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What’s new on The Hype Machine?

Thanks for everyone’s comments in the preceding post. We’ve been reading and discussing them plenty, stay tuned.

While we tweak the current site, here is:

What’s New in this version of Hype Machine

Favorite anything on the site. Tracks, blogs, searches or other users. Just click on the hearts where they appear and they will immediately be added to your dashboard page.

Dashboard page (looks like http://hypem.com/yourusername, here’s mine, Taylor’s, Scott’s and Zoya’s): shows your favorite tracks, and blogs, searches, people you are watching and who is watching you. You can also share this page with your friends – give them the URL and they can see what you’ve been enjoying on the site.

Love feed: a customized feed assembled from your favorite blogs, searches, and favorites of people you’ve found interesting on the site.

Twitter integration: as you favorite anything on the site, you can share this with the world via Twitter. You can see what it looks like here: http://twitter.com/sights_set

Built-in Video Search: See relevant video right in any search page, powered by Chime.tv

DRM-Free Music Store Search: as you search the site, we search a long list of digital music stores that carry MP3s or DRM-Free AAC files. Then you can see what we found right on top of the page. (Note: we are currently adjusting this feature to include more services and operate faster)

In-page audio player: you can preview any track that has the familiar play triangle next to a heart. The track plays while you are on that page.

What’s NOT new

With the new look and all these tools, many things also stayed the same.

We keep track of the best music blogs on the web. Still doing that, and now we expose even more context for all the amazing content we find. After all, the reason any music matters on the Hype Machine is because writers around the world have found it fascinating enough to write about.

Live Internet radio powered by music blogs. We assemble the most popular, interesting tracks being blogged around the world into one eclectic radio stream.

Instant search: As you are exploring the universe of music blogs, you can quickly see all activity around any band that comes to mind.

Thanks again for all your feedback, and welcome to the new Hype Machine.

Welcome to the NEW Hype Machine!

Long story short: we wanted to punctuate the release of the New Hype Machine with something unusual.  Inviting 10,000 strangers to watch that moment together fit the bill. We spent lots of long nights looking over all the details and getting the service ready for you.  And so we wanted everyone to know about it and see it. So that’s what we were thinking.

To those who joined us and waited – THANK YOU.  At 5:23PM EST we had a whopping 3888 people watching.  Thank you for putting up with us, even while the service was not available.

Looking over the data now, we’d hit 10,000 if we keep the site closed for 39 more hours.  That, however, is simply too long to wait.  And so:

Welcome to the New Hype Machine.  We can’t wait to hear what you think!
Go Play!

Keep the emails coming!

To everyone currently playing with the Hype Machine Beta:

Thank you for your feedback and thoughts!

Not all of the messages have yet been answered, but all have been read, and fixes for many things already applied.

This has been really helpful, thanks guys!

If you have any more questions, raves, rants or ideas – we want them: http://hypem.com/contact

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Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about.

We've handpicked over 800 great music blogs and then present what they discuss for easy analysis, consumption and discovery.

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