Audiophiles are being treated to more than just their regular iTunes option for downloadable music these days. More and more services offering independent music label downloads, and “hear it here first” new artists, which help those not living in the buy anything I want on iTunes lifestyle. Recently, I posted a bit of information about DigSin, a new music label offering a weekly download from new artists. The listener is only responsible for registering on their website, and voila, music in your inbox each week. Additionally, labels like Bad Panda Records, who gives away a promotional download from their new artists, has recently pressed an album on vinyl, had an artist spotlighted on NPR, and has a digital album download on a “pay with a tweet” model. Sometimes promotion of your album is more valuable than the dollar someone will pay for it. Websites like ReverbNation and SoundCloud have been offering up info on new artists, and offering downloads for some time now. I discovered a revival of 90’s hip hop on ReverbNation, so it’s been well worth the very little effort I have put in to be a subscriber.
Other new services like Monstro add the social aspect to music, letting subscribers know what is trending on Twitter, and allowing them to share, buy, and watch the video on YouTube. According to Monstro’s introduction for users you can “Share– When you find a song you like, let your friends know by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest. And best of all, your friends can watch the video or listen to the song however they want. Mix– Any time you see a list of songs whether from music you’ve shared, songs from your friends, your favorite band or a chart, Monstro automatically creates a playlist in Rdio or YouTube for your listening pleasure. Think of it like your social mixed tape. Why did we pick Rdio and YouTube first? Both are free!” You can even create your own page.
Essentially, this is all about discovery. What these new services are offering is a way to discover new music, on your own terms. These new services are worth checking out for those of you who are as keen on music as I am. If you know a music service that is offering something awesome to the masses, please make sure to leave me a comment.