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The 7 Best Music Streaming Services for Audiophiles

Music streaming services haven’t traditionally targeted audiophiles by focusing on audio quality. Spotify and Google Play Music both boast maximum bitrates of 320 Kbps, while Apple Music comes in at just 256 Kbps.

This might sound like a lot, and for most users, it’s certainly enough. However, when you compare the quality of most streaming services to CDs—which typically offer 1,411 Kbps—there’s no contest.

If you’re an audiophile, this poses a problem. You demand the clearest and most refined music available, and don’t want to put up with low-quality audio. As such, your options are rather limited. However, here are the best streaming services for audiophiles.

1. Tidal

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Tidal is the best-known high-definition music streaming service around right now. Operated by global rap star Jay-Z, the service’s entire reputation has been built on its high-quality audio offering.

Tidal offers users two different plans. The Premium plan costs $9.99/month and provides a music bitrate of 320 Kbps. If you’re an audiophile, you need to focus on the Hi-Fi package. It offers lossless, CD-quality 1,411 Kbps music for a monthly fee of $19.99. Both packages have family plans available.

And just because Tidal doesn’t have the same allure as the big three—Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music—don’t worry about not being able to find something to listen to. At the time of writing, Tidal boasts more than 60 million tracks.

2. Qobuz

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Another of the leading audiophile streaming services is Qobuz. Based in France, entrepreneur Yves Riesel launched the company in 2007. In addition to streaming services, it also offers music downloads.

Unfortunately, the app does not have the international reach of some of its competitors. While Tidal is currently available in 54 countries worldwide, Qobuz operates in just 12: the US, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and Austria.

Today, Qobuz holds the largest catalog of lossless CD and hi-res albums in the world. The library, which spans 50 million songs, has both new releases and niche genres.

Two subscription plans are available, Studio Premier ($15/month) and Sublime+ ($250/year). The audio quality is the same on both plans, but Sublime+ allows for cheaper music purchases.

3. Deezer

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If you live outside Qobuz’s supported countries but don’t want to subscribe to Tidal, Deezer might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Although it’s not known for as an HD audio music streaming app, the $20/month Deezer Hi-Fi offers 16-bit, 1,411 Kbps FLAC audio. In comparison, the regular Premium plan only offers 320 Kbps and the free tier just 128 Kbps.

The lossless plan was originally introduced in 2014 thanks to the company’s partnership with Sonos. At the time, it was only available on Sonos speakers. Today, however, the Hi-Fi subscription works on most smart speakers, including Bang and Olufsen, Harman/Kardon, Sony, and Google Home.

4. Primephonic

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Primephonic launched its streaming service for classical music fans in 2014. It was instantly popular, as users praised the app for its reimagined approach to cataloging tracks, its impressive artist biographies, and its ease-of-use.

Classical music-loving audiophiles will be delighted to learn that Primephonic streams all of its content in 16-bit, 1,411 Kbps CD-quality if you are happy to pay for the $15/month Platinum plan. A cheaper $10/month plan is available with 320 Kbps MP3 streaming. Primephonic also lets you buy music. Again, all of your purchases will be downloaded in high-definition audio.

The use of FLAC audio for classical music makes sense. It’s the music genre that has the most to gain from high-definition audio. After all, you don’t want your Mozart masterpieces to sound like something your school orchestra has thrown together.

5. Amazon Music HD

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Amazon Music HD is one of the newest audiophile music streaming services on the market following its launch in the second half of 2019.

More than 60 million HD songs are available on the platform. Around 50 million of them are in 850 Kbps and 16-bit/44.1 kHz, with a further 10 million available in 3730 Kbps and 24-bit/192 kHz. That’s more than 10 times the quality found on most rival music streaming apps.

Before you sign up, make sure your device supports 24-bit songs. If you own a pre-2015 Android or iOS gadget, you will probably be out of luck. Amazon’s Fire devices are all supported.

A subscription to Amazon Music HD costs $15/month (or $13/month if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber).

6. YouTube Music

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YouTube Music initially launched with a maximum bitrate of 128 Kbps, though that has since increased to 256 Kbps. But that’s still way behind some of the other apps in this list, so why have we included it as one of the top streaming services for audiophiles?

Well, for the music videos. Music as an art form is about more than the audio. Ever since Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles became the first music video to air on MTV in 1981, artists have been falling over themselves to produce more and more extravagant video content. As you can see in our brief history of music videos.

If this side of the music world appeals to you, YouTube Music is king. Not only is there a vast selection of music, but you can watch the videos, concerts, and recording sessions that accompany your favorite tracks.

7. Spotify

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Spotify offers its users a maximum audio quality of 320 Kbps. However, despite the lesser quality, Spotify is still worth considering if you’re an audiophile purely for the vast library. More than 50 million tracks are already available, with a further 40,000 being added every day.

