8tracks is the best place for people who care about music to make and discover refreshingly human playlists.


On 8tracks, people can do two things: listen to a mix, or create a mix. Listeners can search for a mix by artist or genre, stream it in a legal, radio-style manner, and follow others who make compelling mixes. DJs upload MP3s or AACs to craft a playlist, add context with description and art, and publish their mix on 8tracks.com and a personal webpage.


8tracks believes handcrafted music programming trumps algorithms. Think radio in the 1970s, mixtapes in the 1980s, and DJ culture of the 1990s through today. DJs share their talent in taste making, providing exposure for artists. Listeners get a unique blend of word-of-mouth sharing and radio programming — long the trusted means for music discovery — on a global scale.


8tracks was founded in 2006 by David Porter and launched on 8/8/08 by a small team working nights and weekends in New York, California, and France.

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TIME names 8tracks one of the best websites of 2011

When it comes to finding new music, 8tracks has long been one of the cooler methods

8tracks has slowly and steadily emerged as the industry's reigning Internet mixtape startup

8tracks takes a fun approach to creating custom mixes with the idea being that user-crafted music programming is more entertaining than algorithm-generated lists

Playlists could be free music's killer app

Remember the old mixtape days where you would draw a picture or write a witty note inside? It's gone digital.

8tracks can take the human intelligence that is contained in all of those playlists and do something interesting
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8tracks has also been featured in TechCrunch, Lifehacker, and The Inquisitr.