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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Whatever genre of music you enjoy, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of discovering your new favourite artist. While recommendations from friends are invaluable, there are now a number of ways you can track down music online - whether it’s just been released or is simply new to you.

If you already use iTunes to manage your music, then you’re already well on your way to finding tailored music recommendations. You may have already spotted the new music section of the iTunes store, which gives you a small taste of the most exciting new releases of the past few weeks.

However, this can be a little skewed towards chart-topping pop. If this isn’t your thing, or you’re looking for something slightly more obscure, then check out the “Recommended for You” link on the main page of the iTunes store. This will generate suggestions for tracks and artists you may enjoy, based on the music you’ve already downloaded or transferred to your library.

If you’re not an iTunes user, then you can try using online radio services such as LastFM, Spotify and Google Play, where you can listen to themed collections, search for something specific or just generally find out what’s going on in the world of music. Some services even offer music categorised by mood or situation (such as “happy” or “driving”), which is an interesting way of matching your music to what’s going on around you.

Some of these services are free, in which case you may hear periodic advertisements, or require a paid subscription, in which case you can expect non-stop music.

Of course, the biggest website for finding new music is actually a video site - YouTube. The homepage will feature recommendations based on clips you’ve already watched, which can be a great place to get started. When you search, you can also select YouTube mixes, which are essentially an online playlist of videos based around whatever you have searched for.

Just bear in mind that if you haven’t searched for something specifically music-related, then the videos in the playlist may not be completely music-orientated. This can be a little frustrating, particularly if you want to listen to music while doing something that prevents you from looking at your computer screen.

As you can see, there are many ways in which to find out about new music, whether you like pop, classic rock or even opera. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse!