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Fanity

Social Music Content Stream


Tiny
Published 03/28/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Fanity is a tool that helps internet users discover musicians and bands that they like. The application is based entirely on the music industry. Users can sign up and search for artists on YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, Scrobble and Facebook. The application will also make recommendations to help the user explore their listening potential. Recommendations are based on the user’s current favorite artists so each suggestion is tailored to the user’s tastes. Users receive a personal stream of music-related content. Filters allow the user to refine their feed to include a specific type of content, such as videos or Tweets only. Users can also filter to include rumors and official updates. Comments encourage users to participate in music-related discussions.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Fanity was founded in 2010 by Raoul Kiksen and Yvo Schaap. The application was designed to provide users with a personal entertainment content resource. Fanity hasn’t received significant attention as of late. The site isn’t mentioned in many places, but offers an interesting way to stay on top of developments in the music industry. The company is completely self-financed and managed by a relatively small team in Amsterdam.

What are the differences to other apps?

Fanity is a content feed that is focused entirely on music entertainment. The application is designed for the average person rather than professionals in the industry. The service is appealing, but doesn’t bring anything completely new or innovative to the many music applications already available. The filter options are a nice touch and allow users to choose the type of content they view, such as rumors, official updates, images, videos or other content.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Fanity utilizes a simple yet personable design that doesn’t overwhelm the user. In fact, the design is at risk of underwhelming users. Hints of dark pink and blue add variety, however the site doesn’t offer much in the way of memorable graphics or design elements. The music industry goes hand in hand with trendy designs and dramatic color schemes. Fanity doesn’t quite hit the mark in terms of design; however it is very clean, clutter free and easy to navigate.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the budding Fanity community by clicking the dark blue “Connect with Facebook” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. After signing in, the user is asked to provide a Fanity username (this is separate from the user’s Facebook name). The user is automatically logged in after registering. The second step invites the user to search for artists they like or import preferred artists from third party websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

What does it cost to use the application?

Fanity is available at no cost to all users. There are no subscription fees and users are not required to make any purchases. All users receive the same level of access. This is the ideal price for this type of service. Fanity doesn’t offer anything that most users would be willing to pay for. Additional functions would have to be added if Fanity was to ever come with a fee.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Fanity is a fun application for anyone who loves to follow music news. Users who already have a Facebook profile will get the most use out of Fanity, which requires Facebook to sign up. Many popular third party services can also be used to import musicians. Users who manage multiple social profiles can really appreciate the convenience of importing. The application is simple and provides users with a quick way to learn about news and events related to their favorite musicians.

  • Register with an existing Facebook profile
  • Import favorite musicians from popular third party sites
  • Receive music recommendations based on favorite artists
  • Comment on music content and participate in discussions
  • Read music fan streams for individual groups and artists


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