Last time you bought an actual CD? You’ve got to think about that, don’t you?
So where do you turn if you’re tired of the stuff you have lying around, and you want to get some new sounds? Here’s a New Frugality primer on how to discover new music without spending a fortune.
- Pandora is the industry standard…
- Spotify, the newcomer…
- YouTube? Really?
- The bands themselves
- Last.fm but not Least.fm
It’s been around for a little while, it’s now a publicly traded company; but, yes, there are folks who haven’t used Pandora yet. The site works very simply: you pick a group you like, and Pandora plays songs from that group and others that have a similar sound.
Now, if you’re like me and you want to support new music – you’ll find yourself discovering new bands, then actually going out and picking up their songs on the iTunes store. All thanks to the recommendation from Pandora.
Spotify launched in Europe, then arrived in the USA with a hookup from Facebook.
There’s a free and a premium version – try out the free first, then consider upgrading if you find ads annoying or want more freedom. (Pandora also has a premium version.)
Really – free music is plentiful on YouTube. You can listen to lots of acts to your heart’s content – and this is another way to discover songs and bands you may not have heard of, too.
The key is to look not only at comments, but at recommended videos on the right-hand side of the page. Sometimes there’s a nugget or two that’s worth a listen.
Musicians have had to get a heck of a lot better at marketing themselves. So they often set up web pages, give away songs – heck, sometimes they give away entire albums.
Example: Telecom, a band from Melbourne. I discovered them in 2006 (through a friend with killer taste), bought their first EP. Then waited for the next one. And waited. And waited…
Lo and behold, when they came out with the new one, they made it downloadable for free. Why? Exposure, plus the chance that you’ll like them, tell your friends, and go see them in concert. (Which I promise to do next time I’m in Australia.)
It’s another free service – Last.fm – and it keeps track of what you listen to and when. (Which the rest of them do, too.)
So, now you’ve got the means to start discovering bands – then, when you find something you like, you should certainly support the arts by making a purchase or seeing an act in concert.
How do YOU discover new music without spending a fortune?
Last is great for more obscure tracks and musical acts.