New app cuts out Bieber-mania
WEBSITE CREATES CUSTOM MUSIC CHARTS
For those tired of music charts dictated by 13-year-old girls and the Beliebers there may be a solution in the form of a new app.
Herne Bay resident Anthony Gardiner has developed 25mostplayed.com, a new website dedicated to creating custom music charts based on what interests each listener.
It could signal the end of the top 20 music chart replacing it with playlists selected by users based on a selected age-range, location, interest or genre.
The 33-year-old started developing the site last year as a means of discovering what people were listening to as opposed to buying.
‘‘I’ve always found people’s 25 most-played playlist on iTunes a really interesting insight into their personality, so whenever I meet a new person I always look at what their 25 most-played are.’’
Initially the site was designed just for that purpose but he soon discovered that by blending the demographic data provided by each user with their music listening habits filters could be put in place which would allow others to create custom playlists and discover new music.
‘‘It fascinates me to use social media data to do interesting stuff,’’ he says.
‘‘Sites like Spotify are fantastic but there’s 20 million songs and I don’t have time to listen to thousands of songs.
‘‘I miss the days of making a mixed tape for your mate with 25 songs on it.’’
Unsurprisingly Justin Bieber is absent from most people’s lists but bands like the Rolling Stones have also failed to appearances.
The app is still in stage one of its development but Mr
many Gardiner hopes that as it grows he will be able to have the most definitive answer to the question of what the most popular song of all time is.
‘‘We’re talking about the most listened to song of all time cumulatively versus the one that has sold the most singles – which I think is a much more accurate measure of what songs are popular,’’ he says.
Top 20 music charts around the world are completely irrelevant once you pass the age of 13, he says.
‘‘Using it myself I’ve found a lot of cool music, some that I’ve forgotten about a long time ago but also a lot of new music that I’ve never heard before.’’
Once signed up users, who currently range in age from 13 to 60, just continue listening to music as usual.
Mr Gardiner admits some people could be put off using the app by their potentially embarrassing favourite songs.
‘‘Everybody has their guilty pleasures, it’s just whether everyone is brave enough to stand by them which I think they should be.’’
He proudly claims Push the Button by English girl group Sugababes as just one of his.
Both Apple and Facebook have shown interest in the app, he says.
In the future he hopes to use Facebook’s ‘‘check in’’ function so people can check in at places like bars, shops or parties and have music they want play on the stereo.
Your tunes: Anthony Gardiner is hoping to answer the question what is the most popular song of all time with his new app 25mostplayed.com.