Music Enjoyment: Music Listening

Live Music at the Library

         10/20Un, Dos, Tres: ¡Música!‚Äč                                           10/28: Austin Classical Guitar‚Äč                                           11/1: Austin Symphony‚Äč

    Central Library atrium    Central Library atrium

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


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.

Radio and Music Streaming

  • Alt Latino is NPR's Alternative Latino radio stream.
  • Google Play Music is "free, curated radio for what you're doing, how you feel, or what you want to hear."
  • 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.
  • is a music discovery service that gives you personalized recommendations based on the music you like.
  • The National Recording Preservation Board lists recordings nominated to the National Recording Registry.
  • NPR Music has top 10-50 and 100 lists and samplers.
  • 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.
  • Triplag is "dedicated to releasing full power night time psychedelic trance music" and offers listeners a choice of "darkspy" or "chilltrip."

Music in the Library Databases

Free Music Players

Recommended Music Albums from the Library