The music hosting service SoundCloud, a cloud hosting service specialized in uploads and sharing of music files, has launched a particular site with creative commons licensed music. The Creative Commons License is an international initiative to manage copyrights aiming to give different rights to users to use copyright protected works. These rights may include public performances, commercial use and even the creation of derivate works. The site, which provides a further introduction to the creative commons licenses, is reachable by the following internet address: soundcloud.com/creativecommons
Amie Street is a music portal with some particularities. The site enables downloads and uploads. If artists do upload music, this music starts as free downloads. But if a track gains popularity, it will become a premium download with a price up to 98 cents. So the price of a track is set by the users and musicians are assured to earn for good music. Some other features of the site are a recommendation system, messaging and the ability to connect with friends.
Jamendo is a music portal with free downloads, online streams and free uploads for musicians to promote their music. The site offers a broad range of genres. Members are able to create own playlists and to put their favorite music onto own websites by widgets. Last but not least there are various social networking functions available.
The independent music portal Unsigned Band Web offers a broad range of music genres, even genres that are hard to find. At the homepage new releases are introduced and the service has its own charts.
One may listen to the music on the web at the portal or subscribe to podcasts of various genres. There are even radio streams available to put the music on other pages. For popular genres forums are available beside the forum of the page. Last but not least there exists an api for developers to access both information and music offered at Unsigned Band Web.