The title pretty much sums it up. On average, the tunes are going strong for roughly 16 hours a day in my world. Some would argue that I could be in the music industry, maybe a producer or beat maker and maybe that is a small hobby of mine, however this is not the case, I just love music and am afforded the opportunity to listen most of the time. Many different artists and genres, music for different projects and moods, I am just a sucker for some good sounds.
That being said, here is my idea for what I personally would like to see in a music application. Maybe someone will run with this, make a ton of money and toss me a bone for my efforts or maybe this is just nonsense and I don’t know what I am talking about. Either way, here it goes.
Let’s start by highlighting functionality in my favorite music applications, Pandora© Spotify©.
1. Pandora: Stations based on user input of artist or genre. Like/Dislike feature. Artist Info Feature. Free & Paid subscription plans.
2. Spotify: Vast variety of songs/albums by searching artists and genres. Sharing feature. Social interaction features. Strong web based platform. Free & Paid subscription plans.
Here is where my idea comes into play. I do really enjoy the station functionality in Pandora. It is that functionality that is responsible for introducing me to thousands of artists and songs I now listen to regularly. Give it a thumbs up and I am sure to hear it again. Whenever I run across something that is not within my musical taste, I have the thumbs down and it disappears. Searching for an artist or song on Spotify is cake. Building a playlist & sharing it with your friends, cake. So, why not combine the two with an adaptive twist.
Take this into consideration. You can search artist or genres, listen to stations remixed by your input or albums based of your search queries. Create playlist off of what you’ve heard and added. Share those playlist to your peeps. Have stations and playlist readily available for any situation. You have become a music guru.
Sounds easy enough, it is just taking two of the best and combining their awesomeness. Now, “The Twist”…
Growing up, when I wanted to make a “Playlist”, I put a boom box to another radio’s speaker and recorded it to a cassette. When that cassette tape was full, POW: The Playlist.
Remember when we used to make fun of the 8-track? Should have seen this one coming…
So, why not have an application that is interactive and adaptive with the musical likes of its user. When I thumbs up/like a track on an application, why couldn’t that song, artist be added to a selection that I could build/edit personalized playlist from. Maybe it could also surprise me and create playlist from songs I have liked based on genres. Then let me research those artists and tracks in more depth and create/edit playlist on these new found sounds . And share the collected musical masterpieces in the social universe, for all to see. Like I said, Guru…
Wait, sounds like a commercial. It is…
I am currently a paid subscriber to a few different music service providers. I’m not complaining. I love music. I am just placing my ideas on the interweb for recreational purposes, from an experienced music listeners perspective.
Listening, searching and building personal playlist’s is awesome. Creating a station that responds with tracks of your selection and selections similar in genre is awesome. Having an application that is responsive to your input as you listen, letting you interact with the application including all these aspects is amazing. Sharing is Caring.
To me, sounds like the best of all musical application worlds.
This happens a lot. I hear a song, like it, go research the artist, listen to other tracks/albums, make a playlist. Then I have to make the choice to go on this app or that app, radio or playlist.
It would be great if I could have the choice to just listen to a station or a playlist(s) or an adaptive playlist based on what I have told the app I like.