Jamendo Radio Relaunches, free Internet Radio with download option

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 20, 2012
Updated • Dec 4, 2012
Music, Music and Video

There is definitely no shortage when it comes to radio stations streaming their music and program on the Internet. You have got the Shoutcast directory for instance with thousands of stations, many regional stations that stream their shows on the Internet, as well as Internet-only radio station. Popular media players like AIMP have integrated the Shoutcast or Icecast directory of radio stations in their program.

Radio stations that only stream free music are rare. Back when Jamendo started it was possible to use a radio-like feature on the site, but that eventually was turned off.

Jamendo Radio

Hot of the press: Jamendo Radio is back, currently offering ten radio streams to all site visitors. Interested users can tune into the following stations:

  • Best of Radio
  • Lounge Radio
  • Rock Radio
  • Electronic Radio
  • HipHop Radio
  • World Radio
  • Jazz Radio
  • Classical Radio
  • Pop Radio
  • Songwriting Radio

An account is not required to start listening to one of the available stations. Some functionality, like the option to add the current song to a playlist may require an account though.

The radio stations use Jamendo's vast music archive exclusively making it a great way of discovering new music that artists have made available on the site. Since everything is available freely on Jamendo, the radio stations can offer a feature that regular stations can't offer: download links are placed directly next to the song that is currently playing on a station.

A click on download opens a small overlay window that is listing the song's cover, name and artist, format and quality, a link to Jamendo's Facebook profile and a download button. A click on the button downloads the song right to the local PC.

The stream quality is pretty good, with songs offered in 192 Kbps quality.  The streams are currently not interrupted by ads even though I'd guess that most users would not have issues with the stations being monetized lightly this way.

Jamendo Radio offers a great experience for anyone who is interested in music and discovering new artists and songs. You won't find the latest Lady Gaga, Rihanna or Pitbull here, but that's what the other thousand or so radio stations are for.

Especially the option to download songs that you are listening to is a great feature that sets Jamendo Radio apart. Why not give it a try and share your experience with everyone below in the comments?


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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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