There is a lot of press about the “new” Twitter #Music app, in a blog post, Twitter’s engineers said the new service “uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists.” I believe the fatal flaw of the app, as a music discovery tool, is that by design it is looking for trending tweets. Looking up trending music information shows it aligns with Billboard Top 40 charts or “emerging” artists that have been on the Hype Machine charts or Pitchfork hardly a new method of music discovery. I do have a few apps that I believe do a better job of music discovery.
I love this app (so does Apple calling it “the best music app in the US)! It allows the user to tell their friends what they are listening to with an image or as founder @strevejang says, “We wanted an app that would let us share the soundtrack to our lives, and quickly express those music moments that would happen in our daily real-world lives. So that’s what we built for ourselves and all of you. Think of it as a music postcard you can send from your phone from wherever you might be…” I am on the app a couple of times a week looking at what tracks are moving my friends and always get turned onto a new song, artist or reminded of an older track that I have not heard in too long.
Discovr reminds me of a company I consulted for in the late 90’s (yes that long ago), the concept was to allow users to pick any track then tell the platform how close to the track you want the resulting playlist or how wide you want to cast the “net”. According to the Discovr web site “Discovr lets you see how the music you love is connected, and makes it easy to find great new bands and artists that are similar to what you like. To get started simply type in the name of a band or artist that you love and we’ll show you some similar music to check out. Bands or artists that are similar are connected by lines. Just tap on one you like and the map will grow organically to show other similar artists. You can double tap on a band or artist to see more info about them. Listen to song samples, watch their videos, check out their bio, or read the latest reviews and blogs about their music.”
There are a lot of others that I am missing please feel free to tell me your thoughts about these apps or other ways you discover new music.