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GuitarBored with your music and want to discover some new bands or singers? There are two main ways you can do that online. You can use services which create music maps, allowing you to explore artists similar in genre to the artists you already listen to. Or you can use music blogs and websites that showcase independent or up-and-coming artists, whether the music is being reviewed, or posted by the musicians themselves.

Some of these websites have a community built around them, which gives fans the opportunity to interact directly with these new talents.

Here is a list of 10 free sites to discover new music.

TuneGlue

TuneGlue is straightforward and easy to use. Put in the name of a musical artist you like in the search bar and before you know it, you’ll have a whole web of musical artists that are in one way or another, similar to the band you started with.

Using TuneGlue, you start out with 6 similar artists, and can continue to explore and expand on them. In the case of some artists, you can also find added information such as a small bio and a link to their website.

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Music-Map

A less flashy alternative to TuneGlue is Music-Map. While TuneGlue only initially suggests 6 similar artists, Music-Map instantly reveals all the similar artists in their database, with the most similar musicians closest to the original search term.

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Music Roamer

Music Roamer adds another dimension to music map sites, by not only providing suggestions of similar artists, but also allowing you to listen to music directly on their site. The songs are powered by YouTube videos, but it should be said, in our experience, all of the tracks were live versions, and not always of very good quality. They also provide links to purchase the mp3s from Amazon.

While listening to a song on Music Roamer, you can also explore similar songs, not just similar musicians, which definitely puts it a step ahead of Music-Map and TuneGlue.

Music Roamer gives you more freedom in manipulating the appearance of your results – including resizing images and controlling how many similar artists are included in the results.

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Bloson

The simplest alternative to these first three websites is Bloson. Searching for any given artist will provide you with a list of similar artists, whose music you can listen to directly on their website, again powered by YouTube videos. The videos, however, are not live and are usually of much better quality than Music Roamer’s videos.

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Zune

An alternative to Bloson is the Zune website, which you can benefit from whether or not you own a Zune.

This website is worth a mention because not only can you look up similar musicians, you have the added bonus of finding out which bands they were influenced by, as well as those they have influenced.

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Other websites that you can use to discover similar music include Musicovery, TasteKid, Last.fm, Pandora Pandora - Your Personal Online DJ (Music Player) Pandora - Your Personal Online DJ (Music Player) Read More and FineTune. A tip to getting a better user experience with FineTune is to use their Wii-player.

One Track Mind

Discovering new artists isn’t just about finding bands that are similar to musicians you already listen to. Blogs like One Track Mind have made it easy for musicians to share their music through a single platform, by submitting them to the site for review.

Music on One Track Mind is divided into four main genres: Indie, Electronic, Soul and Hip-Hop. Not only can you listen to posted songs, the song comes with a blog post about the artist, and you can also download the mp3 for free, and rate the song. The ratings are reflected in three criteria: originality, repeat listen potential and overall verdict.

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The Hype Machine

Another music blog to keep bookmarked, which also includes mainstream music, is The Hype Machine.

The Hype Machine scours music blogs for the best in music reviews and blog posts that contain mp3 files to stream or download.

Music can be browsed by popularity, both based on interaction on their website or on Twitter, by listening to a constant stream of eclectic music, or by listening to a customizable station based on your taste, amongst other ways.

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TheSixtyOne

Social music sites are another way to discover new music. TheSixtyOne is a great place to start if you’re looking for new talent. The site has under gone a recent and major revamp, which for previous users, could take some getting used to.

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Luckily if you don’t want to do that – you can always access the old site design by going here.

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Besides a total redesign with no remnants from the old site’s design, the categories have changed as well. Rather than dividing their music into genres, popular songs, and moods, it’s now categorized only by mood with mellow, party, trippy and funny on the list.

TheSixtyOne differs from One Track Mind in that artists and labels can post their own music to the site, albeit with limited uploads dependent on achieving certain “˜milestones.’

Listeners can add songs to their favourites, and the more popular a song is, the more likely it is to end up on the front page, or in the case of the new site, in the queue. The site is entirely community driven, with the users deciding what is popular and what isn’t, and in the process, earning “˜reputation points.’

