Web Spy: Musicovery
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You’ve most likely already heard of online radio websites like Pandora, Last.fm, and LaLa. But you might not have heard of Musicovery, a radio-type site that helps you find new music. And this is definitely a site worth knowin’ about – Musicovery brings something different to the online radio scene.
What really sets Musicovery apart from other radio-type sites are its incredible customization options. Like similar sites, Musicovery lets you specify what type of music you want to listen to based on genre (such as Country, Classical, R&B, etc.). However, what makes Musicovery unique (and in my opinion, pretty awesome) is that instead of choosing the artist you want to listen to (like most other sites), you choose the “mood” of music you want to listen to – from energetic to calm, positive to dark, and everything in between – and the site creates a playlist of songs based on what you choose.
Furthermore, you can create a playlist based on energy level using the “dance” tab: between either low energy (Dance -) or high energy (Dance +), and by tempo. You can also determine the span of years or decade you want to hear music from, and can also choose to hear hit songs or to discover less popular ones.
If you create a free account on the site, you can save your favorite artists, which will be used to personalize your radio stations in the future. You can also choose to ban a song that you don’t particularly like and never have to listen to it again (I’m lookin’ at you, Aly & AJ). Musicovery also has a “Premium Account” (AKA paid) option with better audio quality, the ability to skip songs on radio playlists, and the option to listen only to songs you’ve previously indicated as favorites. (Because we all know how frustrating it is to find a song we love on Pandora…and never hear it again.)
Another great feature of the site (but is only available to Mac users right now) is a plugin you can download that lets you create Musicovery playlists from the music that’s already in your iTunes library. Sure, you won’t be discovering any new music that way, but it’s still a cool and easy way to make quick easy playlists for any occasion and mood.
See? Aren’t you glad I introduced you to Musicovery? Next time you’re in the library (like now), check it out. It will totally change the way you listen to music…. and pass time in the ‘brary.