6 Online Music Streaming Services With NO Restrictions
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Finding a completely unlimited music listening experience can be a real challenge. Google Play Music, Pandora, and SoundCloud are free but ad-supported. Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited will cost you a monthly or annual subscription fee. The free version of Spotify not only includes ads, but also limits the number of songs you can skip.

So, if you want complete control over your listening experience, check out these six completely free options with no, or very few, restrictions instead.

TheSixtyOne

TheSixtyOne is kind of like Reddit for music. Listeners can upvote (or heart) songs and the most popular music ends up on the homepage. But those songs aren’t the ones you’re going to find on Spotify’s or Billboard’s charts.

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Instead, TheSixtyOne is home to quite a lot of music that is uploaded by the artists themselves, and presents a chance to discover new music before anyone else 7+ Easy Ways to Discover New Music You Will Love 7+ Easy Ways to Discover New Music You Will Love The depth and breadth of music to be discovered these days is mind-boggling. The problem is knowing where to look. We're here to help with an incredible list of resources just for you. Read More . That said, you’ll find some well-known artists on TheSixtyOne including Imogen Heap, MIA, and MGMT.

Features:

  • Playback continues as your browse the site
  • Can download select tracks
  • Skip and replay songs
  • Skip within the song
  • Save your favorite songs
  • Listen by genre

Who’s it for? People looking to discover new music.

Cliggo

Cliggo is a great free Spotify alternative. It doesn’t have some of the premium features you get with Spotify (like offline listening), but it gives you the option to create and save playlists and listen to genre radio stations. As you navigate the website to look for additional music to add to your playlists, playback will not be interrupted. Cliggo pulls most of its music from YouTube, so it’s easy to find just about any song, and then presents it in a way that makes it easier to create playlists, and skip within songs.

Cliggo offers apps for Android, Blackberry, Firefox OS, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux users.

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Features:

  • Playback continues as your browse the site
  • Skip and replay songs
  • Skip within the song
  • Create playlists
  • Mobile apps
  • Listen by genre

Who’s it for? People who want to create tailored playlists. 

Jango

Another unlimited streaming service that offers mobile apps and genre and artist radios, Jango is not completely ad-free. That said, all you get is one ad per day, so it definitely deserves a spot on this list. Create new stations by searching for your favorite artists, or browse suggested stations by genre or decade. You can also “ban” specific songs so they don’t show up in your radio stations, but you can’t skip within songs to a specific spot in the song you want to hear.

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You can also search for and play specific songs, but Jango pulls up the YouTube video so if you’re looking for specific songs – Cliggo is a better choice. Adding songs to your favorites as you listen to radio stations will be played back in this way as well.

Features:

  • Playback continues as your browse the site
  • Skip songs
  • Skip within the song
  • Mobile apps
  • Listen by genre

Who’s it for? People looking for unlimited radio listening with a little bit of control. 

Noon Pacific

Another great site for discovering new, obscure music, Noon Pacific is a super clean website offering a great listening experience. You can choose from over 200 mixtapes each with 10 tracks, or nine collections with over 20 tracks each. Noon Pacific also offers a free iOS app which will deliver a new mixtape to your iPhone daily. So where does the music come from? The songs offered up are curated by Clark Dinnison and the playback is powered by SoundCloud.

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Features:

  • Playback continues as your browse the site
  • Skip and replay songs
  • Mobile apps

Who’s it for? Anyone interested in daily and completely random music discovery.

Hype Machine

Hype Machine is the original music discovery service completely powered by music blogs. You can find new or up-and-coming artists featured on the site as well as remixes of established artists. You can select to listen to music by genre or artist, add songs to your favorites, and create a personalized music stream. With Hype Machine, you can also sign up for a custom compilation delivered to your inbox once a week. You can take Hype Machine on the go thanks to the accompanying Android and iOS apps.

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Features:

  • Playback continues as your browse the site
  • Skip and replay songs
  • Skip within the song
  • Mobile apps
  • Listen by genre

Who’s it for? People interested in tailored music discovery.

