Music What are your preferred ways of discovering new music?

Kevin

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#1
As I get older I find myself listening to broadcast radio a lot less than I used to. The few stations that I do listen to tend to be channels that are either "oldies" stations or stations that, though they play music that crosses different genres, they still tend to be mostly songs that are not recent. Of course, mind you, the 80's are now considered to be "oldies" but that's a different topic. :P

Some new stuff that I find often comes from our "What are you listening to?" thread here at Alien Soup. That thread is pretty cool because sometimes an artist who I'm not familiar with will be posted and I then end up being totally distracted while I find & listen to all of their different songs to see what catches my attention. Watching TV shows will also often feature a song sometimes that I end up adding to my playlists. The song "No Roots" by Alice Merton, for example, is something I heard on the show The Blacklist a month or so before it started appearing everywhere.

Lately I've been trying out different subscription streaming music services. I'll likely be settling on Google Play Music for our household but it's a bit depressing because there are days when I'm browsing the "Top Charts" or "New Releases" listings and I don't know a single act shown. :oldman: :(

Where are you guys poking around these days for new music? Are "Top 40" type shows on radio still popular? You guys even listening to radio anymore or am I just one of the last holdouts that haven't going totally streaming yet?
 

screenersam

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#2
pandora

and youtube. search for a genre ('dream pop') and somebody has a list.

discovered Fleet Foxes, Daysleepers, Slowdive, many others.

used to go yard sailing and get used CDs for a dollar. most are worthless but every now and then I find a treasure, like 'Renaissance' or 'Pure Reason Revolution'.
one of the vendors once apparently had worked at a radio station and had a bunch of 'do not sell' promotion discs.
 

Kevin

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#3
Looks like Google Play Music (GPM) will be having an relatively short life span. Google is planning on phasing out GPM in favor of YouTube Music (YTM). Subscribers to GPM currently receive access to YTM & YouTube Premium and, at some point, GPM subscribers will migrated over entirely to YTM. The big holdup at the moment seems to be the fact the the two services have totally different backend systems and GPM allows subscribers to upload their own collection of music to be added to their virtual 'library' while YTM does not.

For some reason I think I used (still do?) have a Pandora account from back in the early days of them starting out. Now I'm curious if it still exists.... when I get home I'll be some exploring. :D Thinking out loud, I know Pandora can be controlled from my Fitbit Versa, something not supported by GPM, but at the same time most of my portable listening these days is done while wearing headphones and the new pair of Sony wireless headphones I have on backorder (from Sept! :eek: ) have controls right on them plus they work with Google Assistant so being able to use my watch for basic controls, while neat, isn't a deal breaker.
and youtube. search for a genre ('dream pop') and somebody has a list.
Oh, yep, I forgot to mention YouTube. That is actually how I started looking into streaming services lately. I've been creating personal playlists on YouTube for some now for listening to while at my desk but recently I've started walking a lot and wanted to listen to the playlists while walking. It was a good plan until I realized that Google disables YouTube playback if your phone is locked! The choice then was to either keep my phone unlocked while carrying it my pocket when walking or looking at alternatives. Ggggrrr. :censored:
discovered Fleet Foxes, Daysleepers, Slowdive, many others.
I'm not familiar with any of them. Off to YouTube we go..... :D

used to go yard sailing and get used CDs for a dollar. most are worthless but every now and then I find a treasure, like 'Renaissance' or 'Pure Reason Revolution'.
one of the vendors once apparently had worked at a radio station and had a bunch of 'do not sell' promotion discs.
Ooooh, I think I'd have ended up buying all of the promo discs just to see what might be on them. Every so often the promo discs will have a single on them mixed differently from the final version released to the retail channels.
 
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