The service’s music discovery tools are also unrivaled. Even if you have niche tastes, Spotify will still be able to find new music that you’ll almost certainly love. For music lovers who want to embark on an audio journey, there are few better ways to broaden your horizons.

And remember, Spotify is one of the most device-agnostic services. There is a Spotify app available for just about every operating system and smart speaker on the market. Some of the lesser-known services don’t offer such widespread support.

Interestingly, in 2017, Spotify announced that it was planning to enter the world of high-definition audio streaming. Branded as Spotify Hi-Fi, the company started testing it around the world. Since then, the trail has gone cold and Spotify has offered no further updates.

It is still one to keep an eye on though; Spotify is already one of the world’s top music streaming services. If it did enter the HD music arena, its vast library and powerful music discovery tools would make Tidal vs. Spotify a more interesting battle.

Keeping Even the Pickiest Audiophiles Happy

These music streaming services for audiophiles should be more than enough to keep everyone satisfied. Yes, even the pickiest audiophile. And if you don’t already own one, here are the best digital audio players for music without your phone.

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Vinyl vs. Digital Music: 5 Reasons Why Digital Is Better

There has long been a debate pitting vinyl vs. digital. Vinyl collectors claim that their format of choice is superior, citing reasons why vinyl is better than digital. However, others, including myself, think differently.

The fact is that digital music is much better than vinyl, and in this article we’ll outline the reasons why. And by digital music we mean CDs, songs purchased on iTunes, and music you stream on services such as Spotify and Apple Music.

1. Going Digital Will Improve Your Taste in Music

If you ask an art critic what their favorite painting is, they probably won’t say something well-known like the Mona Lisa. Rather, they’ll recount a unique story about a lesser-known piece that speaks to them personally.

Music is similar. Someone whose favorite band is an extremely popular group of the day—even if that artist is available in a record shop—doesn’t have much of an imagination in their musical taste. Having a developed taste in music means understanding what you like and why you like it rather than following what’s popular.

You can be a discerning listener that only listens to music digitally, just like you can visit record shops and still only buy albums from Top 40 artists. Music streaming services like Spotify boast excellent recommendation tools that help you find more music you’ll love, even if they’re not well-known.

The Discover Weekly playlist, for example, updates every week with 30 new tracks based on your listening tastes. By default, Spotify will continue playing similar music when your current playlist or album ends. And you’ll find a Fans Also Like section on every artist to branch out further.

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With both built-in and external tools in your favorite music streaming service, you’ll discover dozens of bands (and maybe even genres) that you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. That will help expand your musical tastes much more than buying old records from big-name artists.

2. Streaming Services Offer All the Music You Need

It’s difficult to overstate how powerful digital music streaming is. As long as you have an internet connection, you can think about what kind of music you’d like to listen to and start playing it in seconds.

And you have complete control over the mix of music you want to play, too. Feeling nostalgic for an album that represents your teenage years? Want to mix everything from your favorite artist? Or maybe you want to jump into music from a new genre to try it out. It’s all really simple with digital.

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Compare that to vinyl, where you have a small selection of records to listen to. If you want to listen to something that you don’t own, you’re out of luck unless you trek all the way to the record store and hope they have a copy. And flipping the record every few songs gets old quickly.

Going digital also means your collection goes with you wherever you go. Paid streaming services let you download your favorite music for offline listening, so you can listen even when you’re offline. You can’t play your vinyl records in the car or bring them on a trip with you.

3. Digital Sounds Better Than Vinyl… Fact

Want to get the vinyl listening experience while listening to music on your computer or phone? First, start playing a song you like. Next, grab a bag of chips and rustle it next to your ear. That’s the signature vinyl crackle, and for much less than the cost of buying a record player.

A page on the Hydrogenaudio Wiki dispels several myths about the quality of vinyl and digital music. It explains that there is no objective basis to state that a vinyl record sounds better than a CD or streaming music.

Some albums might sound better on CD, while others sound better on vinyl. It’s all about the mastering used on that particular project. In addition, many modern albums released on vinyl use the same master as the one used for the CD, since vinyl records are expensive to produce.

Multiple tests have found that few people can tell the difference between a high-quality digital stream and vinyl playback. Even with file compression (how does file compression work), the 320kbps quality used by most premium services, combined with a good pair of headphones, will likely sound better than a mid-range record player.

If you’re an audiophile, you can download music in a lossless format, like FLAC. While most services like Spotify and Apple Music stream in a lossy format, dedicated services like Amazon Music HD or Tidal HiFi stream in higher quality audio formats.

