sixtyone summer fun
Jun 10, 2009 | Mobile & Web
WHAT IS IT ?
the sixtyone is a site for discovering great new music from new artists. A band can upload their tracks and using a ‘wisdom of crowds’ model the best of the submissions are surfaced by the sixtyone community in a similar way to social news site digg. Users are given a limited number of ‘hearts’ to vote on music each day and can bolster this number along with their general reputation in the community by selecting songs that others ‘heart’ and bringing new members into the fold.
The reputation system is exceptionally well done with great little alerts prompting you to interact in an unobtrusive way and almost game like feel where you can unlock new statuses and features based upon your standing.
You can select by genre or mood and credits may be purchased to download tracks, tip the bands and purchase merchandise.
WHY IS IT RELEVANT?
I’m a big fan of Pandora both for at home listening and on the go with the iphone application. However, I often find myself feeling a little bit disconnected from the emerging music scene. Sixtyone does a great job of providing a lot of the functionality that makes last.fm and pandora great in a slick interface. I found myself instantly enjoying a lot of the music that had been surfaced by the community and being able to select by mood or genre was a perfect way to find something to work to today.
Another example of an attempt to capture market share in the constantly shifting music industry vs. the web these guys are doing a lot of things right and I’m impressed with the UI, tone and layout.
Hope to see more great things from the sixtyone team.