I enjoy music. My problem is that I am extremely lazy when it comes to finding and purchasing music. In fact, I haven’t really bothered to acquire new music in a couple months. Right now this isn’t so much of an issue as I live with three other guys, two of whom love to find new music. Needless to say, when I’m hanging out with people they are usually the ones dealing with playing music for everyone. But I run into a problem when they are out and all of the sudden the responsibility to play music for friends falls on me. Sure, I have some playlists I like. Maybe I’ll try to use some services like Pandora that will figure it out for me, but even then I need to choose a song for Pandora to gauge the future songs off of. But sometimes I want to play music that I heard my friends playing which I don’t have and don’t know the name of.
We’re entering a new stage of ‘always on’ devices. For example, If you have the new Moto X then it is always listening to you in case you tell it to do something. I think an incredibly useful application of always on devices would be for my phone, or computer, or whatever I’m using to automatically tag whatever songs I hear and then store them in a list which I can navigate. For example, let’s say that last night my friends had played twenty different songs while everyone was hanging out. Tonight I know that I want to hear some of those songs. I should be able to take out my phone, enter a music app, and see an organized list of all the songs that I had heard.
The songs I have heard would automatically be grouped into listening times. That is, when people play music they typically play a couple of songs in a row which should be grouped together. For example, let’s say that while I was driving with my friend he had played six different country songs. (I do have a house mate who likes country, and it is a genre which I like but have very little of in my collection) When accessing my ‘heard’ list I would see a grouping of songs that were tagged with the time when we were driving. Maybe the service would even store a gps location to make navigating the songs a little easier. Then, I can hear previews of the songs I heard to see if I want to purchase them and save them to my collection. Songs that I already have in my collection would probably show up as a different color to make reviewing the lists that much more simple.
Imagine how much easier it would be to acquire new music if you automatically had a list of all the songs you have heard. With current tagging systems you need to realize you like a song and think to tag it, something I often don’t do. Plus taking out your phone and tagging them can interupt your conversations. This would solve that problem. Just picture that time your friend brought you to someone’s house who you didn’t know. They are in a different social group and listen to different music, but that music was awesome wasn’t it! But ahh what was it called? You didn’t spend all night tagging all of the songs, but that beat made you want to dance all night. Not a problem, just go to the list of songs you heard that night and dance in the shower tomorrow morning.