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Tag: MUSICAL-WEB

TuneCrank lets you listen to independent music and rank it

TuneCrank is another crack at a familiar problem: How do you make people listen to unfamiliar independent artists, and help the good stuff float to the top? Uvumi tries to do this, and so does Bandcamp in a completely different take. TuneCrank is yet another attempt, with a stress on bare-bones simplicity and minimalism. It's basically just a player with "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" buttons, and...

DLS Faceoff: Grooveshark is a solid music streaming and recommendation app for Android

This post is the second part of the DLS Faceoff that reviews two of the major audio streaming offerings currently available for Android. Erez has walked you through Rdio in the previous post, and this post will focus on Grooveshark. Make sure you read both and decide for yourself which app better suits your needs. Grooveshark is an online audio streaming service at heart, and it works on...

DLS Faceoff: Rdio is an incredible music streaming service for Android

If you have a smartphone with a fast network connection and an unlimited data plan, do you really need to have a ton of music stored locally? Wouldn't it make more sense to just stream it from the cloud on demand? I think it would make a lot of sense, and luckily for me, I'm not the only one. There are at least two major audio streaming offerings for Android at the moment: Grooveshark and...

Mulve developer arrested, free MP3 download program dealt another blow

When Sebastian first covered Mulve, the free MP3 download application, he concluded his post with the words "It'll get shut down – it's just a matter of whether it'll be thanks to Interpol or due to too much traffic". Well, I think we now have the answer. What eventually got Mulve to shut down was its operator being arrested by the UK police. This is Mulve's second major setback -- the first...

Hands-on: MixZing is a music player and recommendation engine for Android

MixZing bills itself as "the must-have Android app!" I'm a sucker for aggressive marketing, so of course I went ahead and installed it. After playing around with it, I must admit it's a nice player. I don't know if it's the ultimate player for Android, but I plan on reviewing a few more similar applications in this space, and then I'll let you know what I think. In the meantime, you're welcome to...

Playlistnow.fm is a simple way to find music that's right for what you're doing

When I'm in the mood for some new music these days, I usually turn to 8tracks. However, Playlistnow.fm might prove to be an interesting alternative. Its claim to fame is a search box that starts with the words "I am." (It's kind of like Facebook's old status messages that started with "Jack is ...") You enter whatever it is you're doing (in my case, "I am writing a blog post," although I did try...

DLS Review: My experience with the updated Grooveshark

I'm a long-time Grooveshark fan. I was a VIP subscriber for a few months, too, and I was generally impressed with the service. So naturally, when Lee told me yesterday that they've undergone a revamp, I was stoked. There appears to be no post on Grooveshark's own blog covering the update, so I decided to take the service on a random spin and just cruise around the interface in order to look for...

MusicLink.fm is a full-album Grooveshark front-end

Grooveshark is one of the best music services online. It's sheer awesome, to be honest, and it's one of the few services which isn't geo-crippled. Really, how much better can it get? How about with easier full-album listening? MusicLink.fm uses Grooveshark's widgets to present you with a simple interface for listening to complete albums. I'm actually not sure whether or not this violates...

8tracks music site adds easy genre filtering, still fantastic as ever

Earlier this week, I wanted to see what it feels like to be an American online -- you know, to explore all of those websites only Americans get to play with, like Hulu, Pandora, and Slacker. So I signed up for a high-speed proxy service and started cruising around. What I discovered was actually quite a letdown. It turns out that both Pandora and Slacker have really, really irritating commercials...

We Are Hunted revamps, adds music discovery and social sections

I covered We Are Hunted about a month ago, but they've just undergone a fairly major overhaul. In a nutshell, We Are Hunted trawls Twitter, Facebook, P2P networks, and a whole bunch of other sources in order to figure out what music is hot and interesting right now. It looks nice -- and it works. And now, they've added a new music discovery option, which feels just as slick as the rest of the...

Ten awesome ways to find new music online

I think the need for music and rhythm is one of the most basic human needs; and as we evolve, so evolve our ways of hunting and gathering this precious commodity. In this post, I've gathered 10 great places to expand your musical horizons: free, legal ways to discover music online, which work everywhere (not only in the US or in Europe)! Not all of the sites below actually let you listen to...

Exclusive video: DLS interviews Pomplamoose "YouTube band"

Okay, let me get this out of the way first: Pomplamoose are awesome!!! I'm a huge fan, so I was overjoyed when Jack and Nataly agreed to grant me an exclusive 15-minute interview, chock full of nerdy goodness and hard-core technical information on how they create their music. In case you don't know them, you should really go watch their YouTube channel. They're a musical duo, and they are getting...

We Are Hunted lets you hunt for the best music online, in style

The other day I floated a question over on our Facebook page. I wanted to know where DLS readers get their music recommendations; I was looking for blogs or anything that is not the same old tired Last.fm. There were lots of good answers (that I will cover as time goes on), and I got a nice surprise in the form of a comment from our cool sister blog, Switched. They pointed me toward one of the...

Gallery: Audiotool lets you make music using your browser

I can't exactly make up my mind whether Audiotool is a toy or a serious tool but one thing is for sure -- it is not lacking in ambition. It is a Flash-based music creation tool which uses real-world devices as metaphors. In simpler terms, it's a huge canvas you can throw gizmos on and interconnect them. A "gizmo" (that's not how they call it) can be a drum machine, a synth, an effect, or any of...

Uvumi builds a community for musicians and fans - Interview + tour

In theory, the Web is supposed to level the playing field for new musicians; its democratic nature lets them find their own audience, without having to beg for the approval of a record label. Of course, real life turns out to be much more complicated than the theory. It may not be a nice thing to say, but there is a lot of bad music being made. Of course that's very subjective, but by "bad"...