Machine Shop: Hype Machine Team Blog

Some more updates

We’re always making new stuff, but we frequently forget to tell you about it. Sorry :/ Here’s what we’ve been working on in addition to our site redesign:

Zeitgeist: We’ve meticulously restored all four years of our Zeitgeists (2007-2010). Browse, remind yourself of some great music you may have forgotten, and sign up to be notified when Zeitgeist 2011 launches.

Twitter @s: When you share a track on Twitter, we @ the artists to let them know people are talking about their music. Catch an incorrect Twitter handle? Let us know.

Blog shuffle: One of our members wrote in asking if he could shuffle a blog page, to discover some older tracks he may have missed. Now you can choose “Shuffle” from the drop down menu on every blog listing. Thanks, Dave!

Keyboard shortcuts: A combination of vi/Winamp/arrow shortcuts for navigating the tracks:

Next track: n j b →
Previous track: p k z ←
Play / pause: x, c, spacebar
Stop: v
Heart: l h f

Do you use others? No spacebar for now; too many people use that to scroll.

Bandcamp support: We now pick up Bandcamp track embeds on the blogs in our list.

Tea: Blackcurrant, Earl Grey, peppermint, and lemon ginger have been added to our pantry.

New site beta is live

We’ve been having a lot of fun with the site for the past few weeks, with a header paying tribute to Nine Inch Nails, and our earlier Halloween colors, but we’ve also been making some design changes, which you can now see!

The update now live on the site streamlines the site player experience, makes much better use of the space on the site, and will soon make all the different site sections of the site clearer and more accessible. Oh yeah, the site is also wider – we noticed everyone bought those wonderful wide-screen displays, we are now ready to make great use of them.

This is a beta of the update, so stay tuned for more, and give us all the feedback you’ve got.

What do you think?


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