Music Enjoyment: Music Listening

Music Downloads

  • ArtistDirect offers free downloads of various genres, artists, songs and music videos.
  • Audio Archive is an "audio and MP3 library that hosts over 2 million free digital audio files," with music, news and poetry.
  • FMA is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads from WFMU radio.
  • Hype Machine compiles music bloggers and the music they write about.  Listen for free or pay to download.
  • Internet Archives is an online public library of live recordings available for royalty-free, no-cost public downloads.
  • National Jukebox has historical recordings from the Library of Congress.

Free Music Players

Electric Lady Bird


Enjoy free album streaming from submissions curated from Austin-based musicians on Electric Lady Bird.  We will accept new submissions twice yearly, so stay tuned for opportunities to have your music included!  Read our FAQ for more details.

For information about other musical happenings at the Library, please visit Upcoming Live Music Events on the APL Events Calendar.

Radio and Music Streaming

  • Alt Latino is NPR's Alternative Latino radio stream.
  • Bandcamp is an online platform where artists can create their own online store to promote and sell their music.
  • KUTX is a radio station where you can listen to music and news for free.
  • KUTX's Song of the Day is free to listen to or download.
  • The National Recording Preservation Board lists recordings nominated to the National Recording Registry.
  • NPR Music Radio offers streamed music from NPR and public radio stations.
  • Pandora allows you to create personalized radio stations based on your favorite songs, artists and genres.
  • Radio Paradise is a streaming radio station commanded by two live DJs.
  • Soundcloud is a site where you can sign up to explore a large community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music and audio.
  • Soundtap is a "crowd-sourced guide to college radio and community radio," featuring hundreds of stations and shows.
  • Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs.

Music in the Library Databases

Music Discovery

  • Allmusic offers a Discover feature that includes Genres, Moods and Themes.
  • gives you personalized recommendations based on the music you like.
  • Metacritic conveniently compiles album reviews from critics and users. 
  • Music-Map creates networks of similar artists to aid in discovery.
  • NPR Music has top 10-50 and 100 lists and samplers.

Recommended Music Albums from the Library