While listening to songs, you can “˜heart’ them, share them and in some cases download them. TheSixtyOne also suggests similar songs to listen to.

Once you have been active enough on the site, you can listen to a station, based on your taste in music.

OurStage

If you’re more interested in the music and less interested in the community experience, a good alternative to TheSixtyOne is OurStage.

Simply choose one of their 42 stations, and listen to uninterrupted music from brand new singers and songwriters. You can also have a say in which songs end up on the OurStage charts, by taking part in the “˜judging’ process. After listening to two songs from the same genre, you can choose the song you liked more, and as they put it, save the world from mediocre music.

OurStage

PureVolume

PureVolume is yet another interesting alternative to OurStage and TheSixtyOne. It features both signed and unsigned bands, in over 50 genres. You can browse music by popularity or by featured artists. All songs are available to stream, while some are available for download as well. Each band has an individual page where they can post band information, their songs, and users can comment or add songs and singers to their favourites. Bands can sign up for free and start promoting their music, but there is also a pro account for musicians with additional features, including the opportunity to be included in the featured artists.

PureVolume also has social media integration, where you can share the music you find on Twitter and Facebook.

PureVolume

How do you discover new music online? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Saket Vangara
    July 13, 2016 at 10:45 am

    A new one - trbble.com is also a faster and better method to discover new music

  2. Dan Summers
    November 1, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    The best and easiest way to discover new music today, i think is http://www.beatsense.com

    Where you can listen to crowd driven playlists in a single click. Also having a cool feature enabling you to listen to the music with other people in real-time which is very refreshing experience

  3. Erica
    May 17, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Stereogum is also a great site. Lots of free mp3s.

  4. Bethany
    May 17, 2010 at 3:57 am

    I love Grooveshark. Granted, I mostly use it to listen to music I already know, but it also has an internet radio feature to help discover new artists.

  5. Steph
    May 17, 2010 at 2:39 am

    What about Grooveshark??? it's pretty damn awesome too!

  6. Anthony PIttarelli
    May 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Pandora is mind blowing! Cant believe I havent seen it before

    Anthony Pittarelli

  7. Anthony PIttarelli
    May 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Pandora is mind blowing! Cant believe I havent seen it before

    Anthony Pittarelli

  8. katy
    May 11, 2010 at 11:38 am
  9. Aibek
    May 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    thanks for he input

    Aibek

  10. Aibek
    May 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    yep, it's pretty cool.

    Aibek

    Aibek

  11. gerizekali misin
    May 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    first two sites using last.fm api.

  12. devin
    May 10, 2010 at 12:16 am

    how about grooveshark. It is by far the best one i have ever found.

  13. Anonymous
    May 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I highly recommend stumbleaudio.com

    • Aibek
      May 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

      yep, it's pretty cool.

      Aibek

      Aibek

  14. DowntroddenInDC
    April 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Very nice! I use HypeMachine all the time, but a few of the others look pretty cool and I'll have to check them out.

  15. Sarah
    April 27, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I like using Genius on iTunes, but I'm excited to try some of these other sites!

  16. Mike
    April 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    last.fm has a great setup and its automatically logs the songs you listen to (via itunes or ipod) and will give you recommendations based on your recent plays. It also hosts web radio stations

  17. Mike
    April 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    last.fm has a great setup and its automatically logs the songs you listen to (via itunes or ipod) and will give you recommendations based on your recent plays. It also hosts web radio stations

  18. jherbs
    April 26, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Best Ever thing... that's NOT on here Pandora!!!!!!

  19. incy
    April 26, 2010 at 12:55 am

    http://www.musicovery.com i enjoy this one and it looks cool

  20. incy
    April 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    http://www.musicovery.com i enjoy this one and it looks cool

  21. Nicole
    April 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    There is something to be said about http://aurgasm.us/ as a music blog. I like that it has video and audio links on site, but also that it covers writers as well as performers

  22. Nicole
    April 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    if you're in the US.
    I loved pandora, and I used it religiously when it first came out. And then they blocked access to Canadians... Music should be shared with the world. and that move is bullshit

  23. Nicole
    April 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    There is something to be said about http://aurgasm.us/ as a music blog. I like that it has video and audio links on site, but also that it covers writers as well as performers

  24. beaker
    April 5, 2010 at 3:14 am

    what about Musicovery?? Great way to sample artist from any genre or time period,...plus you get to pick your mood. http://musicovery.com/index.ph...

