Where's my Mixr?

October 30, 2005

Back during the dotcom bubble, there were a number of sites popping up that offered a simple way for folks to share their playlists (not music). Some services like Napster do a so-so job of this, and even iTunes Music Store has the concept of Celebrity Playlists (I still have no idea what Jackie Chan is listening to, and that’s okay). Let’s face it, celebrities (ahem their publicists) aren’t any better at building playlists than most of us are. But a useful way of finding music that works well is elusive- unless you use iMix on iTunes, and then you’re locked into their service.

The topic struck me a few weeks ago when I was looking at the latest version of MoodLogic. We were throwing a dinner party and let’s face it, listening to Aerosmith and Kanye West doesn’t really set the mood for a sit-down dinner. What I wanted was a site for playlists where I could search on tags like, “November”, “Fall”, “Dinner” and get a list of good songs. Then I could sort based on popularity (and here’s an idea- opt-in popularity based on age group. Sorry, I don’t listen to the same music a 16 yo does downloading heavily off of MSN Music). I asked Chris Pirillo if such a service existed, we couldn’t find one anymore. MoodLogic comes close, and Yahoo Music has a great personalization engine, but they’re based on your own music library. Search engines do an abysmal job of cataloging mixes too. I tried again the other day when building my ultimate Gym Mix (6 miles of pain!)

With the advent/re-emergence of Tagging, RSS, media player plug-ins, and a number of legitimate music stores now available, I think there’s an interesting opportunity for personalizing music based on playlist sharing and moods. And I don’t think it should be locked to any one group or service.

Radio networks spend hundreds of thousands to millions programming their stations, but they’re so formulaic. Isn’t it time that we start aggregating our own playlists via an online service? We do it for collections of photos on Flickr, so where’s our Mixr?

And with that, I offer my latest:

Sean’s Gym Playlist – Soundtracks
Tags: October; Mix; Gym; Soundtrack; Power; Pump Up;

1. Jesus Walks – Kanye West (from Jarhead trailer)
2. Precious – Depeche Mode (from Smallville Vol II: Metropolis Mix)
3. Anvil of Crom – Basil Pouledouris (from Conan the Barbarian)
4. Dragula (Hot Rod Herman remix) – Rob Zombie (from the Matrix)
5. Learn to Crawl -Black Lab (Spider-Man)
6. Everybody out of the Water – The Wallflowers (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
7. Would? – Alice in Chains (Singles Soundtrack)
8. Lose Yourself – Eminem (8 Mile Soundtrack)
9. Blow Me Away – Breaking Benjamin (Halo 2 Soundtrack)
10. Gladiator – Hans Zimmer (Gladiator Soundtrack)

Got some others? Send them my way.

6 responses to Where's my Mixr?

  1. 

    You do not know how many times I have thought the same thing. My resolve/comparison was always Flickr as well. I do my best to keep updated playlists from my Media Center machine (5000+ songs) on my space, but even that can start to feel like work

    What would be great was if there was a way to create self updating playlists. Whether it be rss, xml, WMP plugin or whatever. The idea is that if I change my "Party", "Guests" or "Weekend" playlist my site/space/forum sig/blog is updated automatically as well. If you are at all like me my playlists change on a constant basis so the process has to be somewhat, if not totally, automated if people are going to mass accept the idea.

    The question now…how do we keep the topic alive after this entry is 3 days old?

  2. 

    Audiscrobbler/last.fm? Not sharing playlists but close.

  3. 

    I’ll keep it alive at least internally at Microsoft 🙂

  4. 

    Last.FM is close… You can share what you listen to easily enough and get recommendations based on others with overlapping tastes. I am still investigating it myself, but it seems to do what you want.

  5. 

    There are some disputable moments in your article. I do not absolutely agree with the author.

  6. 

    i made this song it called i am in fear i am in fear like somehow somewhere your out there when i cry all night and cant sleep cuz all i think about is you i am in fear of your need the biggest thing i fear is loseing you i wanna give you another shot cuz i wanna be with you tonight and forever your my life and i just wanna walk away from everything
    [Chorus]
    it’s all blind i cant see maybe I’m just scared To face the things I feared but i fear i am in tears and because of.you i am afraid i fear that your going to walk out the door and never come back i fear your going to find another man i fear i was never wanted by you

    the tears fall from my eyes cuz i no you wont be here and i dont wanna fear that your going to be gone someday all i fear is you and the broken smile on my face that u give me when you left i was afraid that your never comeing back but maybe i was just scared to fear the thing that be happening maybe it easier to walk away from everything
    [Chorus]
    it’s all blind i cant see maybe I’m just scared To face the things I feared but i fear i am in tears and because of.you i am afraid i fear that your going to walk out the door and never come back i fear your going to find another man i fear i was never wanted by you