Listen to over 30 channels of listener supported, commercial free internet music for free, with no registration or ads.
SomaFM is an internet only radio station that has 30+ channels with a variety of music. They tend toward underground or alternative music with some ambient and instrumental channels.
All music is hand-picked by SomaFM's award-winning DJs and music directors. Their mission is to search out and expose great new music to people who otherwise may never encounter it.
SomaFm started at the Burning Man Festival in 1999 and launched as an internet radio station in 2000.
In addition to various ways to listen on the site (web player, pop up player, Windows Media (128k), MP3 (128k) and AAC 128k, 64k, 32k) there's a Mac app, a roku channel and mobile apps:
Android: Google Play (ad supported)
App Store: iPhone and iPad (paid)
Some channels use the web player on the page and some channels use the pop up player.
Here's a list of the channels currently on SomaFM:
- Seven Inch Soul: Vintage soul tracks from the original 45 RPM vinyl.
- BAGeL Radio: What alternative rock radio should sound like. [explicit]
- Beat Blender: A late night blend of deep-house and downtempo chill.
- Boot Liquor: Americana Roots music for Cowhands, Cowpokes and Cowtippers
- Black Rock FM: From the Playa to the world, for the annual Burning Man festival.
- cliqhop idm: Blips'n'beeps backed mostly w/beats. Intelligent Dance Music.
- Covers: Just covers. Songs you know by artists you don't. We've got you covered.
- Deep Space One: Deep ambient electronic, experimental and space music. For inner and outer space exploration.
- DEF CON Radio: Music for Hacking. The DEF CON Year-Round Channel.
- Digitalis: Digitally affected analog rock to calm the agitated heart.
- Drone Zone: Served best chilled, safe with most medications. Atmospheric textures with minimal beats.
- Dub Step Beyond: Dubstep, Dub and Deep Bass. May damage speakers at high volume.
- Fluid: Drown in the electronic sound of instrumental hiphop, future soul and liquid trap.
- Folk Forward: Indie Folk, Alt-folk and the occasional folk classics.
- Groove Salad: A nicely chilled plate of ambient/downtempo beats and grooves.
- Groove Salad Classic: The classic (early 2000s) version of a nicely chilled plate of ambient/downtempo beats and grooves.
- Illinois Street Lounge: Classic bachelor pad, playful exotica and vintage music of tomorrow.
- Indie Pop Rocks!: New and classic favorite indie pop tracks.
- SomaFM Live: Special Live Events and rebroadcasts of past live events
- Lush: Sensuous and mellow vocals, mostly female, with an electronic influence.
- Mission Control: Celebrating NASA and Space Explorers everywhere.
- PopTron: Electropop and indie dance rock with sparkle and pop.
- Secret Agent: The soundtrack for your stylish, mysterious, dangerous life. For Spies and PIs too!
- Left Coast 70s: Mellow album rock from the Seventies. Yacht not required.
- SF 10-33: Ambient music mixed with the sounds of San Francisco public safety radio traffic.
- Sonic Universe: Transcending the world of jazz with eclectic, avant-garde takes on tradition.
- Space Station Soma: Tune in, turn on, space out. Spaced-out ambient and mid-tempo electronica.
- SomaFM Specials: Special, seasonal and experimental broadcasts
- Suburbs of Goa: Desi-influenced Asian world beats and beyond.
- The Trip: Progressive house / trance. Tip top tunes.
- ThistleRadio: Exploring music from Celtic roots and branches
- Underground 80s: Early 80s UK Synthpop and a bit of New Wave.
The site's playlists are updated live, showing the last 10-15 songs played, and there are charts of the most listened to music if you want to check out what others are listening to. There's also the option to star (favorite) songs you like, though if you clear your browser data the favorites aren't retained. Groove Salad is the most popular channel on the site. It has an app of its own in the Google Play Store (ad supported).
SomaFM is a great resource if you like hand-picked music that's not on the usual popular radio channels.
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