5 Streaming Sound and Music Sites for Work

When we asked last week whether or not you need music at work, many of you responded in favor. Some mentioned that music lets you create a zone and focus more on what you are doing. In fact, there are many theories in support of that – like the so-called “Mozart effect”.

If you just can’t work with music on, you might want to try streaming sounds of different types to see if they have a positive effect on your focus and overall productivity. Check out the following tools if you intend to give it a shot.1. SimplyNoise

SimplyNoise is a color noise generator that creates clean sound waves. It can generate white noise, pink noise and brown noise, and also oscillate them as you need.

2. Zendesk Buddha Machine Wall

Zendesk’s Buddha Machine Wall has a nice collection of relaxing sounds that play smoothly in the background while you do your work.

3. Musopen

Musopen has a huge collection of instrumental tracks from music composers around the world. It’s basically an online library of music that’s in public domain.

4. Soma fm

Soma.fm is an internet radio station that broadcasts continuous streams of ambient beats among others.

5. Wikipedia’s Sound List

Finally, you can check Wikipedia’s sound list that has thousands of license-free sounds files that could be played directly on the site.

So, have you been listening to any of the above sites while at work? Any other such sound sources you know about?

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  1. Himanshu Chanda on the 2nd August

    Thanks for sharing the list. Never thought Zendesk guys will also have a collection. Also learnt about White Nose and other colors which I never knew.

    Got a beethoven track from the Musopen site. Was in search for one. Thank !

  2. Kingston on the 2nd August

    I would definitely recommend checking out Subsonic. It’s not a free streaming site like the ones you listed, it’s more of a server from your house.

    Basically, you run the Subsonic server at home (sounds difficult, but it isn’t). You install the software, which is then available on your local network. Then if you donate $10 to them, you get your own subsonic URL, where you can share your music anywhere in the world (as long as your computer is on).

    Plus, the Android OS has a free and iPhone users can purchase iSub for $4.99.

    This makes your own personal music available from anywhere!

    Check it out here: http://www.subsonic.org/pages/index.jsp


  3. Gaby Pettersson on the 3rd August

    I really enjoy this article. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wogan on the 8th August

    Personally I leave http://naturesoundsfor.me open, with a Rain/Fire combo. I always enjoyed the rain 😉

    ~ Wogan

  5. shanti on the 2nd October

    I definitely recommend checking out http://www.jampri.com. Its new, you signup with you facebook and you can find any song as all videos are from youtube. Very social, my fav!

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