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stream internet radio stationsI love music. I don’t know many people who really don’t enjoy music on their computer, especially while doing mundane tasks or surfing. It just seems to make the time go by faster and make it slightly more enjoyable.

While we’re always looking for neat web applications and such here at MakeUseOf, recently I found this little site called Filtermusic and it really has made my enjoyment of music that much greater. There’s tons of other great music apps/web apps here on MakeUseOf, but here’s yet another.

I realize that there are some great other web apps out there, what with LastFM Using Last.fm to Improve your Audiovascular Fitness Using Last.fm to Improve your Audiovascular Fitness Read More really grabbing some market share of streaming music and the great Pandora, but there’s just something about hearing something “fresh”. And that’s exactly what I feel that I’ve found in Filtermusic.

What is it?

What is filtermusic?

Essentially, Filtermusic is a listing of Interweb radio stations that stream in high quality (128Kbps) and feature uninterrupted play. That’s one of the greatest features. To listen to their streams, they just require that you have either iTunes, VLC, or Winamp. With some additional tools you can record streaming music as MP3 3 Easy Tools to Record Streaming Music as MP3 Files 3 Easy Tools to Record Streaming Music as MP3 Files Read More files as well.

Currently, this site is translated into a ton of languages: Greek, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Turkish, Serbian, Polish, Dutch, Hebrew, Danish, Albanian, Bulgarian, Latvian, Slovak and Swedish with more coming as listeners offer up appropriate translations.

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Styles of Listening Pleasure

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Filtermusic’s got all kinds of styles. Here’s a rundown of what’s out there:

  • Easy Lounge, Groove tunes
  • HipHop, R&B
  • Funk, Soul, Disco
  • House, Dance
  • Progressive, Techno, Trance
  • Electronic sounds, Industrial
  • Breaks, Drum ‘n’ Bass
  • Downtempo, Dub, Ambient
  • Independent, Freestyle
  • Hits, Mainstream
  • 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s
  • Rock, Alternative
  • Popular, Eclectiv
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Reggae, Dancehall
  • Latin, Salsa, Tango
  • International, Ethnic

Each one of these sections has tons of available stations to listen too, that’s the beauty of it. It seems like just about whatever your preference of music is, they’ve got you covered.

Mobile Access

If you feel the need to jam out on your mobile, they’ve got a page dedicated to that too with direct links to the playlist files for easy grabbing and play. That makes it easy to streamy internet radio stations on iPhone, BlackBerry or Windows mobile phones.

Just insert the “pls” file into your mobile phone streaming music app and you’re in business.

Love it? Hate it? Sound off in the comments and let us know if there’s more out there that we’ve just not covered yet.

  1. pipicom
    February 3, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Cool Travis, thanks!

  2. William
    February 2, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Excellent! No 'social' aspect (I'm a miserable old git!), plain and simple without too much to think about.

    I hope they don't go and spoil it by adding 'features'.

    • Travis Quinnelly
      February 2, 2009 at 9:05 am

      Exactly!

  3. Transcontinental
    February 1, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I've just discovered there were country restrictions :

    "We’ve released our free advertising supported version in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. In most other countries Spotify Premium is available for purchase."

    Sorry for that.

  4. Chris
    February 1, 2009 at 11:01 am

    This sounds nice and i will check it out but I am hooked on slacker radio. Customize radio stations that play the stuff I want to play is very nice.

    • Transcontinental
      February 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm

      Another music concept is that of 'Spotify' ( spotify.com/en/ ), but it's only on invitation at this time. I've got 10 invitations to share, if you're interested send me a valid email to :
      verbatim AT snugmail DOT com (disposable email address, no problem ahead), and Spotify will send you an invitation via my shares remaining . It's splendid.

      • Transcontinental
        February 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm

        I just found out that there are country restrictions, for the free version anyway :

        Quote :
        "We’ve released our free advertising supported version in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. In most other countries Spotify Premium is available for purchase."

        Sorry for that...

      • Transcontinental
        February 1, 2009 at 3:33 pm

        EDIT

        Quote :
        "We’ve released our free advertising supported version in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. In most other countries Spotify Premium is available for purchase."

        Sorry for that.

  5. tecben
    February 1, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Please dont call 128Kbps High quality. I only want the hear "High Quality" use on 320Kbps music or FLAC formats.

    • Transcontinental
      February 1, 2009 at 4:50 am

      High sound quality starts at 128Kbps; 320Kbps is either snobbish if you cannot tell the difference, either nirvana if you can :) Besides, the recording quality is another feature!

  6. megamike
    February 1, 2009 at 12:19 am

    many of these feeds are on shoutcast.com and shoutcast has hundreds and hundreds to choose from

    • Travis Quinnelly
      February 1, 2009 at 12:52 am

      megamike, you're right...Shoutcast does have tons of playlists to choose from. Their site just seems so cluttered.

      The great thing with this one is that its clean and easily organized. Shoutcast trumps them in numbers of stations for sure...but this is all about finding a new app to filter through some of the clutter of other more well known sites and finding something unique.

    • Transcontinental
      February 1, 2009 at 4:53 am

      I agree with Travis Quinnelly. It's also subjective, I mean if you like the lits' content or not : FilterRadio is a bit like a DJ, since indeed there is filtering. In my case I rather like what these filters render :)

  7. Will Mueller
    January 31, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Quite a nice app. This really is a nice thing to have when browsing the web... Quite a large selection as well.

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