September 20th, 2012 Posted by tasty

Today’s discovery – Musicovery – Play your mood

    • Device : Iphone – web
    • Price : $10.99 / 3 months
    • Country : France
    • Data-base : streamed
    • Link : http://musicovery.com/

Musicovery is a customised webradio service. It’s like Pandora/Last.Fm. The user interface may seem strange at first but just click wherever you want on the moodmap to generate a new webradio. Initial choices are based on the type of music you want to listen to (rap, jazz, funk, rock, …) and when it was recorded (1950 to 2007).

Founders had included a graphic discovery engine that they also created – Liveplasma Technology – which lets users navigate on a musical map depending on their tastes.
Web service is more interesting than the Iphone app where all those features are not available.

 

+  Filtering by genre, date and mood
++  Create your musical mindmap and share it as a widget on a social network or a website
-  Interface is not intuitive, it takes a while to understand how the service works
–  The Iphone app only works with the user’s music database

 

Thanks to Musicovery I discover Quantic with the song Un canto a mi terra

 

 

 




September 11th, 2012 Posted by tasty

Today’s Discovery – Last.fm Discover : 2 million tracks from emerging artists

  • Device : web
  • Country : USA
  • Link : http://www.last.fm/discover#
  • Data Base : Owned
  • Price : Free (with your Last.Fm registration)

The discovery of online music is always limited to groups who sell more albums, which are the most used and therefore most referenced on the web. As a result, we always find the same artists who monopolize the cyber scene. Difficult in this context to still be surprised by searching online.
Only few site which highlight groups from a little known or emerging indie scene exist, so it’s worth noting the initiative of last.Fm with his discovery engine Last.FM Discover.
You will not be inundated by the headliners since have simply been removed to make room for those who often find it difficult to make themselves known. Under these conditions, it is easier to start to discover hidden talents.

 

You will find headings as strange that :

Blacker than the blackest black times infinity

Fuckin Awesome

Renato Ventura saids bravo

… and much more

 

Try out this musical field dedicated to indie bands !

 




September 4th, 2012 Posted by tasty

Midomi (SoundHound)

Midomi iPhone
 

  • Device : iPhone  – iPad  –  web
  • Price : Free
  • Country : USA
  • Data-base : user contributions
  • Link : www.midomi.com

 

It’s the 80′s, cramped in the back seat of my parents’ car, I hear an awesome song on the radio. Lost in the moment and being eight years old, I didn’t pay  attention to the title or the singer, but the melody has stuck with me for years. Once in awhile, the memories of the song would come back to haunt me.

 

As a adult, I was on a mission. I looked a little silly humming that song to anyone old enough to maybe have heard it. Of course no one recognized it, until one day, a friend installed Midomi on her iPhone which put an end to years of fruitless Youtube searching! Richard Marx, I’ve been looking for you for so long! Chances are, this probably has happened to you too.

 

The team at Melodis have created Midomi a free iPhone app that enables you to identify an artist, song, lyrics and even Youtube videos related to your musical search. The app is easy to use, you just have to press on the SoundHound button. If the song is playing, try to minimise background noise and SoundHound takes  10 seconds or less to identify the song playing. If you’re like me and only have your memory as a reference, you’ll be suprised how quickly SoundHound finds your song based on your humming. Don’t be scared, you don’t have to be a skillful singer, trust me…

 

With an option called SaySearch, you can say the name of the title or artist and it will be displayed instantly.  There’s also TypeSearch that does the same thing, but you type it down instead of saying it. What is great with Midomi is that you can bookmark the song you found and share it with your friends via social networking. It also gives you the possibility to buy the song on iTunes.

 

Unlike Shazam, which doesn’t recognize your awful singing, Midomi is great in that it understands what you’re trying to hum. Midomi is a free app for the iPhone, and it’s a great way to figure out who made that mysterious song you like.

 




August 17th, 2012 Posted by tasty

HUBBL : Your smart telescope to spot apps !

Hi Tasty followers !

 

We like to share with you smart initiative about mobile and web discovery tools . A nyc start up is on the point to launch a new application to help mobile user discover… applications. Here is HUBBL !
They just explained us their concept :

 

 The name Hubbl is our tribute to the Hubble Space Telscope and Edwin Hubble the father of modern cosmology.

 

“ Mobile App discovery in it’s current state is very inefficient. Users end up looking at the same subset of top apps everywhere, while there are so many amazing apps waiting to be discovered. Moreover, developers find it difficult to take their incredible apps to the hands of the user. And a bridge had to be built to connect these islands. Mobile App discovery was something that had long bothered us, and finally Hubbl decided to do something about it.

