We pick five of the best online services for music inspiration and discovery.
The internet changed the face of the music industry, with mp3 downloads beating classic vinyl or CDs. Although there has been a growth in record sales, probably down to nostalgia and hardcore music fans and collectors, there has been a decline in CD sales over the past few years. But music streaming services continue to be popular, as they are undoubtedly the easiest and quickest ways to access new music.
Streaming music online has become more prevalent than ever, with Spotify leading the way, carefully carving the future of the music industry. The service has seen many copycats, some good, some bad, some illegal. Illegal downloading cripples the music industry, but there are some great legal music streaming and downloading websites and apps out there. I pick five of the best, that are not only a great source of music inspiration and collection for keen listeners, but are also keeping the industry afloat, by introducing new acts that don't get mainstream radio play, and charging where charging is due.
eMusic is an online music store that rivals the likes of the iTunes store. By signing up to the website, you could save 25-50% on music's retail prices, with many songs at just 49p.
The service allows you to discover new music, and download your favourites at a lower price than other services. It also has music reviews and features, that makes eMusic more than just a music store, but a place where you can discover new music, and find alternative bands that would not normally get a lot of media coverage.