Sit back and plug into the world of online music. From online radio to music videos, artists to blogs, downloads to networks, we pick 12 websites for each category helping you make the right decision for the right reasons.
Billboard is the quintessential music magazine for America.Â It is the barometer of musical tastes and has produced the Top 100 singles since 1958.Â Wow, these guys have pedigree, but does their website have class?
What music sharing options does this site offer? Can I share tracks, playlists, videos, or make comments here?.
Billboard may have been launched back in the nineteenth century (yes really!) but it has certainly embraced the modern phenomenon of music social networking sites.
Here you can hear the selections of artists, DJs and music reviewers delivered to you daily, listen to the playlists of friends and find out about the recommendations of others who like the same sounds as you.
Billboard allows you to connect with a buzzing music community and take you on a journey of discovery.
Does this network organize, host or have a place for social events? Can you meet up with other members? We evaluate the events....
There are 8 million songs in the Billboard â€˜lalaâ€™ collection.Â There is also the Hot 100, Billboard 200, Digital Songs, Radio Songs and a site sorter by category.
Billboard boasts â€˜Music from major labels and indie labelsâ€¦hidden gems from a artistsâ€™ early worksâ€™. We challenged the search engine to come up with a range of different music and it did a great job with everything we threw at it.
Is there a membership option? If so is it good value? Whatâ€™s to gain? Deals, discounts, special offers? We checked it all out for you.
Music is streamed and purchased through Lala which allows you to try before you buy. Without membership there is just a 30 second sample available but members get to have their first listen of entire songs and even albums for free without any annoying ads. Membership is completely free and prices for songs and albums are extremely competitive.
You can also receive recommendations based on songs streamed, helping you to make new discoveries.
Is this site legit? Does it offer dodgy streams or quality content? We asked the awkward questions so you donâ€™t have to.
You can stream 30 second audio sneak peaks or become a member and have your first listen for free.Â Billboard respect the copyright of musicians and have found a great way to both share music and encourage sales.
What else can I do here? We gave extra points to sites with RSS feeds, images, video, mobile and audio.
The MP3 files on Lala are compatible with other media players such as iTunes and Windows Media Player, making them a nice, flexible option you can access from any PC.Â You can also transfer music from your own sources via the Lala Music Mover application so that you can stream it online.
Is this site up-to-date? Can you find the latest releases and the new bands that everyoneâ€™s talking about?.
All the newest tunes are available on the day of purchase.Â You can find out all the latest news on individual artists or by genre.Â Billboard does a great job at keeping their music community up to date.