Listening to Jamendo artists through VLC

The VLC media player, which is a free and open-source media player available for the Windows, OS X, Linux, BSD, Solaris, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Windows Phone, QNX, Haiku, Syllable, and OS/2 operating systems provides a convenient means to access free music from Jamendo, a community of independent artists and music lovers that bills itself as "the world's largest digital service for free music". As of January 2015, Jamendo listed 460,000 tracks with more than 250 million downloads since the launch of the platform. Jamendo is a portmanteau of "jam session" and "crescendo".

The music provided through Jamendo is free for personal use, so you can download songs musicians have provided through the service legally. Jamendo's goal is to link artists who want to share their music and music lovers around the world. Jamendo provides an opportunity for the musicians that provide their music to Jamendo to obtain revenue from music synchronization licensing, i.e., the licensing of the right to synchronize the music with visual media, such as film, television shows, advertistements, video games, website music, movie trailers, etc., and through licensing the music to be used as background music for films, TV, Internet video, such as video logs, aka vlogs, etc.

To listen to Jamendo music with VLC, take the following steps:

  1. Select "Jamendo Selections" from the left pane of the VLC window.

    Jamendo Selections

  2. Jamendo provides rock, pop, jazz, dance, etc. categories from which you can select:

    Jamendo Selections categories

    Select a song and double-click on it to listen to the song.

    VLC playing Snowflake

  3. If you would like to see information on the song that you selected, right-click on the title and choose Information.

    Song - right click menu

    You will then see a window with the following fields:

    You will also see the location from which the song is being streamed.

    Snowflake Media Information

  4. If you wish to save a song to your system, right-click on the title and choose Save. You will then be given an opportunity to select the location where you wish to save the file.


    You can select the format to use for the file in which you will save a song, e.g., MP3, OGG, etc.


    For a song, you can select "Audio - MP3" for a format you can play on any MP3 player.

You can also listen to the music via your browser through the Jamendo website. E.g., if I find a song I like, I can listen to it and to other songs on the same album via the website. E.g. for the Winter Sunglight song by Snowflake & ccMixter shown above, I can access the album Peace of Winter on which it appears through the website.


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