allmusic search music by genre; sound samples of thousands of artists

all•about•jazz music reviews, concert dates, articles, free MP3 downloads, artist news, interviews and photos

Billboard for over 100 years, Billboard has monitored sales in the music industry; weekly updates of physical and digital sales of music as well as radio airplay in every musical genre: rock, pop, jazz, classical, R&B, hip-hop, country, Christian and Latin

BMG Music Service international network of music professionals concerned with the publishing, recording, distribution and licensing of original music

Classical Concerts NPR lists all upcoming noteworthy classical music live performances

Classical Net vast website whereby its creators lead beginners from a casual interest in formal music to a more sophisticated appreciation for the Classical Repertoire; literally thousands of lists, suggestions and links to other classical music sites

Classical Singer primarily for vocal music students and professionals, this site helps the singer develop their craft, find helpful music programs and coaches, prepare for auditions and competitions and get jobs in the music business

Deceptive Cadence National Public Radio’s classical music blog

DownBeat legendary jazz publication’s website

eMusic service for streaming music from independent record labels

Freegal free, legal music downloads through your local library; large archive of music to choose from; 3 free songs per week using your library card

The Gig Nate Chinen’s music blog for The New York Times

iTunes commercial website for listening, viewing and purchasing of music, films, audio books, lectures and educational courses; iTunes probably saved the music business, transformed it and brought it into the 21st century

Jambands reviews, radio charts, music news and listener polls

Jazz Beyond Jazz Howard Mendel’s music blog for The Arts Journal

Jazz House The Jazz Journalists Association website

JazzTimes jazz news, MP3 downloads, music reviews and information about live jazz events

L. A. Times Music Blog music blog about up-to-the-minute news and issues; published by The Los Angeles Times

MySpace edged-out by Facebook as the top social network, MySpace still reigns supreme in representing musicians, with over 1.8 million artists; regularly offers free downloads and previews of upcoming musical releases

National Jukebox thousands of historical recordings from the archives of the Library of Congress; property of the American people and in the “public domain,” all of this music is 100% free to listen to on your home computer

No Depression taking its name from The Carter Family’s Great Depression era song “No Depression in Heaven”, this website specializes in all types of American “Roots Music”.

NOJazzFest website for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Metacritic emphasis on users’ opinions about current music, film, television and digital games

Music on My Mind veteran music critic, John Swenson’s blog

NPR – A Blog Supreme National Public Radio’s jazz blog

The New Yorker historically The New Yorker has not been a friend to rock ‘n’ roll music; Sasha Frere Jones attempts to correct this; witty and “hip,” this blog still tends to be condescending and high-brow in orientation

Offbeat focus of this online magazine is the music and culture of New Orleans

Pandora Internet radio station for exploring music based on individual taste

Paste Magazine online music and pop culture magazine; published by Christians, but interested in all aspects of contemporary pop culture, not merely Christian artists

Pitchfork articles, interviews, favorites lists, news, reviews, tour and festival schedules and sample tracks of current music releases

PopMatters focuses on the “business end” of the music business

Prog Rock extensive website concerned with “progressive rock” especially music by such 70′s bands who blended rock music with classical song suites, complicated time signatures and ambitious “concepts”; artist bios, discographies and sound samples

Relix news, features, reviews, blogs, guide to current and back issues of print edition and free song samplers for streaming audio and video

Rhapsody commercial website that makes millions of recordings available for streaming; virtually every “in print” audio recording; requires a subscription, but non-subscribers may listen to 30 songs per month for free

Robert Christgau self-proclaimed, (but not unjustified) “Dean of American Rock Critics”; tough-minded, unsentimental approach to rock and roll music; preference for unadorned, basic rock ‘n’ roll of the late 50′s, early 60′s and Punk Rock era

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, Ohio) dedicated to popular music in the Rock and Soul categories; artifacts, books, periodicals, audio recordings and videos

Rock’s Backpages ultimate archive of music journalism; contains thousands of original copies of music magazines from the 1960s to the present day; requires a subscription to access the archive, but one may request a password to view many items for free

Rolling Stone iconic music and pop culture publication with many online features such as the Top 50 Songs of 2011

RUF Hymnal Reformed University Fellowship’s Hymn site; PDF files of sheet music, guitar chords, and lyrics for printing or overhead projector

Shazam amazing PDA and smartphone application that can identify any song you hear playing, provide lyrics for that song and direct you to how to purchase

Smithsonian Jazz preserving and promoting the historical legacy of jazz; artifacts, archival materials, oral histories, exhibitions, recordings, videos, lectures and seminars; publishes books and jazz music editions

SoundHound PDA app; SoundHound can recognize and discover songs when sung, whistled, or hummed

Stereogum news, reviews, photos, clever music lists and lots of readers’ forums for responding to posted items

Spotify commercial service for streaming music

The Village Voice originally devoted to Folk Music, The Village Voice now publishes articles about all aspects of live performance and recorded music in every genre