Flock to Web 2.0

?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.

Musical Intelligence

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.