Quick guide to the various streaming music options (both subscription and free).
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2014
Through the Central Libraries' streaming music collections, you can listen to audio and video recordings either on-campus or off-campus, anytime of the day or night. Many of these resources provide additional information about the music through links or liner notes.
See descriptions of the collections below or go directly to the streaming music databases in the Electronic Resources Directory. Individual recordings can also be discovered in OneSearch.
- American Song
Contains all types of music from America's past, including country, folk, bluegrass, Native American, blues, jazz, and gospel. Hundreds of record labels and tens of thousands of artists are represented. Part of Alexander Street Press's "Music Online" collection.
- Baylor Digital Collections: Black Gospel Restoration Project
This collection will primarily contain 78s, 45s, LPs, and the various tape formats issued in the United States and abroad between the 1940s and the 1980s.
- Classical Music Library
Provides access to all types of classical music, from medieval to modern. Many options for browsing or searching, such as genre, time period, composer, or performer. New recordings are added monthly. Part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press, it can be searched simultaneously with related resources such as the Classical Music Reference Library and Opera in Video.
- Contemporary World Music
Contains more than 1.5 million recordings from throughout the world. The focus is on contemporary genres, but also includes traditional music styles. Part of Alexander Street Press's "Music Online" collection.
- DRAM (Digital Repository of American Music)
Scholarly source of recordings, especially contemporary classical works, from non-commercial labels such as New World and CRI. Original liner notes and essays are included. Many other musical genres are represented, such as folk, jazz, early rock, and musical theater.
- DRAM Experimental Intermedia Archive
The Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) is pleased to announce the first installment of an important archive of music from the legendary experimental music space, Experimental Intermedia, in New York. Now active almost 40 years, composer and video artist Phill Niblock has used his loft as a central meeting place for some of the most important American and International thinkers in contemporary conceptual music.
- Jazz Music Library
Provides access to jazz recordings from the 1920s to today, including legendary artists and record labels from the U.S. and other countries around the world. All major jazz genres are represented and new recordings are added monthly. Links can be sent to a mobile device for listening on the go. Part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press.
- Met Opera on Demand Student Access
Online archive of audio and video performances from the Metropolitan Opera. Audio recordings date as far back as 1936; video performances range from 1977 to present, including some recent performances in high definition. A synopsis and optional subtitles are provided for each opera; program notes and other supplementary materials are available for some. Flash player is required for videos, which means that they will not display on iPads or iPhones.
- Naxos Jazz
Classic and contemporary jazz recordings from Naxos and more than 200 other labels. Browse by artist, composer, genre and label, or search by aspects such as instrument or catalog number. Apps available for iOS and Android devices.
- Naxos Music Library
Online access to all types of classical music, as well as to other genres like folk, blues, and world music. Hundreds of recording labels are represented, both major and minor, and new recordings are added monthly. Includes supplementary materials such as music notes, composer biographies, and opera libretti and synopses. Mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices.
- Opera in Video
Contains performances from many of the greatest opera companies and performers of our time. Also includes liner notes and interviews for selected performances. Multiple recordings of some titles enable side-by-side comparisons. Features include searchable subtitles, permanent URLs, and access from mobile devices.
- Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
A virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions, this collection features recordings from Smithsonian Folkways and a number of other labels. In addition to deep coverage of the American traditional music, listeners can experience recorded sounds from around the world such as childrens' songs, performances of literature, and natural sounds. Browse by elements such as language, geographic region, and cultural group. Can be used with mobile devices. read more
- Belfer Cylinders Digital Collection
The Belfer Cylinders Digital Connection provides online access to digital audio files created from cylinders in the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive at Syracuse University. Belfer's collection includes more than 22,000 cylinders, 12,000 of which are unique titles.
- CBC Music: Concerts on Demand
Over 800 free concerts, in all genres, from the Canadian Broadcasting Company
- Free Music Archive
A free, interactive library of high-quality music in all genres. All of it can be streamed for online listening or legally downloaded. Most recordings include a Creative Commons license to indicate what kinds of uses are permitted.
- Library of Congress: National Jukebox
Free streaming from the Library of Congress: "The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives."
This guide was originally created by James Floyd, former Crouch Library staff member.