It wasn’t so long ago, that if you wanted to listen to good music, you could just turn on the radio, or visit a high street shop to buy a CD (or if you’re older than that, a cassette tape or vinyl album). There are still vintage shops and markets that sell them, but finding good music these days is a bit more difficult, as most people download music, and there are not many music shops left that sell physical records (unless you live in a big city).
You’ve likely heard that recently there has also been controversy over big artists boycotting the big download companies, for reasons ranging from not giving enough royalties to artists, to podcasters spreading vaccine misinformation. So here are a few helpful resources, if you would like to find good music of all genres:
If you prefer world music, Putumayo is a fantastic label that gathers together the best artists into gorgeous illustrated CDs (download options available). These range from French and Italian and Celtic cafe music, to Brazilian and Indian groove, to New Orleans and Caribbean songs. Once you’ve listened to these (samples online), you won’t likely wish to hear much else! Songlines is a good world music magazine, which usually includes a free CD sampler with each issue.
Past Perfect is another nice music label. This time they remaster the classics, so you can buy CDs for all your favourites from Frank Sinatra to Judy Garland to Duke Ellington. Again, you can download, if preferred.
Alternatives to Spotify
- Bandcamp is a good alternative to Spotify. You can just type in your favourite artist’s name, and listen to tracks for free, and then also buy them, to support artists direct. We love John Paul White (above).
- Deezer is another good alternative. The basic streaming app is free, giving access to over 90 million tracks and podcasts, and you can listen online, create playlists and share with friends. You can downlod to listen offline and get more features for a low monthly fee.
Royalty-Free Music for Businesses
AKM Music is one of a number of companies that are offering royalty-free music for a low subscription price, ideal to save money for restaurants, hotels and other places that need a music license. Use it without incurring extra costs, as the price includes the license (simple and easy to use, and the more people use it, the more artists get paid).