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You're in a cafe full of people with their headphones on. Wouldn't you like to know what they're listening to?
With SongStumblr, an app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, you can listen right along with them--and share your music with other people as well.
What it is: A geosocial mobile music sharing application, SongStumblr lets you share the music you're listening to with other app users, as well as letting you access the music of others, both globally and locally.
How it works: Once users open SongStumblr, they immediately begin sharing their music with others. They also get to see the list of people within 60 feet of their device who are also sharing music. With global sharing, a list of ten people refreshes every minute.
Users self-identify by username and country, so that you can get a sense of where your music is originating. With the built-in media player, users can listen to the songs, or find out more information with Google, Wikipedia, Twitter, and other sites, or purchase the song through iTunes.
Even after users are done listening, they can keep a database of songs they've heard, which are then visible on a map depending on where they came from.
Why you'd use it: SongStumblr isn't just a way to feel mysteriously connected to the secret music of all the people around you. Simultaneously geographical and personal record, SongStumblr gives you the tools to learn more about the songs you hear, or purchase them should the mood take you.
As a social app with a musical focus, SongStumblr gives you a telling look into the minds and ears of strangers, while also helping you broaden your listening horizons.
How to get it: Just go to the iTunes store to get SongStumblr.
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