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Streaming Music Online and Recommendation Services

YouTube Music Gives You Playlists, Recommended Tunes

While YouTube may be your go-to destination for funny cat videos, it's also a top spot to hear music. And since music is so popular on the video-streaming site, it's now launched YouTube Music, an online destination for trending music and videos with recommended and artist-curated playlists and lists of upcoming live shows in your area. You can also find the current YouTube 100 list, which shows you which artists are the most popular on the site right now. The Red Hot Chili Peppers kicked things off with its quintessential rock-and-roll playlist — check out its recommendations in the video.

Music recommendation services are blowing up all over the Internet right now. Learn about a few more online destinations to get music recommendations and curated playlists below!

  • Spotify — Spotify is new to US users, but music lovers in the UK have been enjoying the music streaming and discovery platform for a while. Spotify allows you to find and stream your favorite tunes online, connect with other friends via Facebook to see what they're listening to, and discover new music through curated playlists from icons like Pitchfork.
  • Digster — This playlist service comes from the music aficionados at Universal Music Group and works alongside Spotify to bring you playlists and mixes for long road trips, bad moods, or impromptu dance parties. It's free and even pairs up with your free Spotify subscription.
  • 8tracks — Taking the radio online, 8tracks users spend painstaking hours crafting mixes for your listening pleasure. You can also legally share your own mixes of eight handpicked songs for others to enjoy.
  • Rdio — Rdio is like a mashup of Amazon's cloud storage and Spotify: you can store your music online and discover new tunes from friends who are also using the service.
  • Pandora — The O.G. music streaming and discovery service, Pandora, lets you choose a song to kick things off. It then pumps your speakers full of similar songs you know and love or even ones you've never heard of.
  • Magnifier — Though not a streaming service, Google has launched a Google Music Beta blog called Magnifier to help you discover new music by giving free tracks to download into your storage locker.
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