8 Tracks Free Handpicked Internet Music Playlists
When it comes to free internet radio, there are many services to choose from, but very few give you access to music playlists like 8 tracks. Touting themselves as handcrafted internet radio, 8tracks.com offers user generated music playlists of 8 tracks or more (hence the name). Their aim is to cultivate the art of the music playlist. It’s the “mix-tape” for the digital era.
Free and very easy to use, 8 tracks is nice to listen to because it has no audible advertising, making it easy to get your groove on. You can search for playlists by artist or by tag. A tag is a descriptive word used to categorize playlists. Tags include items like: rock, pop, love, alternative, study, party, etc.
Once you find mixes that you like, you can bookmark the playlist by pressing the like button. This will save into a queue that you can revisit, so you can listen to your favorite playlists whenever you want. You should explore the other playlists the user has created, because you will often find other mixes that you like from the same user.
Discovering new music that you love is one of the wonderful side effects of handcrafted internet radio. 8 tracks also gives you the option to favorite individual tracks within playlists, so that you can revisit them later. Unfortunately, at this time you can only listen to a 30-second snippet of the songs in your favorites, but the list is kind of useful for remembering the names of the artists and songs that you liked.
Outside of the online service, you may listen to 8 tracks on your mobile phone. They have free Android and iPhone apps, which operate similarly to the actual website.
There are some limitations of the service. You only have limited skips per mix (2 or 3 total). Also, once you listen to a mix more than once, the playlist gets shuffled. This happens each time you listen.
However, there is one big warning about the service. Many times the pictures accompanying the mix are risqué or sexual in nature. They may not always be safe for work, or when children are around. However, this can be overcome by either minimizing the window, or by putting another program in front of the webpage.
Overall, 8tracks.com is a fun, innovative handpicked internet music website that allows you to listen to a wide range of music, and track the songs and mixes that you like. Even better, it’s free.