Free Services That Blend Music and Social Networking

Use these services or apps to turn music social

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For music fans, the problem with most of the top social networking sites is that they aren't focused on music. This gap can be frustrating, since being social helps you engage with other music lovers and discover new songs and artists.

Sharing your musical tastes with others is a fun way to discover new music and friends. These music-streaming services and other apps have some sort of social focus along with the music.

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Shazam

What We Like

  • Generally accurate song identification.

  • Friends' Shazam activity displays in Facebook.

  • Share tagged music in Facebook, Twitter, and others.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't listen to full songs without another app.

  • No in-app social component.

Shazam is heavily connected. The app identifies songs you don't recognize, and everything Shazam finds is logged for you in your account.

However, while the app's primary purpose is to listen to and identify songs for you, it can also connect to your Facebook account to see what your friends are discovering.

Shazam doesn't let you listen to full songs within its own app but does let you listen to your Shazam music in other apps, including Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, or Google Play Music.

When you Shazam a song, you automatically "follow" the artist and can receive alerts when new information comes available, such as when the performer releases a new album.

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SoundCloud

What We Like

  • Facebook shows friends’ SoundCloud activity.

  • Especially good for discovering and following new, independent artists.

  • Instant messaging feature allows artist-fan communication.

What We Don't Like

  • Free version is ad-supported.

  • Messaging not available in mobile versions.

SoundCloud is home to music uploaded by new artists and at-home users who want to share their music with the community. You can follow users to receive notifications when they add new music to SoundCloud.

After you've used SoundCloud a while, it can recommend users with whom you should follow and stay up to date, based on your listening activity.

SoundCloud also lets you connect with Facebook to see which SoundCloud users your friends are following. This strategy is a solid way to discover new music if your friends have similar tastes, and you don't mind Facebook intruding into yet one more area of your life.

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Pandora

What We Like

  • Premium subscribers can share playlists with each other.

  • Free premium trial.

What We Don't Like

  • Free version is ad-based.

  • Skips limited in free version.

With its ability to import your Facebook profile into Pandora Radio, you can listen to your friends' music and share your discoveries with them, too.

Pandora is an intelligent internet radio service that plays music based on your feedback. After you've entered an artist's name or a song title, Pandora automatically suggests similar tracks which you can agree with or reject; Pandora remembers your answers and fine-tunes its subsequent recommendations.

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Last.fm

What We Like

  • Easy to track artist and song trends.

  • Robust community forums.

What We Don't Like

  • Free version is ad-supported.

  • Deep statistics on listening habits available only with paid subscription.

Make a Last.fm account and connect it to other places you listen to music, like your devices or other music streaming services, and it will build a profile of your musical tastes.

The auto-tracking of your music is called scrobbling and helps create a showcase of the music you love and can suggest new music and events that you might be interested in based on the music you listen to.

Last.fm works with services like Spotify, Deezer, Pandora Radio, and Slacker.