Three free and legal music sites you don't know about

Listen without paying

All these sites are trying to sell you songs or CDs. But hey, they're letting you listen for free, so seeing an occasionally pitch is okay with me.

Songza: Songza pops up a list from your search on an artist or a specific song. Click to listen and right click to rate the tune, add to a playlist, or send to someone near and dear. One downside: Unless I missed it, there's no way to immediately skip to the next cut.

Jazz Corner: If you're a jazz kinda person, you'll dig Jazz Corner. After a day of listening to their Jukebox, I can honestly say they're in tune with my jazz tastes. I also get a kick out of watching an artist performing and the Jazz Corner has lots to choose from.

Pandora: Another site is Pandora, a site that somehow figures out my musical tastes. Don't believe me? Try it: Head for the site and stick in an artist or group, and see if Pandora doesn't come up with a playlist you like. If it doesn't, and you register, you can reject albums or artists, and you won't hear them again. Alternatively, you can ban a cut for 30 days.

The folks at Pandora have worked hard to make their site easy and fun to use. The interface almost anticipates what you want to do next — rate a song, add music to another station, or bookmark an artist or song.

BTW, if you're not in the United States, you'll have trouble logging on to Pandora and listening to their music. Here's a work-around that may work for you.

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Steve Bass

PC World (US online)

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