I actively consume new music. I love discovering new sounds.
For quite some time my method was mainly as follows:
1) Load up Last.fm and see the artists they recommend. Click through to the pages.
2) I then check what the artist is about and then see what the top songs are.
3) If last.fm has a preview I listen to a few.
4) If not, I click through to the track page, to hopefully find a youtube video or hype machine link to the song. If there is none, I usually end my search and move on.
This became rather laborious. An artist has music up somewhere on the web, whether its on YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify, Rdio, Grooveshark, hypemachine, Last.fm, ex.fm (you catch my drift). I don’t want to make effort to listen to a new artist’s best songs (to determine whether I should do the effort to actually get their music): it should just be easily available.
I was literally going to start and make my own web version of this: pull in stats, pull in music from all the sources, so that when I search for an artist I can listen to their stuff with ease.
It’s amazing! It’s very similar to what I wanted. It’s Last.fm, but pulling in music in a music player. What’s also great, you can load up your existing music and it will augment it by adding the artist pictures and album pics as well. Now when I listen to M83, I can also see related artists, and quickly jump through to listen to them!
It works like a normal music player. You can add playlists, etc. It however also has automatic playlists autogenerated based on a massive amounts of filters! It’s awesome! (Just tested: Mood - Energetic). Not bad. It pulled in songs from YouTube and SoundCloud. (Powered by EchoNest).
It’s still buggy here and there, but I probably haven’t been this excited about a music app like this before! Do try it out. It’s open-source as well.