I’m not usually the one with an over the top rave, but youhave to check this thing out…Musicovery
The French team was short of cash and had to take itoffline last June, soon after I blogged it on my little-used experimentingblog. (Yup, i’m blog-curious.) I was even starting to think ihad been mistaken about how great it was. And more than one friend whodidn’t see it has challenged me on my effusions.
Well, I still like it. Even more than before. Sure there’s anAmazon banner and ads, but they go away with the new option to pay forCD-quality sound.
Shouldn’tthere be a way to hook this up with the new super-fast Applehome wireless and get it playing through the house? (Well,it’s not Itunes, so not likely to have a solution from them.) It’samazingly beautiful, useable, friendly (courteous, kind, obedient,cheerful, thrifty, brave and clean.) "Reverent" is is not, and that’sall that remains of my extremely short boyscout career
Therelatively small dashboard lets you plot points and rangesfor temp and mood, genre, decade, and to indicate whether you want itto return hits or not. Don’t miss the ability to dive deep into anygenre. Clicking any box expands it into another grid.ains of my briefstint as a boyscout as well.
After the Jump: Short List: Discover Music, ShareWith Friends. An incomplete list of sites that will tune you into newmusic and let you make and share playlists. Check them out, share yourwidget with us, let us know what you think, and how we might expand themusic section along these lines.
Short List: Discover Music, Share With Friends
I’ve actually been looking at a bunch of music sites lately.Inspired by the comments in the last few posts of ourmusic section, I’ve been keeping an eye out for wayswe might open it up for more participation and recommendations. Someof the services below suggest interestingpossibilities for sharing playlists and such. There is atleast one really special thing about each of these, and onemight be best for you. I have use for a few depending on where i’mlistening, and who i’m sharing with. Every one has redeeming qualities.
- LastFM(Trusty. Reliable. Easy to explain. would have been it if all the resthadn’t happened.
- Pandora (Bionics. I’ve enjoyed my Massive Erotic City Attack mix, with hours ofmusic that i can’t put my finger on how, but just does sound likeMadonna and Prince fronting UK electronica)
- Imeem (Sharing music on playlists with your friends. A whole Social Network.)
- Webjay (which truly changed everything)
- Faces(upload playlist and embed player somewhere like Multiply)
- Fine Tune(Expansive list of music with tons of remixes. Strange rules related tothe industry requiring a certain number of songs on your playlist. Theyhave a "lazy" option to fill your list if you get part way there…butwhile everything else about this site is slick and well done, that keyoption can mess up your mix with it’s lack of sophistication.)
- Qnext(looks great. Just started trying out the just-available version 3.0which allows you to "webcast" your stuff, allows peer-to-peer musicsharing among friends combined with a or Meebotype multi-instant-messenger capability that bring Yahoo Messenger,Microsoft Messenger, ICQ and AOL/AIM into a single instant messagewindow. The styling’s nice too.)
- FIQL (ampsit up and take it out all dressed nice, but somehow doesn’t have theenergy of W’Jay.)
- Beatport(though doesn’e necessarily fit with the others but is as beautiful asany and a great place to buy electronic and dance music)
Let us know what you think of these and any great ones I’msure I didn’t include. Many of these let you make a widget to shareyour playlist or stream your music from your own page orblog. If you get that far and want to share it withus drop me an email at mike at towleroad and we’ll see aboutgetting some posted on a page in the music hub.Here’s one to get started…