Busting Out: How to Find New Music

I sincerely apologize for the lateness of this post. If you were eagerly anticipating this, refreshing my RSS feed every 20 seconds, forgive me. I owe you a soda.

You know, people can become rooted in their habits. This is particularly true with music. We find our artists, buy their music, and listen to it. Once we get to a certain point, we no longer go searching. Then, when we do eventually get tired of some of our music, we arent sure how to go about finding more. This can be a problem.


We know the scenario. You get on your iPod, choose a playlist you love to listen to, and then realize how sick you are of a lot of the music on it. You need more! I have a few suggestions for you.

1. Find out what your friends are listening to
This one is probably the best. I can guarantee that you and your friends have differences in your music libraries. Ask them to tell you what they like the most. Chances are they will have a few artists they listen to frequently and you will be able to find something you like.

2. Browse the charts
No doubt you have a particular genre that you are fond of. Billboard is a website (and magazine) that tracks sales through all the retailers and distributes in the U.S. and Canada that use SoundScan (over 14,000 of them including iTunes and Best Buy). The have a chart for all of the mainstream genres, as well as charts for the top songs overall, and even a few international charts. Looking through these can be a great way to find music that suits your taste. Whether you like classical, rock, metal, rap, R&B or gospel music, you can find the top songs through this site.

3. Use iTunes genius
This only works for people who use iTunes but can be quite effective. If you click on a song in iTunes, information should appear on the right. Towards the bottom you should see Genius Recommendations if you click on it it will take you to a page with all sorts of recommendations of music you would like based on what you have in your library. Also, rating your music will make this more effective. I would expect other music services, such as Rhapsody, would provide that feature as well.

4. Keep your ears open
Music is everywhere in our culture, in stores, in movies, even in commercials. If you hear a song you like on the radio, or anywhere else. Try to remember it. Generally a single line from a song is enough to learn the songs name through Google.

I hope this helps you out in finding more music to your tastes. I am always looking to expand my music library, and I want to help you do the same. Any questions ask bellow.