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Friday, April 15, 2011

Looking for some new music? Try Musicovery!

I know there is no shortage of websites out there that serve to introduce listeners to new music. Popular tools such as Pandora,, the Ping tool on iTunes and others have been around for quite a while. And while I'm not dogging any of those (although I'll admit that I have absolutely no experience with Ping), I've found a fun new tool to use.

Musicovery is an interactive tool, more of a toy, really, that allows audiophiles to explore music based on mood, style, artists and more. What makes Musicovery unique and fun is a color-coded map that shows you what you're listening to.

Say you're in the mood for some dark, energetic 80s rock? Well, you can indicate on a clickable graph just how energetic and dark you want your music.

The squares you see light up and show a color based on where it falls on the graph. As you scroll over each square, a clip of a song fitting that style will play. You can narrow your choice down by finding a clip to suit your mood.

Once you narrow down the mood you want, you are brought to the above screen where you will see the songs Musicovery has selected for you. From here you can narrow it down to different genres and years--for example, jazz from the 50s.

You can also choose to hear hits--popular bands and songs most people will know--or discovery. If you unclick hits and choose just discovery, you're more likely to find an obscure band you can learn to love.

As you listen to music, you have the option to "favorite" songs to come back to later, or search for the songs or artists on iTunes or Amazon.

In essence, it's just another music searching site. What I like about it, really, is the colorful interface, the fun addition of searching by mood and the ability to narrow things down to find more obscure music you might not hear on Pandora.

The service is free or subscription-based. I feel no need to subscribe to services like this, but I've read in other reviews of Musicovery that the music quality is better if you pay, which is to be expected.

--Danielle Capriato

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