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Color Your Music With Moody

Posted by Sravan | October 31, 2008 .

We often want to listen to “soft music” or “party tracks”, more often than to listen to a particular artist or a genre. When there is a large music library, selecting these tracks is especially tedious. The simple solution is to use Moody.

With Moody, you can mood-tag your music.

Moody is an iTunes app that has a multitude of features. Let the X-axis go from “Sad” to “Happy”, and the Y-axis from “Calm” to “Intense”. Now fill the little graph with colors, from the palette, that mean something specific to you. To make it easier on your memory of these color-mood associations, you can also label each color accordingly.

Moody Colors

Using the “Quicktag” option, play through your library tagging each song successively, which takes a mouse click each. Done. This tagging is not stored in a moody-related folder, but embedded in the song information itself. You don’t need to tag everytime you change from your iPod to your laptop. Songs of a particular mood, represented by a color, can now be played from your library.

There are also other insignificant features like twitter-enabled and upload and download taggings, but the feature I appreciate the most is the customized palette. When Moody was initially released, sometime last year, they had fixed color schemes (as shown in the image). While it is commonly accepted that blue is sad and red is intense, those of other colors are not. The meaning of a color is largely based on an individual’s preference.

Moody is currently in version 1.0 for OSX and 0.1 beta for Windows. I very much wish this nice app wasn’t tied down to iTunes. This could be generic for any media player, no?

P.S. Sometime this week, I wrote my 100th post on Flex RIA. It’s exciting to even think about it. Thank you all for the journey.

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2 Comments so far
  1. Moxie  October 31, 2008 9:33 am

    Such UI design I’d call it Ambient Internet Application (AIA) design (http://www.flex888.com/537/introduce-ambient-internet-applications-aia.html). The core is simplicity. We RIA advocates could learn a lot from rich and simple design like this.

    BTW, Sravan, congratulations on 100th posts here. Your efforts shared with the RIA (Flex especially) community are greatly appreciated. It’s a fortune to have you here.

  2. Sravan  November 2, 2008 8:13 am

    Interesting, Moxie. Until now, I wasn’t aware of AIA at all. And, thank you once again. The pleasure is all mine.

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