Its the weekend, and while I do mostly Tech blogging, Music is another passion of mine, so I figure why not hit up on music things on the weekend. Seriously, who doesn’t have their favorite music to listen to while working, driving, relaxing, and other things?
I figure we can start off by a couple of places I recommend to get music. We all know of iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, but have you also checked out eMusic?
eMusic has been around for a long time, and uses a monthly subscription fee system. The prices work out to well under $.99 per song, so it isn’t too far off the beaten path. Yes you can pick and choose what songs you want. The tend to lean more toward the lesser known artists, although you can find some main stream or more well known stuff. Some of the areas I feel they really shine are in the Blues, Jazz, and Classical areas. I’ve found artists and albums in those areas that I can’t find anywhere else. Also if you like diddling around with backing tracks, just put Karaoke in front of your search. They have a lot of it. The downloader they supply is nice and simple, and actually will work as a browser through their store. The download technology is similar to Amazon’s downloader. You can get to the at eMusic.com.
The next site is quite different. Garageband.com isn’t what you might expect. Yes it is home to independent artists, but I feel it is the premier site for it. MySpace music I always found confusing, and sites like iLike and Pandora are nice, but garageband is just great.
They site is easy to navigate, has things broken down by genres, and has all sorts of information on it. You can create an account and find out what bands ar eplaying near you, download a lot of different artists, and seriously listen to the up and coming artists. I have heard a number of bands there that eventually made it to the radio, and on the main charts. Not everything there is free, and while there are some issues because bands will put themselves in categories that they don’t belong in just to get more people to check them out, overall the genre listings are pretty good. If you like to check out new music, and get a taste of what is coming, definitely check them out.
So I leave it to you, where do you go to get music?