Soundwave 2.0 is like Instagram meets Whatsapp for music
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The Irish music sharing app releases a new version that includes a music messenger so users can chat and more easily share their playlists with friends

Credit: Soundwave

Credit: Soundwave

If Instagram and Whatsapp had a “music love child,” it would be Soundwave, an app that creates feeds of what users are listening to. Now with its latest update, Soundwave allows users to chat and share music with friends through a new messaging feature.

The Ireland-based app on July 17 announced its release of Soundwave 2.0 for iPhone and Android, which has several new features including a Music Messenger, that allows users to chat with friends, or create private groups with which to share music. The new update also provides personalized recommendations based on what users with similar taste are listening to or based on other users in the local community. The app is redesigned so users can set a status with a “Song of the Moment,” keep track of their most recently plats or save newly discovered music for later. Moreover, every song a user listens to – whether on iTunes, Spotify, Youtube or other platforms – gets added to the profile page automatically, so users don’t have to manually share their playlists. The activity timeline also got a makeover, and now no longer shows songs from the same album, cleaning up the feed.

A new tune

“Over the past six months, Team Soundwave have been working behind the scenes talking to users, researching, guzzling coffee, designing, coding and listening to some inspirational tunes to bring you what we hope you’ll agree is our best release ever!” Soundwave wrote on its blog. “What’s more, we’ve been attentively reviewing your suggestions and requests to make sure you stayed at the heart of all decisions in the lead up to this exciting release!”

Along with the update, Soundwave added a shooting game to its website that is completely unrelated to the app. According to the company’s blog, two of its team members created the game and “The rest accept no responsibility for any offence caused during the playing of this game!” Not sure what the relation to the app the game has, but guessing development of version 2.0 took the developers through some late nights and silly ideas.

Brendan O’Driscoll, Aidan Sliney and Craig Watson founded Soundwave on June 20, 2013 and within one year celebrated more than one million downloads in more than 190 countries. It first launched at the London Apple store and as of its first anniversary tracked more than 79 million songs. The app is sort of of like Twitter or Instagram for music, allowing users to share and follow other users to see what they are listening to. With 12 languages to choose from, Soundwave has found popularity across the globe in places like Japan, Russia, Germany and France. Soundwave is backed by British actor and comedian Stephen Fry; Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks; and ACT Venture Capital & Enterprise Ireland.

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Aviva Gat

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Olah Chadasha and former finance reporter from New York City. Gat is a writer, runner and traveler who came to Israel for the good food and weather. She writes for Geektime’s English and global desk.

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