What are the best resources to discover new music?

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    In a few words, Staimusic is exactly what you are looking for when you want to listen to some music but you can't decide any song, artist or album. The initial test of Staimusic is easy and stimulating, and the playlist is just exactly what you need. 



    Emma Ward
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "Staimusic has me staying, it helps me discover new music on a regular basis. I can depend on Staimusic for variety that keeps me coming back for more."
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    #2Apple Music

    Apple Music

    Apple Music is a subscription-based music streaming service offered by Apple. It is available for download on Android and iOS. It lets you stream songs, download tracks for offline play, and access exclusive content. A free trial is available. 


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Yuan Li
    Written on January 20, 2017
    "Apple music is a very good app. It allows you to search for artists or songs or related music so that you may find your favorite songs or new music that is similar to an artist or a song. It also allows you to easily browse through thousands of songs at your leisure."
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    Spotify is a music streaming platform that features plenty of functions to help users discover new music. It comes with curated and shared playlists, suggested radio stations, and related artists - all based on your likes and listens.


    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Gary Stewart
    Written on February 9, 2017
    "I was having trouble finding recommendations for new music to listen to so I got Spotify. I listened to a couple of albums by artists that I like, and then looked at recommended artists. I had never heard of most of them, and while some of them weren't very interesting to me, many of them were really good."


Did you know that 2018 is perceived to be the Renaissance of boy bands? Simply defined as a vocal group that is composed of young male singers, boy band is making a huge come back this year according to an entertainment article posted on Time. While 2017 music chart was greatly dominated by pop and hip-hop artists like the award-winning Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Kendrick Lamar, 2018 is predicted to be a triumphant musical era for boy bands. While the Backstreet Boys and the ‘N Sync remain classic, a new wave of boy group is anticipated to rise such as Why Don’t We, Pretty Much, and BTS, just to name a few. Next on the list of the anticipated trends is the takeover of traditional Latin musical styles. Following the success of Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee in 2017 when it globally dominated the music charts, experts say Latin hit music is still in the groove this year. Yet another trend is the Korean movement as the Korean Pop Music (also known as K-Pop) is rapidly growing becoming a worldwide phenomenon. K-Pop’s growing popularity started when Psy released the song Gangnam Style in the United States in 2012. According to experts, Americans welcomed the genre because elements of American pop, hip-hop, and R&B are incorporated within K-Pop.

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    Soundcloud is a platform where artists can post their latest music, and people can follow musicians and receive alerts when they upload new tracks. When you like a song you can check out similar tracks using the Related Tracks function.


    Web, Android, iOS


    Jerry Banks
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "Soundcloud has an easy to use interface that makes browsing for new artists in well-loved genres easy and fun. By searching for either a particular artist or a genre, you will be given several options to listen to. I was able to find some great bluegrass music using Soundcloud's search feature. "
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    Bandcamp offers a platform where musicians can release their music. Accordingly, it is chock full of great new music for you to discover in its aptly named Discover section. It is available on the web or as an app for Android and iOS devices.


    Other Platform, iOS, Android


    Harold Kennedy
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "I really enjoy listening to new music. I sometimes don't know where to go to find new artist or see whats trendy. Bandcamp lets me do both of those things. I have the ability to check out new artist, listen to songs, and read up on bands. It definitely is something I use all the time and recommend it to all my music buff friends."
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    Mixcloud is a great resource full of radio shows and mixes by professional and amateur DJs from all over the world.


    Jose Soto
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "This is an interesting app, there are a lot of different things to choose from, like music shows, and talk shows. I like the array of icons that show you what there is to choose from . If I were looking for new music that I was unfamiliar with, I think this app could really help me out."
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    Last.fm is a music website, formerly a radio streaming service, based in the United Kingdom. It tracks all the music its users listen to from their music services from Spotify, Deezer, Google Play and more. 



