Finnish startup Hitlantis is preparing to release its iPhone music discovery app, and has given a sneak peek. The app will show artists as planets, colour-coded by genre. Their size will reflect their amount of content, while their distance from the central ‘Hitlantis’ sun will reflect their popularity. The idea is to make it easier for users to discover independent and unsigned bands, rather than the usual big guns of the digital music world. Music samples, biographies and social features are all tied in, along with a randomised music radio station to aid discovery. “It’s as close to normal human behavior as possible, resembling the action of people going to the real record store on High Street and browsing products visually,” says co-founder Timo Poijarvi.

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