OK, everybody knows that Last.fm & Pandora are great services, but there are a lot of other tools that can help us to find new cool music. Some of them just expose daily musical goodies, others make recommendations based on your very own preferences, and others take the web interactivity ever further. Explore the best 20 ways to discover new music in a web 2.0 world.
Live music discovery
Wonderwheel is a new tool that aims to help you find similar artists with the ones you like. Looks like it’s still in beta but it did work well for me. Give it a spin and let us know what you think [twitter]
My favorite method to discover new music is listening to the Awdio stream (live music stream from more than 60 clubs from all over the world – including DJ sets & parties) and when I hear a nice track, I tag it with Shazam (explained below) to find out what tune is it. [twitter]
Shazam gives instant satisfaction for those times when you want to know the song that is playing, learn more about the artist, buy the song immediately – or simply share your discovery with your friends. A similar project for PC is Midomi.
Music recommendation services
iLike is an online service that allows users to download and share music. The website makes use of Apple’s iTunes in order to discover new artists and tracks that you should like. One of the oldest projects of it’s kind. [twitter]
The Filter – the vision of Peter Gabriel – is a discovery experience that filters the world of online entertainment and information, personalizing it in a way that reflects an individual’s tastes and moods through unique algorithms. It gathers your listening history through an iTunes plug-in. [twitter]
iTunes 8 includes a new feature – The Genius – that lets you automatically create playlists from songs in your music library that go great together. Right-click any song in your library and choose Start Genius from the pop-up menu for a list of new songs that match that tune’s attributes.
Hot new tracks
The Hype Machine monitors hundreds of blogs for new music, collecting the MP3 links in a massive library of songs that you can favorite, adding to your dashboard, and then play like a radio. Another cool feature is the blog music zeitgeist. There is also a similar service -> Elbo.ws. [twitter]
Pitchfork is a daily blog devoted to music criticism, news and artist interviews. Its focus is on independent music, but the range of covered genres extends to electronic, pop, hip hop, dance, folk, jazz, and experimental music. The Pitchfork influence is often compared with NME‘s.
A leading online outlet for indie and alternative music, news, reviews, and gossip, Stereogum regularly features unknown artists who go on to become mainstream sensations. A very good tool for finding hot new tracks is the GumDrop. [twitter]
Social bookmarking & Short Reviews
Mog is all about a music community. It’s very blog-centric and revolves around user pages, or “Mogs”. You build your Mog around songs you’re listening too and artists you like. That builds something like a profile for you that users can browse to and comment on. It also uses this profile to suggest other people or music that you might like.
StumbleAudio is a social music discovery site (yes, StumbleUpon like baby!) with a mission is to help you find music by new artists that you would like, rather than play or sell you the hits by mainstream artists that you are “expected” to love.
Made public in 2005, Liveplasma is a new way to broaden your cultural horizons according to your taste in music and movies. Look for your favorite bands, music or directors to obtain a map that details other potential interests.
It limits each review to a single line and allows users to rate those reviews up or down using Up or Down buttons. The daily selection of Musebin is a good mix of old and fresh music albums. [twitter]
Mr Blippr gives us a really easy way to discover, talk about and organize great music trough very short reviews. They also host movie, book and application reviews so imagine the same thing extended for everything. [twitter]
Imeem is an online community where artists, fans & friends can promote their content, share their tastes, and discover blogs, photos, music and videos. The core engineers came from Napster (the pioneer file sharing service). [twitter]
With Deezer you can listen your favorite songs for free, create unlimited playlists, and share songs with the embedded players. Something like last.fm where you have the option to listen the desired tracks. [tweeter]
Songzais a web search engine that finds and plays music files on the internet. Unlike other streaming services, users explicitly search for individual files to play rather than an automatically generated playlist they cannot control. [tweeter]
If you love Twitter and you like listening to new music, then you should definitely try Blip.fm. The service allows you to make a stream of your recently discovered songs and to subscribe to the Blip feeds of your friends. [twitter]
Thesixtyone is a music discovery game that rewards those who help others listen to good new music. Also, new artists can add their music to thesixtyone in a process that’s fast and simple. [twitter]
One Llama is a music discovery and playlist-sharing site with a Flash app that lets you explore live related radio playlists. You just type the name of an artist or band and you get a big list of radio stations that usualy play songs by that artist.
- If You Dig - Type in the name of a musician you dig, and it will tell you what other artists you’re statistically most likely to dig. We dig.
- Gigfi – upcoming gigs in your town in a Spotify playlist.
- Jango – Internet radio that plays what you want.
- SoundCloud – music uploaded and commented by artists and fans. Highly interactive listening process. [twitter]
- Cherry Peel – the democratic music revolution
- Rifflet – home of the unfinished songs; here you find pieces of a song – a bass line, a guitar riff, a drumbeat or something else entirely. Nice find for DJs
- hey, if you’re not satisfied by this list follow Britney on Twitter :-D
- please leave some tips & tricks in the comment