  25. beaker
    April 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    what about Musicovery?? Great way to sample artist from any genre or time period,...plus you get to pick your mood. http://musicovery.com/index.php?ct=us

  26. tyler
    April 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    PANDORA SUCKS THAT'S WHY. It stores more cookies than anything else on your computer and it only takes a few days to go through the 30 free hours each month.

    playlist.com make your own lists and listen to them as much as you want. all free

  27. tyler
    April 4, 2010 at 7:38 am

    PANDORA SUCKS THAT'S WHY. It stores more cookies than anything else on your computer and it only takes a few days to go through the 30 free hours each month.

    playlist.com make your own lists and listen to them as much as you want. all free

  28. OhOh2
    April 3, 2010 at 8:05 am

    What about Pandora? That one is Great! except you kinda know what you want and its just generally good for listening to music.

  29. Zak V
    March 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I've been using a site called Rank 'em for music discovery. It uses fan input to rank the "best" songs of different artists (so I can put in my own two cents as well as learn something new).
    http://www.gorankem.com

  30. Zak V
    March 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I've been using a site called Rank 'em for music discovery. It uses fan input to rank the "best" songs of different artists (so I can put in my own two cents as well as learn something new).
    http://www.gorankem.com

  31. Pickles
    March 24, 2010 at 12:43 am

    last.fm pandora.com

  32. Pickles
    March 24, 2010 at 9:43 am
  33. Bob
    March 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I use a newer site -- http://www.fivetracks.com/ Same basic concept of music discovery, but with categories instead

  34. Bob
    March 21, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I use a newer site -- http://www.fivetracks.com/ Same basic concept of music discovery, but with categories instead

  35. etootoo
    March 16, 2010 at 11:37 am

    bbb

  36. Bimal Roy
    March 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks. I was looking for some cool ways to find new music.

  37. Arran
    March 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Grooveshark.

  38. Frosty22
    March 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    In my limited experience with modeled music suggestions, the models are missing a great deal. I love Sting, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Josh Ritter, and the Dresden Dolls. But when I hear suggestions from any of these channels, I like about 30-40% of the suggested tunes and artists. We have a long way to go.

    • marycigarettes
      March 24, 2010 at 7:02 am

      i agree ...we need deeper filters

  39. Frosty22
    March 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I thought I was up to date by being part of Pandora. Things change so fast. I love all these ideas for finding new artists.

  40. Yojimbo the conquerer
    March 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    wow its like you just opened up a labyrinth of possibilities, thanks you T_T

  41. erinxduh
    March 9, 2010 at 3:57 am

    go to Sputnik music reviews.
    Find a album that you LOVE--
    Find OTHER USERS that love the same album
    and explore their other top picks!

    //(I have found so many amazing bands since im into
    alot of screamo/experimental/indie/progressive that are virtually impossible to find elsewhere!)

  42. Joanna
    March 2, 2010 at 4:31 am

    I use http://www.sharethemusic.com. You can check there related artists, inspirations and followers - http://www.sharethemusic.com/Black_Eyed_Peas/related.

    To listen to music you have to register and download software, but I think it’s worth it.

  43. Alex
    March 2, 2010 at 4:00 am
  44. Alex
    March 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm
  45. Adam
    March 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    http://www.noisetrade.com is the greatest website of all time.

  46. Adam
    March 2, 2010 at 1:15 am

    http://www.noisetrade.com is the greatest website of all time.

