8Tracks: Music Curated

13 Nov
8tracks - handcrafted internet radio

8tracks: handcrafted internet radio. Their apps are pretty cool, too.

I’ve become fascinated with the playlist curation site, 8tracks. It allows users to upload songs from their personal libraries as playlists with tags and cover art, then share, browse and comment on playlists of other members. All for free. Think of it as cloud-based mixtapes with social functionality included (comments, tags, profiles, etc.).

I’d been a casual listener of the site for a while (and similar sites like Pandora and Blip.fm), but only when hosting an ’80s-themed party recently did I fully get into the full 8tracks experience.

The two above were the perfect soundtracks. Turns out there are scores of ’80s playlists already hand-picked and battle-tested by folks who care enough to share them with the world. And now I’m making my own playlists – which embed beautifully here:

My 8tracks playlists: singles, covers, guitars…

It’s been fun for me to see who likes these and then to check out their playlists myself. As a person who enjoys discovering new music perfectly suited to my tastes, this is rather exciting, as I now have several promising playlists to explore. Heck, TIME magazine even named 8tracks the best site of 2011. If you’re into discovering and sharing music, you should definitely give 8tracks a try.

What do you think? Have you ever used 8tracks? Is there a similar music discovery site that you recommend? Let us hear from you in the comments.

4 Responses to “8Tracks: Music Curated”

  1. She Listens, She Reads, She Speaks. November 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Thanks for the pingback. Great write-up of a great website!

    • rsmithing November 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      Right on, my Buckeye friend. Cool post you got there, too.

  2. davidporter November 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Hey thanks Richard – appreciate the kind words on the service, and glad you’re liking it!

    • rsmithing November 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. David Porter, CEO/Founder of 8tracks and supporter of the blogosphere. Thanks very much for checking out my post, man. I was a big Live365 fan back in the day, too.

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