Music brings everyone together. But there are times when we feel that the music we're listening to is old and boring, like we've been there and done that. We want new music, new adventures, new perspective. So we set out to explore a vast expanse of new artists, songs, and genres. It can be overwhelming. Here's how to be organized and find the best of the best.
1. Read: Spinner, Rolling Stone, and most other small publications offer music reviews. These can help you broaden your horizons and get a better sense of what is hot at the moment.
2. Internet: Sites like MySpace still cater to the musical crowd, but if you want to become familiar with artists who you may like immediately, without doing the research, sites like Pandora and Last.fm play music similar to the artist who you identify. iLike also works well because it works in tandem with...
3. iTunes: Downloading the latest version of iTunes will help to refamiliarize you with old music that you might have forgotten. Newer software is smarter, faster, and more reliable. To increase the likelihood that you hear songs you like when you put it on shuffle, rate the songs, or comment on the artists.
4. Car: When you're listening to mobile audio, you get a good sense of what sounds good coming from your car audio subwoofers. It doesn't just depend on how hard your car audio amplifiers are working, it also matters how many heads you turn as you cruise down the street. Plus, when you're listening to music in your car audio, you are taking advantage of the perfect music listening opportunity.