Music discovery apps are ten-a-penny on the app stores in 2013: there’s scope for more innovation in the space, but it’s very tough for individual apps to get significant traction. Can Soundwave become one of the successful ones? The Dublin-based startup’s iPhone and Android app is currently in private beta, and has potential. “With Soundwave you can discover what songs people are playing on their phones and where. It’s simple – see the songs that people are playing – the songs that are going through their headphones – as they play them,” explains its site. “There’s no silly algorithm that tries to predict music tastes based on your hair color or what you had for lunch. The only thing we care about is whether someone listened to a song or not – not if they are talking about a song, blogging about it or pretending to know it or bash it on a forum somewhere… Music discovery – done right. Finally.” One to watch.

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