10 Free Alternatives to Last.fm’s Radio Service
By on March 26th, 2009

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

Stumble Audio

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.

Spotify

spotify

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

shoutcast

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

musicovery

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.

Deezer

deezer

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.

iLike

ilike_logo

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

tunerec

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.

Songza

songza

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.

Live365

live 365

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

radio beta

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.

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Author: Keshav Khera
Keshav Khera is a young freelance writer from India. Alongside writing for the web, he also attends school and tries not to bunk classes. He keeps interest in music, table tennis, reading and of course, twitter (@keshav)

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    Also I bookmark some of them thanks

  • abhishek

    hi mr.keshav i'm lovin last.fm but i use fring(a mobile app) to listen to last.fm ….but der is an alternative player called mobler that asks for last.fm account,if u hav one cud u send me the details so tat i can use…i wud be thankful to u…

  • duncan

    No limit ,put all your music on last fm ,great I thought ,but the site is riddled with problems ,there is nothing that I havent had a problem with on last fm ,even going to my profile has to be done by going to the libary first .The radios nearly always say, ooooops sorry not working please try again ,the list is endless from begining to end and the staff are hopeless.All the hours I spent on the profile and they can not spare a few minutes to answer a question or help .
    Some one recomended itunes but tunecore there colleges eventually told me that it is for buying music only .
    I upload my music for free download and so dont want a load more hassle like I have had with last f mothers. Does anybody agree with me on this ? Which is the site out of the 10 that works like it's suppose to ?

  • duncan

    Having said that ,I have had a look at the sites from the list above and previously uploaded to three other sites and none of them seem to have the potential of lastfm or come even close .The other sites limit the amount of music you can upload and the length of the track and worst of all you have to play each track individually.Myspace will play five tracks of the same artist with one click if it works properly .Have any of the music sites taken that idea further and allow whole albums to be played in the same way ? otherwise it's like going back in time ,playing 45's one at a time and easier to put the real radio on and suffer the repetative adverts ,traffic updates and DJ's ranting .
    If only lastfm could do this and be reliable ,then it would be well worth the small charge some countries have to pay ,in fact best bargin ever concidering you wouldn't need a Hi Fi any more ,just a good set of PC speakers and and possably a PC sound card upgrade.With all the music in one tower instead of at the back and at the bottom of the storeroom or up in the loft somewhere if I haven't thrown it out already .

  • remco

    Spotify is not available in parts of Europe. You should mention that in your article.

  • User

    You CAN use spotify anywhere. When you set up your account, you need to use a page that forwards your data and masks your country ID, so that spotify thinks you are from UK. Sadly this doesn’t work with Last.fm.

  • Levon

    I recommended use http://imusic.am

  • dorruk

    I think Last.fm should put ads on the website and the application on a sidebar or st for free users.

    That would work on all online web services that is paid, right?

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  • Da Schlick

    The decision to cut off is stupid, they should advertise like the rest of the services, that way keeping it free.
    Another great alternative is Jango.com, they have an android and iphone app too.

 
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