4. Digital Is More Cost-Effective Than Vinyl

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Buying vinyl isn’t cheap. While you can go to a record store and pick up some albums for a few dollars, cheap records are likely either in poor condition or not the music you want to listen to. And new vinyl releases can easily cost $20 or more. Spending that kind of money on every album you want to listen to adds up quickly.

Digital music streaming offers so much more for your money. Most services cost around $10/month (even less if you make use of streaming family plans) and let you listen to as much music as you want.

When a new album from your favorite artist comes out, you can listen to it that day without paying any extra money for the privilege. It’s easy to check out a new artist without feeling like you wasted money if you end up not liking them. And you don’t have to buy a whole album if you just want to listen to a few songs from it.

$10/month can either buy you unlimited access to millions of tracks at the click of a button, or one vinyl record. It’s a clear choice which is better value. Some might argue that vinyl records hold their value, but the chances are slim that you’ll ever make much money selling records on.

5. Digital Offers More Convenient Features

If you place importance on music management and organization, digital music is far superior to vinyl.

Playlists, which are a vital element of today’s music scene, thrive on digital music services. It’s easy to make playlists for your own use, to send to a friend, or for use at an event. You can even search playlists others have made to save yourself time. With vinyl, playlists are essentially non-existent.

Digital music streaming also makes it easy to share music with other people. Instead of having to physically lend someone a vinyl record, you can send them a link to an album or song you like on Spotify or another streaming service.

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Finally, digital services offer more convenient features. You can create an easy-to-search digital library, making it easy to find just the right track, start radio mode to keep the tunes going without manual input, and manually add tracks to the queue. If you listen to music all of the time, these are huge benefits.

Digital Is Superior to Vinyl

In this article, we’ve spelled out the reasons why digital music beats vinyl. While we have previously suggested that everyone should start collecting vinyl, it just doesn’t make sense to use it as your primary music source when there’s a better alternative available.

Digital music is superior to vinyl, and streaming services let you listen to whatever you’d like at high quality, whenever and wherever you want, for a fraction of the cost.

With that in mind, our comparison of Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Google Play Music will help you decide which music streaming service to subscribe to.

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Where to Watch HD Music Videos: The 5 Best Sites

Music videos are amazingly popular online. Many of the most-watched videos on the web are official music videos. The only other videos that can compete with music for online eyeballs are movie trailers and viral ad campaigns.

The problem is finding these videos, especially if you want to watch HD music videos. And who wouldn’t want to see Lady Gaga strutting her stuff in high-definition? Or watch Beyonce smashing windows with a baseball bat in high-definition?

In order to help you find and watch the latest HD music videos online, we have compiled a list of the best websites to do just that.

1. YouTube

YouTube Music favorites

YouTube is, of course, the daddy of online video. Owned by Google, and owning everyone else in the sector, YouTube is the first destination most people will check out when searching for videos of all different kinds.

Once you navigate through the choppy waters filled with cats doing funny things you’ll find a site filled with different sections, one of which, fittingly called the YouTube Music Channel, is wholly dedicated to music.

Here you can browse through countless music videos to watch. You can also build a more personalized recommendation for music videos by logging into the YouTube Music streaming service.

The majority of official music videos on YouTube are available to watch in high-definition. But it’s unlikely to be turned on by default unless you’re signed into the site and have changed the settings.

By clicking Settings > Playback Setup and then ticking “Always play HD when switching to full screen (when available)” you can ensure you get the HD experience (at least when in fullscreen mode).

If you would rather not be signed into YouTube, or would rather pick and choose your settings on a video-by-video basis, just click the Settings button underneath the video and select “720p HD” or above.

2. Vimeo

vimeo HD channel

Vimeo is an online video site with a strong and dedicated community. It’s like the smaller, indie version of YouTube. It has embraced HD video and also provides a platform for content creators to showcase their work. This includes music artists, many of whom share their HD music videos on the site.

The HD Music Video Channel on Vimeo does what it says on the tin. Which means it contains an updating selection of the best HD music videos. These are the cream of high-definition music videos; ones which are deserving of only being watched in HD.

There is also a “Shout Box” which has regular comments added to it, many of which contain links to HD music videos that are often hidden gems.

3. IMVDb

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The Internet Music Video Database (IMVDb) is an online host for just music videos. Barely any sites dedicated exclusively to music videos exist (or they’ve become YouTube channels), so IMVDb stands out as a truly unique website. If you miss Vevo prior to its heavy shift over to its YouTube channel, IMVDb will scratches the nostalgia itch.

Of course, it’s nearly impossible to escape YouTube’s hold on music videos. All of IMVDb’s videos are still sourced from YouTube, so you’ll be able to use the same settings to ensure HD playback. However, IMVDb does offer a unique facet: the passion of its singular focus on music videos.

IMVDb offers some of the typical up-to-date music features like other sites. You’ll see the brand new releases and the top new music videos out right now. However, it also loves revisiting past music videos and sharing statistics as well.