  47. pdizzle
    March 1, 2010 at 2:44 am

    stumbled across a nice electro/house blog called ilictronix.com savage rare remixes and a nice blend of new talent and dance hierarchy. really has got me into people i had never heard of before. completely free and you can download most of the sample tracks from the artist in question and they often discuss influences and people they've influenced!

    http://www.ilictronix.com

  48. pdizzle
    March 1, 2010 at 11:44 am

    stumbled across a nice electro/house blog called ilictronix.com savage rare remixes and a nice blend of new talent and dance hierarchy. really has got me into people i had never heard of before. completely free and you can download most of the sample tracks from the artist in question and they often discuss influences and people they've influenced!

    http://www.ilictronix.com

  49. DJ Baltimore Boogie Man
    February 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I'll second MySpace - for early previews of new releases by major Artists, and also for hosting a large universe of Independent Artists' music.

    I'm surprised that no one mentioned Lala...especially since their sharing option allows the embedding of quite a few songs into Facebook (a la YouTube) and Twitter (for Power Twitter users).

    • DJ Baltimore Boogie Man
      February 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

      Also, I just discovered Soundzit today...it advertises itself as "an audio version of YouTube" - NO registration, embeddable players, and purchase links to iTunes and Amazon. Very promising...I already embedded 7 tracks into my Facebook "MyStuff" tab via Gigya.

  50. Luis
    February 28, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Extraordinary work, loved the info given here. Thanks!

  51. dGO
    February 27, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    8TRACKS.COM WOOT WOOT

  52. Razi
    February 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Jango, the online radio thingy. Pretty good.

    http://www.jango.com/

  53. mickey
    February 27, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    thank you so much for putting one track mind on here! what a great site. thanks!

  54. Razi
    February 28, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Jango, the online radio thingy. Pretty good.

    http://www.jango.com/

  55. Kshitij
    February 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Well i guess
    http://www.grooveshark.com

    and

    http://www.tastekid.com should also get a mention brilliant sites in their own right...

  56. Kshitij
    February 28, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Well i guess
    http://www.grooveshark.com

    and

    http://www.tastekid.com should also get a mention brilliant sites in their own right...

  57. Mars
    February 28, 2010 at 12:36 am
  58. Re@PeR
    February 27, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I use last.fm so much that I do the paid subscription thing.
    The basic features are free, streaming radio you pay a small subscription fee for.

  59. Re@PeR
    February 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I use last.fm so much that I do the paid subscription thing.
    The basic features are free, streaming radio you pay a small subscription fee for.

  60. Taylor J
    February 27, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Why no Pandora? I figured Pandora would be the first one mentioned.

  61. doug
    February 26, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I agree with last.fm and pandora, and used them in the past....but you have to check out Slacker.com. They even have apps for the iphone, blackberry, and windows mobile. I use it exclusively in my car. Has better sound quality than all the others, plus has a lot better setup. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a whirl.

  62. Tanya
    February 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    MusicRoamer has been updated since this post! Please check it out http://www.musicroamer.com

  63. Tanya
    February 26, 2010 at 7:29 am

    MusicRoamer has been updated since this post! Please check it out http://www.musicroamer.com

  64. LJ
    February 24, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Hey, great list and very useful, but one small nitpick - you completely misrepresented how "music map" works. It doesn't present artists similar to the one you type in, it suggests artists which are commmonly liked by the people who liked what you typed in. So if you type in Band A and Band B is close to it, it means that lots of people who like Band A also like Band B - not that Bands A and B are necessarily similar musically. Likewise, all the other bands it throws up are arranged based on whether people liked them both in relation to each other as well as in relation to the band you typed in, which makes it a pretty cool little gadget IMO!

  65. Wc
    February 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    You guys should really check out http://listen.grooveshark.com/ too. Has tons of music on there, can create play lists and add favorites as well.

  66. Jenni
    February 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Ooh, ooh! Also, try http://www.gnoosic.com
    I don't know if it's popular enough to be already known though. /:
    But you can also find books and movies ^-^

  67. raana
    February 24, 2010 at 5:33 am

    musicovery.com

  68. Wc
    February 24, 2010 at 7:20 am

    You guys should really check out http://listen.grooveshark.com/ too. Has tons of music on there, can create play lists and add favorites as well.

  69. Jenni
    February 24, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Ooh, ooh! Also, try http://www.gnoosic.com
    I don't know if it's popular enough to be already known though. /:
    But you can also find books and movies ^-^

  70. raana
    February 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    musicovery.com

  71. Michelle
    February 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    We used to use grooveshark but some people that I work with got viruses from using it (at least that's what they said anyways). Do we have to worry about getting any malware with these sites?

