FrankandPat

July 1, 2008

HMV Getcloser.com is live!

It’s live and it’s now an open beta so anyone can join.

The doors were closed as we built the feature set to a sensible point, but now they’re open!

Got to getcloser.com and start to play. If you just want to see what it’s about you can visit the tour here without having to register.

The site is aimed music and film fans who like collecting, who want to broaden their knowledge and deepen their relationship with the things they love. It’s also aimed at aficionados, those that are domain experts, music and film creators and people who just want to be in the know.

HMV Getcloser.com - User Profile

For the past year LBi have been working with HMV to conceive, build, seed and launch their new social property getcloser.com. It’s a beta, so there is still lots to do, the data and product catalogue that sits behind it needs a little work, but it’s now ready to unleash on the world so that the community can start driving the development, helping add content, improving the tags, data, descriptions etc..

HMV Getcloser.com - Connections Tool

I won’t go into the details as to what the site does etc, the tour can do that, but what I will say is this; it’s been one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever worked on. Building a community of this type has it’s usual design challenges, not least that you need to build a community and to do that you need content, but you need content from the community!

HMV have been a fantastic client and the LBi team have been awesome. We used an agile development methodology that saw us release features every 2-4 weeks, slowly build a community, user test, evolve, sharpen.

HMV Getcloser.com - User DNA

As I say, there is lots to do though not just with the website as the idea behind getcloser translates to many channels; in store, on mobile and others. It will plug into existing social properties, blog tools and the desktop.

The relationship with HMV has been brilliant, long may it continue,

I very much look forward to taking Getcloser forward, but now it’s live it’s ‘hand’s off the steering wheel’ as my colleague Stephen Barber would say, to see how people respond to it. We’ll be making hot fixes and planning a new set of features that aid the tools there already, as well as developing new ones.

August 31, 2007

LastFM’s audio fingerprinting

Filed under: music — Stephen @ 9:34 am

LastFM are attempting to create a database of clean metadata about music – and provide a free API that lets you pull down definitive information about audio tracks…the classic problem with audio metadata is that people add their own metadata to content that isn’t that accurate – think spelling mistakes, think capitalisation – and this makes it hard to uniquely ID content (makes it hard for humans anyways).

So, the good people at LastFM have created a piece of software that scans your music collection, and farms all the information about it  over to an uber database – get the software here.

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