Echo: Collective playlist curation by Bird and Fox Entertainment Ltd is the perfect app for the music lover in your household. There’s certainly a place for automatic playlist generation tools that are so common these days, but there’s no substitute for the fun of putting together your own playlist in conjunction with other music lovers that share the same interests. We all have different musical tastes and no automated system, no matter how complicated the algorithms are that it uses, can ever truly capture the essence of what appeals to us. Echo is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
When you consider that music is at the center of most social gatherings it just makes sense that a playlist app would be a good idea. The Echo: Collective playlist curation app is all about music and the love of it, so you know that other users on the platform are there for the same reasons. It’s a community of like-minded individuals. You could certainly use your Facebook or Twitter accounts to interact with your friends and family about music, but not with the level of sophistication you’ll find in this app. This app brings together different social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube to create a whole new user experience.
What’s not so great about this one is a noticeable lack of instructions, and there are a couple of options available to you that are not so obvious until you’ve explored the app a little bit. A clear set of instructions or an introductory video would improve this app's user friendliness a lot. What is a cool feature is its ease of integration with YouTube for creating your playlists. The Echo: Collective playlist curation app will require 38.6 MB of available space on your iOS device.
How it Works
The main user interface of the app features a playlist news feed so that you can quickly check out the lists created by others, like them, comment on them, and even make your own suggestions of songs that should be included in the playlist. You have the option of viewing all the songs in the playlist by tapping anywhere on the post except the play button – tapping on the play button will start the list playing from the beginning.
When you’re ready to start your own playlist all you have to do is tap on the menu icon in the top left corner, and select create playlist from the available options. The app then takes you to a simple search screen where you can choose your songs for the list from YouTube, SoundCloud, or Mixcloud – it’s nice to have more than one option. Adding a song is simple you just tap on it and it’s saved automatically – the bigger challenge is deciding what belongs and what doesn’t. When you create a playlist the app will suggest that you share it with your friends on other social media platforms and spread the word.
Fully integrated with other social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube
Includes standard social media features such as a news feed and comments
Creating your own playlists is simple
Playlists can be created from multiple different compatible apps
No proper instructions
If you love music, you will enjoy getting involved in the Echo: Collective playlist curation community. This app lets you interact with other music lovers to put together the perfect playlists for any occasion. Best of all you’ll get to listen to some great music along the way.
Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.