We reviewed Songdrop as a great way to gather all the songs you listen to online. The web service is like your online music folder that allows you to save music from online streaming services. Whyd is a similar service with a much simpler interface. It’s currently invite-only, but you can sign up for an invite and it shouldn’t take too long for it to arrive. Whyd works with a bookmarklet for your browser and lets you add songs from SoundCloud, YouTube, and any service that links directly to song files. The songs you add can later be listened to directly on Whyd. The service supports playlists as well as subscribing to other users and listening to music they’ve saved. Whyd isn’t storage space for your music; rather it’s a way to gather all the online music you listen to in a single place for easy access.
Once you’re signed up, the first thing you’ll want to do is add the bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar. Whyd will subscribe you to about a dozen people on the service itself, and you can start listening to the tracks they’ve added by clicking the large play button.
To save a song, just open the song’s page on SoundCloud, YouTube or any other compatible service, and click the Whyd bookmarklet. A popup will open in the tab listing the name of the song you’re adding, the source, and the author/composer. From the dropdown, select a playlist (optional) to save the song to or add a new one. Enter a description for the track; the description is visible to you and anyone who has subscribed to you.
To visit the tracks you’ve added, click the ‘Your Tracks’ tab at the top. To view songs added by the people you’re subscribed to, click the ‘Stream’ tab. Songs that you’re listening to can be shared, liked, or added to your own tracks. The Whyd music player becomes visible at the bottom of the page when a song is played, and lets you like and add songs to your own collection in addition to the usual play/pause, forward, back, and volume controls.
Compared to SongDrop, Whyd has a simpler interface and adding songs to your collection takes fewer clicks. The services are quite similar but Whyd had a nice social touch to it as well. SongDrop seems to be trying to do too much in a very complicated interface which is nice to look at but difficult to really use. Like SongDrop, Whyd can’t save songs from services like Grooveshark and Pandora where songs don’t have their own page.