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Your Questions About How To Discover New Music

Sharon asks…

Are the mainstream media outlets of TV and Radio still in control of how most people consume music?

Like most people I’ve had the internet since the late 90’s, and I immediately started using it to discover new music, but it seems like most people don’t, is that true?

New Niche Finder answers:

Not the case for me. If you want good music, you go seek it. Most people don’t really care about good music so they just listen to mainstream music. And sometimes they have the nerve to tell you, that you have a horrible taste in music.

Mandy asks…

Internet Vs FM Radio:Where are you discovering new music these days?

When I was a kid, every new song I heard, I heard on the radio. My parents didn’t own a lot of albums, so we listened to the radio like good citizens were supposed to. I grew up worshiping music mega-stars like Billy Joel, Guns N’ Roses, and then Nirvana, because they were pretty much all I had access to. There were no nightclubs for minors or college radio stations in my hometown, and all of my friends listened to music that they had mostly discovered on the radio. So, aside from my quirky uncle and his unique music tastes, the vast majority of the music I was exposed to I learned about via the good ol’ FM Radio dial. Is it any wonder that those music mega-stars made enough money to be like corporations in and of themselves?

Nowadays, there are a lot more options. Lately, I’ve been perusing and enjoying a virtual infinity of music through customizable radio-station generators like Pandora; via artist-uploaded music on sites like MySpace Music; and on music-oriented online communities like Last.fm and MOG. Long before I worked at Yahoo!, my first exposure to Internet radio was on LAUNCHcast. Back then (waaaay back in 2001, that is), I remember being amazed by this new, very customizable, and relatively accessible medium of incredible variety and convenience.

As reasonably priced, high-speed Internet access becomes available in more and more places, one wonders if the old DJ-selected, FM radio broadcasting model will continue to be as popular. Why, after all, would I listen to someone else’s idea of the best music out there when I could just as soon use the amazing technology of Pandora’s Music Genome Project and create my own, very personal, and astonishingly good radio station-as mainstream or eclectic as I want it to be-by just entering in a few of my favorite songs, artists, or composers?

According to a 2007 survey by Bridge Ratings and Research, as much as 19% of U.S. consumers age 12 and older listen to Web-based radio stations. I’m sure that percentage has gone up since then.

So, let’s do a survey: How many people out there are discovering and listening to music on FM (or AM) radio? And if you prefer to listen to your music online, which websites are you using to find and enjoy new music and old favorites?

New Niche Finder answers:

I get all my hot new music choices from American Idol of course!!!!!

Charles asks…

Where do you find new music?

I’ve recently gotten into discovering new music again. It’s been nearly a decade since I last got into it… I’ve been using Pandora and Last FM, I’ve used limewire and other such P2P programs and I check out myspace for music regularly. When I have money, I go and check out local clubs or “live houses” (as they’re called here). Any other ideas on how to find out about new music?
PS I’m into ALL genres.
PPS I live in Japan.
if you know of any decent (or good) indie labels please tell me!

New Niche Finder answers:

For me i browse thru the itunes music store and find a lot of new stuff (well, for me theyre new). And also sometimes i go to amazon.com and i rate some stuff that i like and then they will recommend to me new stuff or other stuff dat i might like. And u should go to music festivals. I think there are music festivals in japan.

Richard asks…

How often do you check out new albums?

Lately I’ve been adding about 5 new albums to my library every week. It feels like I’m always discovering new music & there’s so much out there!

BQ: Who was the last artist you discovered?

New Niche Finder answers:

I check out new albums pretty often. I’ve been discovering a lot of new bands lately.

BQ: I just listened to Elliott Smith for the first time yesterday and really like what I hear.

Jenny asks…

how do you hear about new music?radio or other?

I used to know the top 40 inside out in the 90’s when I religiously listened to charts on the radio ..these days I barely listen to the radio … I tend to go on itunes and use spotify more then anything else….How do you keep up to date or discover new artists/bands?

New Niche Finder answers:

UC Radio
Indie Radio Chattanooga
JT indie
Geek Spin
The Mothpod
Cross Driven Radio

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