Best Resources For Finding New Music Online

When it comes to finding new music, the Internet is a virtual treasure trove, with a seemingly limitless supply of new and established artists, hidden gems and struggling and fledgling artists that are on the cusp of stardom. Here are some excellent legal resources to help you find more music to add to your collection:


Technically, Pandora is a free internet radio site, but look a little deeper and you'll find much more than that. From the main page, you'll be asked to type in your favorite music artist. Then a radio playlist is generated that includes your favorite artist as well as similar artists that Pandora believes you would like. They choose similar artists by matching up the rhythm, lyrics, harmonies, melodies and just about every other aspect of your favorite artist's songs and then selects more artists and songs based on that analysis. The result is a very customized playlist that likely includes many artists that you haven't heard of, yet will very likely be of interest to you. Pandora continues to refine the playlist even as you are listening to your customized radio station, by letting you give a thumbs up or thumbs down to each song. If you're looking for new music, Pandora is a great place to start. is like a social version of Pandora. You start by downloading the player, it will then scan your computer for music you already have, then create a personalized radio playlist from that. You can also discover new artists through your friends and get even more music recommendations.


MySpace is great for discovering indie artists. Many indie artists start out by promoting themselves on a customized music MySpace page. Artists are allowed to add up to 4 songs for visitors of their profile to listen to and can also add additional links to songs or embed videos right into the profile. You can find new music and artists by surfing from profile to profile clicking on interesting friends of the artists. Many artists on MySpace are networked to help promote each other, so this works great for them and for you.


MusicMatch offers a very good music player for your computer, but they also offer something called the MMGuide. Where you simply type in the name of your favorite artist and MusicMatch will give you recommendations based on the listening habits of their entire music community.


RadioBlogClub is a service that allows bloggers and webmasters to add a customized radio playlist to their sites. Simply type in the name of an artist or a song title and you'll get a list of playlists that include those songs. The trick here is that these playlists rarely just include one artist, but once you're done listening to the particular song or artist you requested, more music from that blog will play, and it's often quite similar in taste. It's a great way to hear new artists, especially foreign artists including Asian and Indian.


There you have some of the best ways to discover new music online, in a completely free and legal way. Enjoy!

Lydia Quinn writes for APB Records, a directory of the best music download sites online. Visit us at




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