Dive into a Free Mosh Pit of Music

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The variety of paid review requests that come through John Chow dot Com is absolutely astounding. Because this blog is largely about making money online, it makes sense that we get reviews about advertising networks and affiliate programs, but this one came a little out of left field.

If you think about it, though, dot com moguls spend a lot of time in front of their computers, so they need to stay entertained in between sessions on Technorati and Analytics. To fill that void, you can check out the free music at Moshable.com, a site that aims to become the next MySpace specifically for musicians and music fans.

Express Yourself Through Song

From iTunes to Rhapsody, there are countless options on the Internet for buying music, but there are a few problems with this method of keeping yourself entertained. For starters, you have to download the music onto your home computer, meaning that you cannot access your full library of tunes if you happen to be away on holiday. The other issue is that, well, it costs money. When you’re making dot com mogul money, a couple bucks here and there won’t hurt, but you can see how the cost of buying music can add up very quickly.

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Moshable Music has several advantages over this more conventional model of music-listening. For starters, it is 100% free and it will never cost you a penny to listen to any of the songs in their library. Secondly, there are no scary downloads to worry about, because all of the music is streamed directly from their website. Third, Moshable helps you discover new bands from all sorts of genres. If you’re tired of hearing the same song on the radio over and over again, Moshable is for you.

By and large, the various artists on Moshable are small label, independent, or no label artists. They’re the up-and-comers, so to speak, so there’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of them. Among the collection, you’ll find plenty of fresh faces, new perspectives, and novel sounds. Don’t worry, there’s no Britney Spears here.

Build Your Playlist

Before you can build playlists on Moshable, you’ll need to sign up for a free fan account. The registration process is very straightforward — user name, password, and email — and your account is activated instantly. You don’t even need to verify your email address! Beyond this, you can build up your profile by providing some “about” information and tagging your location. After this, you can search through the Moshable library for songs you like.

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When you arrive on an artist’s page — I’m using Jayface as an example — you are initially presented with their bio (home). You can then flip through the tabs for upcoming shows, photos, news, and so forth, but it’s the “songs” tab that is most important. Here, you just click on the play button next to your song of choice and it starts streaming almost right away. If you like it, a simple click on the plus button adds the song to your playlist.
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Free Publicity For Unknown Artists

I think that the greater strength of this free music site lies in the ability for low-budget performers to get some free publicity. These guys can turn to Moshable, throw up a profile page and upload a few songs. MySpace already does this, but it’s all mixed in with emo kids and messed up teenagers. Moshable is for musicians only.

You Really Can’t Beat the Price of Free

Moshable has a good thing going and it’s great that they offer all of these great features for free. As far as I can tell, the only monetization method is a very well-integrated Google ad in the sidebar. I hope that they don’t cave and start accepting “donations” in exchange for getting featured on the front page. The beauty of Moshable is that the fans decide who is the best and not the dollars pumped into the artist. Beyond the free music, be sure to also check out the forum and blog. Heck, you can also look for bandmates. Adult FriendFinder better look out! 🙂

Click here to get your own free fan account, or
click here to get an artist/band account.


30 thoughts on “Dive into a Free Mosh Pit of Music”

  1. Guillermo says:

    It’s great how fast you can find a justification to write a review of something that has nothing to do with anything… but your pocket! That’s what makes me admire you, Chow!

    1. whydowork says:

      It’s a little more entertaining than mattresses 🙂

      Last.fm is my favorite for discovering new artists. Pretty much the same as Pandora but I find the music is a little better.

      Best thing is that you don’t need an account 🙂

      1. Seopher says:

        You may not need an account but your experience is so much richer for having one. I used to be a paid subscriber a year ago but stopped for no apparent reason.

        I’ve been using Last.fm since it was Audioscrobbler back in 2003 or 2004, it’s grown from strength to strength.

        1. Will says:

          I don’t see why people need to pay for stuff like this. There are countless sites that let you make playlists etc and play anything you like for free. Youtube is a prime example…

    2. Hah, smart man eh? 😉

    3. Alan Johnson says:

      Well, as long as you have a quality product, a review can get you some decent exposure, but, of course, the more relevant it is to the blog’s theme, the better.

      Alan Johnson

  2. Eli says:

    Thanks for the review John,
    I’m glad you liked the site. There is a marketing lesson to be learned here. No matter what demographic your site targets there is always a large secondary demo you must capture the attention of, webmasters. No matter how good your site is (like moshable kicking the crap out of myspace) it’ll never do anything if other webmasters don’t know about it.
    Cheers 🙂
    -Eli

  3. Not related a whole lot to internet marketing, but free nusic is always cool. Like the Adsense integration and wonder how well he will do with that.

    1. Alan Johnson says:

      Well, Eli has ordered the review from an influential readership perspective and is most likely counting on webmasters who appreciate the project to share some link love but again, a product related to making money online will indeed always receive more attention from readers of this blog.

      Alan Johnson

  4. Great review Michael, I will be checking this site out, its good to listen to music from artists you’ve never heard about before ❗

  5. Shoemoney says:

    Congratulations to Carl on being the first commenter to understand that it was Michael that wrote the review and not John.

    1. Mubin says:

      Sorry guys, that wasnt shoemoney on the last comment, just me messing around.

      1. ATV Style says:

        The secrets out Mubin, you sleep in Shoemoney PJ’s and wear Shoemoney undies too! The shame….

  6. carla says:

    Congratulations Shoemoney on congratulating Carl

    1. Mubin says:

      that was me, my bad

  7. Great review I’m definately checking out this website!

  8. Mubin says:

    Its very cool to imitate other ppl hey! 😳

  9. Chad says:

    I don’t really see a need for another music service – or a need for me to find out about it through this site. But hey, if it helps pay the bills it helps pay the bills, right?

    Good review Michael, even though I don’t care for streaming music while I write. It definitely has a market and will likely be a lot of fun for the right people.

  10. Shams says:

    Some guys are making fun 🙂

  11. vhxn.com says:

    Great Review Michael 🙄 lets see how that site is

  12. I’ll check how nice this site is. Been looking for online music website. I like listening country-rock music like Brad Paisley’s while writing a blog post.

  13. Will says:

    So this is like purevolume.com? There are so many sites like these.

  14. I am geting tired of myspace anyway I think this would be a good site to check out

  15. Good review KWAN. I am gonna check it out and hopefully be able to bump some quality non-emo TUNES 😯

  16. Mike Huang says:

    It’s really hard to get these sites going since Myspace is so big..

    -Mike

  17. Liviu Pantea says:

    Well i`m not really a music fan but i`ll check it out and see what`s there, who knows i might like it 😀

  18. Crenk says:

    Im very interested to see if this site takes off. Anything in the music space really interests me. If you want to read other music site reviews, please head over to http://www.crenk.com

  19. Satish S says:

    I like this site!!
    My band will get into recording mode soon, so i’m gonna make sure the songs come over here first!

  20. Benny Ong says:

    Very cool and promising. Maybe I should upload some content there and who knows that might take me places. 🙂

  21. Contest Beat says:

    Looks like a cool site and I hope it does well!

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