Making your playlists really tangible

Tangible Playlist machine

Today my Desert.FM playlist went live to the front of the site.

Wrote about Desert.FM a while ago and also talked about the CX Tangible playlist machine/project with Lancaster University.

I connected the two of them in my mind, but it wasn’t till I saw the link to the spotify playlist. Thats when it really hit me, I could easily/will be creating a physical playlist for my playlist. Then when its done, I’ll customise the playlist band to reflect my  music choice (unlike this).

Tangible Playlist machine

The tangible machine we built supports BBC iplayer, Spotify and YouTube. (BBC Redux and others were considered and may make it in to any updates). I noticed there is a slight difference in the Spotify version and my whole list but as I imagined Spotify hasn’t got everything. However Youtube can nicely fill in the rest, just as the guys on Desert.FM have done. For example Time to get ill by 4 Hero, which doesn’t seem to be on Spotify?

I can see a unique little collaboration coming from this, how great would that be? Imagine it, you create your list on, it prints a nice band out for you and creates adds NFC tags to it. You then get it in the mail. Or even better you create it for someone else, you design the band and they send it out to a contact. Just need a nice way to mass produce the machines 🙂

Tangible Playlist machine

I can’t wait to explore video playlists and share some of the great ideas we’ve been thinking about.

Author: Ianforrester

Senior firestarter at BBC R&D, emergent technology expert and serial social geek event organiser.

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