Greek philosopher Plato once said “music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.” German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche stated that “without music, life would be an error.” And I, digital blogger, say “those quotes sound fine to me”. Does they seem correct to you? If so, don’t miss your daily dose of good songs and great tunes. But don’t settle with what others offer you.
One of the most exciting things you can do regarding music (besides liberating the one inside you, of course) is to find new melodies and artists out there. Although what the radio is playing or your friends are listening can be pretty awesome, there are always more music waiting to be discovered in the vast corners of the Internet, songs that can be your future favorites. So, if you’re feeling bold enough for embarking in a musical journey to the unknown, then explore the following links. Who knows? They may be hiding the treasures you’ve been looking for a long time.
Probably the most popular site from this list, The Hype Machine is a platform in which MP3 blogs are aggregated. That means that high quality blogs that post tunes in them can be found here in several ways. You can search for a specific song or artist and discover which blogs have posted that material, you can surf through many blog categories to find more musical resources, you can browse popular picks and create your own playlists, spy what other users are listening, check the site’s monthly radio show and more. Do you want to know what’s the latest musical buzz on the Net? This is the place you should visit.
You might point out that SkreemR isn’t as complete as The Hype Machine but you certainly can’t deny it’s useful. This site lets you search music across the Web to listen it, link it to your own Internet page or even embed it on your blog. Additionally, you can take advantage of the platform’s resources such as the Top 100 or the Top 50 of popular searches and the possibility to find similar artists and bands to the ones you already know and love. Looking for a song that you simply have to listen right now? Wanting to share a specific tune through your social networks’ profiles? Then SkreemR is the answer for you.
Please give a warm welcome to music’s Twitter. Although BLIP.fm has been around for almost three years now, today it’s more interesting than ever. Why? Because this service is strongly social-oriented. This means that the idea is that you sign up and start sharing your music as well as listening to other users’ picks. The more individuals you follow, the more are the possibilities to meet new songs and artists, since each user creates his own playlist, which is shared with his contacts. Obviously, you can share your favorite music with your followers and help them discover new and exciting tunes.
Shuffler is the living proof that there are very smart people on the Internet… and they’re music fans! If you can’t live without listening to some good songs but you can’t decide what to hear, this is the site you need. Just go to its home page and select the genre you’re feeling like hearing. Choose carefully from the wide offer of channels Shuffler puts at your disposal: Hip-hop, Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Garage Rock, Dream Pop, Funk, Mashup, Drone, Thrash Metal, Ska, Krautrock… the choices are numerous and you’ll surely find what you want. Now, here’s the most interesting feature of this service: since it gathers all the songs it plays from blogs throughout the Web, Shuffler puts a bar with basic playback commands in the upper part of your browser and starts playing tunes from the genre you selected while the rest of the browser space is used to display the blog entry in which that song is found. So, you can listen AND read about your favorite artists as well as from those bands you haven’t heard before. As you can see, this is a great way to discover new music in a very innovative manner.
Final site on the list and one spectacular and clever take on online music listening. thesixtyone
Design is the first that strike newcomers: you access to the site and find a giant image of an artist or band and a song starts to play. While the tune is coming from out of the speakers, several facts about the band or artist you’re listening to appear over the image. In this way, you can learn a little more about them. Additionally, you can create playlists with your favorite songs, share tunes over social networks, comment them and even download them! You can listen to the most popular songs selected by the users themselves as well as enjoy music for different moods. Without any doubt, thesixtyone will change the way you listen to music.
Another Toggle Blog post on how to discover music? Yes! We don’t want our lives to be an error so we want to keep discovering new ways to nurture our souls. And since we’re cool people, we want to share them with you. Don’t worry, we won’t ask for nothing in return except that you comment if you have another site to listen to music.
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