Which service do you find best for discovering new recommended music?

rye9

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I spent last night and this morning trying to find this question via google and on MR but I can't find any good source so I'll make my own thread...

Apple music vs. iTunes Radio vs. 'Genius' suggestions vs. Pandora... which is best for finding new RECOMMENDED music?
 

Rigby

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I find the most interesting music using other people's playlists in Spotify (both user-generated and Spotify-curated). The "Discover" playlist (which is generated using crowd-sourcing from people who listen to similar things as you do) also works well. Algorithm-driven recommendation systems like Pandora and custom iTunes Radio stations tend to play too much music that I already know and/or own.
 
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rye9

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I find the most interesting music using other people's playlists in Spotify (both user-generated and Spotify-curated). The "Discover" playlist (which is generated using crowd-sourcing from people who listen to similar things as you do) also works well. Algorithm-driven recommendation systems like Pandora and custom iTunes Radio stations tend to play too much music that I already know and/or own.
I've actually never given Spotify a try before... perhaps I will now that you recommend it. Somehow I thought it was just a music streaming service where you tell it specifically what songs/albums you wanted (as if listening to it via youtube) but now I realize that was a pretty dumb assumption haha
 

tmanto02

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I've actually never given Spotify a try before... perhaps I will now that you recommend it. Somehow I thought it was just a music streaming service where you tell it specifically what songs/albums you wanted (as if listening to it via youtube) but now I realize that was a pretty dumb assumption haha
Spotify is so much better than Apple Music for discovering new music, however I get Apple Music for free on my phone plan so I stick with it.
 

navaira

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Discover Weekly is quite amazing. This week it's not the best because I've been listening to certain bands too much (let's loop the new album for six hours...) so I get the same acts' other songs. Yeah. I know those. But there is still a lot of stuff I never heard before.

Embarrassingly I just found out I like Selena Gomez, though. *deletes Spotify, throws computer in the bin*
 

Tech198

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pandora still ok.... for me, mostly Apple music, i been traffering all my macs round different Apple accounts including iOS, so now i'm locked in all but my Mac, and I can't listen to APple music on that ether because of iTunes.

Life was better at some stage.
 

numberfour

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I enjoy it more discovering in apple music over spotify. But spotify's discover weekly is quite good i must say.