Earlier this year I reviewed LuckyPennie, a music-sharing app that feels like Instagram. Instead of photos and videos, LuckyPennie has songs and concert listings.
Entrepreneurs and app-builders are trying to solve a perceived digital problem: How can people easily share songs they like with their friends? LuckyPennie, PingTune, and Tango are a few of the apps that are tackling this supposed problem.
I’m not really convinced that a dedicated music-sharing app will become the next Instagram, Snapchat, or Vine. However, it is pretty annoying that I have to copy SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or YouTube links and then go to Facebook, Twitter, or iMessage to share them with my friends.
Musx launched in February for iOS. It has the same basic idea as LuckyPennie, but has some notable differences.
The app gives users a place to share and discover music. They won’t say how many users they currently have, but Musx has now been downloaded in 100 countries.
On Musx, users create a profile and add friends. The homepage shows either a feed of music from friends, or what’s most popular across the entire app. Songs from SoundCloud and YouTube can be shared.
Your friends probably aren’t on Musx, so if you want to use the app you’ll have to troll around and discover users with similar taste. Some bands and venues that I like use the app, such as GEMS and U Street Music Hall.
Musx has also added group playlists in their newest update. You and your friends can collaborate on a playlist that updates in real time, even if you are currently listening to it.
Co-founder John Reardon says: “By making it easy for everyone to contribute, music becomes more active, inclusive and enjoyable, like having a free jukebox at every party.” (Kind of like Gramofon)
So, are music sharing-apps the next big thing? That remains to be seen…
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