This is a guest post by Alison McCarthy, a Brooklyn-based writer who focuses on the intersection of music, technology, and community. She’s a second-year graduate student of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and currently writes for Hypebot.com. Be sure to follow her on Twitter at @aliiimac.
Shazam: Most of us are already familiar with Shazam, the iPhone and Android app that allows users to discover new music by identifying songs we’re unfamiliar with, or songs that we know we’ve heard, but can’t quite place. Shazam recently announced a new layer to their music discovery service – Shazam Friends. Allowing users to connect to their Facebook friends, Shazam Friends users can now browse songs that friends have tagged and use friends’ tags to create their own playlists. Instead of just tagging a song offline and having it simply exist on the Shazam app, Shazam Friends helps spread music throughout our social networks.
These are only a few more out there such as SoundHound, that add a host of new social elements to music players across various mobile devices. These are just some of my top picks. It may be too early to tell how much influence these services will have on our everyday music consumption, but they do show potential interest in having features that take us from a one-on-one relationship with our music players to a mixtape of carefully selected songs that we want to share with the world.