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Published Sept. 25, 2013 on Mashable

It’s easy to get stuck in a music rut. That go-to iTunes playlist or Pandora station will probably do the trick, but with so much great music out there, why settle for the same old favorites?

The infinite catalog of music, new and old, is a both a blessing and a curse. While music fans unfortunately have to accept that they will never be able to listen to every band, album or song, retreating to the comfort of your personal music library is no way to find your next favorite artist.

Spotify‘s latest curation features, Browse and Discover, are a push in the right direction, and Rdio integrates music discovery into its top-notch app with subtle recommendations from listeners in your network placed all over the player.

These streaming services’ social features aren’t the only ways to discover new music, but they tap into what’s key about successful music suggestions today: social curation.

If you are on the lookout for new tunes, try these seven websites and apps that are perfect for social music discovery.

How do you find new music? Share your method in the comments.

1. Mixcloud

Mixcloud

Instead of finding individual songs and artists, on Mixcloud you’ll find mixes and radio shows by DJs — both amateur and professional — that weave in and out of genres and styles. In the end, it brings you music you might never have heard otherwise.

Search for mixes by tag (genre or artist name will usually do the trick, but tags can get fairly creative) or follow users to find out when they upload, favorite or listen to a new mix. Recommended users include FACT Magazine Mix ArchiveDiplo and Friends on BBC1 and The Quietus.

After you press play on the mix, all the work on your end is done. If you enjoyed the mix, poke around the page to find the tracklisting, genre tags, sidebars with recommended people to follow, other mixes listeners enjoyed, and a similar mix that is already queued up for your listening pleasure.

Learn more about This Is My Jam, Last.fm and other music discovery websites and apps on Mashable

Published Sept. 18, 2013 on Mashable

Juggling multiple social media accounts across several networks can get hectic, especially when there’s a fine line between a manageable number of browser tabs and a terrible guessing game.

Self-respecting social media addicts should test the many management tools available, and they will find HootSuite to be among the best to streamline sharing for work and play. Users can conserve precious tab space by connecting their TwitterFacebookGoogle+ (pages only), LinkedInFoursquareWordPress and Mixi accounts under the HootSuite umbrella, and take advantage of the convenient scheduling feature.

If you’re looking to up your social media game, or just to make life a little easier at work or home, here’s how to get started with HootSuite.

Getting Organized

Once you set up an account and log in, HootSuite will guide you through the basics of connecting networks and organizing streams.

HootSuite Stream Menu

The green menu tab displays the networks connected to your HootSuite account. From there, select the streams you’d like to monitor, such as your timeline, mentions and scheduled tweets.

The stream options vary for each network (for example, Facebook’s options include News Feed, statuses, events and Wall posts), but the simple, no-frills layout remains the same.

HootSuite Streams

HootSuite is optimized for managing Twitter accounts, but you can also post to your personal Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, as well as to pages and groups of which you’re a member or administrator. HootSuite will not connect to personal Google+ profiles, but it allows you to manage your pages.

For free accounts, HootSuite initially limits each tab to only three streams, but opening multiple tabs seems to override that rule. Even so, streams are so easily closed, reopened and refreshed that the initial limit is only a minor annoyance. There are no rules against limiting one Twitter account to one tab.

Learn more about getting set up on HootSuite on Mashable