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In his autobiography, Charles Darwin (who would have rocked OneNote like a boss How to Use OneNote Like a World Famous Scientist How to Use OneNote Like a World Famous Scientist Charles Darwin would have loved OneNote. He was an avid note-taker who recorded everything he observed. Here's how he might have used OneNote to organize his work and move his research forward. Read More ) said “If I had my life to live over again, I would… listen to some music at least once every week”.

If he had done this in the 19th Century, Darwin’s paltry music collection would have been a been an overplayed playlist in no time. In the 21st Century, however, there’s absolutely no excuse for an overplayed playlist.

The depth and breadth of music to be discovered is mind-boggling. Yet all too often, logging into Spotify or Pandora sets us on a merry-go-round of music-on-repeat.

Most of the time this is just peachy. But for those times when we want to be engulfed into a vortex of new artists Give Your Ears A Treat: 5 Alternative Ways To Discover New Music Online Give Your Ears A Treat: 5 Alternative Ways To Discover New Music Online As we mature (or to put it more bluntly, grow old) our tastes in many things change. The movies that we loved as teenagers will no longer appeal, the food we turned our noses up... Read More , fresh albums, and beautiful songs, there are some superb options. Options that introduce us to new music based on the genres we like, and the music that gives us goosebumps.

8Tracks

8Tracks

8Tracks (Web, iOS, Android) is a collection of millions of playlists curated by a huge army of DJs and music lovers, just like yourself.

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If you want an 8-track-long playlist (naturally) for a specific situation, 8Tracks has you covered. Whether it’s to accompany your yoga practice 10 Yoga Apps That Help You Workout Anywhere 10 Yoga Apps That Help You Workout Anywhere The world has taken to the benefits of yoga. With a smart yoga app, you can practice your favorite yoga poses anywhere. Here's some help finding a yoga app that suits your needs. Read More , a summer BBQ, working out, or a romantic night in, you’ll easily find a suitable soundtrack.

Last.fm

Last.fm

Last.fm now focuses solely on music discovery. We have previously explained how Last.fm does this Remember Last.fm? A Fresh Look at the Redesigned Music Service Remember Last.fm? A Fresh Look at the Redesigned Music Service With a new redesign now available as an open beta, Last.fm is heading out on its own comeback tour. But is this music service worth revisiting? Read More . Essentially, the site gathers the metadata of the songs you listen to, along with those of millions of other users, turning it into a recommendation powerhouse.

One option is to just search the site for music you love, and see which other artists are recommended. But to get the most from Last.fm, you need to download and connect your account to whichever music players you use, whether that’s on desktop or mobile. Based on what you listen to, and the music you love, you’ll be offered quality recommendations to expand your music repertoire.

Wavo

Wavo

The goal of Wavo (Web, iOS) is to help break lesser-known artists into the music industry. You can save any song you find and love on the site to your playlists, or to whichever music player you’re currently using (I recommend browsing the user-generated charts for the genres you enjoy).

It’s always worth checking out the account that first shared that song. If you like their other recommendations, you should follow that account, to see what other music they can introduce to you. To help other users, don’t forget to share songs you discover on YouTube and SoundCloud (which we’ll show you how to use We Tried SoundCloud Go So You Don't Have To We Tried SoundCloud Go So You Don't Have To SoundCloud Go is a new premium music streaming service designed to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, but is it worth paying for? Read More ) to your account!

Noted.fm

Noted

Noted (Web, iOS) is a new “social music discovery platform” that’s pretty quiet at the moment, but has plenty of potential to grow.

Similar to Wavo, users share music they find on YouTube or SoundCloud. The more music you post, share, and like, the more Noted learns about your music tastes, and the better recommendations it offers. There are also over 100 music blogs posting their top tunes to Noted so you can receive more “expert” recommendations on the app.

Gnoosic

Gnoosic

When you visit the self-learning database that is Gnoosic, you’ll be asked a few simple questions about the bands you love. Based on your answers, and answers from other users, you’ll receive a number of suggestions of bands to listen to.

Once you’ve had a quick listen to each suggestion on YouTube, Spotify, etc, let Gnoosic know what you thought. The more information you give the site, the more personalized its recommendations will become. Not just for you, but for everyone.

