How do you primarily find new music you want to buy?

Radio and then television used to be formidable sources for exposure to new music, but the Internet has taken over for many people. How do <I>you</I> discover good music?

How do you primarily find new music you want to buy?
17% (36 votes)
2% (4 votes)
27% (58 votes)
27% (57 votes)
8% (16 votes)
In the store
8% (17 votes)
Live performances
3% (7 votes)
8% (18 votes)
Total votes: 213

G.  Murray Brown's picture

Magazines and the Internet—primarily Jazztimes, Cadence, and the Internet site Jazzmatazz.

Travis Klersy's picture

Music discovery for me is a combination of friends, magazines, the internet, etc. I tend to check out artists whose names pop up over and over again. That is as true for old artists as new; afterall, if someone has a solid fan base decades after their career ended, it is usually a good sign.

Woody Battle's picture

I largely buy albums from artists I already know. All Music Guide and other, similar music databases have become a primary source of information on new artists for me. I look up artists I like and then see who the databases list as being similar. I also try some artists based on their labels (Chesky is almost always good) and I try some based on magazine reviews. I almost never try a new artist based on radio or TV airplay anymore.

Douglas Henning's picture

Mainly Mojo, and Classic Rock Magazines. I find that the typical audiophile magazines concentrate on a very narrow band of music, which does not cater for us audiophiles that has a bit of Rock in our souls.

Gregg Fedchak's picture

I discover new music in your magazine and on your website. So stop writing about the Internet and multichannel this-and-that, put a cork in Willis, and respond to your own poll results. Or else!

Roger's picture

I find music through the audio club

Stephen Curling's picture

A friend of mine at work was listening to some interesting stuff, so I asked to borrow it and none of the artists on the disc were familiar to me. Then I went online to reasearch the new music.

KRB's picture

I have friends that avidly follow the music scene in several genres. I just wait for their recommendations.

Robin's picture

I used to get most of my exposure to music from the net, before the death of Napster... the old one. No more...!

Stephen's picture

There is NO good NEW music to be had out there.

jefscense's picture

The Abso!ute Sound and Stereophile mags. Also, live music, like the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra—if you get a chance, go see them at Muscic Hall. If you can't swing that, Telarc gets you pretty darn close to being there.

Davet's picture

I serach for new recordings by specific artist in the store. I then order the recording if iI choose to wait via the net. I purchase a lot of music at live concerts. Recommendations by friends has been the most satisfying music selections aside from live performances. The media seems to have commercial underpinnings in their music reviews - rarely do our choice in performers coincide. Radio used to be a great source, but variabilty has declined steadily since the golden days of early FM in the 70s. Everything is now some formula and the formula seems to be pretty ho-hum. Not to menetion that the music companies have opted for mediocrity as their formula which limits what is available for radio.

Anonymous's picture

The radio is devoid of suggestions for new music...magazines, friends and the internet rule...and of course, live performances when I have the time

macksman's picture

There's so much new, good music out there that all the listed sources must be used. And, sometimes you just have to take a flyer on something. We found Manu Chao that way, trilingual modern rock, recorded in Tijuana by a Portuguese guy. It's creative and fun.

Mike Healey's picture

Internet, almost entirely. I can hear some of the music before I buy and I can check for reviews or free downloads from the label websites. Magazine reviews are also helpful. The problem with radio is the pre-programmed playlists. How many times do you need to hear the same classic rock tune on the radio each week? It's a bit like turning on the TV to watch reruns that you've seen a hundred times before.

Gud2bdp in D.C..'s picture

I still "discover" most of the music I buy while listening to the radio. However, recommendations by a very few trusted friends and even fewer reviews by critics play a role in my purchases.

Al Marcy's picture

Stores! Ads and Mass Media are for Them ;)

Don F's picture

Over the Internet, alot more covenient then through magazine wich is the only other option for me because there aren't any good stores near that carry the good recording Labels.

Tip Johnson's picture

I have a subscription to Jazziz magazine, which each month includes a sampler CD of recently released jazz recordings.

Ludwig Jon Baytoevin's picture

There isn't too much out there that I would consider good music. Some of it could be acceptable if Producers/Engineeres would stop the compression that is either for Kids or people that are hearing impaired. Compression must die!! We've already had this issue about 2 weeks ago. To answer the question, good music or at least the music I consider good ,just finds it way to me.

John Hennessy's picture

Listening to stations on creates major problems for my CD budget. I hear lots of amazing new music with the title and artist right there in front of me. It's impossible not to click on another site or search and order my own copy. Sometimes it's a challenge to track down the CD. Artist sites are the only source for some of the material. I still visit record stores, but about 90% less often than I used to. is like browsing lots of record stores, all at once.

Tom Ream's picture

My chief musical interests are classical and jazz, and it is extremely difficult to find new things on the radio. I am very likely to buy new music when I read a review. Also, Gramophone and BBC Magazine include CD samplers with their mags, which is a great way to hear excerpts of new stuff. The Internet and live performances are the next most likely candidates.

Brankin's picture

If it wasn't for sites like Audio Asylum, specifically their music forums, I might never find anything of note! I take suggestions and then go to other sites like Amazon that have sound clips and sample the music. It's pretty easy from there to make the purchase call or not. Radio is so limited in my area—either stuck in the '60–70s or strictly metal/nu-metal. Jazz and classical? I don't have time to listen to radio to find something. I find somebody on line, reviewer or not, who I can trust and go with what they like.

Robert Kwolek's picture

If I read about music in Stereophile or any other resource, I'll then go listen to samples of it on Their music samples are extrememly helpful in finding out if I like something or not.

Dimitris Gogas's picture

Believe it or not, I still trust some magazines, or rather some people who happen to write for magazines. Of course, I don't mind reading about an interesting new album and then listening to a sample of it, downloaded from the internet. It usually confirms my trust to the reviewer's taste, good or not.

Jane Spellman's picture

I listen to samples on my favorite music sites. Southern California radio is beyond dead.

Priece Rich, Jr.'s picture

Reading Stereophile and other audio/video magazines is my primary source for finding quality music. I want Stereophile to keep up the good work with its record reviews.

duane b's picture

MTV, VH1 and BET are the best marketing tools for the music industry. "Video killed the radio star!!!"

FvK's picture

The BBC's Radio 3 (also available on the Internet for those who can't receive its FM or satellite broadcasts).

Randy's picture

Probably my best sources of information on good new jazz releases (as well as reissues) continue to be Downbeat and Cadence magazines. But one must consider how close the reviewer's tastes are to one's own.