8tracks: The Moodiest Music Site on the Web
I always need to have some kind of background noise, whether I’m hanging out with friends, reading for class, or cooking dinner. There are times when I want something sad and slow, something to wake me up that’s chill, or something that I can take skiing that’s happy. Well, iTunes can’t read my mind, the radio is always blaring static or commercials and Pandora never seems to get it right. So, what do I do when all I have is a mood to go off of for my musical preferences?
Welcome to 8tracks. The self-proclaimed “[h]andcrafted internet radio” site, named the Best Website of 2011 by Time Magazine, uses a tagging system for its user-created playlists. When you search for that “summer + hipster” mix, every playlist that has been tagged with those two words will come up. Each mix has at least 8 tracks to it, but can have many more than that, and will always have a wide variety of music on each. On 8tracks, users can listen to or create mixes. It is great for sharing mixes with your friends, but also with perfect strangers. If you’ve created a “study mix” that works well for you, post it to 8tracks and let it help someone else in their study-stress! Not in the mood? Search for an artist or genre and let 8tracks work its magic.
Though 8tracks doesn’t always offer the perfect selection of music, because, of course, we all have different tastes from one another, it’s fairly spot on most of the time. My only complaints would be that as a listener, you cannot skip more than 3 songs per mix in one hour before having to go to the next one and you cannot go back to a song after it’s played. Some of the mixtape art is a little risqué as well, so in a more professional setting, it’s hard to find mixes to listen to. Thankfully, there is a setting that you can put on called “Safe Browse” that will skip over tracks and playlists that are inappropriate. Other great features include the Youtube and iTunes buttons on the bottom of each mix. If you’ve found a new song that you really like, you can find where to buy it or listen to it again on using these links.
Want to take 8tracks on the go? There are free Android and iPhone apps available, which have both had recent updates with great reviews. For those of you who are looking for more out of this site (mostly just DJs) there is 8tracks plus. This upgraded version of the site includes an ad-free site and several DJ-focused features that are to be released soon. The cost is $25 for a 6-month subscription and 14-free trial. I wouldn’t say it’s worth it, because unlike Pandora, the ads are simply non-audio sidebars, so for a regular listener, the upgraded version does not offer much. Simply listen away with the free version!
What moods do you use 8tracks for?
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
Discuss This Article
More Uloop Technology Articles
Recent DU News Articles
RECENT DU CLASSIFIEDS
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
TOP DU NEWS
- FSU Inducted into Division of Blind Services Awards Program
- National Parks: A Celebration of Beauty Pt. 3
- College Clichés: Investigating the Truth Behind These Common Adages
- 5 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Workout
- President Obama Wants America to Go to Mars by 2030, but Facts Say...
- Junior Year at Its Best
- Not So Early Top 25: College Basketball
MOST POPULAR DU NEWS
BROWSE OTHER COLLEGES
- By CollegeAcademy of Natural Therapy IncAdams State CollegeAims Community CollegeAmerican Sentinel UniversityArgosy University-DenverAspen UniversityAuguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-BoulderAveda Institute-DenverBel-Rea Institute of Animal TechnologyCheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture-Fort CollinsCheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture-GreeleyCollege of International Esthetics IncCollegeAmerica-Colorado SpringsCollegeAmerica-Fort CollinsColorado Academy of Veterinary TechnologyColorado Christian UniversityColorado CollegeColorado Heights UniversityColorado Mesa UniversityColorado Mountain CollegeColorado School of MinesColorado School of Traditional Chinese MedicineColorado State UniversityColorado State University-PuebloColorado Technical UniversityColorado Technical University OnlineColorado Technical University-Greenwood VillageCommunity College of Aurora Community College of Denver Concorde Career College-AuroraDelta Montrose Technical CollegeDeVry University-ColoradoEcotech InstituteEmily Griffith Technical CollegeEmpire Beauty School-AuroraEmpire Beauty School-LittletonEverest College-AuroraEverest College-Colorado SpringsFort Lewis CollegeHealing Arts InstituteHeritage College-DenverIliff School of TheologyInstitute of Taoist Education and AcupunctureIntellitec College-Colorado SpringsIntellitec College-Grand JunctionIntellitec Medical InstituteInternational Salon and Spa AcademyITT Technical Institute-WestminsterJohnson & Wales University-DenverJones International UniversityLincoln College of Technology-DenverMetropolitan State University of DenverMontage AcademyMontessori Casa InternationalMontessori Education Center of the RockiesNaropa UniversityNational American University-Colorado SpringsNational American University-Colorado Springs SouthNational American University-DenverNational Beauty CollegeNational Personal Training Institute of ColoradoNazarene Bible CollegeNew Dimensions Beauty Academy IncNortheastern Junior College Otero Junior CollegePickens Technical CollegePikes Peak Community CollegePima Medical Institute-AuroraPlatt College-AuroraPrince Institute-Rocky MountainsPueblo Community College Redstone CollegeRegency Beauty Institute-Fort CollinsRegis UniversityRocky Vista UniversityRolf Institute of Structural IntegrationThe Art Institute of ColoradoThe Salon Professional Academy-Grand JunctionTrinidad State Junior CollegeUnited Beauty CollegeUnited States Air Force AcademyUniversity of Colorado at BoulderUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringsUniversity of Colorado at DenverUniversity of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences CenterUniversity of DenverUniversity of Northern ColoradoUniversity of the RockiesUtah College of Massage Therapy-AuroraUtah College of Massage Therapy-WestminsterWestern State College of ColoradoWestwood CollegeYeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary
- By State
- By City