You’ll see “best of” playlists from long ago, and IMVDb provides statistics for the top new music videos and top music videos of all time. Plus, IMVDb’s database statistics show the huge amount of music videos, artists, and credits hosted on the site. If you’re craving more, IMVDb provides commentaries and random video options too.

4. MTV UK

MTV UK music videos

Unlike its American equivalent, MTV UK still hosts music videos online. While MTV was originally all about music videos, the network has increasingly departed from them in favor of reality TV.

Thankfully, no region-blocking occurs with these videos. So you won’t have to figure out how to watch region-blocked media, and you can instead enjoy the music videos instantly. With that noted, MTV UK also shows some added love for music videos besides just hosting them on its own video player.

You’ll have the latest music videos, but you’ll also see the likes of the number-one singles of the past year, exclusive music video commentaries, lyric-teaching videos, and music video flashbacks.

Plus, MTV UK also features an exclusive page for its music video playlists. You can then watch all the videos on the week’s rotation for MTV Music, Club MTV, MTV Hits, MTV Base, MTV Rocks, and MTV OMG.

5. Dailymotion

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When looking at potential YouTube rivals, Dailymotion tends to top the list. The French video and social site, however, doesn’t spring to mind for music videos as much as YouTube. However, with its huge database of videos, there are many popular music videos on the site.

Plus, if you’re looking for international music, Dailymotion provides many to choose from.

While Dailymotion does boast some music video channels, you’ll have better results searching for official music videos directly via its search function. Once you’ve found the video you want to watch, click the Settings menu in the upper-right of the video. Then click on Quality to adjust playback to HD.

If you’re craving more alternatives to YouTube and Vevo like Dailymotion and MTV, check out how to watch music videos on Apple Music.

A Brief History of Music Videos

Music videos are an artform in their own right, and the best artists and directors work together to forge short slices of genius. Just look at videos such as “This Is America” by Childish Gambino or literally anything by OK Go.

This article provides you with the best websites to watch HD music videos. However, if you’re more interested in the artform itself, check out our brief history of music videos. Which takes us from 1967 right through to today.

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The Top 8 Sites to Find Song Lyrics Online

Have you ever had the experience of hearing a new song on the radio, only to find that the radio host never states the name of the song? While this has become less of a problem thanks to music streaming services, it’s still an issue for those of us who still like to tune into the radio every once in a while.

When you hear an unidentified song on the radio or in a store, the only way to find the song’s name is to memorize a snippet of the lyrics and look it up online. Here are some of the top lyrics websites that can help you finally find the songs you’ve been searching for.

1. Lyrics

Lyrics.com Best Lyrics Websites

If you’re looking for a trustworthy lyrics site, Lyrics is a good choice. The homepage displays popular artists and lyrics on the left sidebar, while a handy search bar resides on the top of the page, allowing you to search by lyric, song, or artist.

As you type your search, relevant results appear under the bar, making it easy to hop directly to a song or artist page. When you find the song you’re looking for, Lyrics will present you with song lyrics, a music video, as well as some brief trivia about the song and the artist.

2. MetroLyrics

MetroLyrics lyric search

Upon visiting MetroLyrics, you’ll see the latest news in the world of music, and that includes the latest songs and music videos. On the top menu bar, you can browse through the top 100 lyrics, watch a variety of videos, find out more music news in Features, and check out popular artists.

The search bar on MetroLyrics doesn’t work all that great—typing the name of a song or artist in the bar will yield irrelevant Google results. However, you can get around that by using the search bar’s built-in alphabetical search feature, which isn’t very convenient.

3. LyricsMode

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On LyricsMode’s homepage, you’ll find a feed of the hottest lyrics and newly-added song meanings. You can even check out the most popular lyrics in different languages.

Better yet, LyricsMode’s search feature is highly accurate, and won’t flood the page with unrelated results—you can opt to type an artist, song, or album into the search bar, or simply search by letter.

LyricsMode lets its community correct lyrics, as well as ascribe meanings to certain lyrics. Clicking on a highlighted lyric will show you the community’s interpretation of that line. These meanings aren’t always the most accurate, but some are pretty insightful.

4. AZLyrics

Search for lyrics on AZLyrics

Out of all the lyric sites on this list, AZLyrics is the most simple, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s been one of the best websites for song lyrics since 2000, and it still stays up-to-date.

The homepage greets you with a search bar, as well as links to the lyrics of the hottest songs. Scroll down the page, and you’ll see a list of newly-released albums.

When you perform a search, the site automatically displays any artists, songs, or albums related to your search. There are no distracting ads on AZLyrics. Instead of plastering ads all over your screen, they’re limited to the top and bottom banners of each page.

