Music for free

The music business has changed significantly over the past few years and listening to music online for free is becoming the norm. Drew explains two ways to listen for free.

Launched in Australia this year, Spotify is the number one up-and-coming music streaming program with millions of free songs on offer. Spotify allows you to create playlists, listen to your own music or explore genres by type of music or decade through pre-set ‘radio stations’. What sets Spotify apart from any other music program is that you can integrate Spotify with your Facebook friends list. This not only allows you to see what others have listened to, but the ‘What’s New’ tab recommends songs for you based on what your friends have recently played.

Spotify makes its money by playing a 15 second sponsored message in between songs every 30 minutes or so. If the advertising becomes annoying, you can pay $6.99 per month for unlimited access without ads.

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YouTube is still the number one source for listening and watching videos. What many people don’t know is that you can create your own YouTube playlists. All you need to do is create/login to your YouTube account and then visit the first video you wish to add to a play list. Click the arrow next to the + Add To button under the video you’re watching. From the drop down menu, choose Add new playlist Type in the name of your Playlist and hit enter. Add a note and choose if you want your Playlist to be public (viewable by others) or private (only viewable by you).

You have now created a playlist and you can continue to add videos by clicking the arrow next to the + Add To button under the video you’re watching and selecting the playlist you just created.

If you would rather download the video/song to your desktop, then Free YouTube Downloader or YTD Video Downloader will satisfy your needs.

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).