Discovering new music.

ozzyman500

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I already know this isn't probably the best place for this but I'm sure it will get more replies here. So my question is how do you all discover new music? I'm seriously considering getting Sirius and I have music channels at home I can listen to on the TV. What's your favorite way?
 

fireshot91

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Friends+YouTube.

One of my friend's dad is an avid music buyer. Buys a new CD or two every three days or something. So, since his and my music taste are very similar, he usually tells me of new artists, and I YouTube them.
 

alent1234

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and MySpace music has a lot of musicians and small bands. i would check it out only if was part of the myspace iphone app
 

Nebulance

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I usually end up branching out into the influences of the bands I already listen to. For instance, Tom Petty has lead me to Booker T. and the MG's, the Byrds, etc.; Ryan Adams & The Cardinals has lead me to the Grateful Dead (quite a few years ago), for example.
 

ozzyman500

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I remember on another iPhone site that there was this site called Grooveshark. Does anyone like that?
 

sculfort

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I use grooveshark everyday, but its not for finding out new music. Its for streaming music that you search for. Nonetheless its extremely nice to have.
 

xsecretfiles

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I'm subscribed to tons of youtube record labels or music review videos

but as far as iphone apps...I recommend lastfm
 

richard.mac

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Last.fm is great. if you install a scrobbler, like CoverSutra, that uploads the artists you listen to, it then tells you similar artists and songs. I also use it to see which songs from an artist are most played.

i would love to try Spotify, but unfortunately not available in my country.
 

bobr1952

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I have Sirius and enjoy it a lot--not a waste of money for me. I listen to classical, jazz, rock--my favorite station is Alt Nation which is a good place to find new music. I also have a paid subscription to Slacker and find it the best of the three streaming products--for me it is better than Pandora or Last FM. But music is extremely subjective as it the way we listen to it so your best bet is to try some different things to find what works best for you and your music tastes.
 

SteveMobs

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Just friends really, sometimes they'll put something on and I'll like it, most of the time it's not my taste though. Otherwise, the radio, the normal old-school one.
 

Bengt77

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I check Pitchfork often. Mainly their Best New Music section. If I like what I read, I download it. If I like it a lot, I buy it. You can hear a lot of cool new music on their Forkcast-pages, too. Coupled with Last.fm, I think Pitchfork is the best source for discovering good new music. For most streaming media, Pitchfork uses Lala, which also works very well.
 

philipt42

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I check Pitchfork often. Mainly their Best New Music section. If I like what I read, I download it. If I like it a lot, I buy it. You can hear a lot of cool new music on their Forkcast-pages, too. Coupled with Last.fm, I think Pitchfork is the best source for discovering good new music. For most streaming media, Pitchfork uses Lala, which also works very well.
Beat me to it. I hate to use pitchfork so much, but despite all the flak it gets, it's really a great site. I would only add pandora, and cokemachineglow.
 

BROCK22

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I always use grooveshark but it's the best if you already know which song you want to listen to. I think there's this one called spotify? I hear people mention it ia lot but I haven't really checked it out.
 

Barbie

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iTunes store genius sidebar

you can pick a song you already have and it suggests 10 songs that are similar taste you can buy, as well as other songs from the artist you dont have and other albums

also on the itunes store home page it has a box named 'genius recommendations' which is based on your library and recommends albums and songs
 

gødspeed

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Music blogs, mostly -- Pitchfork, Stereogum, Aquarium Drunkard, Kitsune Noir, and Panel are my staples, but I also frequently surf the blogrolls of critics I trust.

I don't like Pandora, to be honest. I guess it's good for passively finding new music, but I prefer actively researching music. Last.fm is a good alternative to Pandora in that regard.
 

2056

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i've used last.fm for several years and it's been decent at recommending artists. lately i've been hearing more and more positive things about pandora so i'm going to give it a try.

i also have xm radio in my car, but definitely don't use it due to my ipod. i tried cancelling and they offered me 5 months of service for $20. :rolleyes: