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As New Year’s Eve approaches (only tomorrow), this article reviews six free music services/websites and we explain how savers can listen to their favourite classic and contemporary music alike without having to pay through the nose. 

Spotify  

In recent years Spotify has probably become one of the best known avenues for free or very reasonably priced music. This commercial music streaming service quite rightly boasts an array of tracks that can be searched for by playlist, artist, album, genre or record label.

If you sign up as a new user, they will offer you a free trial for a one month period. You will be able to use their premium ad-free service, which will enable you to listen to unlimited tracks. You can access it on any device including mobiles or through a TV connected to the internet.

After your month’s free premium trial is up, you can use their standard service which remains free, but you will be subjected to adverts. However, should you choose to pay £9.99 per month, you will stay on the premium option with ad-free access that allows you to listen to music from any device. 

They are currently running a special offer of 3 months of Spotify Premium for only £0.99. This offer ends 23 January 2015 (just over 3 weeks).  

Blinkbox Music  

This music streaming service is free as it is supported by advertising. It was formerly called We7 and was bought by Tesco’s in 2012 for £10.8 million to try and rival Spotify. 

The site’s co founders, Steve Purdham and former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel wanted to focus on giving its users personalised radio stations. They now offer more than 12 million songs available to stream within the UK and Ireland.

Register and they will allow you unlimited free access to tracks via radio stations that you can listen to on most devices. You can create your own station by picking an artist, song or genre and make a favourite station. However, the music does get interrupted a bit by short adverts. 

For a monthly fee of £4.33 you can have Blink Music More. This will entitle you to all the above plus you can download music for when you’re offline and there are no ads to disrupt your enjoyment.

Last FM   

Last FM say they use ‘a music recommender system called Audioscrobbler’. Apparently that pieces together a profile of a person’s taste in music thus helping them to obtain recommendations to similar artists that they may enjoy listening to. It also introduces users to other users with similar musical taste. 

As with the previous free services, ads will interrupt the tracks from time to time. Also likewise, you can opt to pay £3 per month to stop that from happening. 

Google Play Music All Access  

Google Play Music All Access is a bit of a mouthful, but they are offering a 30 day free trial and access to a library of more than 30 million songs. Just as Spotify, the trial period is completely ad-free. After the 30 days are over, you can continue at £9.99 per month should you wish.

Deezer 

Deezer is a web-based on-demand music streaming service that has apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and more. They offer a free “Discovery” account with a year’s unlimited playback. There are ads and the mobile app is not available with Discovery.

At the end of the year, you will either have to subscribe in order to continue or only be able to listen to a maximum of two hours per month for free.

Rdio 

Rdio is an online music service that offers an ad-supported free music streaming service plus an ad-free subscription service. It was only possible to receive this service in the US and Australia until a few months ago when the service was extended to the UK. 

They have a library of 20 million station tracks that you can access free but is disrupted by ads. Or you can opt for their subscription package of £9.99 per month that allows a greater selection including playlists, albums and songs, online or off.

About the author

David Griffin David Griffin trained as a graphic designer and now helps PaydayLoan123 with social media. He is a born and bred Londoner who has recently moved out of the capital and is probably missing it a little too much. He enjoys fishing, playing golf and working out at the gym, when he feels energetic enough!

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