Over the past few days, I've found myself listening to less radio and more of my own music collection via my iPod Touch. Not because I'm in the mood for a single artist or album, but becuase I've discovered an app that essentially turns my music collection into a captivating radio station.
The app is called Groove 2. It works by analyzing the music stored on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and then offering an endless range of music mixes:
- Mixes of music based on an artist, song or genre
- "Three of a Kind" mixes that play a series of artists, 3 songs at a time
- "Better Together" mixes that match two complementary artists
- "Favorites" that play just music you've listened to frequently
The result is, for all intents and purposes, a mini radio station made up of my own music. As The Next Web writes, Groove 2 acts "just like your own personal DJ."
You can create your own mixes by picking artists and songs, but the real appeal of Groove 2 is that it generates a large, fascinating selection of mixes for you on the home screen. There's even a "Surprise Me" button that picks a random mix of music for you. It's a wonderful way to rediscover music you haven't listened to in a while, or maybe not at all.
Groove 2 also pulls artist photos and bios from Last.fm, along with music tags to create music mixes. So this morning, for example, Groove 2 suggested I listen to a mix of "glo-fi" music. It turned out to be excellent, though I'd be hard-pressed to explain what "glo-fi" actually is.
So now, when I'm not sure what I want to listen to, I find myself not opening Pandora or looking for a FM stream. Instead I open up Groove 2 and listen to my own music in a new way.