Create the SoundTrack to Your Life

Nothing brings people together quite the way music does. And the people at Schematic Labs know this, which is why they developed SoundTracking, an app that allows users to share with their friends and other SoundTrackers exactly what it is they’re listening to and loving, moment by moment.

You can tag songs, discover new music, add captions to tracks and build the soundtrack to your life with SoundTracking in a very musical — and visual — way. Click “more” to see for yourself.

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The Intro

You can sign in to the app using Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter. I opted for Twitter, and SoundTracking immediately provided a list of “suggested users to follow.” I imagine it does the same if you choose Facebook or Foursquare.

Post songs you search for, are listening to, or detect via the app, then post them to social media and tag your location and friends.

Post songs you search for, are listening to, or detect via the app, then post them to social media and tag your location and friends.

After you get past all the account and sign-up rigamarole, you’ll get to start exploring. Notice that there are five tabs along the bottom of the screen: Feed, Trending, Add Music, Notes and Profile.

The Verses

In Feed you can get a snapshot of all the action. Check out what the users you follow are listening to; view how many likes, loves, comments and listens those songs have gotten; share a posted song on Facebook, Twitter, via message, via email, or copy the URL to that post; leave a comment; and like or love the song. Plus, all actions are conveniently timestamped. Check out the two tabs at the top of the screen: Posts, and Activity.

See which tracks are trending around the world or right there in your neighborhood, plus catch up on what songs the users you follow are loving.

See which tracks are trending around the world or right there in your neighborhood, plus catch up on what songs the users you follow are loving.

Under Trending you’ll discover music that is receiving copious amounts of attention, namely in the area of listens (although likes and loves don’t hurt either). At the top of the page you’ll notice you can select either Worldwide or Nearby, and I know true audiophiles will make good use of both.

Trending music is displayed via a grid of artist-, album- or user-generated images; tap on any one of them to play a clip of the track and see what it’s all about.

Under Notes you’ll find user actions that are relevant to you. “And what does that mean?” you ask. Well, that means that if you’ve commented on or liked a track another user has posted, SoundTracking will keep you informed of other users who comment on or like that same track.

Discover great music and share tracks via Facebook, Twitter, email, messages, etc., plus post your own great tunes to SoundTracking.

Discover great music and share tracks via Facebook, Twitter, email, messages, etc., plus post your own great tunes to SoundTracking.

“Why would I care about that?” you ask. To which I respond: You would care because this is one way you can discover other users who share your musical tastes. Click on the user’s name to learn more about him or her, as well as view all of his or her Soundtracks. Of course, you can always view your own user info by selecting the Profile tab all the way to the right.

The Chorus

Posting your own Soundtracks to the app is a cinch. Being the avid audiophile you surely already are, there’s no doubt you play some tunes on your iPhone throughout any given day — at work, on a walk, during your commute, etc. While you have a song playing, open the SoundTracking app and tap the middle tab, the Add Music tab.

Search for a song you want to add; detect a song you're listening to; or play a song on your iPhone and the app will allow you to add an artist image.

Search for a song you want to add; detect a song you’re listening to; or play a song on your iPhone and the app will allow you to add an artist image.

Popping up in an array will be three options, which include: post a song via search; post a song you’re listening to; and post a song you’re playing on your iPhone. Like I said, imagine you’re already playing a song on your iPhone, and you want to post it to the app. Simply tap that middle tab, then the headphones icon.

SoundTracking will instantaneously call up whatever it is you’re playing on the iPhone, plus let you add a comment, hashtags, location and an artist image. Decide whether you want to also share your post with Facebook, Twitter and/or Foursquare, tag friends and hit Post. Ta-da!

You have the option of adding a geotag, tagging friends, adding a message plus hashtags, and posting to Facebook, Twitter and/or Foursquare at the same time.

You have the option of adding a geotag, tagging friends, adding a message plus hashtags, and posting to Facebook, Twitter and/or Foursquare at the same time.

By the way, once you post a track, SoundTracking will let you know how many other users are fans of that song, which is pretty cool. And remember that if you’re exploring other users’ Soundtracks in the app and decide you really like a song you preview, you can tap the ellipsis displayed in the top right of the artist image to be taken to the iTunes Store where you can purchase the track. And around and around and around the circle of Soundtracking goes.

The Outro

I like this app. I think they’re doing several things very right, including showing what’s trending; providing users with the ability to comment, like and love other users’ Soundtracks; and displaying a good-looking yet still informative Feed.

I’m hard-pressed, in fact, to find any flaws with this one. I like SoundTracking’s look, I like its functionality; and I like how easy it makes it to interact with other users. I think this app is poised to take off with audiophiles and people who enjoy sharing their personal taste with the public. Give it a try and let me know what you think.


Summary

Sharing the music you're listening to, plus discover tracks with friends, followers and other users.

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  • http://asheyapp.com Muhammad Asyraf Azizan

    Appreciate this made review – it is very helpful!

    Would certainly try this app soon and share it here to explain how much it gets me. To all other who are a big dig for music, you should try this too!

    It just seems that appealing based on its features giveaway, as far as I’m concern. >_<

  • Stranger

    The thing that bugs me about apps is the fact they’ll force you to sign up with a social network. I know it’s easier to “connect with your friends” this way but for the ones of us that don’t actually have Facebook/twitter etc?

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