  72. kevin
    February 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    gnod.net is pretty cool

  73. kevin
    February 24, 2010 at 2:06 am

    gnod.net is pretty cool

  74. Svein even
    February 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Spotify!

  75. random signal
    February 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

    OK, I'm impressed. TuneGlue has an impressive databse, including artists Pandora does not have, and genres as diverse as Scandinavian ProgMetal and Native-American flute based ensembles.

  76. random signal
    February 21, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Maybe MySpace is also too well known to mention, but I have discovered a lot of wonderful artists I would never have heard of elsewhere because they are unsigned. The music pages are a showcase for artists of all genres and levels of experience and "success." Look up an artist you like. You can listen to the music they have posted. Go to their "friends" list and find other artists who like them enough to want to be associated with them. Follow those links, etc.

  77. blackshadow
    February 21, 2010 at 2:06 am

    A new site for free music ....

  78. nm
    February 21, 2010 at 9:55 am

    They are mentioned in passing because they are not entirely free or accessible. Last.fm only works in 3 countries for free - all other countries have to pay a subscription fee, and Pandora only works in the US and has a limit on how much you can listen to per month for free.

  79. J
    February 21, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Coda.fm is really good too

  80. J
    February 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Coda.fm is really good too

  81. nemwah
    February 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    If you left off the top ways to discover new music, i.e. Pandora and LastFM, then you need to change the name of your post, because this is *not* the top ten ways.

    • Nancy
      February 21, 2010 at 12:55 am

      They are mentioned in passing because they are not entirely free or accessible. Last.fm only works in 3 countries for free - all other countries have to pay a subscription fee, and Pandora only works in the US and has a limit on how much you can listen to per month for free.

  82. Baygroove
    February 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    blip.fm rocks totally addictive

  83. Stephen
    February 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm
  84. Baygroove
    February 20, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    blip.fm rocks totally addictive

  85. Jonah
    February 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Slacker Radio is just like Pandora but with a seemingly larger library. It also allows you to sync the stations to your blackberry/Iphone. Best part is you can cache the stations on your blackberry so you can listen to them when you have no service (great for subway rides).

  86. Stephen
    February 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm
  87. Munkypint
    February 20, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Last.fm isn't free for many of us, so it i have stopped using it though I really did enjoy it before

  88. Munkypint
    February 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Last.fm isn't free for many of us, so it i have stopped using it though I really did enjoy it before

  89. david
    February 20, 2010 at 9:21 am

    It would be Kings of Leon selected as the artist after they released those two 'amazing' singles.
    FFS the first two albums were the best by Kol.

  90. anon
    February 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    What about pandora?

  91. Dave
    February 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    If it hasn't been mentioned yet, I've found some interesting artists at http://www.reverbnation.com

  92. Dave
    February 20, 2010 at 1:45 am

    If it hasn't been mentioned yet, I've found some interesting artists at http://www.reverbnation.com

  93. nm
    February 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Yep - you can't use Pandora outside of the US, and Last.fm is only free in the US and a couple of European countries

  94. Nick
    February 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Lala.com lets you listen to related artists, just choose an artist and click 'Mix it up'.

  95. Soul Glo Activatur
    February 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Last.fm is what I use. Their suggestions really match what type of music you listen to.

  96. Soul Glo Activatur
    February 19, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Last.fm is what I use. Their suggestions really match what type of music you listen to.

  97. Greg
    February 18, 2010 at 7:17 am

    This may sound weird, but I have actually discovered a lot of music through listening to stations on Live365.com. If you can find a station whose owner has basically similar tastes to you, it can be a cool way to broaden your horizons by hearing stuff you normally wouldn't associate with the bands you like.

  98. Greg
    February 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    This may sound weird, but I have actually discovered a lot of music through listening to stations on Live365.com. If you can find a station whose owner has basically similar tastes to you, it can be a cool way to broaden your horizons by hearing stuff you normally wouldn't associate with the bands you like.