5. Genius

Genius Best Lyrics Sites

Genius offers a modern, clean-looking site filled with lyrics. Upon opening the homepage, you’ll see music news, trending songs, and videos from Genius’ own series.

Fortunately, Genius makes searching for a specific term very easy—type in your query, and Genius will display results categorized by artist, album, song, and lyric. You can even find related articles and videos in the search results as well.

Genius really shines when it comes to its lyric pages, and that’s what makes it one of the best lyrics websites around. Although the site lets you listen to the song while you read, you’ll have to sign in to Apple Music to listen to the full song. If you have an Apple Music account, you should learn how to get started with Apple Music playlists. Genius will introduce you to plenty of awesome songs.

Also, Genius provides you with a thorough analysis of a lyric’s meaning or reference. Simply clicking a highlighted chunk of text can provide you with newfound knowledge about the song’s meaning.

6. LetsSingIt

LetsSingIt Best Lyrics Sites

LetsSingIt helps you keep up with the latest trends while finding specific song lyrics. You can discover new music and artists on the homepage, as it displays a variety of trending songs, artists, and albums. When you search for a song or artist, you can sort the results by song, album, or artist, making it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Not only do song pages feature accurate lyrics, but some have embedded videos. At the bottom of the page, you can find even more songs under the “Songs you may also like” heading.

7. Lyrics Mania

Lyrics Mania Best Lyrics Sites

Lyrics Mania is jam-packed with lyrics. The site constantly gets updates, which you can tell by the list of popular artists and newly-added lyrics on the homepage. As for the song lyrics, you’ll find that they’re neatly presented on the page, without any intrusive ads in your way.

Searching for songs is also quite easy on Lyrics Mania—whether you search by lyric or artist, you’ll find organized and relevant results. If you’re still stumped on a song, you might want to try finding a song by humming its tune instead.

8. Musixmatch

Musixmatch Best Lyrics Sites

Need a translation of a song? Musixmatch has your back. Each song on the site has at least one translation, and that includes translations to English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Korean, and much more.

This makes it possible to understand and listen to the same music as your far-away friends in different countries. Keep in mind that the number of translations varies by song—the more popular the song, the more translations it has.

Besides the helpful translation feature, Musixmatch has a solid library of lyrics. Like most other lyrics websites, the homepage has lists of the most popular lyrics, newest songs, and any recently-added lyrics. You can also find any new and trendy songs that have just been translated into English.

Lyrics Websites Enhance Your Listening Experience

These lyrics sites come in handy when you can’t figure out the name of a song. They’re also useful for deciphering the words you hear within a song. Reading written lyrics can help you confidently sing along to songs without awkwardly mumbling any lyrics you don’t know.

Don’t forget to take advantage of your smartphone when you hear an unknown song. These music recognition apps can help you find songs by their tune.

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7 Ways to Find Music and Songs From TV Shows

We’ve all been there. You’re engrossed in a TV show or movie when you suddenly hear an awesome song that you don’t recognize. Or music that you really want to hear again.

But how do you find out the title and artist? Fear not, as this article details how to find music and songs from TV shows using the best resources we could find on the web.

1. Tunefind

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You may recall HeardOnTV. It used to be one of the most popular websites specializing in helping you find songs from TV shows and movies. Since 2017, HeardOnTV has been part of Tunefind, but the tool is still as useful as ever.

The Tunefind library of musical references is massive. It covers hundreds (if not thousands) of TV shows. For each series, the songs are listed by season and by episode. Some series have scene descriptions to make the process even easier. Regardless, as long as you know what you’re watching, you will be able to find the track within seconds.

Tunefind is also ahead of the curve when it comes to new episodes. You can expect to see a show’s latest episode go live on the site—complete with its soundtrack—within minutes of it finishing on TV.

The site also focuses on accuracy. It deploys a community voting system so that readers can confirm or disagree with the selected track. It prevents cover versions or songs with the same title by different artists slipping through the net.

Other useful features on Tunefind include alerts for new episodes of shows and movies you like, alerts for your favorite artists’ songs getting featured in a video, and links to YouTube and Amazon listings for the various tracks (where available).

(NB: We’ve also written about how to identify music and songs in YouTube videos.)

2. WhatSong

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Another TV music finder worth checking out is WhatSong. The site is split into movies and TV shows.

Once again, hundreds of shows are available. However, during our entirely non-scientific testing, we felt that there were more placeholders on WhatSong than on Tunefind—as in, the show is listed but no songs have been added to the show/movie’s profile page.

Nevertheless, for mainstream shows on the major networks and streaming services like Netflix and Disney+, most of the songs are present. Like Tunefind, you can browse by season and episode number, and many of the listed tracks also have accompanying scene descriptions. Most songs have links to YouTube, Amazon, Spotify, and Apple Music.

