If you read my last post, you are well aware that I am a big music fan. I am not fully engaged in the online music scene, but believe I would benefit from doing so. My online music time is mostly spent watching videos on YouTube, checking out new bands on MySpace and giving the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” to songs on my Pandora station.
I also follow my favorite artists religiously on Twitter. I find this to be a particularly useful tool to get a heads up on upcoming concerts and artist-related news. It is also a very fun way to see what your favorite band is up to in your town the day of the show. I also currently subscribe to VH1, MTV and Rolling Stone’s RSS feeds and monitor them regularly from my Google Reader.
We briefly discussed Last.fm in last week’s class. I had previously heard of the Web site, but never took the time to actually stop and check it out. I am so glad I did. Last.fm is a haven for music junkies. How to describe it? Think Pandora and YouTube meet MySpace. The site is absolutely amazing and offers endless possibilities. For instance, a search for Cat Stevens allows me to:
- Listen to music
- Watch videos
- Obtain a list of top tracks and most popular albums
- Get a list of tour stops
- Rave about him in the “shoutbox” comment box
- Order tracks and albums through Amazon
- Join groups associated with him
- See who is also listening to him at that moment
- Sign up for an e-newsletter
I’ve always been a big fan of Alltop, which is essentially an online magazine rack. Users can click on a word or topic to determine the most popular blogs within that category. A click on “music” produces a list of top music blogs. I can view the five latest posts and link directly to the blog. As you can see, I have a lot to explore. I think I’m off to a good start!