Free Music Apps from Naxos Music Library

July 27, 2020 | Wendy B.

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Does anyone else have fond memories of second-hand record stores? Flipping through crates of old vinyl, finding music you didn't even know you wanted? 

Naxos Music Library is the closest digital thing I've found to that sense of discovery. Naxos has been collecting, organizing and digitally distributing classical, jazz and world music since the 90s. And it shows — both in its slightly clunky interface, and in the amazing depth and breadth of its collections.

And now, we've added Naxos Music Library (World): 13,000+ additional albums to stream, download, and sort into playlists for your computer, phone or tablet.


What you'll find

We offer three separate collections from Naxos:

Naxos Music Library

Classical music album covers


Over 150,000 albums, mostly classical, from over 950 record labels. This includes Sony Classical, RCA Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and hundreds more. More about the Naxos Music Library:

  • searchable by composer, artist, album, work, record label, and keyword
  • browsable by genre (look under "Pop and Rock" for scads of movie soundtracks)
  • includes a music dictionary, aural training programs, music appreciation courses and graded music exam playlists
  • classical workout playlists (there's one for weights that runs from O Fortuna to Ride of the Valkyries. Yesss!)
  • hours-long playlists of kid-friendly classical music, including lullabies 


Naxos Music Library (Jazz)

Jazz album covers

Nearly 20,000 albums, by over 32,000 artists, from over 400 labels. Highlights include:

  • the Nina Simone playlist you didn't know you were craving (not to mention 17 full Nina Simone albums)
  • four volumes of mixtapes from Stax Records
  • tasteful jazz Christmas party soundtracks
  • playlists by instrument - all the great piano, trumpet, and saxophone players


NEW: Naxos Music Library (World) 

World album covers

We've just started offering this collection of over 13,000 albums from all over the world. Some things you might stumble upon while browsing:

  • Thousands of albums from around the world, browsable by continent and region. 
  • The entire Smithsonian Folkways collection, including albums by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and Dave Van Ronk, 1960s Russian language learning LPs, a 1950s bongo drum instruction album, and far too many other gems and curiosities to mention.


How to access Naxos Music Library

You can explore all three Naxos Music Library collections on your computer. Just sign in to your TPL account with your library card number and PIN, select Access Online, and wait for the redirect:


But if you have a smartphone or tablet, we recommend accessing Naxos Music Library through its apps. This way, you can take your music with you, download tracks for offline listening and even create your own playlists. 


Using a Naxos app on a smartphone or tablet

Naxos icons

  1. Access the Naxos collection you want, using your library card number and PIN.
  2. Create a Naxos account (this is the tricky part!)
    • On the Naxos home page, select Playlists. 
    • On the Playlists page, select Sign Up, and create a username and password.
      Tip: You'll have to sign up for each Naxos collection separately, but you can use the same username and password each time, if you like.
  3. Download your preferred Naxos app(s) for iPhone or Android.
  4. Sign in to the app with the account you created in step 2, and start browsing!
    Tip: If you don't use your Naxos app for a number of months, you'll have to log in through the Naxos site again. 


Have you found anything amazing or unexpected in Naxos Music Library? Let us know in the comments!


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