What You Said: How You Discover New Media

By Jason Fitzpatrick on March 2nd, 2012

New books, movies, and albums come out at an ever faster pace–how can you dig through it all to find the gems? Read on to see how your fellow readers discover new media to enjoy.

Despite the influx of digital tool for finding media, analog methods like word of mouth and check out stores remain popular. Alex M. sticks to word of mouth for most things, but loves a good digital music recommendation:

Friends recommendations for movies and TV shows

Last.fm for music, it really recommends me what I’ll like for sure :)

Chronno S. Trigger also likes digital music recommendations, but with a catch:

I use to listen to Pandora a lot, but with this ongoing crap with the RIAA and MPAA, I just don’t go looking for new media any more.

That triggered a dialog with Steve-O-Rama agreeing:

@Chronno S. Trigger I’m in a similar camp. Ever since the first Napster fiasco, I haven’t bought a single album or movie; almost all of the media I own is second-hand, downloaded, rips, and/or on vinyl or tape; exceptions are for things that aren’t mass-produced. Speaking of Napster, after Lars couldn’t keep his mouth shut, and basically alienated everyone that ever downloaded anything, I burned (as in ‘set fire to’) all of my Metallica merchandise.

I typically rely upon YouTube and similar (FREE) services, mostly because of the ‘social buffer’ they offer. In other words, if a song or music video is really good OR really bad, it’s going to get a lot of comments and voting. For instance, compare the views, comments, and the like/dislike bars of two very disparate videos on YouTube: Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” versus (ugh) Rebecca Black’s “Friday”. Using those as a guide, along with reading comments, I can then determine whether it’s worth the time and effort to seek out similar material by the same artist(s), or possibly find a new direction from the suggested videos listed.

It’s very hard to find ‘new’ media since my tastes vary widely, e.g. Mozart, Led Zeppelin, Ricky Skaggs, Dean Martin, and Soundgarden, sometimes all in the same car ride. :)

They certainly weren’t the only ones concerned about the antics of the RIAA. Tom writes:

I’ve taken to listening to a lot of the free music on Amazon MP3. Just go to Amazon.com and look for the “Free music from rising artists” link. I get several bonuses out of this; I find great artists and bands that I have never heard of before, I don’t have to pay anything for it, and the music industry lawyers don’t get to sue me. :-)

This all seems to beg for a shirt that says “I love music, please don’t sue me.”

Check out the full comments thread for more tips, tricks, and services to check out. Have a discovery tool or service you’ve had good luck with? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

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Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/2/12
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