  99. nm
    February 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

    The site still has its merits because of the quality of music on it and at the end of the day that's what this about - finding good music. And you can still access their old design here http://old.thesixtyone.com/

  100. nm
    February 18, 2010 at 9:40 am

    In their defense, you can still access the old site at http://old.thesixtyone.com/

  101. Kendal
    February 18, 2010 at 5:10 am

    i used to like http://musicovery.com but now they want your money

  102. Kendal
    February 17, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    i used to like http://musicovery.com but now they want your money

  103. joe
    February 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    i'm glad to see purevolume on here. i used to use it all the time as a kid

  104. Keitaurin
    February 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    What, no Grooveshark? They're like Pandora, only better: No commercial interruptions, you can pick what music you want to start with, and there's a radio function where it can suggest music to you for listening.

  105. Meme
    February 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Take Thesixtyone off of that list, and add http://www.uvumi.com

    T61 went to hell.

    • Nancy
      February 18, 2010 at 12:41 am

      The site still has its merits because of the quality of music on it and at the end of the day that's what this about - finding good music. And you can still access their old design here http://old.thesixtyone.com/

  106. AmyL
    February 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    http://www.allmusic.com is great for learning more by band, genre, or song...if I hear of a band that's new to me, learning about them here will help me decide if i care to know more (and why).

  107. Michael C. Harris
    February 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    When thesixtyone killed the community in their revamp, many users moved to http://uvumi.com, which has a similar focus on new artists. It's still very much in development, but is growing fast.

  108. ty
    February 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    no doubt !!!

  109. Tony
    February 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    IMHO, the algorithm on Pandora seems pretty weak - especially if you have eclectic tastes like I do. And you might notice that two of the sites recommended above are based on the Last.fm API.

    • random signal
      February 21, 2010 at 8:55 am

      Tony, I share your frustration with Pandora on that count. I have seven different "stations" for different types of music. It's sometimes annoying to have to remember to move a song to another station instead of just clicking "like it." They were very nice about helping me get it straightened out though, and they say they are working on refining their code to offer an "advanced" option so users can specify WHAT you like about a song.
      Eclectic tastes are hard to program for, and it's always tempting to just ignore statistical outliers in favor of pleasing the majority.

  110. Miguel
    February 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    So glad to see One Track Mind on your list! It's a really underrated site and a great way to support artists AND get free music.

    They provide a nice editorial angle that the others don't really.

  111. Ellia
    February 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    gnoosic.com is a good one too

  112. Dan
    February 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I use a forumn type site called Blip.fm. You are able to listen to anything create a library and listen to other people's libraries and comment on them.

  113. Alistair
    February 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I think spotify is actually quite good. You need to apply but it is a totally free music player and all artists have many related artists that can also be listened to for free.

    • Michelle
      February 22, 2010 at 8:57 am

      Yeah I like Spotify, when I want to look for something entirely new I type in a random word like ´Black`or ´Lake´or ´Rain´and see what it gives me. This technique gives me a good cross range of a lot of styles of music and I have discovered stuff I really like in places I would not have thought to look.

      The above is on top of the ´normal´way to use the site too

  114. Dan
    February 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Last.fm > Pandora

    • Mars
      February 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      http://www.grooveshark.com > last.fm > Pandora

    • Jake
      February 28, 2010 at 7:52 pm

      Completely agree. I was surprised not to see anyone else mention this.

  115. Bob3000
    February 17, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Isn't Pandora still US only?

    • Nancy
      February 19, 2010 at 5:59 am

      Yep - you can't use Pandora outside of the US, and Last.fm is only free in the US and a couple of European countries

  116. Kat
    February 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

    My favorite from the list is One-Track-Mind. ( http://one-track-mind.com/ )
    Always a good selection as well as a good read.

  117. Charlie
    February 17, 2010 at 9:56 am

    8tracks is a great site. Ive found awesome mixes on there.

  118. Vic
    February 17, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Ummm pandora.com anyone??? hellerrrr

  119. dan
    February 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

    musicovery.com

    Probably where tuneglue and musicmap got there idea from

  120. ISAAC
    February 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I've had no need for anything other than pandora since it was made available. I tried some of the others... but pandora searches FOR YOU. Also, becuase of pandora, I've bought more music in the last 2 years or so than I had in at least 5 years prior.
    PEACE
    ISAAC

  121. Nesc
    February 17, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Nice article Nancy!
    I've discover some new great sites.
    My prefer goes to AllMusic.com.