 

The spark came when one of us was walking around Manhattan (Varick and West Broadway to be exact) trying hard to look for sign of a star in the night sky, and the idea dawned upon us. The app universe is just like the star filled sky in the night and there are as many apps today as there are stars in the sky. The sky was once mysterious and baffling until the humans invented the first Telescope. From there we went on to discover so many new surprises, we made sense of new stars, discovered galaxies and constellations, we leaped beyond the obvious and the universe became more accessible to us. The Telescope changed everything. That is exactly what we wanted to build. A smart telescope to spot apps, which will make us discover new surprises, accurately spot apps based on interests and needs, and finally make the app universe more accessible to all of us.

 

 

How exactly are we going to do it?

 

Hubbl is a novel App discovery model that lets you curate, find and share apps in a very simple and social way.
We at Hubbl think that present algorithm driven app discovery approach is borderline orthodox and deficient. And with thousands of new apps added everyday, the existing solutions are also not very scalable Hubbl solves this problem by introducing first of its kind community driven interest based curation platform. As we are assembling your purple telescope in our labs we are also trying to make it incredibly smart, so it’s less effort from your end and more about the joy of discovering great apps. “
blog.hubblapp. com  -  August 2012 

 

Available in september on the App Store. By then, you can try a web beta version on www.hubblapp.com 
Enjoy !

 




August 17th, 2012 Posted by tasty

Today’s Discovery – Songza – Right music at the right time

  • Device : Iphone – Android – web
  • Price : Free
  • Country : USA
  • Data-base : N/A
  • Link : www.songza.com

Songza is a free music streaming service for web and mobile. Depending on the period of the week, your mood, activitiy, culture,… it lets you browse thousands of playlists, create your own playlists collection, search for playlists by song or artist.
Just like in an hotel, you can ask for the Concierge service to find music, singing under the shower on monday morning, livening your saturday night party,… Songza will find `right music at the right time` but not necessarly the ones you enjoy ! Indeed, the system lacks a recommenation system taking into account the user’s taste.

 

+ Everything is free and no premium version.
++ Concierge System is fun and useful, depending on the time of the day, you can really find matched musics.
- As Last Fm services, users can’t select a track or an artist but only a playlist. Ad banner on each screen.
- – Songza is not really a music discover application, user can’t give his tastes and influence results. It’s only a playlist player.

 

Thanks to Songza I discover Harry Belafonte with the song Jump in the line

 




August 10th, 2012 Posted by tasty

Today’s discovery : DISCOVR

  • Device : Iphone – Ipad – web
  • Price : $2.99 – $4.99
  • Country : Australia
  • Data-base : Echonest
  • Link : http://discovr.info/

Discovr developed a discovery application for various content : music, movies, applications, people. After entering a search, results appear as round icons scattered on a plan.
In the Music version, clicking on an icon reveals six new artists belonging to the same musical universe as the original selection. For each of these icons, several actions are possible, listen to 30 second extracts of the most popular tracks, obtain bio, share on social networks or new broaden the search by clicking again on an icon.

 

 

Be careful not to open too many icons at once, after a few minutes of use, the map of results can become somewhat complex and the user would tend to get lost in his research.

+  Showing results clear and legible connections between artists.
++  Rdio account holders can extend their research and listening on Rdio Application
-  No way for the user to indicate the suitability of links between artists.
–  No recommendation tool integrated. User discovery experience is thus limited to results elected by the application.

 

Thanks to Discovr I discovered The Magic Sam’s Boogie

 




August 3rd, 2012 Posted by tasty

Today’s discovery : Ghostly Discovery

Device : Iphone – web
Price :
Free
Country :
USA
Data-base :
Ghostly International
Link : 
http://ghostly.com/discovery

The Californian indie music label, Ghostly International, has released a new musical app suitably named Ghostly Discovery. This app associates a colour to your current mood and offers you a range of Ghostly’s electronic artists and songs to match your feelings. These matches also allow you a quick preview of their sound, the choice to buy the music, and even a bio of the group.

Ghostly Discovery
Yes, it offers only electronic music available on the Ghostly International label, but we still give it kudos as an interesting app matching our moods with some electronic beats.

 

 

+ Color system associated with user’s mood is really fun.
++ Initiative taken directly from an independent music producer to promote their catalog. It`s rare we see this.
- It’s possible to indicate favorites, but you can’t access them later.
– Application is a promotional tool for Ghostly International and therefore offers only label artists.

 

Thanks to Ghostly Discovery, I discovered Lusine with the tracks Two Dots

 




July 30th, 2012 Posted by tasty

Technologically Dependable

Hi Everyone,

 

Martin Legris here, in this post I will explain how I came about in choosing C#, Mono, Mono for Android, MonoTouch & MonoGame as the technologies underlying the development of the TasteFilter client. There were several factors that pushed us into pursuing alternatives to developing using native libraries.

