
  • Free


  • Non-paying customers can't use mobile apps

Pandora (www.pandora.com)

Pandora uses the Music Genome Project to find and play music you might like based on artists and pieces you tell it you already enjoy. You can then vote up or vote down individual songs, and it will learn what types of music you like and give you additional music that suits your tastes.


  • You cannot choose to play an individual specific song
  • Only available in the USA
  • You cannot skip ahead or back within a song, but can skip a song entirely
    • Limited to 6 skips per hour per station, 12 skips total per day
  • Limited to 40 hours per month, costs $0.99 to continue using for the rest of the month if you go over the limit


  • Exposes you to tons of new music which you'll probably enjoy and might not have known about
  • Has free Windows 7/Vista desktop gadget, iPhone/iPod app, and an easy-to-use web interface
  • Is pretty smart about learning what you like
  • Multiple "stations", so that your interests in music can be kept separate. Things you "like" in one station won't affect what you get in another station, providing some separation if you have diverse music tastes but don't want genres to overlap.


  • Restrictions (see above)
  • Doesn't have as much music by independent artists, but there is some

Extra Details

I highly recommend Pandora. I use it very frequently, and it's a nice way to listen to music you already like and hear new music.

The lovely desktop gadget:

desktop gadget http://grab.by/5nla

  • Too bad is working only in USA..!!
    – Lipis
    Jul 16 '10 at 17:19

A good alternative I can recommend is "The Sixty One".

While it's probably not directly as you described, it's a brilliant way of finding new and (most likely) unknown music, the flow is great, and it has quite a bit different styles. On top of that, it has a funky optional quest-system, that gives it a rather unique touch.

To summarize, I'd add it as this, hope that helps:

The Sixty One (http://www.thesixtyone.com)


  • Nice way to find new music
  • Great radio-system
  • Lets you save music, and have different playlists
  • Option to donate money to some of the artists, and upvote songs.
  • Some tracks are available as free/paid downloads
  • Fun and different quest- and achievement-system


  • A bit tricky UI, that takes a while to get used to (an older version is still running here: http://old.thesixtyone.com/ It might be easier to get around)
  • Has some various bugs from time to time
  • I do personally recommend the older version, because you can browse lists and charts without stopping the song you are currently listening to.
    – Justin L.
    Sep 3 '10 at 23:26

I used to listen to last.fm but it became so repetitive, now when programming I put on http://radiotuna.com, click "Chilled", "Trip Hop" and the stations there are perfect for relaxed concentrating over a long period of time.


Play your mood

flash based, a notch slower to load than the other similar websites, an okayish UI

good streaming, excellent song recommendations, can post directly to social websites

none as such

Extra Details
A screenshot!

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  • Well, if you decide to use it for free then there is quite a few cons you didn't mention, like very low quality and inability to control playback.
    – serg555
    Jul 21 '10 at 6:16


Subscribe to specific artists, like/dislike songs and get recommendations for more songs, Just Works TM.

Pros - Free - No funny features like 'props' or DJ capabilities , just plain old internet radio that works. - Easy setup - select a bunch of artists you like, and train the recommendation engine by liking/dislking songs.


  • Not all music is available at all time. You can search for specific songs, but at times some songs might not be available for playing (due to licensing issues I think).

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