You can listen to music and watch shows online without running the risks involved with downloading and circulating them using networks that operate outside copyright law. The following sites provide free and subscription based legal music and shows. A more comprehensive list may be found at Educause's Legal Sources of Online Content web page at www.educause.edu/legalcontent .
AOL radio offers more than 350 internet radio stations with song skipping and includes music, news, sports and talk.
Live365 internet radio is a network where members can create their own radio station or listen to other Live365 broadcasters' online stations.
Every track you play on Last.fm tells your profile something about what you like. I can connect you to other people who like what you like and recommend songs from their music collections.
Pandora Radio is a personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites.
Radio-Locator is a comprehensive listing of radio stations all over the world that have web pages.
RadioTower provides details, description, ratings and 1-click instant access to thousands of live Internet radio feeds.
SHOUTcast Radio offers thousands of free Internet radio stations from DJs and broadcasters around the world.
Yahoo! Music lets you find music videos, internet radio, music downloads ad the latest music news and information.
Free Video, Television and Movies
Hulu.com, a joint venture of NBC/Universal and Fox, is a free online video service that offers hit TV show including Family Guy, 30 Rock, NBA and the Daily Show with John Stewart, and more.
Joost provides music, TV and movies, and allows you to search by title or category, or you can find suggestions from friends or people who share common interests.
Sling offers content of most of the major networks and studios including Warner, Sony, and MGM. The site also has videos from a number of smaller sources.
Music Subscription Services
Music subscription services usually offer free trials, so you can try before you buy.
Audio Lunchbox strives to make the purchase of digital music quick, easy, and affordable. Downloads are not restricted by DRM (Digital Rights Management).
eMusic focuses on independent music and audio books. Its catalog includes music beyond the commercial mainstream and nearly 5,000 audio book titles.
Napster provides music on demand, allowing you to play just about any song you can think of, when you want, for one monthly fee. Napster adds hundreds of new releases every week.
Rhapsody is a digital music service that lets you listen to whatever you want, wherever you are, without paying per track. Rhapsody membership plans start at less than the cost of a CD a month, so you can listen to as much music as you want without limits.
Movie Subscription Services
A subscription to Netflix online video rental services also brings with it access to "Watch Now" movies. Netflix subscribers can immediately watch movies and television series on their personal computers. The feature uses real-me playback technology that allows video to be viewed at virtually the same time it is being delivered to your computer.
Music, TV and Movie Download Stores
Want to watch a specific TV show or movie or buy a specific song or record so you can listen to it whenever you want? Buying downloads is an affordable way to build a library of your favorite entertainment. Online stores are designed to help you find and buy exactly what you want in one smooth transaction.
Amazon Video on Demand
Amazon offers movies and TV shows to buy or rent to your computer, XBox 360, TiVo, Roku, or portable video device.
CinemaNow offers download-to-own and pay-per-view movies, TV shows, and music videos from more than 250 licensors including 20th Century Fox, Disney, EMI, HDNet, IFC, Lionsgate, MGM, Miramax, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Sundance Channel, Vivendi Entertainment, and Warner Bros.
The iTunes Store is a digital media store operated by Apple Inc. and is now the number-one vendor in the United States. The store sells music, movies, audiobooks, TV shows and also carries podcasts.