ContexTube, the Music Discovery Mashup We Asked For

Allen Tipper
Jun. 24 2011, 02:00PM EDT

In our writeup on Seevl, we mentioned that using the Seevl API to add context to Youtube videos would be ideal. Well, apparently, it was thinking along exactly those same lines. I talked briefly with Alexandre Passant, who is one of the main people at Seevl, and we talked about the company's new mashup, and its future plans for the API.

ConexTube is a Google Chrome plugin that uses the Seevl API to add information to YouTube music video pages. After installing it, it'll add the information in a box to the right of the Youtube video, if you play one that it can add information to. It looks something like this:

It includes a relevant write-up, and links to more information such as the band's biography. It talks a little more about it in the official announcement post:

So, here we are, we’ve built ContexTube, and just released it on the Chrome Web Store. This simple extension brings context to music videos on YouTube, and lets you discover more stuff ! As soon as you install it, you should get direct access to the biography of the artist playing, a fact-sheet (genre, label, band members, collaboration, timeframe and more), a topic-list, and some recommendations.

In order to make the discovery of new music as smart as possible, we provide two ways to get recommendations. The first one is a simple “suggested videos” tab, that provides videos for the top-10 recommendation for the artist you’re browsing, based on our algorithm. As you can see in the following screenshot, we also add a short bio for each recommended artist, so that you know if that’s worth playing or not.

In our interview, Alexandre said that they are also planning on an iPhone app. They aren't planning on doing an Android app themselves, but with the API as it is, this would be an amazing add-on to GhostTown, an existing Android app that indexes and allows you to make playlists from any searchable song. Gizmodo gave GhostTown a pretty good writeup.

GhostTown is a music aggregating app that's definitely worth a peek—assuming it doesn't violate some part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that the RIAA would inevitably use to destroy it.

A lot of the appeal is in its simplicity. Just search for the artist, song, or album, and GhostTown sifts through the interwebs looking for a match. When it finds one, it plays it.

Adding this sort of music discovery functionality to GhostTown would be pretty simple, and unobtrusive if done well. I look forward to seeing what else can be done with this well-designed API.

Allen Tipper Allen Tipper is a Computer Science generalist with a wide range of interests. After graduating in 2008, he's been programming for and specializing in mobile devices, as well as social media websites. As a programmer, APIs are rather important to him, as he finds using them in his software amazingly fun.

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