There is too much music out there. Who has time to sort through the tens of millions of songs looking for something they might like? And even then, there’s always the nagging fear that there’s something even better to be found, so you’re locked in a cycle of endlessly searching for music that will light up the pleasure centres of your brain.
This is why music discovery apps/sites are increasingly important. We need guidance, teaching, curation–something, someone that can help us sort through everything.
Audials Music Zoom is a new solution to this problem. Some 300,000 artists and millions of tracks are accessible through one global music map, all connected by similarity and popularity. YouTube, SoundCloud and other portals are also linked in. More than 1,000 different genres are represented. And to make sure everything is represented, Audials scans more than 50,000 radio stations to see what’s being played.
Several hundred million signals come in each month, fueling an AI component that powers the map. Users can then drill down through popular genres, finding music that tweaks their interests.
As you float through the map, you’ll see that artists’ names and pictures are rendered in sizes indicating their popularity. More clicks mean deeper dives and more connections.
You can download the app here (Windows only, I’m afraid). There’s no registration needed and it’s free.