Using your iPad as a music device will let you see and touch your music in ways you can’t when using your iPod. The large screen makes it so much easier to view your library, and make changes as needed. You can browse through your entire collection by song, artist, album or genre. You’ll be able to see your collection as full-sized album art. You can flip through them just as if they were physical CDs.
Tap a song to play it and the “now playing” screen shows up. It will show you the album art for the track you’re listening to. Tap on the album art to flip it over, and you will see the track list. A simple touch of your finger can pause your song, shuffle through your playlist, change to a new song and adjust the volume.
It’s really easy to add music to your iPad. Tap a button and head over to the iTunes store to find new tracks to purchase. Or… transfer existing iTunes libraries from other devices by sync’ing them together.
I’ve seen a few people make comments as to how the iPad is “nothing more than a glorified iPod”. When it comes time to listen to your music though, isn’t a “glorified iPod” a GOOD thing?
How do you discover new music? Don’t sit there and tell me you only like one type of music. You can’t just stop at some point in your life and decide you don’t want to listen to anything new. One thing I like about Pandora is that I can give it a specific genre or artist, and they’ll help me discover other artists that may be similar. I got an email from TJ recently who shared with us his top 5 list of ways to discover new music.
Find out who your favorite artists consider to be their inspirations. Chances are, you’re going to enjoy listening to them, as well. It’s easy to go online and find a biography of musicians you like. Those will usually include a list of names of the people who inspired them.
Listen to a lot of music on the radio, last.fm, or any other service. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a song on the radio that I liked, and wrote it down quickly to find later and purchase for my own collection. I tend to turn the radio to stations I might not normally listen to. That helps me broaden my scope, and allows me to find music I love that I might otherwise never have heard.
Get out and listen to local musicians. We musicians love all the followers we can get. Getting out and hearing them is always fun, and they love your support!
Join music-related forums. You’ll be exposed to so many different types of music that you may not have even heard of! Read what others are saying. If they’re raving about a new artist or song – check it out for yourself!
Trade music with others. I remember when I used to trade CDs with a good friend of mine. Just that summer alone, I was able to discover a ton of new things that I hadn’t heard before. I went from having only about 100 songs in my collection to more than 5000.
This same thing happened to me back in college. I traded CDs with a friend of mine. The name of a particular band was strange, but I gave it a chance. Turns out, I loved their music! By sharing the cassette tape with my friend, it turned me on to a whole new style of music… which turned into sales for the artist.
I want to consume music as I want to consume it. I’d rather “rent” the music, instead of owning it. That’s why I subscribe to Rhapsody’s service. I can pull up and listen to whatever I want, when I want it.
So my question again is “how do you discover new music”?
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I love listening to a wide variety of music. When I’m working, I will often have music playing, which can be heard over my stream. People send me emails all the time with recommendations of different music, songs and artists I should check out. I always take the time to do so, since you never know what I might find that I enjoy and would have never heard of otherwise. I tend to discover my music this way. I had to ask my friends how they discover their new tunes.
I’ve had this dilemma until recently. I don’t use radio anymore, and I haven’t had cable in years so no MTV or VH1. I’ve recently discovered Pandora, quite happy with it. – Kevin Etter
Pandora, BBC 1 (it’s new to Americans) and a few di.fm programs. – Andrew Leyden
I don’t listen to radio or watch TV since I moved to the UK, so my primary sources now are Last.fm, eMusic, FriendFeed and Rolling Stone. I’d say I’m purchasing about as much music as I used to though – mostly CDs when Amazon or HMV has a sale. DRM sucks. – Jon Price
Pandora, Last.fm, podcasts, & sometimes radio. Friends too 🙂 – zoblue
primarily – last.fm and amazon.com recommendations. secondarily – friend recommendations. I have the benefit of having friends with impeccable taste in music. – Jason Toney
last.fm, hypem.com and podcasts oh and of course friends. – Got80s via twhirl
Friends, last.fm, radio, newspapers, movies, tv shows, magazines, concerts, nightclubs, festivals, and FF. – Pete Delucchi
Oh, music blogs and podcasts, too. flux, gramophone, soul sides, rock insider, and the fader are go to blogs. KCRW top tune, kexp song of the day, and indiefeed are my go to music podcasts. But, damn, now y’all know all my secrets. How will I maintain my rockist/soulist cred? – Jason Toney
All I use is last.fm, because somehow it amanages to find new related artists each week despite my massive music collection – Bartek Gniado
I tend to rummage with radio, and internet cause I don’t get music suggestions. – Shawn
I’m a bit of a new-music freak and take a lot of time out to find new music. I don’t ell se last.fm but I am hooked up on the site. While Pandora was available in the UK that was by far the best way I found new music. Since then I browse my iLike Activity page weekly, as well as check my iTunes weekly mail of new tunes from my favourite bands. I also check BBC Radio 1’s and xfm’s playlists and isten to the hottest tracks from sixtyone.com. Lastly I check the music page on MySpace nd anything the London Timeout lists in its weekly magazine. For my type of music I listen to Zane Loe on Radio 1 A LOT! Huw Stephens and the In New Music We Trust programmes are very good too. I’m a member of Blip.fm and several others but they don’t seem to give me good results. – Kol Tregaskes
Oh and once I do find a new band I hck them out on Amazon and AllMusic and seek out the similar artists/Albums they list. ALso, Radio 1 has lots of podcasts to listen to. – Kol Tregaskes
If the last.fm feeds on FF all hd lay buttons then I would check them out more too. – Kol Tregaskes
I don’t, really. Most of my new music is soundtracks. I just don’t listen to music. – Brent Newhall
a href=”http://www.freeformrock.com” rel=”nofollow”>http://www.freeformrock.com (traditional FM freeform, including contemporary Americana, from one of the legendary freeform DJ’s) and Pandora for stuff that’s new to my hearing, but I somehow missed over the years ( http://pandora.com/share/stati… ). – Malcolm Gault-Williams
Through friends and Amazon.com. Occasionally through the BBC’s 1Xtra and the NY Times Arts section. My friends are musical omnivores and voracious consumers. They’ve introduced me to most of the new music I’ve purchased in the last year. – tiffany
i am in the black/electro scene – new music i find via last.fm, listening to my friends’ music and – like last weekend – by visiting festivals 🙂 – Carsten
How do you find new music to listen to? Do you just turn on a radio and listen? Do you take recommendations from others? Or do you just happen across new stuff occasionally online?