Musicovery presents a new way to enjoy music based on emotion as well as genre. Users can log on to the site and select either mod, genre or dance preference. After choosing one, a colorful map of songs is presented showing connections from one song to the next so the user can get a feel for the play list and how songs are related to one another. The colorful genre buttons can be checked or unchecked to suit the listener’s preference. For example, users who dislike rap can uncheck the rap genre button then create their play list.Show more screenshots »
Musicovery founders Vincent Castaignet and Frederic Vavrille of Paris, France decided to pull together and create something new for music lovers. In January of 2006, the pair officially developed the Musicovery website. The unique mood pad was Castaignet’s concept, which added a new way for listeners to select the songs they hear. Beta testing for Musicovery began in June of 2006 with the public launch in November of the same year.
There are a number of streaming radio stations currently available that allow listeners to tailor playlists to their personal preferences by voting on songs. Musicovery decided to take this concept in a different direction by helping listeners’ discovery more music they otherwise would not have. Musicovery allows the user to select and deselect genres then create stations, with options for mood-based music.
The Musicovery website leaves a lot to be desired. Aside from the actual player, the other main element found on the site is a large side bar advertisement. That being said, the player itself is attractive and organized in a logical manner. If viewed on its own, the player provides a colorful way to make genre selections, access favorite songs and artists or choose a mood. The rest of the site is severely lacking and could use some fine tuning, including removal or at least a reduction of third party advertising.
New Musicovery users can create an account by clicking on the “Free registration / Premium account” link at the top of the homepage. A pop up box drifts down onto the screen and asks the user to choose from either a free or premium account. After selecting the account type, users are asked for a screen name, email address, gender, language, and secret question. A check box is also presented that can be clicked to be added to the Musicovery newsletter mailing list.
Musicovery is perhaps one of the more cost effective streaming music applications. Users can select a free account, which allows users to mark songs they enjoy and ban those they do not, however only offers low audio quality and no interactivity on playlists. A premium account costs less than $5 per month and upgrades audio quality, allows playlist interactivity, a favorite songs only play feature, and no advertisements. The price may be worth it, provided the audio quality is severely improved. The free account has very poor audio, which may turn off a potential subscribing listener. The upside is that trying Musicovery for a month is very budget-friendly.
Music lovers who enjoy discovery new artists and songs can really appreciate what Musicovery has to offer. The player itself helps present the songs and their relation in a fun, attractive way, which can entertain the user as they see what various mood lists generate on their personal play lists. The website itself leaves a lot to be desired, however users who plan to add Musicovery to their mobile phone or iPod may not have to worry about visiting the site, anyway.