StumbleAudio is a free music recommendation site similar to Pandora or Last.fm with one major difference: StumbleAudio only features independent artists. With over 2 million tracks by 120,000 artists you’re sure to find something that pleases your ears.
How it works
Similar to the web-phenomenon StumbleUpon, StumbleAudio allows you to rate songs via a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down” system, which helps the site determine other artists and tracks that may pique your interest while you “Stumble.”
The site’s layout is intutitive with a list of genres (e.g., Blues, Country, Jazz, Rock) on the left and a coverflow-like setup in the middle. While all of the music you listen to on StumbleAudio is free, there are links to purchase individual songs or entire albums (via iTunes, Amazon.com, etc.) on the right.
One nice aspect of StumbleAudio is that (unlike Pandora) there is no limit to the number of songs you can skip if you don’t find them to your liking. Another great feature is that once you find an artist that you like, StumbleAudio lets you listen to an entire album. The one weakness of StumbleAudio seems to be its recommendation system. For example, I searched for artists that would be similar to Maroon 5, and I was disappointed to find that out of the 22 albums StumbleAudio recommended, none of them appealed to me and none of them really reminded me of Maroon 5. But I’ll let you be the judge. Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know what you think!