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Music social networks that work

Michael Gowan | Sept. 28, 2012
Music is more fun when you share it. For music fans, nothing beats the bragging rights of showing off your latest obscure musical find or enthusiastically debating the merits of, say, “Gangnam Style.”

On Spotify, Pandora, and Rdio, you can follow friends to see what theyve listened to and then listen to it yourself. On Pandora, you can also comment on friends stations, bringing the conversation to the music instead of pushing the music to Facebook the way you do when you post a link to a song youre listening to.

Some services like Mog and Spotify use your existing Facebook friends and the artists you follow to recommend music you may like. Mog includes an Inspired by your friends section that features music from artists that your friends have liked on Facebook.

Making music social

Some other services take social music to another level. When youre ready to spend some serious time in the social music world, check these out:

Last.fm Last.fm bills itself as a music recommendation service, but it also features a robust community. You can post comments about a song, album, or artist on pages for each, or use the forum to chat about music in general with the Last.fm community. Looking for some new music friends? The service includes a musical-compatibility rating for any user, showing how similar your tastes are.

Turntable.fm For a more interactive experience, try turntable.fm. This service features user-created rooms where you (in the form of an avatar) can listen toand playmusic that fits the room description. Americana fans could try the Folk/Americana/Blues/Soul - Its All Connected room. Want to hang out with coders? Join the Coding Soundtrack room and hear what other coders like to listen to while on the job. These niche groups are a great way to find new music, and each has a chat feature so you can discuss the music with other members who are in the room at the same time as you are.

With so many ways to make music a social experience, the only limiting factor is you. Anyone who thinks theres nothing new to listen to is just beingmusically speakingantisocial.

 

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