We listen to music from a lot of different sources; SoundCloud, Grooveshark, Pandora, YouTube, Last.fm, the list just goes on and one. At times, the services we use decide to play nice with each other and allow us to transfer our preferences from one to the other. At other times, we can use apps to help us connect these services and consolidate our listening experience in just one service. Songdrop is one such web service that acts as a song aggregator. It allows you to add songs to groups, which the service calls Mixes, from any website. There is a small catch though: you can drop a song (add it to the service) only from the song’s own page. In addition to creating your own mixes, you can search other users’ mixes too and if you like the songs they have, you can drop them into your own collection. The service also has a dedicated Chrome extension, while users of other browsers can use the service’s bookmarklet to add songs.
Start off by creating a free Songdrop account, which you can do using your Facebook credentials as well. The interface is divided into three columns and one large panel. The left column lets you navigate to the ‘Feeds’ section where you can browser the most popular and recently dropped songs. You can also see songs dropped by any of your friends, or any artists that you are following. The ‘My Player’ tab lets you view your own mixes and play anything from any one of them. Media buttons appear at the bottom of the window, and a song can be liked, or shared on Facebook and Twitter.
The ‘Search’ tab allows you to find songs on Songdrop and add them to your own mix. You can manage your account from the ‘Settings’ tab. In order to drop dongs, you must have either the Chrome extension installed or the bookmarklet added to your browser. Whenever you want to drop a song, visit its page on the service and click its Chrome extension button or bookmarklet. A new window will open, showing the song detected on the page. Click the ‘Drop it’ button.
A second window will open, asking you to select a ‘Mix’ to add the song to. You can create a new mix here, or select an existing one. Once you’ve made the selection, click ‘Drop it’ and your song will be added to the Mix.
In our testing, there didn’t seem to be a way to drop songs from Grooveshark or Pandora, since these services don’t offer dedicated pages for individual songs. Similarly, we were unable to add songs from the search results on SoundCloud but when we visited the song’s page itself, we had no trouble adding it. Same was the case with YouTube as well. The service also occasionally failed to play a song added from SoundCloud, but YouTube fared best. The interface is nice, though the service can be a bit slow at times. With a little improvement, it could go a long way.