Sharing what we’re listening to is all the rage nowadays — a trend that’s made all the more verifiable by the entree of yet another music-sharing app onto the scene: Soundshare.
SoundShare is an iOS app that functions a lot like Instagram mixed with Facebook’s new integration with music apps (you know, the one that broadcasts everything you’re listening to on apps like Spotify to the social network): You fire up the app, create a profile, go to your iTunes from within SoundShare, and listen at will. Everything you listen to via the player in your app will be listed on your profile.
But what’s sharing without friends? Like in Instagram, you can search for and follow other users and listen to what they’re jamming to, as well as comment on and “Like” songs. One drawback is that you can plug the app into Facebook and Twitter to share tunes via those networks, but you can’t find friends thusly. This functionality would be useful (hint, hint, guys).
So how does this app stack up to services like Soundtracking, which allows users to tag places with images and songs? Well, it’s a lot more stripped-down. For one, you can’t add photos to your songs as you can in Soundtracking. You can’t add location, either, unless you do so when sharing via social channels. Also, you only have access to songs via iTunes — and when others listen to songs that you share, they can only check out previews. Naturally, they can purchase those songs and add them to their own libraries, but they can’t check out the whole jam.
Still, the desire to share music listening patterns with others appears to be there. Soundtracking recently scored $4.75 million in funding in a round led by Accel Partners (who also back Facebook, DropBox, Spotify and StumbleUpon). And, since Facebook launched its music app integration, people have shared their listening activity more than 1.5 billion times with their friends on the social network.
SoundShare might not have the functionality of Soundtracking, but it will appeal to those users who want a simple way to keep up-to-date on what their friends are listening to via iTunes.
By Brenna Ehrlich