If you’ve been watching my blog the past few weeks, you have probably noticed my high interest in finding music. Don’t know why, but music has just been a personal buzz word lately for me. The other day, I posted about Liveplasma and Brian had mentioned in the comments that it couldn’t find some music. So, I decided to take a look for another service that may be of use for him and my visitors. I ended up at Musicmobs, a music intelligence or discovery service. “Musicmobs is a place for you to find new music, discover new things about what you already listen to and meet people that like the same music as you (or different music if you are feeling adventurous).”

Musicmobs has a great method of finding music by allowing members to actually upload their iTunes Library files (XML) and add the music to their collection. In doing this, the service can immediately help you find music of interest. I imported the my iTunes Library of around 2,000 songs and here is what my account looked like after 10 seconds of signing up: bbenzinger’s music (now you know what I listen to). After seeing this, I was quiet impressed on how easy that was.


(Screenshot from listing my songs in Musicmobs in order of Most Played)

First, to give you an idea of what is capable with Musicmobs, go to the main page and look on the left column where it says, “Get Recommendations.” You will see three text boxes. Fill those in with three artists/bands you like and click on the “Recommend” button. It will then fetch artists/bands that are related to those that you have entered. For me, the list returned an excellent selection. For each name that comes up, you will see an iTunes icon on the side of it. Click on that and it will bring up a page to open up iTunes Music Store so you can sample the artist. I love that feature and if I like the album, I will buy it and add it to my library.

Next, what you want to do after signing up is to download the Mobster application that is available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. This makes the whole experience of finding music easier by bringing the results up in the application instead of having to go to the website and logging in. Below is a screenshot of the application in action on Windows. So, once downloaded, open the application. It will then ask you to play a song in iTunes so it can search for related music.

You can see that I have started playing in iTunes, Say Anything. Mobster picked this up and automatically search for groups in relation to them. On the left column, it returns the bands that you already have in your library that are a match and on the right, it shows groups that do not exist in your library. This is really nice because now I don’t have to look through one list with music that I already have. You will also see two selection boxes on the bottom, one under the left column and one under the right. I set them both to Search in Mobster. Now, when you select a song, it will search mobster for that selection and refresh the lists with the new results that are related. If I see a band that I am interested in on the right column, I go to the dropdown and select Open Musicmobs Page. Now, when I select an artist I do not know, it will bring me to the website allowing me to view albums, songs, and members that are fans of the artist. This allows me to even further get more information and relations. On the left column, if I find a band that I like that is in my library, I change the selection to Play in iTunes so that I can just click on the name and it will then start playing their music in iTunes.

What I have said about Musicmobs is not all there is too the service, there is a lot you can do. I recommend signing up (its Free!) and giving it a try. Go find some music! And, Brian, let me know if that helped you!

View Musicmobs: Music Intelligence.


5 Comments on “Musicmobs: Music Intelligence”

  1. Brian P says:

    Hey Brian,

    Sounds interesting, but I don’t use iTunes. :) I am a huge fan of AudioScrobbler ( http://www.last.fm/user/brianpipa/ )though and have found lots of music through it. I also frequent http://3hive.com

    Brian

  2. Richard Dunlop-Walters says:

    If I used iTunes, I’d think it was great. I have yet to find an intelligent way of finding new music. last.fm’s (formerly audioscrobbler) recommendations are far too loose and often not at all related to music I listen to, often music I already have and is in my last.fm artist/track list, and (gasp) often music I don’t like.

    LivePlasma is a nice concept, there are a few other services like it, but I don’t find it very nice to use at all.

    At the moment the best method I have of finding new music is uh, “buying” anything marketed within genres I like – which leaves it very broad and 9 times out of 10, I end up disappointed.

  3. Brian Benzinger says:

    Haha, know what you mean Richard. I am an iTunes lover and wouldn’t go any other way to organize my music.. but then again I have an iPod so I don’t have much of a choice anyway =p

    Last.fm is still a huge plus for me and I have absolutely loved it from the beginning. Although, I have around 1000 played songs now on it, but because of this.. it seems to be giving me a smaller range of music. I click next on the radio and it just changes the song, but stays in the same Artist and Album quite a bit now. I Still love it though as I have found a great deal of music from it.

    As for Musicmobs, I have made a great list and my brother was extremely happy with it with the 3 name recommendation thing on the main page. We went to the mall today and purchased 5 new CD’s we found from Musicmobs. Excellent :)

    Thanks for the comments guys.

  4. Richard Dunlop-Walters says:

    I think last.fm is all well and good if you have a lot of music played, and listen mainly within one genre. But I have almost 5,000 songs played, and you’d think it might throw up a few good recommendations, but because what I listen to is so varied – house, indie, metal, techno, idm, hip-hop, etc – it throws up a load of crap I know already, or that I’m not even slightly interested in. It’s a long time since I got a recommendation that was new to me, too. last.fm leans too much towards the mainstream, and not enough obscurer stuff.

    Ah well. Enough complaining.

  5. Brian P says:

    Huh – I find it just the opposite – last.fm recommends a BUNCH of stuff to me that is not mainstream and stuff I have never heard (of) before. I listen to a wide variety of music too, though mpstly indie/alterbative latey.

    brian
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