YouTube

Needless to say, YouTube is a great source for all kinds of music, and there are a ton of Chrome extensions These Extensions Make YouTube the Powerful Music Player You Need These Extensions Make YouTube the Powerful Music Player You Need While Apple Music and Spotify slug it out, YouTube remains the best destination if you want to stream songs for free. The only thing better is if you pair it with the right extensions. Read More that make it easy to plug into that endless music collection, as well as websites like MusixHub. Of course, YouTube is not completely free of advertising, but for the most part you are able to skip ads and get back to your music listening. YouTube also has a leg up on services like Spotify and Apple Music, with artists happy to upload their videos to the site. So where you might not find Taylor Swift or Beyonce on Spotify, you can still find these songs on YouTube.

You can create private or public playlists yourself on YouTube, follow other users’ public playlists, or use Google’s own YouTube iOS or Android Music apps to create your tailored lists.

When you search for any given artist, you’ll find a list of their top tracks and even complete albums available on YouTube How to Listen to Full Music Albums on YouTube for Free How to Listen to Full Music Albums on YouTube for Free Want to listen to full music albums for free? YouTube can do that. Read More .

If you want music to continue playing in the background How to Get YouTube "Picture-in-Picture" in Chrome How to Get YouTube "Picture-in-Picture" in Chrome Picture-in-picture is one of the best features to ever grace YouTube's mobile app. Now you can get it in Chrome! Read More as your browse around YouTube, you can install the Chrome extension Picture in Picture or use the iOS app Songstream How to Listen to YouTube Playlists in the Background on Your iPhone How to Listen to YouTube Playlists in the Background on Your iPhone Normally if you want to listen to YouTube in the background on a phone, you need to pay for YouTube Red. But there's a workaround that you might find useful. Read More .

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Features:

  • Playback continues as your browse the site (with Chrome extension)
  • Skip and replay songs
  • Skip within the song
  • Mobile apps
  • Create playlists

Who’s it for? People looking to listen to the latest hits.

There’s Almost Always a Catch…

Truly free, unlimited music services are hard to come by. There’s almost always a catch. These services give you a combination of radio and playlist options, and music ranging from new and obscure artists to established chart toppers.

Out of all of the services listed above, Cliggo is the most robust option complete with mobile options, the ability to create playlists, and listen to radio stations. If you’re more interested in music discovery, Hype Machine and TheSixtyOne are your best bet.

What music services would you add to this list? Please feel free to let us know in the comments below!

Image Credit: H4g2 via Flickr

Originally written by Nancy Messieh on April 25th, 2011

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  1. juan
    October 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    none of this worked for me so f*** this webbsite

  2. JK
    May 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Hype Machine has been my favorite for a long time now. I wanted to try TheSixtyOne, but the site appears to be down. Cliggo looks interesting too, thanks for sharing.

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  4. Jim
    January 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Of the legal paid streaming and download music services, Youzeek is by far the least expensive.At £18 a year in the U.K.
    No ads on the paid version,ads on the free version.It has an android app and a website.

  5. Stinky
    January 14, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Spotify web is great with an adblocker

  6. Jonny
    May 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    You should check this: Music catalog for artists, albums, etc. like spotify, but free and legal: https://music.cliggo.com

  7. T-mad
    June 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Check out T-Mad's Music at http://www.outofprintsoulandfunk.com - mixture of Black music from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s.  Soul, funk, jazz, disco, gospel, old school rap, etc.

    • Tina
      June 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

  8. Sms2night
    April 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    http://playlistnow.fm/ is very good too.

  9. Jussi Apila
    April 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Here in Finland Spotify is the only choice! You can listen most new albums in Spotify at the same day than they are relased.

  10. Miggs
    April 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Nah. Neither one impressed me. Although it's not a music a music streaming service it definitely suits my needs: YOUTUBE!

    Features:
    - you find non-american non-popular music;
    - you find live streams ( rock listeners surely know what I mean );
    - there's no music you can't find.

  11. Amir
    April 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Still Grooveshark is my 1st choice :)

  12. Sahil Dave
    April 26, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I am listening to http://www.977music.com from past two years !!! really amazing !!! :)

  13. Sahil Dave
    April 26, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I am listening to http://www.977music.com from past two years !!! really amazing !!! :)

  14. Lewis
    April 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    My fave is this: http://bit.ly/mFlowInvite
    I just moved to it after leaving spotify :)

  15. Lewis
    April 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    My fave is this: http://bit.ly/mFlowInvite
    I just moved to it after leaving spotify :)