Internet Radio Distribution – Method III
For record I am not a big fan of Internet Radio Hubs or Free File Sharing Sites. Mainly because giving away your music for free set’s a bad president about your art. But I also fully realize that if you are are a new band or artist you need to aggressively put your music “out there” for the world to hear. This may mean in the beginning, giving some of it away for free every now & then in an effort to get the word out. Below are my top 20 list of File Sharing Sites or Internet Radio Hubs out there based on reader suggestions, music selection size, ease of use, friendly navigation, availability, system requirements, and convenience of service. I recommend you sign up for 100% of them.
JAMENDO My first pick is Jumendo because they’re the only file sharing site out there that is makes an attempt to use voluntary donations as a direct way to pay artists. In January 2007, Jamendo provided an advertising revenue sharing model for artists. While sites such as YOU TUBE are still implementing plans to offer artists a share of their advertising revenue, Jamendo lets artists keep 50% of the revenue generated & almost 100% of the donations that Jamendo visitors give. This should tell everyone out there Jumendo is on hub that has your nest intrests in mind when it comes to revenue sharing. There are more than 32,000 albums available for download now from Dance/Electro, Hip-Hop, Metal, Jazz, Lounge, Pop/Songwriting, and Rock.
RIP ROCK RADIO This is a very stylish single-channel site dedicated to the classic rock FM culture of years past. Rip Rock blends all the recognizable FM classics from the rock genres with new and obscure pieces. Van Halen, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, The Police, 38 Special, and more. Requests are taken by the email engine, and there is a charming basement-studio flavor to this station. If you are new to Internet radio, but know FM rock radio from your youth, then definitely check out Rip Rock Radio.
LAST FM Social networking is strong at Last.FM: you can connect with other users and trade suggestions and friendly banter. You can vote that you 'love' or 'hate' a particular artist or song. The recommendation will even try to help you choose songs by taking your favorites and extrapolating from there. The service does cost 3 dollars per month, and sometimes it feels like Facebook, but Last FM is a crowd pleaser. Try it and decide for yourself if you agree with the thousands of users who frequent this site.
GROOVESHARK Grooveshark is a real crowd pleaser! It is not a conventional Internet radio station where a DJ or database designs the playlists. Instead, you choose your own songs with the playlist creator. But much more than your own computer, there are hundreds of thousands of songs to choose from at Grooveshark. If you're willing to put in ten minutes of effort to design your own playlist, Grooveshark will not disappoint. Advertising is a sidebar of visual ads on the right, which can be removed for 3 dollars per month.
NU PERCEPTION If you like drum, bass, jungle, and very deep percussion, then you're bound to like Nu-Perception. Rave fans and trance fans consistently bookmark this site as a destination of choice for their mad beats and hard-driving rhythms!
PANDORA Pandora uses a form of low-level artificial intelligence: it tries to learn what your music habits are, and then suggests new music that you might like. The 'recommendation engine' behind Pandora is still very new, and uses arguably shallow criteria for deciding the DNA of a song. But thousands of users love Pandora, & if you live in the USA, definitely try this service.
NOTE – All machines outside the USA will be blocked. Copyright agreements are annoying, yes.
CANADIAN RADIO HUB This is not a destination service, like the other items in this list. Rather, this is a compilation of links to traditional Canadian radio stations that also stream their shows across the Web. If you are curious to listen to what Canadians are listening to, and talking about, check out the music and talk shows at this Canadian Rock Hub.
MAESTRO Like Last.FM, Maestro is about social networking with other music fans. You can trade playlists, follow user discussions on music genres, and discover new artists through conversations. You can even store some of your music at their remote storage site. If you like Facebook and Last.FM, do give Maestro a try.
REAL RADIO Real Radio is a blend of paid and free streaming stations. It's cumbersome to find the free choices, and some of them require you to download and install RealPlayer software, but Real does offer some solid music choices. The interface is easy to use, many stations will let you play with Windows Media Player, and thousands of users do bookmark this site as a favorite. Definitely give it a 30 minute try to see if you like Real Radio.
ACCURADIO Accuradio is a solid music destination, having proven itself over the years. It outputs high quality sound (for those of you with high-end sound hardware). It is very configurable by genre, artist, even instrument. It has a fabulous selection of radio channels/stations. If you can ignore the large real estate consumed by advertising, Accuradio is a definite top choice for music fans.
977 MUSIC is another one of many social networking radio station hubs. There is plenty of visual advertising, so this site has good funding behind it. 11 individual channels are offered. The big appeal is the Facebook-type aspect of this, where you can meet other music fans who share your tastes. While 977 Music is not a standout service, it does have a solid following of users, and was recommended by at least About.com readers to be included in this list.
THE INFERNO The Inferno specializes in 'eclectic' listening: blending many different genres into a single playlist. David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga, Kid Rock, Led Zeppelin, Cyndi Lauper... playlists that are compiled by both DJ's and user music requests. If you have broad tastes in music, The Inferno might be a good radio station for you.
PIRATE RADIO Pirate Radio Network offers two different means of listening to their broadcasts: via web tuner or via a downloadable special player. Hundrds of music genres abound here, and you're bound to discover new music that you will like at Pirate Radio Network. For those of you who use a PC: you can even make your own radio station and start broadcasting yourself as an amateur DJ. You will have to install a software package to try this, but it's definitely worth trying if you've ever wanted to DJ.
SHOUTCAST SHOUTcast is a massive selection of individual radio stations (over 700 pages worth). In fact, there are so many stations here, it is intimidating to even find one in the first place. But if you like niche music that is hard to find, definitely try SHOUTcast. Gothic metal from the 90's, big band swing remixes, German synth music... if there is a place to find niche music, it would be here at SHOUTcast.
YAHOO MUSIC Yahoo! Music used to be one of the kings of Internet radio in 2004-2005. It has lost popularity to other names like Pandora, but Yahoo! is still a darn good destination for music. Users like the streaming video options, along with the information on artists and current events news. Give Yahoo Music a try for at least 15 minutes as you find a radio station for yourself.
RADIOPARADISE The Wailin' Jennys, Spoon, Gustavo Santaolalla, Basement Jaxx, Pearl Jam, Norah Jones: these are some of the artists you'll hear played at this listener-supported radio station. Sound quality is controlled by you, (16k to 192k bitrates, to allow for bandwidth restriction on your connection). There are even live DJ's providing commentary and voice interaction, just like an FM or AM radio station. If you like the sounds of Radioparadise, you can support their operations by buying their nifty merchandise.
LIVE365 Hundreds of individual radio channels, an immense breadth of music genres, and minimal advertising = a good Internet radio station. The interface is a little cumbersome at first, and it isn't as clean as Rip Rock and other stations, but definitely give Live365 a try.
ACOUSTIC ALTERNATIVE Not just acoustic, but also alternative, Charlestown, Ska, punk, and other genres can be found at Acoustic Alternative. AA is not as popular as other stations on this list, but the readers who have recommend Acoustic Alternative really like it.