10 music services for work

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 31, 2012
Updated • Dec 4, 2012
Music, Music and Video

Do you listen to music while you are working on your computer? For me, it depends mostly on the tasks that I'm doing. When I'm writing an article, I usually do not listen to music as I need to concentrate on the writing. It is different for other computer related tasks though, and even coding is that more pleasant when there is music playing in the background. I somehow do not seem to have issues listening to music when coding, while I have lots of problems concentrating when music is playing while I'm writing articles.

The following list suggests ten music services that you can use to listen to music when you are working on your computer. They do not include Internet Radio which for many is probably the most obvious choice when it comes to these things.

All services below are free of charge, do not require an account, and should not be country-locked.

Music Services for work

Get Work Done Music - A minimalistic interface with three buttons of which two let you switch between different tempos. Limited to dance music.

Ghostly - Mood based music selection from aggressive over frenetic to neutral and sad. Also provides sliders from tempo and digital/organic style music. Also available as an app for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Console.fm - A selection of genres that you can select from, including Chill Out, Dubstep, Trance or Electronica. Mostly dance-like music with just a few exemptions.  App for iPhone is available.

Trance around the world - If you are into trance music, then this may be for your. Lots of tracks compiled into mixtapes that you can listen to.

A strange isolated place - If you are into dance mixes then this one may be for you. You can place the mixes right on the site or download many of them to your local system.

Music for programming - A set of mixes for programmers and other computer workers who like to listen to music while doing their job.

Mixture - Another service that is making mixtapes available on the website.

Ex.fm - Pop music, offers trending music, a monthly mixtape and a lot more to keep you entertained.

8 Tracks - Finally a mixtape music service that offers music genres besides electronic music. Check out swing swing for a taste of what it offers.


Stereomood - Pick a mood to start listening. From jazzy over good carma to doing laundry or yoga, it is all there for the taking.


Demovibes - Ah the demo scene. If you enjoy demos and intros, then this collection of some of the best tunes of the last ten or so years is definitely one to go to. Includes download links. Also, C-64 music archive (Sid tunes, good times) and Amiga Remix

Rainymood - If you find music to distracting, why not listen to rain instead? Or try YouTube for white noise tracks?

Did I miss a service that you are listening to while working? Feel free to share the link 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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