We particularly like the “Trending Music” section of the site. It displays what’s popular right now; you’ll often find the newest songs from TV shows and movies that have just aired/had a theatrical release.

If you wish, you can make an account on WhatSong. It allows you to collate your favorite tunes, shows, and movies, and interact with the wider community in the comment boxes.

3. Soundtrack.net

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Soundtrack.net has been online since 1997, making it another of the most long-standing services for identifying songs you’ve heard on TV and in movies. You’ll have to forgive the slightly retro UI.

Just like the other services we’ve looked at so far, you can use Soundtrack.net to browse songs by season and episode.

But Soundtrack.net goes a little further than that. You can also browse by composer (for all those awesome instrumental pieces that crop up in shows), search for music used specifically in movie trailers, and search official soundtrack audio releases.

Music geeks might also appreciate the Release Dates section. Rather than putting the title of the show/movie front-and-center, it instead lists artists who have work included in upcoming new content.

The site used to have a news section. Unfortunately, although you can still browse the archives, it has not been actively updated since 2011.

4. IMDb

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We’ve covered the three main sites that help you find music from TV shows. For the rest of the article, we’re going to briefly look at some other services you might not have considered. First up, IMDb.

Of course, IMDb is primarily known for being one of the best resources for movie and TV geeks. It features plotlines, actor lists, reviews, and trivia for almost every release you can think of. But don’t forget; it also lists music—including bands, track names, composers, and more.

5. Shazam

Shazam is one of several music recognition services for smartphones. It uses music fingerprinting—whereby it records a few seconds of a track and then searches its database for a match—to provide you with results.

If you’re listening to the radio, the service is hard to beat. However, it’s slightly less useful for identifying music in TV shows due to background interference.

On TV and in movies, songs are rarely played clearly for a prolonged period without the accompanying noise of speech, traffic, gunshots, or something else. That interference effects Shazam’s ability to record clean clips that can be fingerprinted. However, it’s worth a shot.

Download: Shazam for Android | iOS (Free)

6. Adtunes

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What about music in ads? The magic touch of advertisers often means that songs from commercials are catchier than songs in even the best TV shows.

If you’re trying to identify a song from a television ad, Adtunes might have the answers. It is forum-based; ask your question and the community will try to help.

7. StreamingSoundtracks

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StreamingSoundtracks is an internet radio station with a difference. Instead of playing the usual fare of chart hits, the site only plays music from TV shows and movies.

As such, it’s not the best TV show music finder if you are searching for a particular track. It is, however, a great way to hear music you may have heard on TV in the past without mentally registering it. If you like enough of the songs you hear from a specific release, it might even inspire you to watch the film or TV show in question.

Other Ways to Discover New Music

Using websites to find music from TV shows is only one of the many ways to discover new music to listen to. Here are more timeless ways to discover new music to stream, all of which should help you grow your music collection.

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How to Find Songs by Humming Lyrics: 4 Music Finding Apps

Remembering the name of a song when you can’t recall the lyrics can be frustrating. Worse still is when the tune keeps playing over and over in your head, like a broken, looping tape.

Fortunately, there are apps and websites out there that can help you find songs with partial lyrics, notes, or chords. There are even websites that can find a song by humming! Here’s how to use a song finder and other music-related apps to do just that.

A Word on Voice Recognition Technology

Find a Song by Humming Voice Recognition

Before we list the apps, we also wanted to give a quick explanation of voice recognition technology, and how it can help you find a song by humming online.

Sometimes, when we’re talking about machine learning, an image of a starship crew seeking the help of a ship’s AI comes to mind. The crazy part about this technology, however, is that some of it is no longer in the realm of science fiction.

Voice recognition is becoming increasingly integrated into the apps and websites that we use today, including apps that allow you to hum a song to find them. To learn more, check out the best Google AI experiments to explore artificial intelligence. Now let’s talk about those apps.

1. Midomi

Midomi Find a Song by Humming Online

Midomi isn’t exactly a unique website. Like every other online vendor where you can search and buy music, Midomi lets you research genres, bands, and individual artists. You can also watch music videos, listen to song clips, or join the Midomi community to record your own music.

However, what makes Midomi very useful is that little box at the top of the home page that says “Click and sing or hum.”

Can you really find a song by humming? We tested the accuracy of this online application by humming “The Imperial March” from Star Wars. After clicking the box, the recording began.

  • The test included humming ten seconds of the song, with no words whatsoever.
  • When done, we clicked on the red microphone to search for results.
  • Even with my terrible singing rendition, one of our “guesses” was a perfect match.

As such, Midomi’s ability to find a song was pretty impressive.

To make sure that this wasn’t just luck, we tried the website again with a different tune—ten seconds of “Over the Rainbow,” originally sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. After humming, the app processed our recording and provided accurate results.

