I’ve been excited about a site I recently started using (actually I stumbled across it a while ago, forgot about it, and someone talked me up on it yesterday) called Project Playlist (nice that they have an easy-to-remember URL). It’s a similar concept to a playlisting service called Webjay, which was purchased by Yahoo! in 2006 and then shuttered a few months ago. Essentially you create playlists of media files, namely music, that’s already posted somewhere on the Web. I signed up for Webjay and never used it because I didn’t have an application for it, but that has changed now that I have PP, for a couple reasons off the top of my head:
- The music search engine. Just like Hype Machine has been doing for a while, you can search for an artist and the engine will pull up a bunch of Web-available tracks from that artist and listen to it right there via a Flash button. Comparing it in a search for My Bloody Valentine, first on Hype and then on PP, it’s hard to tell which one is more comprehensive as far as music tracks (Hype definitely wins for comprehensive service, with tour dates and videos thrown in the results page, but sometimes I just want a service to do one thing and one thing well). I do know that on PP I can add a track to any of my playlists — the nature of the service — and on Hype I can favorite/”heart” a track. I don’t think I’d use the latter again because there’s way too much music on the Web and I’d have too many favorites to wade through. I do see the value of separate playlists based on particular moods of music I’m into (or time periods in my life, genres, whatever).
- Keeping track of stuff I like from Other Music. I’ve been a subscriber to the OM weekly email since probably 2001, and I still haven’t found a better way to have the newest and most awesome music curated and described for me every week, with two ~90-second samples accompanying each new release in the email. But until recently OM used *gasp* Real Media to stream files, which means I needed to have the Real player installed on whatever computer I was using to listen to these samples (made it difficult when on the road). They changed that for the better recently, instead sending MP3 samples like most of the modern world has been using since, uh, 2001. SO now I can select tracks from the weekly OM emails that I like (because while I appreciate most of them, I don’t reeeally like them all) and put them into the bestest playlist ever to keep track of them (also because I rarely ever buy music anymore and can’t buy everything I like). You do this in PP by going to “manage playlist songs” and clicking on “Add URL/Link Direct to Playlist”. Bam.
It’s kind of dorky that I get excited about stuff like this, but I just don’t have the patience to search for new music anymore and like it when Web services / social crap of any type actually save me time rather than waste it.