Well, On-Demand music streaming is now here to stay! It is slowly gaining traction; and according to ifpi’s website, there has been a steady growth of 6.9 percent since last year. Now is the time to start encouraging folk who love the oldies as much as we do, to start listening to both streaming radio, and On-Demand services. Not only are they incredible convenience to you as a user, but you have the privilege of downloading high quality oldies, within just a few quick searches! They are legal, they are affordable, and our favorite artists gets paid for each and every listen, from each and every unique device. Doesn’t matter if it’s your cellphone, TV, PlayStation, Roku, Amazon Fire, Android, Windows, or Mac; your favorite artists will get paid for not only their hard work, but the memories they gave to us. Doesn’t matter what you choose to use to listen to your music, all the major streaming services and Internet radio all pay artists their royalties. So, gone are the days of begging your boyfriend to burn you a copy of a song you like; cause you can Shazam it yourself!


However, not every streaming service will have the songs you love in their library. If you really like a particular song, and it is out of print, what other options are there? The answer is to purchase non-DRM music. I highly recommend purchasing Digital Rights Management free music, because it allows you to listen to your favorite music on ANY mp3 device (which includes cellphones)! Below are a list of online vendors that carry non-DRM  music. Remember that depending on how obscure, how rare the music is, or even whether or not the record label chooses to license the song or not, not everyone will carry it. This is a good example of why you should still purchase rare music even if you’re on a streaming service, because licenses can and do expire after x amount of time. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many vendors selling non-DRM music anymore. This could be for different reasons. But, in my opinion, the main reasons is either the license cost to much to do it, or most vendors want to try and lock you in, and keep you using their service exclusively (such as iTunes). I think this is where both Amazon and GooglePlay have a “1-up” on online music.

Here Are Some Online Vendors I’ve Used That Offer DRM Free Music:

  •; my opinion, you should always check Amazon first. Sometimes I’ve noticed that the prices are a little cheaper there. Amazon now has something called Amazon Prime, which allows you to stream music similar to Rhapsody. The nice thing about Amazon is that they are cloud based, so all your purchases can easily be downloaded from anywhere. If there are no digital versions of the songs available, there is a 90% chance Amazon will have it on an album or CD. Amazon pretty much sells everything on the planet.
  • GooglePlay; Although I personally don’t like GooglePlay, they are my second choice for non-DRM downloads. I don’t see a reason to not purchase any music from them. The only downside, is you have to remember to use their web interface to manually download the mp3 files. If the song is precious to you, this shouldn’t be an issue.
  • Emusic; great site, fairly easy to use. Discover lesser known artists.
  • TuneIn; This is a free radio service that I use all the time. I like to listen to 1010 wins on it, as well as a few other channels. Although it’s technically not a streaming service (in terms of “on demand music”), they have a partnership with GooglePlay that allows you to purchase music being played on the radio (real-time). Plus you can record a radio stream and save it to your phone. Search podcasts and organize your genres, and save radio stations as favorites.
  • Rhapsody; Unfortunately, Rhapsody has become a subscription only service. They dropped the license to sell downloads.
  • Jamendo; has mostly Creative  Commons music, very little mainstream music here. However, you’ll find many talented indie artists. Most licenses are free, and or reasonable prices if you want to support the artist album.
  •; UK site. Pricy if you if you purchase from the US. However, if your into UK music this is the place to go, and it’s easy to use.
  •; Some DRM free music available for download. No software needed to install. However, I think they have more CD’s available now than downloads though.
  • Spotify; They do not have the license to sell downloads.

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