KCRW Music Mine -- Music discovery and exploration app for the iPad -- Free
The KCRW Music Mine for iPad
From quick discovery to deep exploration, the app takes listeners on an audio adventure of artists handpicked by tastemakers at the LA public radio station.
The app was developed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX), designed by Roundarch using The Echo Nest's powerful music intelligence platform.
Los Angeles-based public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) is proud to announce the release of our first iPad app, Music Mine, dedicated entirely to music exploration.
KCRW has long been lauded as a place to discover new artists and the app reflects that, offering our listeners and future fans the ability to find music with ease and dig deeper when they desire. The app is now available for free in the iPad app store.
The app displays up to 100 artists at a time, handpicked by the station’s world famous DJ staff, and updated daily in tandem with our on air playlists. Enjoy full shows by DJs, and explore individual artists that have the KCRW stamp of approval.
This special format allows users who don’t have a lot of time to put together their own listening experience without being overwhelmed by options. Listeners who want to delve into the world of each artist can find video, photos, blog posts and more, through a fun interactive interface designed specifically for the iPad. Fans who want a lean-back experience can simply tap KCRW’s 24-hour, all-music stream Eclectic24.
“We've been working on ideas that develop a new mode of music discovery -- one that is a departure from the long form audio content KCRW is known for -- but still provides a human-curated experience that is knowledgeable, passionate, unpredictable and even quirky. The KCRW Music Mine is our answer to the algorithm-driven music apps out there,” said KCRW’s Director of New Media Anil Dewan.
The Music Mine was developed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and designed in collaboration with Roundarch, using The Echo Nest powerful music intelligence platform.
"This app mashes up PRX's technological innovation with KCRW's tastemaking sensibility to rethink radio on the iPad. We draw from KCRW's legendary DJs to create a constantly evolving galaxy of audio, video, and photos, giving users a totally intriguing and serendipitous music experience. You can't stop exploring." said PRX CEO Jake Shapiro.
KCRW Radio and Fringe Benefits apps can now be found across the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry platforms.
KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is National Public Radio's flagship station for Southern California. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura Counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara Counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide via KCRW.com, including three streaming channels, 27 podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances. Hear KCRW music online, all the time, on the ALL music stream Eclectic24.
PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling content to millions of people. We operate public radio’s largest distribution marketplace (http://www.prx.org) and create cutting-edge apps, including KCRW Music Mine, Public Radio Player, This American Life, and major station apps including WBUR Boston. PRX is supported by independent producers and stations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Knight Foundation.
Roundarch designs and implements digital experiences for the world’s largest organizations. Roundarch delivers websites, rich web applications, mobile applications, social media applications, digital marketing campaigns and more for clients such as Avis, HBO, Bloomberg Sports, Hershey’s and the US Air Force. Roundarch’s unique blend of breakthrough user experience design and enterprise-class technology implementation is perfectly suited for the most complex problems in the digital space. Roundarch has offices in Boston, Chicago, Denver and New York. For more information visit www.roundarch.com and the company’s blog at http://blog.roundarch.com.
About The Echo Nest:
The Echo Nest powers smarter music applications for leading media companies and thousands of independent developers, with a customer base that reaches over 100 million music fans every month across over 200 applications. With the world's only machine learning system that actively reads about and listens to music everywhere on the web, The Echo Nest opens up the largest repository of dynamic music data in the world – over 5 billion data points on over 30 million songs -- to help developers re-shape the experience of playing -- and playing with -- music. The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Matrix Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, and three co-founders of MIT Media Lab.
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