UChic Pop Picks: Free Music Players on the Internet

At one of my jobs this summer, my coworkers love to listen to music while we work. We work in the box office of the concert hall on campus and currently sales aren’t as high because students are on vacation. Usually someone goes to a site, picks something to listen to and we go from there. We all take turns.

Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve discovered two sites I feel that everyone should know about. You give a few specifications on choices and the sites take it from there. Introducing you to new artists that play similar music, while still playing the songs you want to hear.

The first is Pandora. On Pandora, you enter the name of an artist or song that you enjoy, you can enter as many artist or song names that you want and the site takes it from there. It creates a “radio station” based on your preferences. Not only that, but if you dislike a song you can let them know and they won’t play it again. The only downfall is that you can only skip 10 songs an hour, but that usually isn’t a problem.

The second site is called Musicovery. Not only is this site visually pleasing, but it has a different way of doing things. There is a list of types of music. You can check as many or as few boxes as you like. Then the top portion has a chart. On the chart there are two things they are measuring: Dark to Positive and Calm to Energetic. You click where your mood currently fits on the chart and it goes from there. The visual chart like effect that appears on the screen is what I took a picture of. Each flower-like thing is a song. If you double click on a song/artist you like, more will appear like it. There is also a second chart that you can use to decide your playlist: Dance- to Dance+ and Tempo- to Tempo+.

So if you’re tired of your music and you are looking for something new to listen to, try one of these sites. It is also a good idea to play music from one of these sites while studying because if you don’t know the words to a song, it is less distracting.

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