 

 

  • I despise Objective-C. It is antiquated and counter-productive.
  • Java is a solid language, however there is much more coding involved than say Python, Scala or ..
  • The pain of having to manage multiple code-bases, in different languages.

 

TasteFilter applies well to mobile because of the tactile and multitouch aspect of the user experience, however I wanted to have the possibility to port it to desktop, gaming platforms, microsoft surface and have the openness to deliver on not yet released platforms. For this, Mono (microsoft-free C#) became very alluring. Here are some of it’s selling points:

 

  • The Mono VM is very mature, even more so than Google’s Dalvyk.

 

To quote the experts are Xamarin, who recently ported Android to C#, “Dalvik is a young virtual machine, it is not as performant or tuned as Mono and suffers from many of Java’s performance limitations without the benefit of the high-end optimizations from Oracle’s HotSpot“.

 

  • C# is a modern language, with which you can code less and produce more
  • There are a lot of open source libraries in C# / Mono that cover a wide area of functionality; some of it is core to TasteFilter.

 

By using MonoGame, you can develop once and deliver on:
  • iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod)
  • Android (all flavors)
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Windows 8 Tablets, x86 & ARM
  • Linux
  • XBox Live
  • PlayStation Vita

 

That in itself is quite impressive. But is TasteFilter going to be a game? The answer is no. However the level of interaction of the application will be closer to a game than a traditional application. Things will move around, some 3D will be implemented in the near future, almost everything will response to touch gestures, be animated, hence why not use a gaming platform?

 

In the end, we decided to take the jump; buy a Mono for Android license and start coding. The first few weeks were spend developing a layout system under MonoGame that allows for the development of re-usable visual components; then we tested the abilities of MonoGame on Android & iOS, played in the framework, worked on a universal gesture handler system.  These last few weeks were spent ensuring integration of Mono For Android with different social network native libraries to ensure SSO, music playback, and web services interaction.

 

It was not an easy road, however because we are going down a road that is relatively new, this is something we had to expect.

 

In the next few days I will share some of the development efforts that we made for Mono for Android, things that if you read the documentation you think are taken for granted however… not quite.

 

That’s it for today! Take care y’all! ;)




July 27th, 2012 Posted by tasty

Today’s discovery: Aweditorium – Music Mapping

 

Aweditorium

 

Ipad Application: Awditorium.

You browse a mosaic composed of artist portraits. Zoom in and you get a full screen picture of the artist along with a tune and lyrics (very smart!). Several options are available for each artist including sharing, videos, bio, …
Scroll right, left, up or down on full screen to change artist or zoom out to return to the mosaic view.
At the top left of the screen, there’s a map where you can see your position on the mosaic. It also shows your friends or other users and what they’re listening to.

The true discovery experience isn’t really part of the app’s features. There’s no way to indicate preferences and tastes and guide the chosen tracks. It’s a database that contains new independent artists and lesser known artists which are all professional and quite good.

 

  • + Mapping system – intelligent and playful, gives the sensation of exploration.
  • ++ Lyrics – the lyrics scroll over the image as soon as the tune starts, VERY interesting.
  • - No recommendation tools – no way to skew the results according to user’s taste.
  • Only one track per artist, no player controls which is a bit frustrating. At the time of testing, the sharing system isn’t working.

 

Thanks to Aweditorium, I discovered Fitz and The Tantrums with the song Winds Of Change !

 

 




July 27th, 2012 Posted by tasty

Today’s discovery: Mp Me – Worldwide Radio Stations

 

Mpme

 

Mp Me provides access to a very large number of radio stations worldwide. Whether you’re looking for local or national, US rap or Congolese rumba, or any other style of music, you should be able to find almost any frequency however remote it is (earth only!). The interface is rather sophisticated with lots of options. Mp me also includes a search tool to find your favorite radio stations. It also can tell you which radio played your favorite artist which is great for finding stations that suits your tastes. There’s also a playlist function, radio station and artist biographies, and sharing via social networks.

Despite this, the experience of discovery is limited to radio stations and the programs it offers. The user doesn’t have the option to provide their preferences and get recommendations based on them. Too bad.

 

  • + Radio database – you should be able to find any radio station – the ones you listened to as a kid or the one you listened to while on vacation halfway around the world.
  • ++ Interface and Navigation – simple and fluid, you’ll feel comfortable controlling the interface after just a few minutes of use.
  • - Discovery experience limited to musical genres (based on station’s style), unable to make connections between artists, or even between stations.
  • We only can listen to the song that plays live on the radio, unable to access last played tracks.

 

Thanks to Mp Me I discovered Tycho on Cliqhop Radio !

 

 

 






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