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Mood Music: Four apps that play music for the way you feel

author 2014-03-07 posted by Jacqueline Ho in Perth

We've all been there: Listening to our usual playlists and feeling a little listless about the songs and bands we usually love. Maybe you're in a funk. Maybe your mood is off. Maybe you just need a simple way to find music just perfect to match the high or low or "meh" of you're currently immersed in. You'll be happy to hear that music-streaming sites with search-by-mood features are available to you, right now. Some of them are akin to those you know and love (Pandora, Last.fm, Soundcloud, etc.), and some are taking the experience in familiar but unique directions. In this article, I'll introduce four heart-smart music tools that can bring you the "soundtracks" just right for any mood.

Stereomood

Playlist based on mood

Stereomood is a music-streaming site that lets you find playlists based on your mood and daily activities. Unlike some of the other sites that support mood-based searching, Stereomood has made it the focus, offering results for the widest range of moods and activities of any of its counterparts. The first page can give you an idea of just how deep the rabbit hole goes, with selections that you'd expect ("Happy" and "Sad") as well as some funky picks ("Lost in Thought", "Psychedellic", "Energetic"). Additionally, the usual social aspect is robust, supporting tagging and sharing. When you open up a playlist, you have the option to shuffle the tracks or select specific songs. Another fun aspect of the site is the ability to see how users have tagged artists, albums, and songs, and see where your favorites are across all the playlists. Available for Android, iOS, and web. No kidding, I feel excited (about Stereomood).

Musicovery

Discover cool music based on your mood

Musicovery is a quirky and cool music discovery option that graphs out song recommendations based on your mood and music tastes, and can be used on an iOS or Android device as well as on your web browser. The graphics are an interesting and focal element to the process: When entering Musicovery, you're first shown a colorful grid with certain pigments representing different moods. After clicking your mood and selecting the genres and time periods of music you're interested in, Musicovery will ‘splatter' the screen with a flow chart of tracks. The splatters' have a color based on the genre, so the more you use it the easier it is to see what types of tracks you have in any given flow. You can't shuffle through the tracks unless you register to the site, but it's easy to "ban" any song and move directly onto the next if you're not feeling it. Otherwise, it's a breeze to choose another mood and get a whole different set of recommendations. I'm a big fan of the visual element-the color queues are a fun and fresh way to interact with the music you love.

Thesixtyone

Thesixtyone-mood station

Thesixtyone is a hip option for those who enjoy a vibrant visual experience along with their listening. The layout of the website includes photo backdrops and information about the band and song as it comes on. Another bonus of using Thesixtyone is you're more likely to find fringe or underground tracks-the minds behind this streaming site go out of their way to include the newest bands that may not yet have found a large fan base. The mood stations are available by hovering over "Popular" in the top right, click on "moods" and a list of 12 options will appear that you can select. Not as wide a range of mood options as some of the other sites I've listed, but still an opportunity to listen for the way you feel. Another thing I liked about this site is how easy it is to navigate between songs-simple forward and back buttons on the left and right sides of the screen let you jump through without restriction.

Songza

Songza- music station based on your mood

So we've all heard of Songza, and most of us have gotten our toes wet in the web-browser or app versions of the music-streaming tool. But, what you might not know is Songza has mood search capabilities. Additionally, Songza is already buffed up and ready for iOS, Android, Android tablet, and even Kindle Fire, making it my favorite for maximum mobile experience.

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