Looks like the long awaited web 2.0izing of the del.icio.us website is finally here. Very sleek and sexy is my first impression. Take a look at some of the older user interfaces to get a sense for how del.icio.us has evolved until now. Aside from the new look there are new features as well. The […]
?Say hello to FireFox's bigger badder brother, Flock. I just got myself a copy of Flock Developer Preview 0.5pre. I'm testing it out under Win XP and so far it has been quite impressive. Flock is a web 2.0 mozilla based web browser with tagging, rss, blogging, remote bookmarking and other web servicability features. There is a build it "blog this" feature, however I was unable to post to my drupal using xmlrpc. The built in flickr browser is amazing. I tied my delicious bookmarks and now I can manage my links in Flock. There is a built in tag viewer in the Favorites Manager. Oh and there is an RSS reader similar to Safari's, and a nice collection of extenstions too.
So where can you go to discover new thirst quenching music? Sure iTunes, WinAmp and some plugins like Audioscrobbler, and Mobster are nice to suggest/sell you on some new stuff, and from time to time they're on the money. In trying to find instant gratification I started looking for some artificial intelligence services that would recommend new musical groups to me on the fly. Here's what I found:
- Try Folksonomy sites: Upto11, GenieLab
- Social playlists such as WebJay can be a great place to discover new tunes.
- Gnod has a tool with questions and answers, nicely done!
- The same person made music-map giving you a visual map of related artists
- Another visual music map engine done in flash from Live Plasma
- Although in Deutsch Music Recommender suggests actual albums
- AMG lists "Similar Artists", "Followers", and "Influenced By" for each artist
- Most unique of all, MusicStrands, supports tags and has tons of features
I'm off to find some fresh tunes for the spring.