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Spotify is an excellent means of discovering new music based on similar artists and genres. They have a "tab" that is dedicated to discovering new music based on everything you listen to. However, even though they allow you to download music onto your phone (for offline listening,) this is not an official copy of the song/album. As far as storing and ...


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I'll be honest; in my advanced age I no longer care about "hard copies". Mainly because I've moved my vast vinyl collection (approx. 5,000 pieces) several times and it sucks. So, now I store it on external HDs. if one ever dies, I'll just download the stuff since I've already paid for it. My preferred method of finding new stuff is Pandora. Every band ...


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Spotify is notorious for underpaying artists. The margins for the artists are better when you purchase the music on iTunes or Amazon, but the best margins are on services specifically designed to channel more of the money to artists like Bandcamp. If you want a streaming service, Tidal claims to offer the best artist payouts in the streaming category. It'...


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Whenever I really like an artist, I'll make sure I buy the album (usually off iTunes), although I'll still listen to them on Spotify. I think the best thing you can do in this situation is buy the album digitally, because there aren't physical production costs to it. In order to really support an artist, though, make sure you attend a concert if they have ...


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I'm using Apple Music for digital music on the go - and for discovery. The 'for you' tab is by far the best recommendation feature among the streaming services IMO (and I've been through both Spotify, deezer, rdio and tidal). I suggest downloading the hype machine app and listen through their charts for new music. It's also a good way to discover which ...


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I'm with you, I'm still invested in my personally curated "collection," and have an antipathy to algorithmic services like Spotify and Pandora. I continue to discover a fair amount of music through the old fashioned pathways --the radio and friends/acquaintances. However, the most productive new-tech source of music I've found is Amazon.com's free music ...


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I've discovered a solution which works quite nicely; Foobar2000. The application itself is available here: https://www.foobar2000.org/FAQ I discovered this via google on a messageboard. I'll add that link here as it discusses some of what's necessary to do this: https://www.hydrogenaud.io/forums/index.php?showtopic=89792 In particular: Thanks for ...


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According to The Library of Congress in 2013 (but it is likely still available): There is no single official metadata standard or container yet to which all audio software and hardware makers adhere, though the closest thing is a popular informal container called ID3, which is most often associated with MP3s. An online search for “ID3 tag tool” will turn ...


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See https://musicfans.stackexchange.com/a/2421/84 for another angle on this. The 'warm' sound of vinyl is a misnomer; a better description these days would be 'blurred' or 'distorted'. When CDs first appeared there was much wailing & gnashing of teeth from the existing audiophile community - to take away our beautiful old valve warmth & replace it ...


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This seems like a purely opinion based question. But it's a fun one. And interesting. These days, I get exposed to 'new music' that I like in a few different ways: Radio. Believe it or not, radio is still a thing. :) I still have a few select ratio stations from around the country (and world) that I stream where I trust (or at least, agree with) the DJs ...


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As for collecting and storing music, I nowadays only buy vinyls, and preferably LP's. I only buy albums which I like and that I know I will listen to frequently. So how do I discover new music? Jasper mentions spotify, which is the streaming service I use. What I want to add from Jasper's answer is the pretty new feature Discover Weekly. It is a two hour ...


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I search for songs on SoundCloud based on a genre I like. There's surprisingly a lot of good stuff on there, ranging from apocalyptic music (such as Maxim Zhdanov) to dubstep/middle-eastern fusion (such as Beats Antique) and so on. I also find quite a bit of good video game music remixes on OverClocked ReMix. They have a whole judging panel who evaluate ...


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There are many popular songs that suggest from Youtube and you can also find pop songs from Billboard or something like that.


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I have tested several options to split flac album files into flac song files using cue sheets and wasn't happy with the results. So I coded albumSplitter: a python script that split the given album files into songs and also write the tags found in the cue sheet. You can also give it an album cover to be embedded in the files. Downside is that it doesn't have ...


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A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. And it's particularly true for audio. If the recording, or its encoding, or the DAC, or the headphone, is of bad quality, it won't make a difference to have a good dedicated headphone amp. Or it could even be worse since you may be able to hear distorsions more clearly. Conversely, if the recording is very ...


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