Mixkit, a recently released iOS app, aims to bring the retro magic of creating and sharing 90-minute mixtapes into the modern age.
You can download the application free of charge on the App Store, and it’s optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. In it, users are indeed able to create mixtapes and send them off to friends using either the contents of their iOS Music app, or an Rdio or Grooveshark account. You can pick the songs you like, and these are usefully arranged by artist, album, or song; it’s also possible to choose a cover for your mixtape, too, using the images stored in the built-in iOS Photos app.
Of course, being a mixtape, your playlist can’t be over 90-minutes; a bar along the bottom of the app will fill up as more tracks are added into Mixkit’s mixtape interface, in order to ensure that users don’t go over this limit. Plus, a handful of icons (arrow up, arrow down, and trash) allow iPhone owners to speedily edit the order of their music or to trash individual tracks. Once complete, you can then save your mixtape and send it off to other Mixkit users for their opinion.
Over in the app’s release notes, here’s how developer Mixsy describes Mixkit:
It’s not just a randomly generated playlist, Mixkit helps you make mixtapes like you did back in the day. When you waited by the radio trying to catch each song just exactly right, so it flowed to fit that 90 minute cassette tape. Selecting the perfect tracks for Side A and Side B. Creating a mood, a meaning and a message with the music you chose. You made them for road trips, for summer parties, for your best friend and your new love. Mixkit celebrates the art, the joy, and the fun of making mixtapes with a mobile app.
If you’ve ever created a mixtape, we think you’ll enjoy taking Mixkit for a spin. It’s nostalgic, sure, but we think the app’s also pretty enjoyable to use – especially if you’re a music aficionado.
You can download Mixkit free of charge on the App Store; it’s ad-free and optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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