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Control Jamendo from within Chrome with this handy extension.

Jamendo is an online music sharing community where users can stream and download a wide variety of music. What sets Jamendo apart from similar sites is that all of its music is licensed with Creative Commons or the Free Art License, making it legal to copy, share, and edit songs found there. Jamendo Radio is a Chrome extension that lets users control Jamendo from within their browser. It's not the most intuitive add-on we've ever seen, but once we figured it out we found that it worked well.

Jamendo Radio installs easily and appears as a small icon to the right of Chrome's address bar. The extension comes with a default station, but users can add new channels from within the options menu. A variety of preset stations arranged by genre are available, or users can design their own. Unfortunately, it's not entirely obvious how to do this, and since there's no Help file, users are on their own to figure it out. The extension integrates well with both Chrome and Jamendo, however, and displays information about the song that's currently playing as well as basic media player controls. The volume slider didn't seem as responsive as we expected it to be, and the way channels are displayed in the interface makes them seem like a bit of an afterthought. Overall, though, we found Jamendo Radio to be an effective browser-based way to control Jamendo.

Jamendo Radio is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this add-on to all users.

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