I remember as a teenager the first time I tried to make myself a mix tape, and how cool it was. Then I started making them for my mom and girls that I had crushes on, only to realize that it wasn’t really impressing the ladies. Boy, were those some good memories.
Yes, making mix tapes are a thing of the past, but you can relive that past with a web app called Mixtaping.fm. It’s a great way to take the concept of tape mixing into the digital age. Who knows, it could even score you some points with the ladies this time around. If nothing else, the nostalgia factor is definitely worth trying out the app.
Starting Your Mix Tape
When you first start out at Mixtaping.fm, unfortunately, you can only log in with a Facebook account. I can go on and on about not understanding why sites do this, but I won’t go there. So, unless you have an account you cannot use the app. Hopefully in the future they will allow other types of logins or even the ability to create your own account.
Editor’s note: In a nice show of how quickly the app might evolve, Mixtaping.fm has already added Twitter as a login option in the few days since this article was started. So, you can now create an account with a Facebook or Twitter account, and perhaps they’ll have more options in the future since they moved so quickly on this one.
After you are done logging in, you can now start to create your very own mixtape. When you first get started, you get to design your cover and tape. In order to create your cover art, Mixtapping gives you options to either get a picture from Facebook or Instagram, or to upload one yourself. When you are done with this you can then choose from three different types of cassette tapes to use along with your album artwork.
This is where the fun really starts to begin for you. Adding songs is very easy to do and like any mix tape, you can put songs on both Side A and Side B. In order to find the song you want, you need to just type the name or artist into the search field and you get a list to choose from. You can even preview the song before you decide to use it in your mix tape. Once you find the one you want, you can add it to either side of the tape. As of right now, you can add up to 30 mins on each side of the tape, a limit that quite likely won’t change if they’re trying to emulate the cassette tape experience.
When you are done making your mix tape, you can then dedicate it to someone in your Facebook list. You can also add a description about the tape as well as add tags to it. Then, finally, you can share your mix tape out with the world. Other people who are using the web app can comment on your mixtape as well as “like” it.
Not only can you create your own mix tape, but you can also see and hear other people’s creations on the site as well. You can use the search function and look for specific type of mixtapes that you may be interested in. Although, I am not sure if it is because there isn’t a lot of users yet, but the feature didn’t work as well as I would have liked it to.
There is also a Popular Mixtapes section where you can see all of the most played songs. These are organized by genre as well as by the most popular in general. If you find a mixtape that you like, you can follow that person and then you will have a feed of their music. The more people you follow the more music you will see in your feed.
When you want to listen to the music that you discover from others on the site, you can listen to a preview of the song through the app. If you want to listen to the whole song, you have to have a Spotify account and have it downloaded onto your computer. This can be a pain for some that doesn’t have an account, but I think that is the only way they can legally let you listen to the whole song without actually charging you for it. You also have the option of buying the song in iTunes, which is how Mixtapping is making their money right now.
Overall, I really like the concept behind Mixtapping.fm. I think it definitely has a lot of potential for people who love to listen to music. Of course it will tap into a group of people who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s that actually knew what a mix tape was all about, but the big question is will it catch on with today’s younger generation? I think if it is to catch on, it will have to be more social. Yes, you have the Facebook integration and the ability to follow, like, and comment on other people’s music, but it would be nice to see Twitter integration and the ability to get a short link to a specific mix tape that people can go to without having to sign up for the service.
Like any new app, you have to give it time, and Mixtapping hasn’t been out for too long. I loved making my mix tape and dearly wish and hope that in the future there is a way that we can somehow purchase the mix tape and have it as a playlist that I can keep. All of the features for the most part worked well and cannot wait to see what they plan to add in the future.
So, if you were ever part of the mix tapping generation or if you just want to see what it is all about, I highly suggest you go and check them out. The app is free to use, but like I mentioned before, you do need a Facebook (or now Twitter account ~editor) account to access it. Have fun, and can’t wait to see all the amazing mix tapes you guys produce!