If you were looking for convincing proof that Midomi worked, this is it. Apparently all you need is the general tune of the song, no title or lyrics required.

2. Musipedia

Musipedia Melody Search Engine

If you’re a skilled musician, then you’ll probably know most of the notes in a particular song. You might even prefer to use notes to find a tune rather than humming along. If that describes you, then Musipedia might be a good fit.

Musipedia gives you the ability to play a tune with several note-related searches. These include:

  • Keyboard Search. This is done by notes.
  • Contour Search. These are the general note patterns of a song.
  • Rhythm Search. Through this, you can hunt for a song by rhythm.

When you use any of these features, Musipedia will convert the data into a general “note contour” line. The website then runs this line through its database, looking for a match.

After it finds a match, you’ll see a list of the songs in the search results. Each result includes the portion of the musical pattern that matched the tune that you played.

However—while exploring this website—we also noticed some major downsides to it.

  • Musipedia runs very slow. It isn’t exactly what we’d call a work of art by any web development standards, either.
  • There have been reports by its users on the Musipedia forums that the website is not returning results. This leaves its current functionality circumspect.
  • While Musipedia does offer the option to find songs by humming, this feature still requires Flash.
  • Unfortunately, Adobe Flash can be flakey, so chances are high that this feature will not work. Adobe also plans to phase out Flash very soon.
  • As such, the connection to this website is not secure.

If you’re insistent on using the Flash-based feature, however, here’s how to download embedded Flash videos and music with a browser.

3. AHA Music—Music Identifier Extension

What Song Am I Humming AHA Music Extension

Another way that you can find a song by humming or singing is by installing the AHA Music – Music Identifier Chrome extension.

The way it works is very simple.

  • If you’re watching a movie or TV show, click on the AHA Music Identifier icon in your browser.
  • If there’s a song playing in the background, the app will listen in and identify.
  • You can also click on the Spotify icon to open up the song on the Spotify website.

What’s really nice about this app is that it’s a great way to identify songs that are being played on a video streaming service, especially when song titles aren’t readily available.

Additionally, you can try using this extension as a hum song finder in a two-step process:

  • First, you can use a site like Online Voice Recorder to record yourself humming or singing.
  • Next, when you play it back, you can trigger the AHA Music Identifier extension.

However, we should note that the results for this two-step process were very mixed. While AHA did analyze the recording, if we sang too far off-key it couldn’t match the song.

So if you’re bad at singing, you might want to stick to Midomi. It’s much more reliable.

4. Shazam

Shazam Song Finder

Lastly, we wanted to give a shout out to the website-and-app combo, Shazam.

While Shazam cannot find songs by humming if you hum off-tune (trust us, we tried), it does have one of the best music databases out there. With a couple of clicks, it can help you find a song in seconds either by listening in on a music recording or by typing the partial lyrics into the website.

If you’ve got a partial line stuck in your head—in this case, let’s just use the word “somewhere”—Shazam can instantly pull up all songs that contain that word or those lyrics, so long as you type it into the search bar.

If you click on the song page on the website, you’ll also get:

  • Artist and title info.
  • The full lyrics to that song.
  • An embedded YouTube video of that song, to allow you to listen to it.

If you have the app on your phone, you can simply turn it on while listening to a movie or TV show. The app will pull up the artist and title for you.

Download: Shazam for Android | iOS (Free)

Song Finder Apps That Didn’t Make the List

MelodyCatcher Melody Search Engine

Prior to us releasing this article, there was another song finder search engine that we wrote about called MelodyCatcher. MelodyCatcher was similar to Musipedia, in that it was a melody search engine that let you search for tunes by playing them on a virtual keyboard.

Unfortunately—while the melody catcher website is still live—the website has not been updated in several years. This leave site insecure and vulnerable to exploits.

As such, we can no longer recommend it.

What Is That Sound? Hum a Song to Find It

Few things are quite as frustrating as walking around all day with a tune stuck in your head. Fortunately, the next time this happens, you’ll know where you can go for answers. You’ll also know how to find a song by humming a tune or playing the notes!

Do you know of someone else who is as passionate about music as you are? Check out our list of brilliant gift ideas for music lovers.

Read the full article: How to Find Songs by Humming Lyrics: 4 Music Finding Apps

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Stream Music for Free With These 5 Little-Known Apps

If you’re debating which music streaming app to subscribe to, hold on. You need to first check these little-known apps to stream music for free without any major hassles.

Right now, the top two free music streaming apps are Spotify and YouTube Music. Each offers a few features for free, with ads, and you can upgrade to a premium plan for more features like offline playback.

But you might be surprised to know that you don’t need to pay for anything to get a good music streaming experience.

From hip-hop mixtapes to better interfaces for YouTube, and even a way to listen to your own music from your computer, here are some of the little-known ways to stream music for free.

