My 6-year-old daughter recently sang "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X, and – despite the fact that the song broke the record for the longest hit single on Billboard & # 39; s Hot 100 card – my wife recognized it didn't it and was confused about how my daughter knew. I politely suggested that she dust off the music subscription we pay for and listen to some new songs.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, 80 percent of the income from recorded music now comes from streaming music. But do subscribers really dive in to discover new music or do they stay with old favorites? Finding new songs takes time, but the best music streaming services offer a number of ways to inject new artists and songs into your daily routine.
We will focus on two of the most popular services ̵
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If you need an easy way to listen to your music and discover some new songs, try Spotify & # 39; s Stations. It is unlimited music in a separate, streamlined app. You select an artist, mood or decade and it will continue to play music.
Give music that you like a thumbs up; after you like 15 songs, a playlist " My Favorites" appears. Anyone with a Spotify login can listen, but Spotify Premium users can listen ad-free and skip unlimited.
The Radio tab of Apple Music now includes Beats 1, an Internet radio station manned by real people who play music 24/7 (and play music-related content, such as interviews with artists). Access to Beats 1 is free, but people with an Apple Music subscription can store songs and create custom radio stations.
Use artificial intelligence
Most music services go beyond human DJ's and use artificial intelligence to quickly give new recommendations, largely in the form of automated playlists based on your listening habits in the past. The more you listen, the better the selections of the songs.
Spotify offers two primary automated playlists – Discover Weekly and Release Radar – although there are others in the Made For You section. Release Radar is one of the best ways to stay up to date with the latest releases, with new albums and songs every Friday.
 Discover Weekly, which arrives every Monday morning, is more scattered in its song selection. It is not mandatory for a specific genre, but it does a fantastic job of finding the best songs you've never heard before.
These automated playlists should appear in the middle of your Spotify app as soon as there is enough data to fill them with music recommendations. In the desktop app, click Browse> Discover . Make sure to save your favorite songs in a playlist before a new Discover Weekly and Release Radar playlist arrives and replaces the songs from the previous week.
On Apple Music, AI playlists appear under the For You section of the mobile phone and desktop apps. Apple has four playlists that are automatically set and updated weekly: Friends Mix, Chill Mix, New Music Mix and Favorites Mix. Three of them cycle in new songs with different points of interest, while Favorite Mix reintroduces music that you have often played, but that you may not have listened to for a while.
Get a digital mix from your friends
On the day your friends or another person might have made a mix tape for you to share new music; nowadays we have the automated Friends Mix from Apple. Every Monday, those who have made contact with friends via Apple Music receive a playlist of 25 songs filled with tunes that their friends have listened to.
If you want to connect to someone on Apple Music using the mobile app, tap the For section You at the bottom and then on the circle in the top right corner. From there, tap View profile and scroll down to find and invite people. Then keep an eye on what friends you are following on Apple Music in the For You section.
Spotify now offers a "Collaborative Playlist" option that allows friends to add music to a playlist that you have created. On the desktop, right-click on a playlist on the left side of your screen and click "Collaborative Playlist" in the pop-up window. On mobile, tap the three-dot menu and select & # 39; Collaborate & # 39 ;. You can then share the playlist via any number of message apps or email.
Tap the gear icon in the top right corner and then tap your profile to find friends by Spotify name at the top. On the next screen, tap Search friends to connect to Facebook friends. Social listening management under Institutions> Social .
Ask Your Music Butler
If you want to know more about music discovery than automated playlists and sneak up on your friends, there are a number of third party services that can help you discover new music.
Musicbutler.io is a handy service that helps keep track of all new music from artists where you listened to in the past. Apple Music and Spotify have both gone in this direction to keep you informed, but Musicbutler is still doing the best for now.
It can control multiple services at the same time and offers links to access music on Amazon Prime and various apps. It also adds music release details when the artist announces them and does a good job keeping you informed with regular emails.