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Where does everyone go to discover new music? Here is what I use Amazon Music which is where I buy most of my music. They don't seem to show me anything new that interests me . Tidal which I'm on paid trial for wants to push all pop music my way and I don't want that no matter how much I hit the like button for other genres such as Trance Deezer seems to do a good job of sending me new music that I actually want to listen to. Soundcloud gives me a lot of the music I am looking for. I really want to find a new place to purchase and discover great new Ska, Trance, and other new and fun music that is not Top 40 and over played.
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Bedlam-Inside
16
Jan 21, 2022
Many great suggestions on this thread! I personally am doing what you're doing @darkstormyrain which is using Apple Music and Tidal on trial/a few paid months and saving any albums/artists I discover on Spotify (what I use most of the time). I've been surprised Apple Music is doing so well having an artist focus, DJ mixes shown like albums so I can save songs from mixes, and more relaxed shuffling/playlist algorithms which is refreshing as I've exhausted my Spotify suggestions. You say you like trance, so check out all the Anjunabeats artists on Apple or Soundcloud for their mixes and find an online/comments section list of the songs in the mix. Check out YouTube series too such as Cercle and Boilerroom sessions for dance and NPR Tiny Desk or KEXP Live Sessions for new artists who are breaking. Always feels good to resonate with a sound on the front end of its fame!
darkstormyrain
16
Jan 22, 2022
Anjunabeats sounds really familiar but I'll check them out in a bit. Oh youtube, I frequently play Captain Hook, Miss Monique, Astrix and more. Having a premium account makes it all the better. However my 4yr uses my youtube account more than I so most of my recomendations are all Blippi, Ryans World and Ssundee HAHAHA
RayF
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Jan 16, 2022
Well there's "new" music to you and then there's new music to everyone (new releases). Even if you're an avid consumer, odds are there's more to discover in the former category than the latter. Depending on your age (and I'm going to take a wild guess and peg you at under thirty), you probably could spend the next ten years catching up on the music that came before you. As to current and newly released music, most of the streaming services do their best (because it's in their interest) to bring every new release to your attention every couple of weeks or so. The limitation there is that music produced (in general) is weighted towards the popular side of the spectrum--meaning if you're one of those who think hiphop actually is music, you're covered. If on the other hand you're a diehard bagpipe music fan, you can anticipate adding significantly fewer CDs to you collection (although everyone should have at least one pipper version of "Scotland The Brave" and "Amazing Grace" on their favorites list (goes without saying). For the rest of us, the vast majority of people somewhere in the middle of those extremes, your best bet is to continue mining the content your service categorizes under the Genres you prefer. I'm currently hooked up with several--including Amazon and Spotify already mentioned--but also Qobuz and Roon. I decided against Tidal early on because they seemed hell-bent on marketing themselves (follow the money) towards a younger demographic. So far, Qobuz seems to do a slightly better job of presenting all New Releases (notifications show up in weekly emails and within the Desktop and Device apps) and then by presenting them in easily sorted sub categories (genres). That said, when I say better job, part of that comes down to one's familiarity with the features/functions of the various apps--how easy it is to navigate them to find what you're looking--or to discover what you weren't. Something I've found helpful are the services's genre related, prepackaged play lists--you're bound to find at least one song or artist in the mix that's new to you. Spotify has Daily Mix (based on previous Likes), Amazon has "Hot Playlists", Qobuz provides new playlists specifically by genre (New Nordic Indie, New Ambient, etc...). One of the features I like about Spotify was the way it's integrated with Shazam--once you've ID'ed a song with Shazam, it offers to add it to a Spotify playlist. I can't tell you how many songs I've found that way--walking trough a store, sitting at a restaurant and hearing something interesting and then using Shazam to figure out who/what I was listening too. Another reason I give the nod to Qobuz (at this point) is the amount of background information they provide about the musicians/artists you know and don't know. Assuming you've discovered someone new, it's nice to have detailed answers to who they are and where they came from. Here's a couple of screen captures from Qobuz and Roon:
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Happy hunting ;- )
darkstormyrain
16
Jan 18, 2022
Actually haven't tried Qobuz yet. Going to next month when my tidal hifi trial ends. Currently I pay for Amazon, SoundCloud, deezer monthly. Melbourne Ska orchestra sounds familiar. Or maybe is was Tokyo Ska paradise orchestra that I really loved.
RayF
22317
Jan 18, 2022
Plenty of SKA on good old YouTube—and the sound quality ain’t half-bad either.
I keep spotify around solely for this purpose, the recommendations in my Discover Weekly (that I port to an archive playlist) are far better than anything Amazon, Qobuz and Tidal have provided.
darkstormyrain
16
Jan 12, 2022
I have to admit Spotify did keep my ears happy for the year I had it.
It's a pretty finely tuned algorithm but I need lossless so I convert that archive periodically into Amazon and Tidal playlists. Allmusic used to be a good resource for "similar to, influenced by and followers of" options but that site is ad cancer at this point.
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jaxtrauma
1940
Jan 8, 2022
I stick with TIDAL because of the sound quality. Sometimes I just click their 'daily discovery' and find new (to me) artists. It pays to dig a little deeper at times. I like the sound of MQA even if I don't believe in magic ;-)
darkstormyrain
16
Jan 8, 2022
I guess my ears aren't that fancy. I have the Tidal MQA sub which I just got 2mo for $2 My only DAC that supports MQA is a FiiO BTR5 and I really cannot tell the difference between Hifi and Master. Maybe once I get the Matrix Mini-I 3 and the Elex I'm waiting for that will change.
jaxtrauma
1940
Jan 8, 2022
Wow, you're gonna love that Elex! I've had the Clear for about 18 months and it gives me goosebumps to this day. Your life may change ;-)
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