A Music Discovery App Inspired by an Online Dating App

Maybe you’ve tried Tinder, the app that allows you to look for (and dismiss) hookups by swiping through online profiles.  Fans say it’s a great way to connect with new people.

Now a couple of Tinder veterans (the co-founder and former design VP) have launched Next, which they say is “a place for social music discovery.”

It works like this:  Artists record song clips ranging from 30 seconds to three minutes long. When users open the app, they’re able to browse through the submissions, swiping left to dismiss them or swiping right to if they’re interested. All the clips come up randomly.

Those who have tried it say that it skews pretty young (i.e. lots of bad performances of cover songs) and that there seem to be some pretty low expectations on the part of both submitters and the browsers. But hey, if you’ve got the time, it’s free.

Learn more about Next here and here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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