Things have gone a bit quiet on the open-source music player Tomahawk in recent months, but now the team behind it have revealed why: they’ve been working on a companion project called Hatchet, which is now available (for “friends and loved ones” to try out). “Hatchet is designed to be an interoperable music & fan community – full of your friends (regardless of what music services they use), your musical influencers (regardless of whether they are your friends), and set of rich and expansive data around your favourite music and artists,” explains a blog post. “A place where users can share music, tastes and thoughts.  A place where users can easily have their taste data and playlists resolved against one or more music services – and be portable across them.  A place where a subscriber of one music service can benefit from the tastes of their musical influencers even though they may use a different set of music services.” It’s continuing the interoperability theme from Tomahawk, at a time when streaming music services remain largely siloed experiences. The team are promising “fast and furious” updates over the coming weeks, in response to early feedback.

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