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July 24, 2009

Your favorite music Web sites

Posted: 11:18 AM ET

Thanks to those of you who responded to my story about changes in the digital music scene.

I listed 10 Web sites where you can find new music. The story was pinned on the news that some formerlly illegal and shut-down sites - like KaZaA, Napster and possibly Pirate Bay - are clawing their way out of the grave in legal forms. It's all part of the Internet's shifting music scene. Streaming music is becoming more popular; buying it, less so.

Many readers chimed in with cool Web sites I didn't include. Here are a few of your favorites, from the story comments:

Amie Street: an indie download site where popularity determines price

Folk Alley: streams folk music

Slacker: one reader calls this "by far the best online streaming site I have seen so far"

Jango: radio-like streaming

LastFM: recommends music based on what you like

iTunes and Amazon: they were left off the CNN list because they're not new or changing, but they remain staples just the same

As always, thanks for the input!

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Matt   July 24th, 2009 1:23 pm ET

What about It offers great music downloads for free and I am constantly finding new music that I would have never discovered otherwise.

Nancy Fitzgerald   July 24th, 2009 6:19 pm ET

HYPEMACHINE ( is absolutely the best -Current and upbeat–very informative . I especially like the Radio program.

Eric Sadler   July 24th, 2009 7:24 pm ET is the best streaming site

Neil Brady   July 25th, 2009 2:03 am ET is the best website for streaming music hands down!!!

Stephen Miller   July 25th, 2009 6:20 am ET

You should also know about where indie artists can operate their own web sites and collect 100% of the prices they set for their tracks & merchandise. –

shremedy   July 25th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

Digitally Imported - - streaming dozens of different subgenres of techo for your enjoyment - smaller selection of streams but always worthwhile - build you own playlist, station list. Build-your-own stations have obscure varieties of music (like "filk") no one else has, or covers what other single sites (like Folk Alley) have, all under one umbrella.

All internet music outlets are, of course, STILL threatened by the ruinous and disproportionate royalty rates the Copyright Royalty Board has been trying to (retroactively!) impose for several years now. Save Internet Radio!

fpietter   July 26th, 2009 8:27 pm ET

There is another good music streaming website, which by the way I consider more interesting than those suggested on this article. This is


Wilfrid   July 27th, 2009 2:06 am ET

Would you consider Nokia's Comes With Music the same category as what you have listed here? After all, Nokia users are able to have unlimited download of the music content in a relatively high quality (192kps) and the music is for you to keep. The only catch is that you have to upgrade your Nokia phone every year and the tracks are DRM protected.

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Another great site for musicians is

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Any good Chinese or asian pop song websites I can use??

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How about

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