Enso

Music discovery by swiping left or right on song previews

#3 Product of the DayDecember 22, 2015

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Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
I really struggle with music discovery! I'm terrible at it!! I think I'll try this out :) @ivosabev what was the inspiration here? Do you think a preview can give enough of a taste of the song? I'm still in two minds about it! When you have built up your collection of songs you like, are you integrated with Apple Music/Spotify to then add them to your music app of choice?
Ivo Sabev
Maker
@ivosabev · Founder of Enso.fm
@bentossell, I really struggle with music discovery myself, and I think most of us feel the same way. There is so much music out there that we ultimately just cannot decide what to listen to. Then comes Spotify with their magical algorithms or Apple Music with their divine curation, and they say "don't worry we will take it from here and you will listen to what we tell you". But I think they forget that ultimately you are the judge and you are the one that has to decide if you like what you hear or not, and there is no shortcut. So we made Enso and we mixed the best of all worlds - curation, algorithms and your choice to create the music discovery experience that we all deserve. Q: Do you think a preview can give enough of a taste of the song? I'm still in two minds about it! This is a bit controversial. Of course, 30 seconds are not enough to really feel and appreciate the music. To really fall in love with something you have to hear it again and again, and only then you can really decide. But few seconds are enough to say "NO" or "MAYBE". And if you swipe left and give it a "NO" we will make sure you never get bothered by this song again, because we value your time and opinion. And if you swipe right and give it a "MAYBE", then we add it to a playlist, which you can listen to later more carefully and give your ultimate verdict. And if you really fall in love with something in those few seconds, we have integrated YouTube, so you can watch the music video on the spot. Q: When you have built up your collection of songs you like, are you integrated with Apple Music/Spotify to then add them to your music Yes, it is a two step process, where the first step is to find it on Enso and the second is to enjoy it on your favorite streaming service. We have already integrated Spotify and we are working hard to bring the rest like YouTube, Apple Music, Deezer. We would also love to work with services like BandCamp, where the real music gems are hidden. We really want to help the indie artists shine and find their fans, because if you are featured on one of those Spotify playlists, you are already discovered and don't need much of our help. So in a way you can say Enso is like ProductHunt for music :) Thanks! Ivo Founder at Enso.fm
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@ivosabev you have convinced me to download this for sure... I agree, even others tastes and recommendations don't quite fit mine. I like that it goes into a playlist for review later, I think that's something I'll really enjoy using. Will have to download spotify to get the seamless integration then :) I'll let you know how I find the app after using it!
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@ivosabev Do you HAVE to log in via Facebook? Seems the only way at the moment but I don't have my Spotify account linked with Facebook (and don't like linking much with it anyway)... any other options in the pipeline?
Ivo Sabev
Maker
@ivosabev · Founder of Enso.fm
@bentossell we chose Facebook, because of convenience. No one needs yet another username and password to remember. But yeah we will add all options as we grow the product. Just as Spotify, Facebook login as quick way to realize your idea and give it to the people for the much needed validation.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@ivosabev okay :( haha - my Facebook login on my phone broke a few months ago and just cannot be fixed so may not be able to use this!!!! :o
Ivo Sabev
Maker
@ivosabev · Founder of Enso.fm
@bentossell That is unfortunate, we are working on a Twitter login, would that be better than Facebook?
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@ivosabev I'd prefer that as it works on my phone haha... I need to figure out what the issue is with my Facebook login... 🤔
Ivo Sabev
Maker
@ivosabev · Founder of Enso.fm
@bentossell I would love to help you resolve the Facebook issue, if that would make Enso work for you :)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@ivosabev let me do some googling today :) I need it fixed! messes up with my instagram cross-posting too
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@ivosabev got it working! had to allow cookies...duhhh
Ivo Sabev
Maker
@ivosabev · Founder of Enso.fm
@bentossell - a man with a lot of secrets :)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@ivosabev haha! is there a way to disable auto-play?
Ivo Sabev
Maker
@ivosabev · Founder of Enso.fm
@bentossell, no there is no way to disable the auto-play. You have to pay attention, but if you miss a song or change your mind at the last moment, you can shake your phone and it will bring back the last track. You may also shake it more than once.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@ivosabev I like the shake feature! For my personal tastes, I'd like to be able to toggle auto-play on and off :)
Ivo Sabev
Maker
@ivosabev · Founder of Enso.fm
@bentossell What is your rationale/use-case? Also did you try single tap on the cover and the press to hold gestures, you may also swipe the cover in all four directions, not only left/right.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@ivosabev yeah I've had a play around with it :) Well with songs I recognise I can just flick left easily... may be a stupid use-case Also, not sure it needs to play when the app is closed? What if I just miss a song?
Ivo Sabev
Maker
@ivosabev · Founder of Enso.fm
@bentossell if you miss a song it might eventually come back, but yeah, I agree, playing while app is closed is going away with one of our next updates.
Alex Gvozden@mrsteel · Founder, LegalTrek
I am one of the beta testers and I did discover some nice music. It could still use a lot of improvements, but that's exactly why Enso needs you. Download it, play with it and ask Enso to improve it!!!!
Murry Ivanoff@murryivanoff · CEO, Metrilo
I've been using Enso for a while - it's a great way to discover new songs to listen to later on. Keep up the good work, guys!
Volen Vulkov@volen_vulkov
Great job guys! Keep digging :)
Chris Georgiev@chrisgeorgiev · growth engineer, Imagga
The iOS app is cool and sexy, love the retro rotating effect used for the album artwork, reminds me of the vinyl era
Ivo Sabev
Maker
@ivosabev · Founder of Enso.fm
@chrisgeorgiev That is exactly the idea. We want to bring back that feeling of excitement that people had when browsing through piles of vinyl in the local records shop.