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Oct

HOW TO: Use Social Media for Sharing Music

Music Sharing ImageOver the last few years, social media sites for sharing music have blossomed. With great companies such as Last.fm, Pandora, and Apple revolutionizing how we consume music, listening has become a richer and more meaningful experience.

Social media gives people the opportunity to find, discovery, share, and reinvent music in new and interesting ways. The following is a step-by-step guide on how to share the audio experience with friends using web-based tools.

Step 1. Choosing your music web tools

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This step may be even more important than the actual sharing. Why? Because this determines how you will be able to share your music. You can’t possibly use all of the great music services available – you only have so much listening capacity. So choose which tools you use carefully, and choose based on your goals.

Do you want to discover new music in different areas? Are you looking to simply promote your favorite type of music? Or maybe you are an actual artist and want to share your gift with the world. Different platforms will lead to different outcomes.

If you’re looking for streaming music, take a look at Last.fm (Last.fm

) and Pandora (Pandora

). Blip.fm (Blip.fm

) is a great resource for building playlists based on your friends’ tastes. Finally, for artists looking to share their music, take a look at iLike (Ilike

), The Next Big Sound, and TheSixtyOne.

For full reviews of the sites mentioned above, see our social media music coverage.

Step 2. Discovering music

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Now that you’ve got your tools, you’re probably in music-listening mode. Even if you’re an aspiring artist, listening to new material can provide inspiration, entertainment, and simple pleasure.

It’s important to take time to understand the social media features available to you for discovering new music, but in the end, you simply need to start listening.

The key here is to jot down which music and genre starts appealing to you. Use features like Last.fm’s “like” button or save your newly generated iLike playlist to keep track of your likes. Don’t forget to jot down your dislikes as well – this helps you prevent ugly repeats.

Finally, remember to jot down anything that interests your ears, no matter where you are. Even if you’re just walking through a grocery store or hear it in your friend’s car, write it down so you can find the song later and add it to your playlist.

Step 3. Sharing favorite music via social media

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With your tools and musical tastes set, it’s time to let the world know about your musical selections. Help expand the palates of your friends by integrating your music sharing with major social media tools.

Here are some quick suggestions for integrating your music tools into social media:

Add more friends on social media music services: You can add friends and compare playlists on websites like Last.fm and Blip.fm. The more friends you find and add, the more they will see your favorite music and the more your music will influence them.

Start discussions on social networks: One of the simplest things you can do is post a status update asking people about their favorite music or linking people to the MySpace (MySpace

) page of one of your favorite bands. Continually share what you find with your Twitter (Twitter

), Facebook (Facebook

), and MySpace friends, and hopefully they will share what they love to listen to as well.

Connect your music to FriendFeed: FriendFeed (FriendFeed

) is a comprehensive social media aggregator – it imports data from multiple services. This includes three big ones: iLike, Last.fm and Pandora. This helps you automatically share your playlists and favorite songs. FriendFeed also has tools to help share information on Twitter and Facebook, making it the perfect tool to spread your musical love.

Step 4. Listening

The final, important note about social media is that it’s a two-way line of communication. You can’t just send out your favorite songs and expect people to listen if you aren’t listening yourself. Take the time to listen to some of the new bands your friends recommend, and keep an open mind.

By sharing and listening using social media, you are helping bring great music to thousands of people. This could change an artist’s life, create a new trend, or simply make your day a little less stressful. Now go and harness the power of social media to promote great music!

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