20 fantastic ways to find new music that you like (no Last.fm & Pandora inside)

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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



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

The Filter

The FilterThe 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 individualรƒยขรขโ€šยฌรขโ€žยขs tastes and moods through unique algorithms. It gathers your listening history through an iTunes plug-in. [twitter]



Taste Kid

tasteKind of an emo version of The Filter & such, Taste Kid explores your taste suggesting similar or related music (artists, bands), movies and books, based on what you like. So be it! [twitter]


Hot new tracks


The Hype Machinehype

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. twitter]

Pitchfork Mediapitchfork

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. [twitter]


Social bookmarking & Short Reviews


Live Plasmaliveplasma

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]


Internet Jukeboxes



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]


The Sixty Onesixtyone1

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 Llamaonellama

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
  • hey, if you're not satisfied by this list follow Britney on Twitter ๐Ÿ˜€
  • please leave some tips & tricks in the comment

Bogdan Rancea

Bogdan is a founding member of Inspired Mag, having accumulated almost 6 years of experience over this period. In his spare time he likes to study classical music and explore visual arts. Heโ€™s quite obsessed with fixies as well. He owns 5 already.

Comments 2 Responses

  1. Respekt! Das ist mal eine fantastische Liste um neue Musik zu entdecken. Hypem.com z.B. ist hierfรผr sehr gut geeignet. Die Algorithmen der Streaming-Anbieter listen nรคmlich meist nur Bands mit hoher Popularitรคt, die man eh schon kennt.

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