Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Dial Presets (bookmarks) now live

We now have TUN3R Dial Presets!

In a nutshell this allows you to bookmark your favourite stations, and then quickly jump from Preset to Preset, using the left and right arrow buttons next to the "Bookmark" field, found in the station details area just beneath The Dial.

This is a feature I've been dying to see for a while now. While I think this feature is a no-brainer, what I think will make it more useful than the bookmark feature in most media players, is that TUN3R is not restricted to any media format (we're close to rolling out support for Windows Streaming Media-only stations), so you'll be able to flip through all your favourite stations from one place.

We've also made it cookie based, so effectively we're storing the bookmarks directly into a browser cookie. This basically means that if you change browsers (e.g. from IE to Firefox) you may lose your Presets. We're working on a simple way of embedding Presets into a web address (URL) so you'll be able to easily save them in your Favourites, and e-mail them to your friends and family. We took this approach instead of forcing you to sign up for a TUN3R account, as quite frankly, there's no need to force users to register, and we want to keep things as simple as possible.

We're now working on another feature that's a bit more ambituous than Presets, and we're even more stoked about that one, but for now let us know what you think of the Presets, and how we might improve them to make your life simpler.

Stay TUN3D.


radio gnome said...

sorry this is a bit off-topic, but I've been thinking about TUN3R from a broadcaster's perspective (and listener too I suppose) and was wondering whether it would be possible to do some kind of hyperbolic tree-like thing approach to finding a station/or stations.

Take a look at LivePlasma and then think about having a list of stations which play "whomever" pop up when one hovers over them/him/her.

Now, have some way to "remember" those stations and move to someone else in the tree/cloud and whittle the list down from the first one using some kind of union query.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat until there is only one station left.

That'd be pretty cool {grin}.

Neil Hepburn said...

Just checked out LivePlasma. Very cool indeed. However, it's also very similar to Musicovery.

Both of these sites take their inspiration from the Think map Visual Thesaurus which was first released back in 1998. I recall my jaw dropping when I saw that one for the first time, and still love these types of exploration services.

Yes, I could definitely see a feature like this coming to TUN3R at some point in the future - and I appreciate you pointing it out. Indeed it would be very cool ;)

Another piece of web technology that has really really impressed me is Microsoft's Photosynth, which I believe was in fact acquired by Microsoft. You can also see a demo here.

I could also see something like this being applied to TUN3R, but for now my big problem is that it requires an ActiveX download.

Our next step with TUN3R will not be super-hi-tech, but I think (and hope) that it will address a more basic and simple need out there, that all other music sites have amazingly overlooked. Sorry, I don't mean to be coy. You'll see it soon enough.

Neil Hepburn said...

Just found another very similar to LivePlasma:
This one is: TuneGlue

It's basically a mashup of and data. I found this throught the Mashup Awards website. We were listed as Mashup Award winner of the day - so another shameless blog entry on its way ;)

I want to get back to talking about the music.