How Do You Discover New Music?

Most people probably listen to a music streaming service to find new music. Looking for comparisons, I found this article from PC Magazine comparing Sirius XM Radio, Slacker Radio, Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, Google Play Music, iHeart Radio, and Pandora.

I would have thought YouTube Music should also be on this list. It is interesting that it isn’t.

Personally, I try to avoid any service that involves the five big companies of the feudal Internet. So, for me, this excludes Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, Google Play Music and YouTube Music from consideration.

Of the remaining, I am currently trying Sirius XM Radio. Their XMU channel that tries being similar to a college radio station.

I also listen to college radio in the U.S. via TuneIn. There are quite a few stations available, such as University of Washington’s KEXP, Santa Monica College’s KCRW, University of California Berkeley’s KALX, and Drexel University’s WKDU in Philadelphia, has a useful list of better college radio stations if you want go deeper.

Two of these stations, i.e., KEXP and KCRW, have “podcasts” which are basically a new song each weekday that I’ve been using for a long time to find new music. Minnesota Public Radio also has Song of the Day.

And since we are mentioning podcasts, it’s probably also worth including NPR’s All Songs Considered. NPR’s Sound Opinions is more for critical opinions of music, but they also have new music occasionally and mention older music I haven’t heard before.

Of course, there are some music websites like the link I pointed today. Probably the best one is Most people probably know that it is like IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes for music. It’s a good place to start if you just heard of an artist that has been around awhile and want to get biographic information, their discography, album reviews, what their influences were and who they influenced.

Ok, that’s all I have. Anyone that comes across this and thinks I missed something or should add something important, please feel free to make a suggestion in the comments. Always interested in discovering new ways to find new music.