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N.B. SOME OF THESE SITES ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE OUTSIDE OF THE USA UNLESS VIA A WEB PROXY
and possibly not even then
Pandora is a well-designed site with a wide range of music. Throw an artist or song into it, and it will immediately begin to play similar songs. You can let Pandora know whether you like a song or not, and it will cut it off and never play it again if you don't. In this way you can customize your own stations to share with the community.
Last.fm is a downloadable radio application that also plays songs based on your input. But its main draw is its ability to play music based on your music application's history, whether it be iTunes, Winamp, Zune, etc. Last.fm also has a wide community on its site that is much more fleshed out than Pandora or Musicovery's.
Spotify is a music sharing program that downloads to your computer. It looks a little like iTunes, only dark grey and green. You can connect with friends and see what they're listening to, and integrate with last.fm. There's a huge catalog of songs and a radio option (there are over 10 million users). If you live in the US it's a great free program. If you live outside of it, after six months, you'll only be allowed to listen to 10 hours of music per month unless you pay $4.99/month.
Allmusic is not a radio, and can only play sound bites. It does, however, have a much broader knowledge of music than the radio sites, with large recommendations lists. Strangely it's lacking in the community department, but it's invaluable for finding new music.
This site isn't as clean as Pandora, but it comes with the huge bonus of letting you listen to and replay any song you want, any time. Their database is very large and their recommendations are unique.
Select the genres you want, and then pick a point between Energetic, Dark, Positive and Calm. Musicovery will generate a colorful map of bubbles, each with its own song, and play them as it bounces around. It's a little haphazard but very interesting.
It has a more personal atmosphere than any of the others, with its simple black background and single-page design, almost like you have a private connection with another world. It works through icons that say things like "Peace", "Hip Hop", "Heavy", etc. But the awesome thing about it is that it only plays RARE music, so you don't have to hear the same artists that you've been recommended a million times.
The most social of the list, this site recommends people for you to follow based on your musical tastes, and allows you to listen to music they like. It's clean and modern. It does require a Twitter or Facebook login.
mflow lets your friends recommend music to you and lets music go social- it's like itunes and twitter in one! They also have weekly offers and free downloads. Definitely try mflow out - you constantly find out about new bands, songs, remixes, etc.
Listen to music on FoxyTunes and it will make you recommendations in real-time. Search for an artist and you'll find a thorough profile with music, video, and info widgets, which are customizable.
iRate is a simple site that offers a downloadable radio. The radio plays tracks and based on your rating and those of past users, plays songs it thinks you'll like. It may not be as far-reaching as the more popular applications.
Really cool. LivePlasma has a simple, colorful layout that is reminiscent of Musicovery's. It won't play music for you, but enter an artist and it will create a pretty map of bubbles with other artists you may like. Can be a bit annoying to navigate though. It also recommends movies.
Live365 lets you search radio stations that play music you like. It covers thousands of stations but won't be near as exact as sites specifically for recommendations.
Listen...to millions of full-length songs, for free. Share...your music library, playlists, and opinions on music. Discover...music recommended by users who share your musical tastes. Their design is a bit of a mess, but it definitely has an active community.
EpiTUNES covers many bases (radio, search, etc.) to help you find new artists. It also keeps up a concert watch and focuses on community.
Another search-and-see bubbles site. It's not so well-done; it tends to give you several albums by the same artist each time, and sometimes this means you only get one artist recommendation at a time. At the time of writing, no longer available (but may return).
A customizable radio (rock-oriented).
Gnoosic is the simplest design for "if-you-like-x-then-you'll-like-y" you'll find, but definitely works. It recommends music, books, and movies.
This is the only site I know of like this. It tracks concerts across the US and UK and not only lets you know when and where your favourite artists are playing, but will even recommend concerts based on it.
This site recommends music, books, or movies based on the titles you type in. It also allows for members (free) to get more personalized recommendations based on their past ratings. It often gives YouTube examples of artists. Its recommendations are generally really good.
A Youtube-powered, user-run playlist site.
Vaguely similar to MySpace, this site allows users to upload music to share with a huge community. Dissimilar to MySpace, however, it has a beautiful, clean design, and is professional and filled with quality music, largely experimental.
Lesser-known artists recorded by the Mahogany staff. Almost entirely gentler music, and very soulful and 'real'.
Indie UK artists recorded live in quiet places. Much like the Mahogany Sessions.
Listen to independent artists.
Download, remix, and share music from independent artists.
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Let me know how you get on and post some exciting new sounds here (or at least your recommendations and shareworthy findings.
Also be sure to post any other interesting sources of new music we may have overlooked.
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