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Thinking about my music listening strategy a bit today. Finding and listening to music in a way that supports artists gives the finger to the big corps. What’s yours? commonplace.doubleloop.net/mus

It is the responsibility of the artist to maintain their own web site and make it easy to accept direct donations.

@neil Ooh. Nice. We're in sync (again). I've been considering this too lately. Been thinking of losing my Spotify subscription and instead purchasing an album a month directly from the artist. The biggest issue for me is discoverability though. I like the "suggests similar" aspect of Spotify. Maybe I could access pandora (US only) through a VPN. Do you know of any other options for this? Even if it's just a database of names with no direct music access? Also, for not missing new releases. RSS?

@ClearMask last.fm is pretty good for similar artists - e.g. last.fm/music/Autechre/+simila. For me finding radio stations/DJs I like works pretty well for discoverability. (cliq hop on soma fm) I quite the idea of human suggestion/curation, less algorithmic (although algorithmic does work brilliantly sometimes). also i think if we publish our own minilists from time to time, a recommend from a friend is always good.

bandcamp pretty good for artist notification of new releases.

@neil Will definitely see how last fm compares. Thanks for the reminder. Haven't used that in a long time. Will give a the cliq hop a spin too.

@Clear Mask

A decent radio DJ should meet your need for "discoverability"; that has always been their "job". Agree with the use of RSS; a regular podcast is listened by this very method:

torsocks sox /url/of/podcast.mp3 /localdisk/podcast.ogg

Transferred to mobile phone, voila! :)
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