The 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?
The Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about. We handpick a set of kickass 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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 the Hype Machine. Please buy and enjoy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I get my band's music on the 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 the 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 the 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 the Hype Machine?
No, the 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?
Is there a store you'd like to see on the 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.
This site 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 THE SITE?
- Anthony Volodkin
- Zoya Feldman
- Scott Kidder
- Arkadiy Kukarkin
- Dev Sherlock
New York, NY
- Hjalti Jakobsson
- Josh Rowe
New York, NY
- Dave Sutton
"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"
"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
- Time Out Chicago
- Washington Post
- The Phoenix
- The Guardian
- San Francisco Gate
- G4TV: Attack Of The Show [Watch: DIVX or MPEG]
- Rolling Stone Magazine
- Popular Science
- Entertainment Weekly
- YNet News (Hebrew)
- Yahoo! Picks on August 3rd, 2006
For Being Awesome (in no order):
- Andrew Klein & Michael Farace of MailFrontier (e-mail SPAM protection) for mp3blogs.com
- Raj Goel of Brainlink - IT Crisis Management, HIPAA, VISA CISP, NYPL compliance for making a lasting impression
- Eugene Kofman for believing the Hype
- Elizabeth Stark for reminding of what's possible
- Thomas V. Ryan, Dan Porter for listening carefully
- Yan Ivnitskiy for hacking a killer multithreaded visitor counter
- Chris Poole for the awesome Hype Machine twitter icon
- Noah Kalina for excellent merch store photos
- Nathan Moinvaziri for Webshot (excellent website screenshot tool)
- Thomas Sibley for being an expert Perl hacker
- Lucas Gonze of WebJay/XSPF, Simon Waldman and Cal Henderson of mp3blogs.org, Ian Hogarth and Michelle You of Songkick, James Miao of thesixtyone, Martin Stiksel, Felix Miller, Hannah Donovan, Matthew Ogle and the rest of Last.fm for the inspiration
- Fluxblog, Music for Robots, and Said the Gramophone for kicking us into action by creating something beautiful.
- Chris for the 80x15 Hype button
- Icon Drawer for the free flag icons used on Spy.
- Aza Raskin's for the awesome Songza player UI concept
- Ryan Irvine + Luke Matkins for being excellent hackers
- John Schimmel for the hacking, company and spirit
- Abbey Braden for being an amazing radio show host, Dev Sherlock & Dan Neer for producing a kickass show
For excellent service:
For helping out in the beginning (2005) with donations: