I am always searching for new music to play on my show on ITfM Radio. I try to include a mix of tunes that the listener will know but also introduce them to something new from bands and artists that they may not have heard before.
There are a load of music sites out there that want to help you to discover new music, but which are the best, which are easiest to search and which sites are best at suggesting music that I might actually want to listen to and share with my audience?
My New Favourite – NoiseTrade Music
I can’t remember how I stumbled upon NoiseTrade but I’m very pleased that I did.
From their website, “NoiseTrade Music helps artists & labels meaningfully connect with fans through the exchange of free music for email addresses & postal codes.”
NoiseTrade is aimed at artists, authors, music fans and readers. NoiseTrade is a platform designed to help artists build their audiences by distributing free music in exchange for fan data (email & postal code).
Lissie : Live at The Current Embed Widget
Artists sign up for free, then upload their music. They can then promote their giveaway on NoiseTrade or embed a custom widget on their own website or blog. Fans can download the music for free and leave a tip for any amount, as well as tell friends on Facebook, Twitter or email. Fans can also copy the widget’s code and add it to their own website or blog.
I’ve had a few emails from artists who’s music I have downloaded informing me of new releases with links to iTunes downloads but I think its a fair exchange.
You log into the site by creating an account or using your Facebook account if you prefer. Once logged in you are presented with some suggestions and sections including “New & Notable,” “Top Downloads,” “Most Recent” and a live “Downloading Now” feed.
The easiest way to find music or books that may interest you is to browse by genre using the drop down menu or type a genre, artist/author name or album/book in the search box.
When you drill down you will be presented with a page about the artist that contains links to any music that they have uploaded to the site.
Select the album you want to download and either listen to a preview on the web site or download the MP3 files.
You are offered the voice of leaving a tip, usually around $6, but this is optional.
The music is downloaded as 192 bit-rate MP3 files, which whilst not audiophile quality will be OK for listening on your mobile.
The artists page gives a brief biog., suggests similar music through a “for fans of” section and provides links to Amazon, iTunes and Google Play Store.
There are also sections with social media links and “connect with” that points you towards the artist’s management, etc.
Fans can set up their own NoiseTrade URL, which you are encouraged to share with friends to show them the music & books you love. Take a look at mine here: http://noisetrade.com/fan/keithpound
What’s not to like? Free music from great artists. Go check it out for yourself – your next favourite band may be waiting for you on NoiseTrade.