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A music lover's guide to streaming: Or, why your barista has better taste than your local DJ

A music lover's guide to streaming: Or, why your barista has better taste than your local DJ

For those of us whose passion or work leads us to follow the machinery and magic of recorded music, there are infinite avenues for education.

Jumping from platform to platform is the norm. In bursts of listening we search for the perfect beat via online radio stations, playlist generators, mixtapes, podcasts and streaming services. Many of us leap from headphones to car to house using new-era systems including Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube and Bandcamp.

And those of us who harness streaming as a means to monitor the bounty of new music have even more avenues for education through famous and anonymous tastemakers we stumble upon.

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