I like to think myself as fairly tech-savvy but there are still certain things that make me step back in amazement. Friends who are experts in Microsoft Excel are one, the things some of them can make data to do is amazing. The same is true of programmers. Ever since struggling to create a movable box on my first ZX Sinclair Spectrum I’ve been in awe as to how people can manipulate information to get it do wonderful things.
Social search is one such phenomena. Not really rocket science, it is based simply upon the premise of linking two things with each other but what you can do with that is amazing. ‘Recommendation’ links are the same. What did we do before them?
So the latest big wow in the app world, is not really a surprise but still quite inspiring – in fact its success is built upon you and your friends inspiring each other, in terms of music.
Exfm has been around for a while as a Google Chrome extension but is now available as an iPhone app. Integrated with social media tools like Last.fm, Twitter and Facebook it analyses friends musical suggestions with your own tastes as ‘noted’ during your online time. The result a musical journey listing songs pertinent to you with a playlist even the most dedicated of iTunes users would struggle to perfect.
For the full experience you need the web version installed too. Then when out and about online you choose to ‘note’ tracks you think worthy, as you would with say the Facebook like button. Collect and share via social networks and follow others – like Twitter – that you think might share similar tastes.
The tool will also scrobbling your tracks to last.fm effectively helping you ensure your favourite songs are available in the cloud.
There is no way to yet upload existing mp3 files already on your PC, but expect that soon with music in the cloud set to become a big asset later this year.