SoundClick is geared to not only providing a space for unsigned artists to make their music available, but has a number of features to help artists promote their music. A band can have either a basic page for free or a premium page for a monthly fee that includes a lot of promotional help from the site. Fee-based services means that there much less obnoxious advertising on this site compared with some other independent music artist sites.
Bands can list their music not only by genre but by "sounds like other bands." So if you're a fan of a particular band's style, as a listener you can search for new bands who are influenced by the same music you are.
The premium page for bands includes some nice Flash effects for the site as well as being included as a featured band on the site home page.
For a monthly fee, an artist can use the site to help sell their CDs.
MP3s can either be streamed or downloaded, depending on the preferences of the artist. You can use your own MP3 player on your computer or download their custom MP3 player with Flash that has added features such as lyrics.
This is a great way for listeners to get to hear new bands. You can contact the bands whose music interests you and get on their mailing list, or get the latest news about the band.
Technology has made it easy for anyone to create a CD or MP3. Because of that, there is probably a LOT of music here that is NOT worth listening to! But you can save the music you like in your my.soundclick and build a library of streaming music of the artists you prefer.
There is also a message board community at SoundClick with forums for both listeners and bands on many topics.
I'm new to SoundClick so I haven't explored all its possibilities in depth yet. So far I like what I see. It has good features for artists and seems easy to use.