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Chapel Hill Public Library

A department of the Town of Chapel Hill

Streaming Music

Looking for free music streaming services?
Check out our user-friendly suggestions below. Each website has a wide range of genres, from classical to talk radio, indie to hip hop. There is something for everyone!

The streaming sites listed are open to the public. The Library also offers one limited free music download service.

Overdrive at NC Digital Library has about 200 free music downloads of many types of music for all ages.  All Overdrive downloads require that you login with your library barcode and PIN.

  • For Windows PC/laptops (no Mac), with transfer to many tablets and smartphones.  [ Help ]
  • Software required: Overdrive Media Console
AOL Radio
Pros:
  • Apps: Android, iPhone
  • Gives music recommendations
Cons:
  • Limited song skipping
  • Advertisements
  • Unable to listen to one artist continuously
Grooveshark
Pros:
  • Apps: Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Palm
  • Gives music recommendations
  • Unlimited song skipping
  • No Advertisements
Cons:
  • Song duplication
Jango
Pros:
  • Apps: Android, iPhone
  • Gives music recommendations
  • Unlimited song skipping
Cons:
  • Advertisements
  • Unable to listen to one artist continuously
Last.Fm
Pros:
  • Apps: Android, iPhone
  • Gives music recommendations
  • Unlimited song skipping
Cons:
  • Advertisements
Live365
Pros:
  • Apps: Android, iPhone
Cons:
  • Advertisements
  • No song skipping
  • Does not give music recommendations
Pandora
Pros:
  • Apps: Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Palm
  • Gives music recommendations
  • No advertisements
Cons:
  • Limited song skipping
  • Unable to listen to one artist continuously
Slacker Radio
Pros:
  • Apps: Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, Nokia, Palm
  • Gives music recommendations
Cons:
  • Advertisements
  • Limited song skipping
Spotify
Pros:
  • Apps: Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Palm, Symbian, Windows Phone
  • Gives music recommendations
  • Unlimited song skipping
Cons:
  • Advertisements
  • Must be a member of Facebook

Last updated: 26 January 2012