Now since the Last.fm radio is getting paid for users living outside US, UK and Germany, it becomes quite a pain for the left out users to look for a free equivalent, if not a better alternative to Last.fm’s radio.
Although Last.fm still functions as a recommendation tool, as you can still scrobble your tracks (for free), you won’t be able to listen to the recommended tracks without buying a subscription. To ease out the task for you, we researched a little bit and have put down a list of 10 free alternatives to the Last.fm Radio service.
StumbleAudio is like StumbleUpon, but for music. You can randomly listen to music and rate them ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’. You can browse music by channels and save favorites when you sign up.
If you live in Europe, you need not look further. Spotify is a radio, a recommendation tool, a music sharing tool and a lot more. It comes with its own desktop app from where you can stream the music you like. Not available in the rest of the world yet.
Shoutcast is one of the oldest and most popular radio services on the internet. Browse by artist or genre and make advanced searches. Thousands of radio channels add to its glory.
Musicovery is an interactive and intuitive radio service which adjusts itself according to your mood. You can also choose music from genre, timeframe and browse their hit songs.
With Deezer, you can listen to all kinds of music from rock to hip-hop, jazz, electro and world music. You can browse their top charts and listen to the radios.
Quite much like Last.fm, iLike integrates a sidebar to your iTunes from where it can track your listening habits and then provide music suggestions. You can play their radio by genre or artist. They also have added features like concert listings and free mp3 downloads for some songs. When you play music there, you can also see the youtube video for that song alongside.
Tunerec is a web based service, that records’ songs off internet radio streams and then tags them all for your convenience. You can search songs by artist, album or song name. It has got a very sleek interface, though it takes some time to record songs for you.
With Songza, you can search, share and create playlists easily. You can listen to playlists others have made and discover new music. When you play a track, you can also glance through its video alongside.
With Live365, you can search for more than 6000 online radio stations. You can browse as per genre or you can see which radio station is playing a particular song you want to hear. In all, a great package.
RadioBeta lets you search for radio stations by geography or genres. You can play radio stations from RadioBeta itself and also queue them for playing. With the geo search feature, you can listen online radio in your regional language. Works quite well!
Update: We would also like to add RadioTime to the list. Apart from listening to various online radio channels there, you can also lend an ear for a talk show or news channel.
This finishes the list. Let us know what you think of Last’s decision to cut off free radio, and, of course, these alternatives.