ABC News Australia: Like MySpace before it, TikTok is putting music discovery back into fans’ hands. “Platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and even Vine (R.I.P.) weren’t specifically built for the purpose of sharing and discovering music, but that element has always been wrapped up in the DNA of social media. So what makes TikTok different? It’s hardly the first app to allow users to wear their music like a badge of honour. But in terms of music discovery, it’s arguably the closest successor to the grandpa of social media: MySpace.”
Bustle: 13 Instagram Music Hashtags To Explore If You Need New Tunes. “There are endless ways to use hashtags on Instagram: you may throw one in your caption, add some to help your post get more attention, or use them to scope out the best destinations in the city you’re visiting next. And while Instagram isn’t a music app, it doesn’t mean you can’t use it to search for the latest songs too. It just takes knowing what hashtags to follow to find new music on Instagram.”
Lifehacker: The Best Podcasts for Discovering New Music. “I like to discover my music anywhere but the radio: playlists, TV soundtracks, best-of lists, subway bands, TikToks, overheard songs in bars and stores and coffeeshops…and podcasts. What a fantastic medium for trying out new music. A music podcast is like your favorite radio show on demand—and of course many of the best are simply rebroadcasts of actual radio shows, with quieter commercials and no wacky morning DJs. These are my favorite shows for discovering new and new-to-me music, or re-discovering old favorites.”
Mashable: The innate pleasures of the YouTube music rabbit hole . “YouTube channels like Majestic Casual are a continuation of the independent music blogs which became highly influential in the early-to-mid ‘00s. Throughout that era, bands like Vampire Weekend became instant stars thanks to these hype-generating blogs, where a few low-quality MP3s and some nice words helped put one on the map.” YouTube has got me listening to a lot more music I probably wouldn’t have found otherwise, especially chillhop and jazzhop.
Gizmodo: This Clever Hack Will Change the Way You Find Music on Spotify. “My favorite thing about Spotify has always been music discovery. So when the company started building personalized playlists like Discovery Weekly and Release radar, I was hooked. The only problem was listening to all the new music takes forever. But an independent project from a couple of Spotify developers offers an amazing hack for exploring millions and millions of songs. They call it Discover Quickly.”