How do you discover music? Do you still listen to the radio?

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  1. cavemanit macrumors newbie

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    When I take my hour long drive to work, I usually just hookup my iPhone to the bluetooth and start playing songs I've downloaded so I don't really discover new music UNLESS someone starts singing/playing something in front of me.
    I was just wondering how you discover your music and if you still listen to the radio?
     
  2. wiredup72 macrumors regular

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    My first source is my main guitarist/musician forum -- TGP. We have all ages and I get a lot of cool recommendations there.

    I also hear a lot of new stuff on SiriusXM and broadcast radio.

    Edit: I also have a small business, I make Tube audio components and speakers, so I am in lots of audiophile groups and forums and hear tons of new stuff through those channels.
     
  3. zedzded macrumors regular

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    There are so many amazing bands & singers out there you never hear about, so I dig around on the internet, chat to mates, listen to 'indy' radio stations, youtube etc etc
     
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  6. malman89 macrumors 68000

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    I actually do still listen to the radio, so that is one source of where I discover music. I tend to only use my phone as a phone or GPS in the car.

    Services like Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, etc.help. Even if their recommendations are hit and miss, I can see what friends are listening to and try those out.
     
  7. Happybunny macrumors 68000

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    On her last sleepover my granddaughter talked me into downloading some music, I listened and discovered I liked Ariana Grande new album, Yours Truly.

    If you keep your mind and ears open, you can discover new music anywhere anytime.;)
     
  8. mscriv macrumors 601

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    I have a 30 mile commute to the office three days a week and I do listen to the radio in the car, both talk radio and music. The other way I discover new music is through Spotify. I subscribe to multiple playlist including some of the Billboard charts. For me, the monthly fee is worth it to have the full Spotify service. I listen both at home on my computer and at the office on my iPhone.
     
  9. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Yes, to a certain extent, I do still listen to the radio, and I do discover music through it - though rarely music which might be described as mainstream.

    In general, it depends on where I am and what I am doing.

    Re music, when I am at home - between periods abroad - I listen to the classical music radio channel. This channel (one of the radio stations on the State broadcasting system's network) plays more than classical music. It plays jazz, trad, world, and unusual material not played anywhere else. In addition, its presenters tend to be extremely knowledgeable about music, especially some of those who front the late night shows.

    Indeed, I have come across a lot of music I would never otherwise have heard of, by groups and individuals such as Pink Martini, Pat Metheny, Philip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi to mention but a few.

    In general, on such radio specialist stations, I find that I will make a point of listening to particular programmes and individual presenters.

    My other main interest is current affairs, and this is an area where radio (to my mind) can (as long as the presenters are intelligent and informed, as they often are on the better radio stations) outshine TV. I'll always keep an ear out for the local and national news on radio. For international news, I'll often go elsewhere, TV or online, or intelligent newspapers and periodicals.
     
  10. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    I do still listen to the radio, though it's mostly 80's/90's rock and news/talk radio, so no discoveries there.

    Mostly, Last.fm, Pandora and music forums are where my new tunes come from. :)
     
  11. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    What this fine gentleman said.
     
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    beatport.
    and i share playlists with friends.
     
  13. OneMike macrumors 603

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    Movies / tv shows - the soundtracks
    Social
    Friends
    Radio
     
  14. MattG macrumors 68040

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    As far as terrestrial radio, no...it's awful. Lowest-common-denominator crap, in my area at least.

    I learn about new stuff from other people on forums like this, or Last.FM, or recommendations from sites like NPR or even Amazon (hey you have this, you might like that).
     
  15. mmomega macrumors 68030

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    My truck radio is stuck to Howard 100. About the only time I listen to music on the radio is when my wife is with me and it's still XM. I never listen to FM unless riding with friends who prefer local stations.
     
  16. determined09 macrumors 65816

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    Yes I still listen to the radio. I discover new music through the radio.
     
  17. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    I use my iPhone for Bluetooth audio but there are times I get sick of the music I have (all 1,300 songs if you can believe that) and then switch to XM. I probably listen to the two sources 50/50 but I'm able to find a lot of new music I like that way.
     
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    I listen to the radio, but only in the car, no where else. At home, its iTunes or Pandora but its for music I'm already aware of.
     
  19. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    Forums and soundcloud.

    Forums for like standard day to day music I listening, soundcloud for tracks that I DJ.
     
  20. DAC47 macrumors 6502

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    Stopped listening to music radio about a decade ago but over the last year I've been listening to BBC 6 Music.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music
    Which is great mix of new stuff and classic tracks with a alternative bent.
    i've discovered loads of new stuff i would have never come across normally.
    Radcliffe & Maconie on weekday afternoons are a particularly highlight.
     
  21. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    Only listen to 70s (and Baroque) on streaming radio ... don't care for is called "music" in the 2010s
     
  22. OllyW Moderator

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    BBC 6 Music, Soundcloud and Facebook are currently my main sources for new music.
     
  23. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    I don't listen to the standard AM/FM radio in my car at all, so I typically discover new music via Soundcloud, Pandora, Band Camp, or Apple Music. Occassionally, I discover new music via /r/futurebeats
     
  24. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    Cape and Islands public radio, and that not often. I have a large iTunes library, but I must confess I haven't added to it in a while. The main place I hear new music now is when my choir director hands out a new piece.
     
  25. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Like others, I do not listen to radio (am/fm). I do listen to Pandora every once in a while. Most of my listening comes from my own collection. For new music, if I hear a commercial on tv or music to a movie or tv show. I will look those up and start listening to see if I like there other stuff. Then I will start buying them etc. I also get ideas about bands from my friends and family.
     

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