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5 Music Streaming Services for Best Listening

Start your computer in public and you probably have one of the following services open: iTunes, Spotify or maybe even YouTube. Music comes from seemingly an unknown source before you finally find the mute button or someone gives you an awkward stare from the other side of the room.

Most likely, as soon as you hit the play button again, one of the ten songs you’ve been listening to on repeat for the last three days starts playing through your headphones again. And after a while, instead of signing your name on checks, you may let a song title fill your signature’s place.

But when you get tired of listening to the same ten songs as you pay your bills, clean the kitchen, or even study for finals, where do you turn to next?

Read on for Listen Carefully’s five favorite music streaming services.

  1. 8tracks

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8tracks is different than any other streaming service. Rather than picking a specific song to play, just type in your favorite artist’s name or even your current mood. With everything from “sad, lonely days” playlists to exciting music from the 70s, 8tracks is a great place to find your next obsession-worthy song. 8tracks playlists can be created by anyone who has a website’s username, which means the site and playlists are constantly updated.

  1. SoundCloud

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With the familiar logo and signature orange color, SoundCloud has become the go-to place for artists to release remixes and record labels to release exclusive content. Looking at SoundCloud for the first time might be a little intimidating, but type one of your favorite artists into the search bar and dozens of new remixes and covers will appear below.

  1. Indie Shuffle

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Although the title might suggest indie music, don’t let this service prove you wrong. Indie Shuffle premieres new music and plays remixes and stems from SoundCloud (mentioned above). This site might not have your Top 40 artists, but rather smaller acts that normally might not be in your frame of reference. Click “popular” or even “Staff Picks” to start shuffling through completely new music.

  1. Daytrotter

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Different than your average music streaming service, Daytrotter includes some of the biggest names in music. But rather than their normal tracks, Daytrotter asks musicians to come to their studio and re-record their tracks either acoustically or broken down to their most basic shape. Look for sessions like The Heart & The Heart, Local Natives or even Cold War Kids to completely re-experience some of your favorite music.

  1. Apple Music

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If you’ve used iTunes in the past, think of it reimagined. Rather than just your own library, Apple Music builds playlists and a more extensive library based on your own musical taste. While this service isn’t free, Apple Music offers a three-month free trial and then costs only $10 a month. This service will help you find albums you didn’t realize existed or covers of songs that have been around for ages.

Did we miss any of your favorite sites? Let us know below!

Sources: Goldmann, Mikael, and Gunnar Kreitz. “Measurements on the spotify peer-assisted music-on-demand streaming system.” Peer-to-Peer Computing (P2P), 2011 IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2011.

How to Stay Cool at Summer Concerts

When summer heats up, concerts are the cool place to be (especially when they sell ice water and have spray fans).

Whether you make a road trip to Woodstock, sit in the nosebleed section at The Hollywood Bowl, or relax at your small town’s weekly concert in the park series, if you’re anything like us you’ll be spending plenty of hours sprawled on a picnic blanket or sitting in the stands of your favorite venue, enjoying music while the sun goes down.

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Meet the Listen Carefully Video Contest 3rd Place Winner!

When Thomas Le attended a local concert in his hometown of Panama City, Florida, last fall, he had no idea that the footage he filmed would land him third place in Listen Carefully’s video contest!

His short video “Effects,” takes us front and center to one of the loudest places we can be: the concert venue. Through the process, Le learned statistics that helped alter his views on loud sounds and how they impact hearing, like how 1 in 6 teenagers has noise-induced hearing loss from loud sounds.

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Meet the Listen Carefully Video Contest 2nd Place Winners!

Let’s give a round of applause to Jenny Kim, Matthew Orgill, and Tyler Koski! These teens from Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, California, won second place in the 2015 Listen Carefully Video Contest!

After winning another video contest last year, Kim was determined to find more opportunities. “Unlike other contests,” she said, “Starkey Hearing Foundation had a clear purpose and goal that we were inspired by and wanted to support.” Koski agreed: “Making a video that promotes teenagers to keep their hearing for a lifetime made the contest even more enticing.”

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Meet the Listen Carefully Video Contest Grand Prize Winners

Have you heard? We recently announced the winners of Listen Carefully’s 2015 Video Contest!

In total, more than 3,000 students from all 50 states participated, and after an exciting public vote winners were announced on February 11, 2015. Ken Nakama, Dan Lesser, and Joshua Maslaki from Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California took home the grand prize, and Grammy-nominated recording artist Aloe Blacc will perform a private concert at their school in the spring!

Their short film “Protect Your Ears” is a call to turn down the volume. The team worked for 22 hours to film, edit, and produce the video, and all their hard work paid off! To make the film relatable, they chose to film in their school’s computer lab, a modern space that would help communicate their message. Dan Lesser explained that the team’s hope was for teens to be “conscious of the volume of music they are listening to, and the irreversible consequences it holds.”

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Will Your Future Career Cause Hearing Loss?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This question is often asked to young adults at nauseam, and the majority of us don’t know the answer until much later in life. If you’re heading into your final years of high school or are finding your way in college, we’re willing to bet you’ve given this question some thought but that you haven’t taken your ears into account during the process.

We understand.

It’s hard enough trying to decide which professional path to pursue, never mind that you need to consider the long-term health of one of your five senses. That’s why we’re here to demystify the job market for you.

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8 Music Blogs You Should be Reading

Here at Listen Carefully, we’re big music fans. We listen at the gym, in the car, and even at work when we’re having a big brainstorming meeting (it helps us think!).

Music might be the soundtrack of our lives, but the landscape is vast. And let’s face it, we’re often too busy to notice the latest up and coming musicians, research the best festivals, or pull together a list of the coolest record stores in our hometown.

That’s why we let the experts point us in the right direction. Read on for eight music blogs we rely on for daily inspiration.

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