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MOUGG: Your Music, Anywhere

There was a time when we didn’t consider a 150MB MP3 player the norm (we’re looking at you, iTunes). It’s become the cornerstone of our media, but it’s bulky. Sometimes we just want to listen to our music, anywhere.

MOUGG lifts your music off your desktop and drops it in the cloud. From there, use your web browser to play your music. The interface is dead simple, like a brighter iTunes. Build a few playlists and you’ll find yourself right where you left off. Your music, playlists, even album art, are included.

The service gives 1GB of free storage, which is enough to try MOUGG and more than enough to get you through a work day.

It’s clear where MOUGG is headed. All music in the cloud, an HTML web app, lack of Flash, mobile compatible; MOUGG is a free music service designed for the iPhone. And it works on the iPhone. Well, not without quirks. After all, it’s not optimized for the device, as you still use the web interface, and your MP3 files awkwardly play in a QuickTime player. But it demonstrates a proof of concept, so let’s not lose sight of that. There’s an Android app, too.

MOUGG is instantly addictive. After a just a few minutes of use, you’ll forget about Pandora and Slacker Radio and go back to listening to your own music. Once they give the ability to add more storage, MOUGG is sure to be a killer.

The Echo Nest: Comprehensive Music Data

The Echo Nest powers a lot of music recommendation services across the web. But what we really like is they give app developers direct access to their massive music database.

According to them, The Echo Nest is the result of twelves years of research across MIT, Columbia and Berkeley. Its database grows using algorithms we would usually associate with statistics or business intelligence:  data mining, machine learning and a bit of analysis through vocal cues. We see the database extend beyond anything that exists from Amazon.com’s or Apple’s iTunes catalogues, because it contains more than just meta-data. In addition to pulling details from album details, it analyzes tempo and pitch, crawls the web to see how people are describing particular songs or genres, and actually takes into account music trends emerging across social media. Who knew a holistic music database could contain so much detail?

Developers use customary API calls to access the data, and they have a lot of options. Consider the capabilities when you have this data:

Many of The Echo Nest’s commercial clients use the data to power music recommendations, promoting alternatives using any combination of data calls. Where the innovation may lie, however, is within the non-commercial developer community. The Echo Nest’s website houses a showcase of experiments. For example, take Streamograph, which plots an area chart by mashing the hottest artists with their recent news mentions. Or there’s the unofficial Artist Discovery Guide to SXSW, which pipes in data from your Last.fm account and makes recommendations on which SXSW performances best match your music tastes.

The Echo Nest’s terms of use are really well presented, so developers know exactly what’s expected of them before they start. If you’re running a non-commercial music app or service, The Echo Nest is free for use. If you’re running a commercial music app or service, reach out to them for details on using their API.