Besides being an easy and convenient way to listen to music, Internet radio is a great tool for discovering new artists and bands that suit your taste. There’s no crime in listening to the same stations week after week, but if you consider yourself a music connoisseur, there are a number of ways to help you branch out and maximize the potential of this amazing resource.When you’re using a user-customized station such as Pandora, there is a “share” feature. There are many options under this drop down menu, but one of the most useful tools allows you to find a shared station. This allows you to input various musical characteristics or attributes and then find a station created by another user that has similar songs and artists.Often times when you create a station by using an artist’s name or song title, you will find yourself listening to music you’ve never heard before. Maybe it’s a new artist or just a song by one of your favorite bands that you are unfamiliar with. If it’s a song you really like, next time you create a station, use this artist or title as the station creator. This will probably expose you to even more new works and allow you to expand your music repertoire.Make use of the rating features. Though they come in different forms, most internet radio sites have a system for allowing you to mark which songs you like and don’t like. The system has a formula for tracking this and catering future selections to your preferences. Not only can this ensure that all the music you hear is enjoyable, but it helps the program choose new songs you’d enjoy.