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Discovering New Music
I'm always looking for new stuff to listen to and so should you! This topic is all about music discovery tools, sites, and philosophy
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dj BC presents The Beastles

dj BC presents The Beastles | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
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I try really hard not to recommend music.  Rather I run my station and play great tunes and then provide tools and techniques to find and manage all the fun tunes you find.  That said, this is absolutely cool.  If you dig the Beastie Boys and/or the Beatles it's well worth takin' a listen.  The remixes are stunningly well put together.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: XTC - "Mayor of Simpleton"

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: XTC - "Mayor of Simpleton".

 

One of XTC's later hits, showing off their clever, playful lyrics. One of the most overlooked bands.


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XTC has s'more great stuff.  

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Ripping CDs with FLAC - Best Compression Settings

As storage space becomes cheaper, there's a growing trend to save digital music files in a lossless format. Such lossless formats provide an exact replication of the audio quality found in the orig...
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I don't usually buy CDs - I've gone totally digital.  But when I do end up with one, like CDs from Uncut mag or those really hard to find things like the "Sid and Nancy" soundtrack I'm into using the FLAC codec.  This article gives a comparison between the various compression settings you can pic. I figured I might as well pick 0 since the difference in disk space is so minimal.

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Rob Tacey's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:02 AM

I don't usually buy CDs - I've gone totally digital.  But when I do end up with one, like CDs from Uncut mag or those really hard to find things like the "Sid and Nancy" soundtrack I'm into using the FLAC codec.  This article gives a comparison between the various compression settings you can pic. I figured I might as well pick 0 since the difference in disk space is so minimal.

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For Music Discovery, Definition Often Varies

For Music Discovery, Definition Often Varies | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
By Kyle Bylin | @sidewinderfm
Over the years, the definition of music discovery has changed. For some, music discovery encapsulates the serendipitous event of finding a new song or artist, which is...
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Some really slick insights into what music discovery means to some of those in the industry - specifically those who're trying to get music in front of you.  Makes one ponder.

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2013 Trends in Metadata | Articles | DATAVERSITY

by Paul Williams. Metadata is the vital lifeblood of any enterprise that engages in the practice of Data Management. The bit on OneMusicApi is pretty neat.
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Spotify's Daniel Ek wants to turn you on to new music - USA TODAY

Spotify's Daniel Ek wants to turn you on to new music - USA TODAY | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
Spotify's Daniel Ek wants to turn you on to new music USA TODAY His twist on rivals was emphasizing the social aspects of music — showing what your friends are listening to via Facebook. Others had tried to do that but not as successfully.
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Fathom Is An Immersive Guide To New Music Through The Artists You Love - Lifehacker Australia

Fathom Is An Immersive Guide To New Music Through The Artists You Love - Lifehacker Australia | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
Fathom Is An Immersive Guide To New Music Through The Artists You Love Lifehacker Australia A lot of services help you discover new music through songs you or your friends like, but Fathom takes a unique visual approach that lets you explore dozens...
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Finding Cool Music in Your Collection Using MediaMonkey | dj sizzly

Finding Cool Music in Your Collection Using MediaMonkey | dj sizzly | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
Using MediaMonkey scripts and Last.fm to discover cool music you never knew you had!
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I love doing this every so often.  Some of the playlists it generates are really really really slick.

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Blue Note: The Best Music Discovery App On Spotify | Music Business and Trend Mongering

Blue Note: The Best Music Discovery App On Spotify | Music Business and Trend Mongering | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
RT @Ryan_Ziemba: @Ryan_Ziemba: Bluenote's Spotify app the best music discovery app out there? http://t.co/s34iJm6u
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I don't use spotify (not sure why) but I figure I'd share this for folks who do. 

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7 MediaMonkey Alternative - Tech Shout!

7 MediaMonkey Alternative - Tech Shout! | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
A MediaMonkey alternative from the list jotted down below will help you switch to another program, in case you are done with the one in question and wi
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I'm a MediaMonkey evangalist.  I can't possibly say enough good things about it.  But...  If you've tried it and you're not a fan, here's a list of options you might want to try out.  I've given a few a whirl but they're not MediaMonkey.

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DDT (Digital Distribution Taskforce) Online Store

DDT (Digital Distribution Taskforce) Online Store | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it

The COP 22nd Anniversary Compilation free from Digital Distribution Taskforce

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I haven't gotten a chance to check this out...  But it is free music so that's cool, eh?

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Watch These Coachella Attendees Enthuse Over Made-Up Bands : NPR

Watch These Coachella Attendees Enthuse Over Made-Up Bands : NPR | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
Jimmy Kimmel Live asked Coachella attendees what they think of fake bands like "The Chelsea Clintons."
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Kinda the exact opposite of music discovery.  Don't fake it.  Admit it when you've never heard of a band or you might look ridiculous.

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Free Download! Desert Session: SPIN's Coachella 2013 Mixtape

Free Download! Desert Session: SPIN's Coachella 2013 Mixtape | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
Pre-game with tracks from Cloud Nothings, SpaceGhostPurrp, Kill the Noise, and more!
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Spin's mixtapes are usually pretty good.  I find a fair amount of cool tunes whenever they release one.  And they're free so that's always a good thing.

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Meet like-minded music fans with Moosify

Meet like-minded music fans with Moosify | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
This free app for Spotify, iPhone, or Android connects you to others with similar music tastes. Read this article by Matt Elliott on CNET.
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Sounds good! Nokia Music+ starts to roll out with free 7-day trial - Nokia Conversations

Sounds good! Nokia Music+ starts to roll out with free 7-day trial - Nokia Conversations | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
Sounds good! Nokia Music+ starts to roll out with free 7-day trial Nokia Conversations Building on the same easy to use music discovery service, Nokia Music+ lets you create your own mixes or stream from playlists curated by our expert team of...
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Tumblr Tackles Music Discovery - Billboard

Tumblr Tackles Music Discovery - Billboard | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
Tumblr Tackles Music Discovery Billboard Blogging service Tumblr is offering a new music discovery service, but the site won't be configured as a radio station a la Pandora or a retail recommendation system like Amazon delivers.
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Can You Learn To Like Music You Hate? : NPR

Can You Learn To Like Music You Hate? : NPR | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
A new study from the University of Melbourne claims that when you don't understand music, you don't even really hear it. And the more you hear it — and understand it — the more you might love it.
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An interesting bit on how we process music.  I guess my question would be, "Why would you want to?"

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Thank you Bandcamp. And damn you.

Thank you Bandcamp. And damn you. | Discovering New Music | Scoop.it
I don't throw around the word 'game changer' much. In fact, I don't think I've ever thrown it around. But if I were to use it for the first time, I would feel pretty comfortable using it in a post about the Fan Accounts that Bandcamp just launched .
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Bandcamp now has a fan profile?  How neat is that?  

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Rob Tacey's curator insight, January 15, 2013 11:50 AM

Ooooh!  Bandcamp just made music discovery more interesting.  I'm a fan of Bandcamp and have an account, but I don't really use it to find music (rather I zip in to grab tunes I've found elsewhere.  This new thing is probably going to change that a bitsy.