Guide to Electronic Music

Martin Brinkmann
May 4, 2006
Updated • May 4, 2013
Music, Music and Video

Ok ok; I know that many people hate electronic music but the design of the guide to electronic music is a wonderful way of introducing listeners to electronic music in all of its varieties. The site requires Adobe Flash so make sure the plugin is installed and not blocked form running on the website.

The electronic music guide displays a tutorial at start that you can use to understand the basic functionality of the website. Main genres are displayed on the left side that you can click on to get started. Once you click on a genre, house, trance, techno or hardcore to mention a few,  you are presented with a roadmap from the early days of electronic music to today's music. Here you find subgenres like Disco House, Hard Acid or Industrial listedA description is displayed for each main genre that you select, and the same is true for each subgenre that you click on. What is interesting here is that a sound sample is played to you automatically when you open a subgenre. You get access to several samples for each genre that act as a demonstration for the genre selected.

Even if you don't like electronic music at all, take a look. It is really great to see the development process of all those genres over the years. Wish someone would do the same for other genres like metal and classic.

electronic music guide

When you click on a specific genre or niche, you see the available tracks below the description. You usually find about eight to ten different samples here that you can click through. Each track lists the artist and track name, which is useful if you like a particular song and would like find more tracks like it on YouTube, or your favorite music store or website. A good start in this regard is, which usually has lots of information on record about each artist the guide refers to.

Another interesting option is the ability to listen to the selected genre on the Digitally Imported radio station. Just head over to the site and look at the impressive selection of radio stations they have on offer. The free listening options are limited to 96 Kbps streams which is not the best quality, but still ok for a first impression.

If you are particularly fond of a song, head over to YouTube and enter its name or artist in to the search form on the site. Chance is high that you will find it so that you can listen to it in full.

The guide is not only useful if you never came into contact with electronic music before. You can also use it to explore genres that are related to one that you really like. All in all a wonderful site that is teaching you part of music's history.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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