The best place to find new music on the web. Every day, thousands of people around the world write about music they love — and it all ends up here.
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Hype Machine follows music blog discussions

Every day, thousands of people around the world write about music they love — and it all ends up here.

What is it?

Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about. We've carefully handpicked a set of 838 music blogs and then present what they discuss for easy analysis, consumption and discovery. This way, your odds of stumbling into awesome music or awesome blogs are high. Click here to read more about how we select blogs.

Once the tracks are on our site, you can listen and favorite them so you can hear them again later. To get regular updates, you can subscribe to blogs and follow your friends' favorites in a simple feed. Sign up to get started.

Who are you?

We are an independent company based in Brooklyn, NY. Our focus is on making the most culturally rich music discovery experience on the web.

The firm started as a web product experiment in April of 2005 and continued as a bootstrapped business. That said, we are huge fans of many people in the investor community - they've supported many of the projects we love on the web today.

Why?

We are creating tools that empower independent voices that write about music. We think a select group of passionate people can produce more engaging conversation than a huge social mob, or a rigid hierarchy of editors. We amplify their posts and the audio they choose, to help this vibrant culture spread.

This is why we wake up.

Get Started

We offer lots of ways to stumble into amazing music on our site:

  • Latest: What's going on right now in the blogosphere.
  • Popular: The most popular artists, searches and blogs on the internet right now.
  • Twitter: Interactive music chart of songs being posted on Twitter.
  • Spy: Snoop on what other people are listening to on our site.
  • Album Premieres: Weekly premieres of unreleased albums
  • Music Blog Directory: The complete list of blogs we track, organized by genre and geography
  • Labs: Fresh from the lab: new things we are trying out
  • Zeitgeist: The best 50 artists, albums and songs of the past year.
  • Your feed and favorites: A customizable view of your favorite tracks, artists, blogs and users. This one's Anthony's.

How does it work?

Hype Machine tracks a variety of MP3 blogs. If a post contains MP3 links, or some embedded media (Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Official.fm, + more), it adds those links to its database and displays them on the front page.

Those tracks are not available for download, but you can preview them via the play buttons that are next to each track.

The blog that posted a particular track is identified under every track by name so you can read more about why they posted it. If you enjoyed a track someone posted, stop by and let them know!

You can purchase CDs and individual tracks by using the "amazon" and "itunes" links that appear next to most tracks. Each purchase you make supports both the artists and Hype Machine. Please buy and enjoy.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I get my band's music on Hype Machine?

We don't actually post or write about any of the music ourselves, we aggregate music blogs that do. Your best bet for getting onto Hype Machine is to do one of the following:

Good Method: Simply peruse the full list of blogs included on our site.

Best Method: Search for some bands that are similar to your band on Hype Machine, then click through to the blogs that are writing about them. Bloggers really appreciate when you look into their taste first and send them something they will actually enjoy.

What are the benefits of a user account?

With a free user account you can favorite searches, tracks, music blogs and other Hype Machine users by clicking on the hearts that are sprinkled around our site.

Then if you head to your profile page you can play your favorite tracks as a playlist and catch up on what your favorite blogs have been writing about lately.

Your public URL that you can share with friends is simply http://hypem.com/username. You can use this as an easy way to see what your friends are discovering lately.

Can I download songs from Hype Machine?

No, Hype Machine does not offer any tracks for download. We provide a list of tracks that are currently being discussed on blogs, not the files themselves. If you discover a song or artist you like, we encourage you to support them by purchasing their music.

I found a song I like, how do I buy it?

You can often buy it right away at the iTunes Music Store or on Amazon. Simply use the links next to tracks:

Is there a store you'd like to see on Hype Machine? Let us know!

How can I use Hype Machine on my Sonos if I registered with Facebook or Twitter?

You will need to create a password to connect your Hype Machine account on Sonos. Click here to create one.



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FINALLY

This project is far from complete and we are working on it every day. If you have feedback, ideas, or discover bugs on the site, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Thanks!

WHO MAKES THIS?



EMERITUS




PRESS

"breathlessly described to me as the future of all media"
John Heilemann for Business 2.0 Magazine

"You are the reason I go online"
Victoria Hesketh (Little Boots)

"My favorite site on the Internet"
Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction)

"It's like listening to the iPod shuffle that the zeitgeist carries around in his pocket"
Downhill Battle

"A live index and music-streaming station consisting of whatever's being talked about on MP3 blogs"
Eliot Van Buskirk for Wired

"probably the best place to gauge which artists and tracks are being zipped around the crowded music blogosphere"
Idolator

"gold mine of MP3 blogs"
digital music weblog

"All musical life is here but with the normal hierarchy of popularity completely reversed"
Trevor Baker for The Guardian

Interesting discussions about the nature of Hype Machine at: Stereogum, GrapeJuicePlus, Micropersuasion, Easy Listener, Good Hodgkins

THANK YOU

For Being Awesome (in no order):

For excellent service:

For helping out in the beginning (2005) with donations:

  • John Muller
  • Antonio Ignacio Olivares
  • Kate Horan
  • John Schimmel
  • Jeremy Fink
  • Reza Shirazi
  • Johan Helmstead
  • Daniel Morgridge
  • Jochen Ade
  • Henrik Andersson
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