Soundtrckr – Apple Staff Favorite

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Soundtrckr gets Apple praise as “Staff Favorite” at the top of list in the iPhone App Store. Congrats to Soundtrckr’s Founder and CEO, Daniele Calabrese and his team and the work they have put into optimizing their unique geo location music application. With Sounddrckr you can discover the music your friends and colleagues are listening to and comment on your friends or nearby stations. It also includes the ability to create your own radio stations and share them via Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

Tunesniper.com Launches!

www.tunesniper.com

There is nothing better than using your own product to really understand the challenges a customer may come across. This week I decided to write about my experience using MediaNet Web Components. Some may ask what is a Web Component? In this case it is small web application that you can place on your website some refer to these as widgets. With the current MediaNet Web Component (WC) library it makes selling music easy and with little effort. As a customer using the WCs you can also present to consumers your own branding while adding engaging content to your web site and keeping visitors on your site to purchase music. To start I went through the process just like any new customer. I signed up at www.mndigital.com logged in to the customer portal and pulled down my web component identifiers or IDs and then got to work creating a music store. Before I could create the store I first needed a domain name and company to host it. In this case I choose www.1and1.com and decided to use Linux/apache hosting. Next was the domain name. For this I used the management and purchase tools from www.1and1.com and purchased www.tunesniper.com. With the hosting and the site name selection complete I needed to select the web development tool. For this I decided on Dreamweaver to build the site.

To get up and running quickly I started with the Store web component. This WC is a simple and complete MP3 music download store including search, song of the day and some automated content programming Buzz based on transactional and popularity data driven through our platform. It also includes navigation in the form of bread crumbs when you navigate away to other pages within the WC or other WCs. The store WC can be hosted basically anywhere and didn’t require any additional complex server side scripting. This WC is by far the fastest way to quickly create a music store. You can find the web component store example at www.tunesniper.com.

Next, I created another store building a mash up using a number of different web components from the web component library mashup. This example isn’t perhaps best use of MediaNet WCs but it does provide an interesting view on how to use a number of web components together. On this site I used a number of WCs including Song of the Day, Search, Charts, Cart, Media selector and Media Explorer. This site did require a small amount of PHP to deal with the server side scripting requirements for the Search WC. The other WCs I used don’t require server side scripting. All of the documentation for the web components is available on Web Component Documentation. So there you have it a simple MP3 Music store. Both examples don’t take advantage of the web component customization features I’ll cover that later in a future blog entry. The source code for both sites is available for download below.

I can say my experience out of the box is exactly what I expected and with MediaNet Web Components creating a MP3 music download store didn’t require a significant amount of time or effort to put together.

download  Download Tunesniper Source

MediaNet Song of the Day!

MediaNet launched it’s new redesigned corporate website today and with the new launch it not only includes a new domain name www.mndigital.com but also a new product MNOpen. While the rest of the mndigitalites begin to get the word out across the digital music industry and starts a proper PR campaign, I thought I’d let my family, geek, non-geek friends and visitors to my site in on why this is so cool. For those of you who just happen to come across this site, my name is Jeff Wallace I’m the CTO at MediaNet and have been with MN for 8 years changing and re-shaping how digital music is delivered on the internet. MN embarked on this journey in January 2000 back when Napster was the new household word in internet music and when the music Labels received notice their business was going to change. MediaNet (then MusicNet) was one of a couple responses by the Labels to that notice. MN started as a business-to-business company and is to this day. With our huge music catalog we have served and delivered content to end users for a long list of impressive brands like AOL, Virgin, Yahoo, MTV, HMV, Tesco and Clearwire (list goes on).What I want to share with you is that MN is again changing the way music is sold on the internet. Selling music is no longer limited to an elite list of large companies or music only web stores. Now any person or company can promote and sell digitalmusic. Below is the MediaNet “Song of the Day” Web Component and is one of the web components from the MN Web Component library that is making this change possible. I’m asking you to put the “Song of the Day” on your blog and/or website and give it a try. Congratulations to MediaNet and all the hard work that went into this launch!

Click here for the home page to “Song of the Day.