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While many music apps offer personalised music based on your listening habits over time (an example of machine learning), humans are complicated and our tastes may differ from day to day. Here are apps and tools you can use to create the perfect playlist for you at any given moment.
Gnoosic relies on a search engine called Gnod to recommend new music based on artists or bands you already like. (As an aside, Gnod can also help you discover new books on Gnooks.) Once you’ve provided three artists/bands, Gnod will suggest artists one at a time. You then say whether you ‘like’, ‘don’t like’ or ‘don’t know’ the particular artist, and it continues to adapt according to your answers. It doesn’t create an actual playlist and you’ll have to listen to the music on another website or app, but it’s a great way to discover new artists.
Moodfuse helps you to create a playlist based on how you feel at a particular time. It allows you to select your preferred genre, your energy and happiness levels, and how likely you are to hit the dance floor. Based on this, this super simple website pulls through songs from YouTube and Spotify to create a playlist.
This basic website uses one artist/band as a starting point. Based on your selection, it suggests similar artists/bands. From there, you can select whether you want to listen to a particular artist or request more suggestions. Suggestions are added in a visual map that expands with each addition. You can listen to sample tracks only – to listen to the full song or album, you have to buy the music from the Apple iTunes store.
Mugo is a social media music app. In addition to finding and listening to tunes, you can live share what you’re listening to with others, create playlists, publish stories, and chat with and follow other music fans. The app is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Now that you've curated your perfect playlist, why not listen to it on Vodacom’s new music streaming service? My Muze offers access to hundreds of songs, music videos, music-related news stories and local radio stations.