While we are essentially a hip-hop website, we probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for jazz music. Thanks to Blue Note Records, which was founded back in 1939, many of jazz’s finest moments were captured on record. But with so many different genres and subgenres, it can get a bit tedious trying to piece together history without any guidance. Thanks to OpenEMI and Groovebug, though, Blue Note Records now has a nifty iPad application that makes it so much easier to learn and discover the label’s catalog.
I provided a screenshot up top, which shows off some of the cool features the app has to offer. One of the featured playlists is called “Sample Diggers”, which is a collection of a ton of originals that artists have sampled over the years. If you pay $1.99 a month, you can stream the entire catalog as you please. Free users can only listen to 30 second snippets. Along with the playlist feature, you can check out all sorts of artists that resided on the label, and the app will even suggest other artists that sound like them.
The application was created in part by OpenEMI, which works with EchoNest to streamline licensing for developers like Groovebug. As you can see, the program is working, as we now get an incredibly innovative app that helps so many users learn about things like the avant garde and bebop movements. Yeah, I am really psyched about this application. And if you have an iPad, you should be, too. [via]