I defy you to guess what kind of music I want to listen to when I feel sexy, Stereomood!
Just not possible! Seriously. Because for any woman it might be princess sexy or dominatrix sexy or anything in between, and they all have different soundtracks. Right? Plus, it looks like a bunch of 25-year-old guys (mostly) put together the playlists (there is a “sitting on the toilet” playlist…). And how could they know that if I’m drinking and listening to music, it’s usually Queen or Deftones? (You see? Two different soundtracks for different drinking modes: maudlin and mad.) Nonetheless, Stereomood is a nice idea, and a fun way to break yourself out of your own mold (always a good thing) and explore some fresh indie music.
They have very cleverly created a home screen that makes you eager to dive in. The playlists scroll from side to side, and all you have to do is tap one to get started. If you don’t want to wait, click the list icon at the bottom and scroll through the alphabetically ordered, grownup-style list.
Clicking a playlist launches the first song in the list. If you don’t like it, you can jump to the next song. If you love it, click MORE above the record and buy it, get more info, or share. Want to listen to it through your sound system? Click the TV screen icon at the bottom right to beam the music to your system by AirPlay (on iOS — not sure about Android because it was New Year’s Eve last night and Sam tells me she rolled home some time after sunrise with a dead phone and missing charger, so she can’t help). To see the whole playlist, grab the tab at the bottom and pull it up. Tap any song to start it playing.
There are many other features, but you don’t need them to enjoy the app. For example, you can assign your own tags to songs. I tagged one “sweet,” but then was never able (as in, it took me more than ten seconds) to figure out how to search for songs by tags. You can create a profile (the last thing I need is another profile). You can create an “emotional state of the week.” Again, not easy to figure out how to do (ten-second rule), and I don’t really care. I have Mr Mood if I can’t figure it out for myself.
The music is gathered and curated from all over the Web, and it’s not random crap recorded by 12-year-olds in a garage. There’s some excellent and interesting music available. You can also listen through the Stereomood website, but I can hardly stand looking at it! The app is much more visually appealing.
Pamela Poole put on her red cowboy boots and moved from San Diego to Paris in 2006. She's a translator and tech blogger who believes the Internet is the fountain of youth.
01. January 2013 by Pam
Categories: Artsy, Entertaining, Fun, Music | Tags: android app, apps for women, indie music app, iphone app, music app, music discovery app, Pam, social music app, soundcloud, Stereomood | 1 comment