    Luis Gómez
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "Whenever my music playlists become stale, I find my way over to last.fm to find new artists and see what other people with similar musical taste to me are listening to right now. It is easy to find people that are listening to music that I'm already listening to and see artists that I've never heard of or never given enough attention to. By connecting the accounts where you already listen to music you can provide more information on artists that are linked, all by listening to the bands you already enjoy! Try last.fm to help others find new music, but mostly to use the power of crowds to find music you would enjoy as well."
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    #8Twitter - Music

    Twitter - Music
    Twitter can be a great resource for anybody who is looking for new music. If you follow  musicians that you like or their record labels, music PRs, music reviewers and music journalits your feed will be a constant stream of new tracks.
    Bruce Hall
    Written on January 27, 2017
    "Using twitter to look for new music works out okay, I guess, but I'd probably use something else in the future. Most of the time if I find a new band on Twitter, it's because an artist that I already listen to tweets about them or re-tweets them, and a lot of the artists I follow don't usually do that kind of thing. It's great for keeping up with people you're already a fan of, though."
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    Katch is a free mobile application wherein you can discover new independent artists and musicians from different genres. It also allows you to create your own playlist and listen to anonymous previews of songs. 


    iOS, Android


    Niels W.d
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "You basically listen to 15seconds preview of few tracks, and for each of them you decide if you wanna hear the full song or just skip to the next one. You decide which genre you wanna listen to. You can create a library of new tracks, listen to them (entirely this time :P) whenever you want. We plan on adding Spotify and Deezer export soon. Full disclosure, I'm working on this project. We are still a young start-up but we already have a catalog of nearly 40000 independents artists."
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    Pandora is powered by the Music Genome Project, which is the most comprehensive music analysis ever undertaken. It offers personalized radio that is constantly evolving alongside your music tastes.


    Free- Varies by plan

    Dennis Kelly
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "This is a pretty good app for finding new music. It tracks your preferences and suggests new music that is similar to what you already like. Occasionally the suggestions are bad, but that's to be expected since musical tastes are subjective. I've discovered a few new bands I want to follow already, so overall this app has satisfied me."
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    Shazam is a free app for iOS, Android, and Android Wear watches. It is a tool for discovering music by listening to what is currently playing in order to identify that name of the song and the artist.


    Android, iOS


    Keith Simpson
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "What can I say? Shazam has always been there for me when I needed to find out what a song on the radio is. It's easy to use (believe me, if even I can use it), and I have yet to have it ever not get a song correct on the first try. I highly recommend Shazam. "
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    Tastebuds is great for making new friends, finding concert buddies, and, of course, dating. It is completely free and simple to use. Browse your music matches and send them a song to break the ice.




    Ronald Henderson
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "I've had a few relationships that took a downward spiral after a long car trip where we got to know each other's music tastes. Too many Gomezette's and Beliebers were in my dating life before I found Tastebuds. Dating and music squished together? YES PLEASE!!!!! You've saved me from another nightmare road trip for sure!"
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    Musicjo is a website for discovering music. It provides links of music videos that have just been released. The site is designed in various categories to choose from, such as indie, pop, and EDM. This music discovery site also provides playlists.



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    Songdew is a music platform wherein users can discover new music to listen to as well as upload and distribute their own songs. It is a music network where listeners and artists come together, for the latter to monetize their music.



    s k
    Written on July 14, 2019
    "This is a new website and is focussed helping artists promote and monetise music. Quite good. They also have started a 24 *7 TV channel to promote music."
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    #15Daily music

    Daily music

    Daily music is a Telegram channel where people can share, explore, enjoy and download new music every day. This channel also offers fresh music content. 



    Tammy Anderson
    Written on March 14, 2017
    "I have paroozed Daily Music on occasion to discover new music, however, I am more drawn to oldies such as Guns & Roses, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, etc. For this reason it is difficult to find necessarily "New Music" however for current music this is a great resource. "
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    #16For The Love Of Bands

    For The Love Of Bands

    For The Love Of Bands is an online resource for discovering new songs from independent artists. It also features playlists for Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Deezer, and more. The site also provides articles that can help new musicians.



