Discovering new music is so much easier (and cheaper) now than it ever has been. You can preview artists galore on iTunes, subscribe to genre-based podcasts, download full albums legally from netlabels like Comfort Stand, and read MP3 blogs for the most niche styles of music. Lately, I’ve been listening to Italian soundtrack music, all because of an MP3 blog and Rapidshare file hosting. Usenet has provided me with so much great, out-of-print music, it’s silly. I have more new music to listen to than I can deal with, and I don’t even bother with file-sharing applications.
Of course, I still purchase a lot of music unheard, especially if it’s on vinyl and has killer cover art. But thanks to the wonders of Mr. Internet, I can hear a lot of the great stuff that just isn’t physically available.
Here, now, in the year of our Lord 2006, what’s your favorite way to find new music? Is it one of the above methods? Maybe satellite radio? Maybe even, gasp, regular FM radio?
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