1. Aux.app: YouTube, SoundCloud, Deezer, and MixCloud in One App

Aux lets you search and play music for free from YouTube, Soundcloud, Deezer, and MixCloud

If you want to listen to a song online without paying anything, you will likely find it in one of the four major free music streaming apps: YouTube, SoundCloud, MixCloud or Deezer. But of course, each has some songs that the other doesn’t have. What you actually need is an aggregator like Aux.

Aux combines all the four free music streaming apps into one neat interface. Search for a song across all services, or check out their individual search results. Add any song to your play queue or a custom playlist, or tap Like to make it one of your favorites. If your queue is empty, Aux will recommend a track to listen to for continuous playback.

You can use everything without ever registering, but you’ll need a Deezer account to search that service. You’ll also need to sign up to save your playlists and likes for the future. If you connect your YouTube or SoundCloud accounts to Aux, it will fetch your favorites.

2. Spinrilla: Free Hip-Hop Mixtapes

Spinrilla is a free music streaming service for hip-hop mixtapes

In the early days of hip-hop, when it was more an underground movement, artists spread their music through tapes of live shows and parties. Over time, hip-hop has legitimized itself through production houses and music labels, but the underground movement remains strong. And that’s what you’ll find at Spinrilla.

Hip-hop artists still release mixtapes on which they lay their own original track, or create a whole new remix. Any fan of this genre of music would love to hear where upcoming musicians and artists are taking hip-hop, and you’ll find it all on Spinrilla.

Spinrilla is a free streaming app only for hip-hop mixtapes. You can explore trending, popular and upcoming mixtapes, discover new singles, and even check out videos from some artists. Sign up to save songs and mixtapes, and even create playlists of your favorites.

Whether you use the web player or the mobile apps, Spinrilla plays without a hitch like any major music streaming service. It’s impressive how good the streaming quality is, given it is completely free and without any paid upgrades for a premium package.

Download: Spinrilla for Android | iOS (Free)

3. YouTube Music for Desktop: Play with MusixMatch Lyrics

The official YouTube Music is a fantastic streaming service, with one flaw. There is no desktop player. On the other hand, mobile users get a YouTube Music app filled with great tricks that makes the listening experience better.

But where YouTube doesn’t provide, some enterprising developer will. YouTube Music for Desktop is a nifty program for all major operating systems that gives you the full YouTube Music experience, with a little more. You can search, make playlists, listen to radio stations, and everything else from the free account.

The player also integrates MusixMatch into the program for an added bonus. YouTube Music doesn’t have lyrics, but this is a nice way to flip to a different tab in the player to read the lyrics, which scroll based on the line you’re currently listening to.

Download: YouTube Music for Desktop for Windows | macOS | Linux (Free)

4. Mozaart: Huge Catalog of Music With YouTube Links

Mozaart is a deep and rich music catalog with links to YouTube for all songs

More people listen to music on YouTube than any other streaming app, but YouTube isn’t optimized for music. Mozaart is primarily a music discovery and catalog app, but by adding YouTube links to all songs, it becomes so much more.

Head to the Charts to see the top 50 trending songs from any country, or go to Playlists for readymade collections based on categories, mood, or nation. Click the play button next to any song to start streaming music.

The deep interlinked catalog is the big sell of Mozaart. While it’s not meant to be a YouTube music browser, that’s what it ends up becoming. It’s the most systematic way you will be able to look at artists, albums, and so on, and be able to play any song immediately. It’s a whole new way of browsing YouTube.

5. mStream: Setup a Home Music Server

You have stored folders upon folders of music on one computer, how do you listen to it on another device in your home? mStream is the easiest way to set up a private music streaming server with which you can access your music on other devices.

The makers claim you can set up the server in 30 seconds, and they’re not far off. Run the program, add a username and password as well as an open Port on your network. Usually, Port 3000 will work. Point the software to your music folder and click on Boot Server to get an IP address. Depending on the size of the folder, it’ll take some time to make the list and then start.

Now, as long as you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network, go to the IP address, key in the username and password, and you’ll see all the music right there. Click any file to start playing it. It really is the simplest and quickest way to get music all across your home.

You can install the open-source software on any major desktop operating system. It doesn’t currently support Raspbian, but you’ll find documentation online about how to build it with any Terminal.

Download: mStream for Windows | macOS | Linux (Free)

The Best Music Streaming Service for You

Just because these are fantastic free music streaming apps doesn’t mean you don’t need a paid service. Apps like Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube Music do a lot more than just let you listen to music, and are worth the price they ask for.

But you don’t need them all, of course. What you need to do is figure out which is the best music streaming service for you.

Read the full article: Stream Music for Free With These 5 Little-Known Apps