Published on August 9th, 2019 | by Alan Cross


A new app allows audiences to stream the playlists of athletes and other celebrities.

If you watch sports, you’ll have seen athletes wearing headphones to pump themselves up. You might have wondered “What does [insert name here] listen to when it comes to putting their game face on?”

This is exactly what went through the head of Detroit Lions lineman Jason Fox as the team warmed up for a game with Carolina. As he watched Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton getting ready, he pondered how many people in the stands would love to listen to Newton’s warm up music, too.

That was the beginning of Earbuds (I know! How did he get that name?), a social media playlist-sharing app designed to bring fans closer to athletes. The Austin-based startup has been in beta since February and is currently negotiation with various NFL players to use the app for the upcoming season.

And it’s not just athletes. Fox has dreams of signing on various entertainers who’d be willing to share their playlists with fans.

Yes, it’s a derivative of previous social media apps like, but almost all social media music platforms are extinct.

Learn more about Earbuds here. And the app is available on iOS.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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