Amazon Launches Social Music Site
Amazon.com has launched a Wikipedia style site dedicated to music and bands called SoundUnwound.
The site features information from Amazon’s retail site and from its Internet Movie Database. The site is currently in beta.
On the SoundUnwound blog page it lists several ways users can navigate the site. "Explore connections between artists – band memberships, family, shared credits and more. Visualize timelines for artists with our interactive discography."
"Discover similar artists and releases by genre and Amazon purchase data. Experience new artists through photos, videos and music clips."
Music can be searched for by studio recording, live album, and compilation. The site provides track listing for each studio album in its database along with the length of the song and the original year it was released.
SoundUnwound also features embedded YouTube videos of artists and bands along with links at the bottom of the page with Amazon like recommendations for other related releases.
The site also offers a direct link to Amazon allowing users to browse or purchase the music they may be interested in.
All edits made on the site are filtered by Amazon staff before being displayed in order to ensure accuracy.
The site also features a nice timeline of artists or bands and displays thumbnails of when a particular album was released. A nice addition to SoundUnwound would be information on video compilations released by a band and live video recordings.