    Roel Wensink
    Written on May 15, 2019
    "For The Love Of Bands is exactly that. Great resource to discover new music by upcoming independent bands and artists. Music reviews, industry tips and playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and YouTube. Many genres except hip hop, rap, house, techno etc."
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    SongRepo is an online free music repository for discovering all kind of music. You will find here the latest playlists, tracks, and most relevant artists. All of them are available for free MP3 download. 


    Rakesh Jhadav
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "SongRepo is a fantastic website. It helps you find new music that you like and i didn't even know some of these genres exist!"
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    LÜM is an app developed by Live Undiscovered Music Inc. for discovering and streaming new music. Users simply have to create a profile to browse songs from emerging artists. It is compatible with iOS devices.




    Luke Kollman
    Written on September 17, 2018
    "The perfect FREE app to discover unknown talent! LÜM is both an (ad-free) music streaming platform and a social media, making it extremely easy to share music with friends, post photos, share and rate artists and tracks and discover nearby events all on the iOS platform. LÜM only features emerging artists, no mainstream music in order to give up and coming artists a platform to get their music discussed and circulated. Download in the App Store!"
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    ZippyAudio is an online tool that allows you to find, download and listen online to any type of music. Through its superior indexing system, users can discover and browse new music, and even add tracks to their playlist.



    Benjamin Lebron
    Written on October 11, 2018
    "Whenever people try to find any type of music ZippyAudio is there, and it's there to stay. Not relying on holding the music files itself, ZippyAudio has a superior indexing system of ensuring that you can listen and download any music you want, at your leisure"
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    #20Rate Your Music

    Rate Your Music

    Rate Your Music is an online website where various users can post their reviews on various music, bands, singers, and other music-related insights they have on their idols, as well as interact with one another.



    Jason Novak
    Written on December 29, 2018
    "Rate Your Music is a great place to discover music, new or old. It's a database of musical and non-musical releases and films."
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    #2120 Swedish Music Acts You Should Know Right Now

    20 Swedish Music Acts You Should Know Right Now

    20 Swedish Music Acts You Should Know Right Now is an article in Highsnobiety that lists several different Swedish bands and artists that you should start listening to if you're into the Scandinavian music scene. 



    Sharon Liang
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "Who doesn't like finding out about awesome new music? Music is the common language that unites all people, never mind where they are from. We can be separated by thousands of miles, but we can all listen to music together. I have never been to Sweden, but now thanks to this article It feels like I have. This article about Swedish bands really rocks, because it introduced me to so many amazing bands. This is a great article to learn about bands from around the world."
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    #22Swedish indie pop

    Swedish indie pop

    Swedish indie pop is a page on the Last.fm website that has the top-rated artist tagged with this genre on their platform. Some of the acts listed there are Loveninjas, I'm From Barcelona, Peter Bjorn & John, and more.



    May Ren
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "OMG, I haven't been able to find Swedish indie pop music outside of the cds I brought back from my last trip. I'm so excited! I can't believed it. I wish there was a wider variety of bands, but hell, I'm just happy this exists."
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    JQBX is a web application that can be connected to a Spotify account. It is also available on Android devices and it lets the user know the latest music trends from friends or public groups in this site. 



    Dennis Hart
    Written on July 27, 2018
    "I think JQBX app is like a social media were you can listen music and chart with you friends. This is great idea to discover new music and share it with you friends and other people. I will definitely install it on my smartphone and try it."


Best What are the best resources to discover new music
1StaimusicWebsites 27 Free
2Apple MusicApps 19 Free
3SpotifyApps 18 Free
4SoundCloudApps 12 Free
5BandcampApps 10 Free
6MixcloudWebsites 10 Free
7Last.fmWebsites 7 Free
8Twitter - MusicWebsites 6 Paid
9KatchApps 5 Free
10PandoraWebsites 3 Free

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