Discovering music online is not as easy as it sounds. You can’t just go to Google and type out ‘amazing jazz music’ and expect to find the best. The search results will turn up, of course, but the question is whether or not you’ll actually like any of it.

Thankfully, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are tons of apps for discovering music that could help you figure out if you prefer a certain new genre or help you discover a new band from the other side of the planet.

Here is a list of the best online platforms and mobile apps for discovering new music:

Music from friends

What better way to see if you like some sort music than to compare your playlist to that of your friends. The internet has made experiments like these completely possible and now your network can help you find the best new bands.

Statistically speaking, you are more likely to like a certain type of music simply because your friends are into it. So with the big data capabilities of social media, we can now try out a sample of a buddy’s playlist.

Apps such as Spotify, Deezer and Rdio have, of course, set the benchmark in this sphere. They’ve established platforms that are used by more people and this makes it more likely that your friends are on the same platform as you.

There is a problem with this – your social media may seem over crowded. Having a list of every single track every single friend is playing was a horrible idea for your facebook homepage and now some major labels have started to rein it in.

But there are platforms like SoudTracking and Soundwave Music Discovery that will allow you to sneak a peek at what people are listening to anyway.

Music from the crowd

There’s crowdsourced humanitarian projects and crowdsourced business, so why not crowdsourced music? Platforms launched that can help people find music based on what is popular have always worked best. Twitter Music is one example. It uses tweets and hashtags to figure out what people are talking about when it comes to music and can help you find what you’re looking for too.

There’s Spotify’s browse section that could help you with this too. Apple’s iTunes chart has always seen music discovery as a game of hits. The ones that sell most are often top of the list and more likely to be heard from a mass audience. for more information about Apple’s iTunes, visit : http://www.apple.com/itunes/

A U.K. startup also allows people to download a weekly top 40 onto their smartphones for a £1 a week subscription service. For most people, that is enough.

Music from algorithms

Finally, there are those discovery apps that simply plug the numbers in and churn out data about what you are most likely to like. Shazam and Pandora are the most obvious examples of this.