Tangerine: another app for juicing your music


I’ve talked about SoundFlavor, Pandora (also see Boy and Man), The Filter, neglected to mention MOG or beaTunes, but now there’s yet another way to get more “juice” from your music.

Tangerine, a Mac application from the makers of Voice Candy and Podcast Maker, analyzes track beats per minute (BPM) and compiles playlists based on the setting you choose — creating a consistency in tempo perfect for, as the creator points out, working out.

Of course what seems to be driving most of the excitement is the UI, which you can see here and below, analyzing my smaller iTunes library:
Tangerine recognition BPMs

Not only is this app representative of a larger trend in Mac-app development towards hot and unique interfaces, but it also continues the recent slew of releases that help you get more out of your existing music library. No doubt eventually we’ll see similar types of tools for feeds, videos and friends, but for now, we’ll stick with those that make listening a little tastier.

Disclosure: Word has it people who blog about Tangerine get a free license when it’s released. I’d be happy to get a license, but that’s not why I chose to blog about it, though that has been a partial motivator in the past.

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: Molly.com (YC W18), Uber, Google.

6 thoughts on “Tangerine: another app for juicing your music”

  1. I think it’s pretty damn awesome… much better than Soundflavor. But then again I haven’t tried that for myself as they’re is no OS X version atm.

  2. We’re getting closer and closer to having what windows has had for at least five years, http://www.moodlogic.com/ I hate their ponsie like scheme but that was one of the best pieces of music apps that I gave up in my switch and has yet to find a real replacement.

  3. I would love to use it, but it doesn’t find my iTunes library. I see lots of other people have the same problem at the developers blog. Maybe it’s because we have Music folders with different names (OS not running in English).

    This is a perfect companion to my new Nano and iPod Nike Sports kit. Hope there’s a new version soon!

  4. Once again, I fail to see anything about this user interface that sets it apart from others. The screen cap here is a simple status bar minus barber shop pole; it’s not an innovation but is simply a different graphic. The screen shot you link to looks like itunes, which looks more or less like what email clients have looked like for ten years. As for the CD burner app you mentioned recently, sure, it’s eye candy, but I don’t see how it actually shows progression. The eye candy is actually (unless there’s more to it than the video showed) a non-functional replacement for a useful visual cue. I’ll take the barber pole over meaningless smoke (do they have any mirrors in the interface?) any day. This is me continuing to be clueless, I guess. 😉

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