Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud are some of the common services I use when I need to listen to music. Each one offers something unique based on how I want to listen to music. Pandora knows what I like and I often discover new songs there, Spotify is great for when I need a playlist to match my taste, YouTube is good for music videos, and SoundCloud is my number one source for amazing remixes and song covers. TuneCrawl is a useful little web app for music lovers who, like me, use more than a single service to listen to songs. It lets you search for songs by artist name or by song title across three services: YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud, from a single place. The songs can be played directly on TuneCrawl via the respective service’s media player.
TuneCrawl is simple enough to use; enter a song title or an artist’s name and hit enter. TuneCrawl is quite fast and will list search results within seconds. The search results are all separated by source. Click the play button next to a track listing to start listening to it.
The player’s visibility can be toggled by clicking the Show/Hide Player toggle at the bottom-left. If you click the title of the song, it will open the source page within the same tab. Songs can be shared on Twitter and Facebook, or purchased from Amazon.
According to our tests, TuneCrawl gives better results if you enter a song title rather than an artist’s name. This is normally not the case when you search on the supported services themselves. It stands to reason that TuneCrawl is using its own search instead of that of the services. The results themselves are limited to just six with no way to load more search results, or even open the search on any one of the services themselves.
TuneCrawl is a consolidated way to search across three services, but it isn’t as convenient as its supported services themselves when it comes to playback. What it needs is a way to create temporary playlists using songs from all three of the supported service. Also, the number of search results it provides are severely limited. The service should allow more search results to be browsed, and perhaps it should consider adding support for other popular services, such as Grooveshark.