Add Craaave to the list of apps created to “address the lengthy, messy process of sharing music with friends”. The list is long, and getting longer, but I think Craaave (a “small bootstrapped operation”) excels where other apps do not.
Many music-sharing mobile apps make the process even more confusing by adding video, photo, and other bells and whistles.
Craaave stays true to its mission, it’s a beautifully designed music messaging iOS app that allows users to send songs to their contacts.
The app is free in the app store. Users can type to search for songs, or they can use audio recognition technology to identify and send a song. Craaave integrates with iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Deezer, and Rdio, making the music accessible to a wide variety of people.
The outbox shows users when their friends have listened to a song, and whether they saved it, which is reminiscent of Facebook and iOS messenger. If a user presses down on a song, the app will favorite the track in the corresponding music service.
I only have two complaints to make about Craaave, besides the app’s confusing name. First, I wish it had an easily accessible list of contacts using the app. This list only pops up once you select a song to send, so it’s hard to know when a new friend has joined the app.
Second, the app hasn’t been widely adopted yet. The only contact I have on the app is someone who works at Craaave. This issue will only be solved over time, and prospective users could just invite their entire friend group to join.
I’m seriously considering convincing my crew to join as an alternative to sharing music on our secret Facebook group.
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