The past week I have spent way to much on iTunes - Now that my girl Madonna has released Hard Candy and as you are well aware we only have 4Minutes - I stumbled on to something really hot for those social media saavy music lovers. Hype Machine takes some of the things we love best about social
networking and combines it with two things almost everyone loves,
finding new music and get artists paid.
Hype Machine is an enormous MP3 blog aggregator that's the love child of
a social networking and music centric Web 2.0 properties Muxtape and last.fm.
So how does it work???
"The Hype Machine tracks a variety of MP3 blogs. If a post contains MP3 links, it adds those links to its database and displays them on the front page.
of the frequently accessed tracks are cached by the Hype Machine
server, much like Google Search caches web pages, to reduce load on the
bloggers' servers and protect their bandwidth.
Those tracks are NOT available for download, but you can preview them via the play buttons that are next to each track.
blog that posted a particular track is identified under every track by
name so you can read more about why they posted it. If you enjoyed a
track someone posted, stop by and let them know!
can purchase CDs and individual tracks by using the "amazon" and
"itunes" links that appear next to most tracks. Each purchase you make
via the Amazon and iTunes links supports both the artists and the Hype
Machine. Please buy and enjoy."
I found it a pretty easy service to play with. I thought it was cool to find out what music is hot in say Tokyo and
Berlin? When you go into the SPY area and it allows you to see different geographic locations.
There is also search by artist, genre,
track capability and of course you can find all your friends to see what they are listening to.