BandCamp

Bandcamp

BandCamp (Web, iOS, Android) is the perfect place for artists to host and sell their music. For listeners it’s a great way to discover new artists.

If you scroll to the Discover section of the home page, you can see some of the top-selling, and most-recommended artists. But the real value of BandCamp comes from browsing by genre, sub-genre, and tags. Spend half an hour doing this, and you’ll find some real gems.

Remember though, at its heart, BandCamp is a music store. If you want to keep listening to tracks you find, you can either purchase them on the site, elsewhere, or find them on another streaming service.

A Deluge of Blogs

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On top of all the apps and interactive sites out there, there are still tons of quality music blogs and journalists bringing attention to new artists every day.

Spend time trawling some of these, and find those that cover genres you’re interested in. To help get you started, check out the following:

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Music Streaming Services

And let’s not forget the obvious contenders: Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. Each of these music streaming services offer discovery features as part of the package.

Spotify offers suggested radio stations, shared playlists Discover New Music with Spotify's Automagic Playlists Discover New Music with Spotify's Automagic Playlists Spotify has recently released several new ways of generating unique playlists that will help you discover awesome new music. We're here to guide you through these automagic playlist makers. Read More , and related artists sections to lead you down some interesting paths.

Apple Music offers personalized recommendations, professional-quality radio stations to listen to, and curated playlists How to Create, Share & Discover Playlists with Apple Music How to Create, Share & Discover Playlists with Apple Music Playlists make it easier to discover, share and create your own personal collections from Apple's massive library of streaming music. Here's how. Read More .

Pandora (US only) offers radio stations around a band you love (like Spotify). You can also see which music other people with a similar taste to yourself listen to.

A World of New Music

Discovering new music Top 10 Free Ways to Discover New Music Online Top 10 Free Ways to Discover New Music Online Read More is a topic we’ve covered before, but with this being such a fast moving industry, we thought an updated list would be handy.

Relying solely on your main music player to recommend music to you can often send you spinning around in circles. Having another couple of music discovery services to turn to means opening yourself up to a whole new world of music.

When Spotify fails me, I turn to Last.fm and Wavo. Within 15 minutes, I have usually found some incredible, new artists to freshen up my music library.

What about you? Where do you go to find new music? Please share your recommendations with us in the comments below.

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  1. Guacho
    May 11, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Digitally imported for all the life.

  2. lollycat
    May 11, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I used 8Tracks before for a long time, and I used to love it... Unfortunately, it is no longer supporting our country... so sad. All my playlists, everything...gone...

    • Rob Nightingale
      May 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

      That sounds like a nightmare. Have you messaged their support team to see if you can recover your playlists?

  3. PrateB
    May 11, 2016 at 2:07 am

    I am a huge fan of ThisIsRealMusic.com dor the fresh dose of independent Soul & Hip-Hop music artists they highlight. I am a user of many of the apps mentioned in the article, but the site I mentioned is my go to pkaxe to discover quality music in those genrez

    • Rob Nightingale
      May 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Thanks for the suggestions! :)

  4. Soundarya
    May 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    There are quite a few options that have been missed here IMO. The ones mentioned are pretty much well known. Some of lesser known music discovery websites that provide great new music like musicroamer , trbble have been omitted. Also, music discovery is moving to byte sized content format due to declining attention spans. So the options mentioned here will more or less be obsolete in sometime.

    P.S - Reddit & twitter are also really awesome places to find new music. Not to forget soundcloud.

    • Rob Nightingale
      May 18, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Most of the options above have been around for some time, and have the budget to iterate as the industry changes. But if people can't even spare a few minutes to listen to a song, something has gone wrong!

      Thanks for recommending some other services that weren't included, though!

  5. Taylor Holt
    May 10, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Rich notes what I use and have found that many of my friends love after I introduce them. Spotify bought a company we invested in called Echonest which is why why their discovery weekly is an amazing way to find music that is up your alley.

    • Rob Nightingale
      May 18, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Thanks for the comment, Taylor!

  6. Rich
    May 9, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Hype Machine is my go to for discovery. It aggregates all the trending songs posted by music blogs and organizes them into genres. Furthermore, you can use the spy mode to hear what is trending in specific regions across the globe.

    • Rob Nightingale
      May 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

      I didn't come across Hype Machine in my research- great suggestion, thanks! :)

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