Whyd, everyone's music playlist (Free) by Whyd allows anyone to be their own music curator and share their favorite tunes with others from all over the world. Think of it as the Pinterest for music. Whether you’re in the mood for music discovery or music sharing, Whyd is the app to help you do just that.
I love music — it’s just a big part of my life. It’s something I always go to when I’m feeling down, angry, or even happy. Music is soothing, and it’s really hard to imagine what life would be like without music, right? It’s just fitting for all situations, and a great way to help us calm down. While we all have our favorites, discovering new music may be a bit harder to do. Fortunately, Whyd is a service that helps you find your next favorite track.
To be honest, I haven’t used Whyd before, until now, since they came out with an iPhone app. However, because I now know of its existence, I’ve installed the bookmarklet on my desktop browser to easily save tracks. With Whyd, users are able to collect their favorite songs from several sources on the Web, including YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, Deezer, and more, right to your Whyd profile. You can sign in or sign up for a new account from the web, or even right from the iPhone app. For faster access, you can even connect your Facebook profile.
The interface of the iPhone app is lovely. The design is simple, intuitive, and downright beautiful. Whyd features light typography that is easy to read, and icons are light but still recognizable. Once you are logged in to your account, it’s pretty easy to make your way around, because everything is so fast and fluid. To help with music discovery, Whyd will ask you about your favorite music genres, and then provide you with a list of suggested users to follow, depending on similar music taste.
Whyd is split up into four sections, which can be accessed by pulling up the side panel menu with the “hamburger” button in the top left corner. Whyd has Stream, Profile, Hot Tracks, and Notifications.
The Stream is probably where you will spend a lot of time in, especially if you are following people with similar music tastes. You will see your own added tracks and the tunes that are shared by those you are following in this section.
Hot Tracks is another major section that will draw your attention — these are the current popular tracks on Whyd, perfectly tailored to your music tastes. Or, if you’re feeling a bit open minded, you can browse by genre. In fact, I’ve been finding some amazing new tracks from this section, which I would have never known about otherwise. This is by far my favorite section of Whyd to be in, because I’m finding new favorites with each song.
When you find something you want to listen to, just tap on it to start playing it. Whyd will work in the background as well, so you can continue doing whatever while listening to new tunes. If you tap-and-hold a track, you will have the option to quickly like it, or even add it to your own collection via playlist. You can create new playlists while saving a song, as well as add a caption to go along with it if desired.
If you are looking to build up your collection with favorite songs, you can use Whyd’s search feature. From here, you can search for tracks to add, playlists to listen to, and even find other users if you know their username. When searching for a song, Whyd will pull in results from several sources, with each clearly indicated. Finding new playlists from other users is also a great way to find new music, which is basically what I’ve been doing with the app. I wish that you could plug in your other social networks to easily find other friends who also use Whyd, so I hope that they add that in the future.
I’ve only put Whyd to the test for a short while today to test it out, but so far I’m very satisfied with what this service can do. I love music, and this makes discovering new artists and songs easier than ever before. However, in my testing, I’ve found that some tracks won’t play through the iPhone app, perhaps because of limitations from a service’s API, such as Soundcloud. Other tracks may take a while to stream, which I think is also related to the backend of the service the track comes from. Still, the app and service from Whyd is quite enjoyable, and this should be an app for every music lover. I hope an iPad version is coming as well.
I recommend checking out Whyd if you’re a user of the service already, or a newbie like me. It’s a great way to share and discover your next favorite song. You can find Whyd on the App Store on the iPhone for free.