  122. Rachel
    February 17, 2010 at 8:52 am

    what about http://www.pandora.com ???? Everyone here loves that!

    • Amanda
      February 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm

      Except, now Pandora is making you pay once you've heard a certain amount of songs a month or something like that. It's stupid now.

    • random signal
      February 21, 2010 at 8:35 am

      Amanda, you're not quite right. Pandora now plays short, low-key (as in NOT YELLING at you) commercials at fairly long intervals if you don't opt for the "premium" service.
      As Heinlein said, T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L. "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch."
      (Yeah, I read a book once. It was printed on paper and everything.)

    • access_denied
      February 25, 2010 at 9:47 am

      actually amanda is right, if you listen to more than 30 hours of songs per month then you have to pay to continue listening.
      that or wait till the month ends.

    • no
      March 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      Oh noes! Not 30 HOURS!! that is way too little!

    • Lena
      April 4, 2010 at 5:47 am

      Also, Pandora won't work outside the US now. On the site they say they're trying to get all the rights etc. but nothing so far for us Europeans...

  123. chris
    February 17, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Yeah, what about Pandora? That's what I use. Or maybe it's already well-known.

  124. Craig
    February 17, 2010 at 8:35 am

    HA! I haven't used Purevolume since 2004!

  125. tdstone
    February 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I have been enjoying the Emerging Artist view at http://wearehunted.com to find new stuff. Limited to top 99 songs but still lots of fresh songs.

  126. DLdisco
    February 17, 2010 at 1:56 am

    I like to use http://www.dldisco.com to find all discography of any artist, because sometimes the old records of artists that are unknown are the real gems...

    • Lior
      February 22, 2010 at 2:15 am

      How cool is that? Thanks for the tip, great website

  127. Wan
    February 17, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I use awsm.fm to discover new music + images

  128. Jacob
    February 17, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I use soundcloud to find music, it's brilliant.

  129. Jenn
    February 16, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Pandora?

    • Amelia
      February 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      I agree. Pandora is excellent.

    • Nicole
      April 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm

      if you're in the US.
      I loved pandora, and I used it religiously when it first came out. And then they blocked access to Canadians... Music should be shared with the world. and that move is bullshit

    • Lizzy
      April 25, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      Yeah, where the heck is Pandora?? It's amazing!

  130. John L. Galt
    February 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Aime Street - http://amiestreet.com/
    Stereogum - http://stereogum.com/
    @MeLikeGoodMusic on twitter - http://twitter.com/MeLikeGoodMusic

    • Nicole
      February 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      YES! I love Stereomood, I'm on it right now

  131. David
    February 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Suprisingly, wikipedia is a pretty good way for me, just type in someone you like and go from there. Users usually descibe their influences, or for a particular album you find out the producer and see what else he has done.

    • Nancy
      February 17, 2010 at 4:57 am

      That's one I wouldn't have thought of! Thanks for the tip David.

  132. dangercharlie
    February 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    and 8tracks.com !

  133. Benjamin Gorman
    February 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I'm shocked to see that Last.Fm is not getting a mention :O

    • Nancy
      February 17, 2010 at 4:56 am

      Actually I did mention Last.fm in passing as it's already so well known.

    • Oswald
      March 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

      Cool cool, but everyone seemed to completely leave out Pandora. It's somewhat well known but I've been using it for a long time to discover and listen to tons of new artists. The only down side is that you already have to have a basic idea of what you want before you start discovering new musicians; however, Pandora is also a great alternative method for just listening to music in general.

    • Cody
      April 26, 2010 at 5:17 am

      No mention of stereomood? Although not great for looking up different genres, its great for discovering unknown bands, or songs by artists that you would never have thought of. It is based off of mood instead of station.

    • gerizekali misin
      May 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

      first two sites using last.fm api.

    • Aibek
      May 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

      thanks for he input

      Aibek

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