Musicovery is a new web radio application which allows you to visually customise the genre and style of music you want to listen to, before streaming it through your browser.
Users of the visual search engine MusicPlasma will recognise the design of the site. Essentially, this is MusicPlasma with the added benefit of streaming radio. Founders Frederic Vavrille and Vincent Castaignet are responsible for both sites.
Musicovery allows you to customise your listening by historical period, mood and tempo, as well as the genre of music. You can also choose whether to listen to hits or non-hits, and enable ‘discovery’ mode, which will play you more obscure selections.
One plus-point is that you can listen free of charge without the need to register or download any software. A subscription is charged at £1.50 a month, for which you get higher quality of sound, but not much else as far as I can tell.
Musicovery is visually attractive and, by combining radio streaming with the MusicPlasma search engine, it provides an excellent method of uncovering related music.
I would take issue on a few points though – it lacks a pause/stop button, so you need to leave the site to stop the music playing, and unlike other internet radio sites, it doesn’t allow you to bookmark the tracks you like.
In addition, the site defaults to the French language version every time you access it, so you have to select the language every time. Unless you happen to be French, that is.
There are a number of streaming music services already available on the internet – Pandora provides an excellent service, allowing you to select an artist and playing you similar music, and then there’s E-consultancy's favourite app-du-jour, last.fm.
It is early days for Musicovery. It looks great and its system of choosing tracks according to mood and tempo is appealing, but, with its ability to track your listening habits and bookmark and recommend your favourite tracks, last.fm remains the best in class so far for me.
Interview with Martin Stiksel of last.fm