Some of the best music discovery sites
Today if you are searching for music, there are millions of sites available which will help you discovering music. But, not all the sites are equally easy to get used to and search the music you want. I’ve tried to find out the best music discovering sites and I have come out with some sites which will not only introduce you to music but also will help you listen to those music by playing for you. You might have seen some of those sites but I am confident that I will introduce you to some new sites as well.
The List (The list have been ordered keeping in mind the popularity of the side and also with my own individual affection)
A very well designed site along with a huge collection of music is Pandora. Just insert the name of the artist or song name and the site will start playing all the similar matched songs. You even have the option of liking or disliking a song and the one you dislike, the site will cut those off and won’t play those again in future. Following this you will be able to create your own customized station which you can share with others around the world.
Last.fm is a radio application which you can download for listening to music. It plays songs based on what you input on the site. The thing that makes it unique is the ability to play music syncing with the history of your music application which could either be iTunes or Winamp or whatever it is. The community of Last.fm is much more wider than that of Pandora.
A nice music sharing program that helps downloading music to the computer is Spotify. It is somewhat like iTunes but comes only in grey and green colour. You can also connect with your friends using the network and see what song they are listening. You can further integrate it with last.fm. If you are living in USA then it is a great free site for you as you will find a huge collection of songs and it has more than 10 million users. But for those who are living outside USA will be allowed to listen to music for 10 hours every month for free. To get the full facilities you will have to pay $4.99/month.
Allmusic not being a radio have a vast knowledge of music then many of the radio sites. It only plays sound bites and can come out with large recommendations for you. If you are considering community department then it is not like those of the above sites. What made it one of the best is the ability to finding new music.
Despite not being like Pandora still it is the best favourite site to me. Because it allows listening a song as many times you want and whenever you want. The database of this site is vast and it comes out with unique recommendations as well.
A very cool site for music is Musicovery. All you need here is to select a genre and pick a particular point in between Calm, Energetic, Dark and Positive which will create a colourful bubble map. As the song is played the bubbles will be jumping around. To someone it might seem like a haphazard but I bet, to many it is very interesting.
This site comes with a single page design and with a simple black background. It makes you feel like you are connected to another world as because of its very personal atmosphere which is different than any of the other sites around. It has different icons like “Peace”, “Heavy”, “Hip Hop”, etc. and it works with those icons. But the greatest feature of the site is that, it only plays rare music. Because of this you won’t have to listen to the same artist again and again.
Among all the sites of the list this one is the most social one. It recommends you to follow people considering your musical interest. This way it enables you listening to music of their liking as well. It is a clean modern site which requires you to login using your facebook or twitter account.
This music site is a mixture of iTunes and Twitter. It allows your friends to recommend music to you. The site also provides free downloads and also weekly offers for the users which made it great. If you try this site out you will surely find out new songs, bands and remixes.
This site makes recommendations for you in real time. Whenever you search for an artist it will show you a profile of music, video, information widgets etc. which you can customize as per your choice.
A very simple site offering a downloadable radio is iRate. There is rating system for the tracks and the radio plays tracks based on your rating and the ratings of past users. It plays that music which it thinks will be preferred by you. But this site is not as much popular as the other sites here.
Another real cool site is liveplasma which has a simple and colourful layout. Unlike the other sites it won’t play music for you. But if you enter the name of the artist it will make a list of artists which you might like. But sometimes it is annoying as well. The site further recommends movies.
Live365 is a music radio station. When you search it plays music for you. But this site is not the best site for recommendations.
This site allows you to listen to millions of full length songs for free. It also allows you to share your music library, playlists and opinions on music. Other users who have same musical taste as of yours can recommend you of songs as well. The site has got a very active community.
This site focuses on community to come out with all the latest music and also helps finding new artists with its base search on radio and search engines.
This is another bubbles site but not as good as the others. It always comes out with the different albums of same artist. That means you will only get the recommendations from same artist.
Among all the sites this site is most unique. It keeps tracking concert arounf UK and US and lets you know where and when your favourite artists are playing and also it recommends concerts for you based on this.
Whenever you type the title on this, it recommends music, movies and books for you. The recommendations provided by this site are really good and it also gives youtube examples of artists.
This site is powered by YouTube and it is an user run playlist site.
This site is very much like MySpace. Users can upload music of their choice and share those to the huge community there. But, unlike MySpace it has a clean and beautiful design and filled with quality collection of music.
The Mahogany Sessions
This site is entirely full of gentler and soulful music. But most of the artists are lesser-known.
Another Lazy Sunday
This site is much like Mahogany Sessions. Live quiet places records of Indie UK artists can be found on the site.
My Bands Music
If you like listening to independent artists then you can go for this site.
You can share music as well as download and remix those songs of independent artists in this site.