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Update: Soundflavor is no longer available.

Music is an indispensable part of our culture and with the internet we have almost instant access to a variety of genres and artists like never before. So is it any wonder that free music services flourish?  Are we saturated, yet? I don’t think so.

Soundflavor combines well known music discovery formats with a few more features to make it even more interesting. Basically it is Last.fm or Pandora spruced up with videos, advanced discovery options and easy social network integration. Does that sound good? Let’s dive in and see how it works.

The website is very clear cut and easy to use. On the start page you can enter an artist or song to find music the traditional way. Alternatively, you can browse music by genre, lyrics, decade or go through a list of songs that can be downloaded for free.

Let’s say we’re browsing music by lyrics, which seems like the most unique option. You can select music by lyrical subject or mood. Mellow sounds good. Once you made your selection hit Go.

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In the next step Soundflavor will present a list of matching tunes and even more filter options. To fine-tune the results you can now really go into details and combine all sorts of specifications. I specified the genre, instrument and mood. Et voilà, the tool came up with one of my favorite songs from Coldplay as its number one suggestion.

Once happy with the result, click “Play This Page” and Soundflavor will launch its Video Jukebox (Flash required) in an extra window and begin playing the playlist you still see on the website.

The videos are streamed via YouTube. Hence they can be anything from homemade video clips, live recordings, to the actual, original artwork. Nevertheless, all videos appear to be of high quality and most are in fact original music videos or at least live recordings of the original artist.

Should you like a song, you can make a one-click playlist based on the sound of that song. Should you dislike a video, you can simply skip it. Thankfully there are no limitations as to how many times you can jump straight to the next song. Besides, you can play a song directly from the playlist on the website.

Should you decide to sign up with Soundflavor you can add songs you enjoy to your favorites or save playlists. Within your profile you can access this information and replay the songs or playlists later on. Additionally, you can upload your iTunes playlists and Soundflavor will convert it into video playlists.

You can connect with other users, browser their favorites and playlists, leave comments on their profiles and add them as friends. And you can “Grab Widget”, implement it on your homepage, blog or social network profile and share it with your existing friends.

Certainly established services like Last.fm and Pandora retain unique features and are not endangered. However, Soundflavor opens up a new niche and enhances music discovery by several more options and degrees of freedom. Definitely a great tool!

Try it and let us know what your impression is.

 

  1. Sanny Sames
    January 22, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I worked for FoundSlaver... Upon reading the above review, yeah, it sounds like an application that could be quite useful for, say, film makers who don't listen to music (that WAS our target client, by the by; that and clueless ad men). However, without getting into the politics or [lack of] business angles, let's talk about the dangers of automating creative decisions... Quite simply, they cease to be creative. Not by definition, obviously, as the program DOES (did?) generate content, but I think that underestimating the public's "mundanity radar" will prove to be a fatal mistake. You can hire as many company freaks as you want, download their brains, and package ther tastes, but if you put you trust in an algorithm, you'd probably make more money analyzing your own thought process and selling the decoded findings to a religious institution, or perhaps the C.I.A., based upon the same "mood", "subject" and "tone" parameters you had your gaggle of hired taste-makers implement. In other words, you have no soul. Just find ONE person, at a time, who does. Let them help you find a sound-track to your Mini Cooper commercial, and skip the gagamatic stripdenominator subscription based, failure-prone rip-off bot. You're evil capitalists, not morons, right? Right? Oh, nevermind.

  2. 1fastbullet
    November 26, 2008 at 2:04 am

    This might be a very cool thing,,, but only if, unlike Pandora, it works in Linux.

    I had used and enjoyed Pandora for a long time via WinXP and had accumulated a large number of "radio stations" and favorites.
    Unfortunately, after building my new computer as a Linux-only machine, I was unable to open Pandora- it hangs up while opening every time.
    According to the folks at Pandora, the problem has to do with Adobe Flash player for Linux and they (at Pandora) have notified Adobe of a needed fix that has yet to be addressed.

    I look forward to giving this Soundflavor thing a good test-drive in the hope that it will prove to be a good substitute for Pandora. I'll return to this page and add to it again once I know the result of my effort.

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