Strings

Use emojis to create and discover mood-based playlists

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andrew konoff
Maker
@andknf · full-stack pancake
Hello Product Hunters! I'm here to read your mood and answer questions about strings.fm and our wonderful mood-learning algorithm, Aura. I'm also going to test the limits of Product Hunt's emoji-display capabilities! 💙😽😎
Ben Yoskovitz
Hunter
@byosko · Entrepreneur, investor & author
Built by an ex-employee of mine, Andrew Konoff (@andknf), who had to learn iOS development on his own from scratch (which is pretty cool!)
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Ha! I dig it. Unfortunately it's limited to Rdio premium users. :sad face:
Ben Yoskovitz
Hunter
@byosko · Entrepreneur, investor & author
@rrhoover For now that's true. But Andrew will be adding other services as well. We should get him in here to answer questions.
andrew konoff
Maker
@andknf · full-stack pancake
@byosko @rrhoover Hey guys - you're right Ben, next up is Spotify. Early users will get early access - I believe you are familiar with this mechanic, Ryan :)
Micah Baldwin@micah · Old Founder. Grey hairs and everything.
@andknf already broke it. Do you remember moodlogic? Similar concept of trying to map songs via "mood." They had major data integrity issues. Are you using Echonest or something to determine what kinda mood a song is?
andrew konoff
Maker
@andknf · full-stack pancake
@micah I'm sorry to hear that man! Can you send me a description of what happened when it exploded? I would be very grateful, as I'm a one-man show and need all the eyes on tech issues I can get. andrew@strings.fmnnI wish I could say I used Moodlogic, I would love to know how they did things and what they learned. Did you use it enough to have any favorite features? And yep, currently, we do link songs up using Echonest.
Micah Baldwin@micah · Old Founder. Grey hairs and everything.
@andknf no - was commenting that you broke producthunt's emoji support. I used ML years and years ago. The biggest issue was song profiling. There is a Spotify app that does a decent job, but honestly the best "mood" playlists have always been hand curated. Curious as to the tech.
andrew konoff
Maker
@andknf · full-stack pancake
@micah gah, typo there and I'm on my phone. The email is actually andrew@strings.fm
andrew konoff
Maker
@andknf · full-stack pancake
@micah hah phew! Bug squad on lower alert. Aura, the algorithm that powers the app, uses lots of different song features as well as user event data to rank moods and then determine if they've been ranked well. nnBeyond the tech, what makes a string meaningful is that you do curate enough of it that it says something about who you are. We just help you so that you don't have to pick 20 tunes to create a playlist you love, leaving you free to enjoy the moment you're in.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@andknf @michah we really need to add custom PH emojis. I'll add to the trello board, beneath the million other things we have planned. :)
andrew konoff
Maker
@andknf · full-stack pancake
@rrhoover :superhappyface:
Micah Baldwin@micah · Old Founder. Grey hairs and everything.
@rrhoover "under a million other things we have planned." clearly your product prioritization skills are upside down.
Micah Baldwin@micah · Old Founder. Grey hairs and everything.
@andknf interesting. Check out http://open.spotify.com/app/mood... - for when you start thinking about Spotify. I am a big lover of mood-based curation. Songza and Spotify mood playlists are great, just really hard to improve on curation; and really hard to scale curation. Hard and interesting problem.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@micah you're right. We should have shipped with emoji support. P1.
Dawson WhitfieldHiring@dawson_whitfield · Founder @ Logojoy
Saw @andknf demo this - it's really freakin' cool. The experience is almost like an adventure.
andrew konoff
Maker
@andknf · full-stack pancake
@dawsonwhitfield thanks holmes. *begins singing* Adventure time, c'mon grab your friends...