May 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Slick MoodAgent Builds Playlists to Suit Every Mood

moodagent iphoneThe MoodAgent app for Windows computers, the Winamp music player, and iPhone, Android, and Nokia smartphones creates playlists based on mood –sensual, tender, happy, angry, or any combination of those — as well as tempo, meaning that it can make up-tempo playlists for the gym, or down-tempo ones for napping on the plane.

Unlike other mood-based music apps we’ve tested, this one draws its playlists from your own music library, whether on your smartphone or desktop computer. This means there is no lag while songs load into a stream, and audio quality remains at whatever level you are used to (problems that plagued similar apps we’ve seen). The obvious downside, of course, is that MoodAgent doesn’t introduce you to new music, so it’s best for folks who often download new stuff often.

moodagent androidMoodAgent wins high marks for its intuitive and engaging interface. Simply adjust the sliders based on how you’re feeling (because the brainwave synchronizer that would obviate the need for those controls is at least a few years out) and the app attempts to generate a suitable playlist from your collection.

This worked well most of the time, but we spotted some peculiar choices. For example, dragging the “Happy” slider all the way up, and nothing else, launched a playlist that began with Portishead’s haunting “Nylon Smile” and Interpol’s mostly-minor-key “PDA,” although, again, it usually did a much better job than that.

Several useful options add depth to the app, which costs a few bucks (varying slightly platform by platform), such as the ability to exclude certain artists from appearing in generated playlists, and locking tracks to keep them in playlists. The app also packs a function to share resulting playlists with Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Overall, we found Moodagent stable and fun to use, but for $5 (the iPhone price) we’d expect it to work without those occasional “WTF” moments.

  • Francknak

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    this service generates playlist depending on your activity / mood and is also a social network dedicated to music…
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  • Casper

    Thanks for the article. May we add that Moodagent is the only technology which is able to accurately read the truly musical and emotional details of any track in the world. Since it automatically creates a playlist from your local library, it’ll base the playlist on the music in your collection which comes closest to the given setting. If you drag the happy slider all the way up and disable all other parameters, it requires that you actually have a number of truly happy songs available for the playlist to make sense. If you enable “smart sliders (in the settings), press the Moodagent icon next to the track which seems like a peculiar choice, and select “Use as seed track”, the sliders will display the actual mood setting of that specific track. Since moods in music always consist of a mix of different emotional parameters, we find that this is the most fair way to display the complexity of the given track’s emotional profile.
    And as a comment to the line “The obvious downside, of course, is that Moodagent doesn’t introduce you to new music”, we like to add: In our latest version of Moodagent, we’ve introduced a new discovery service, which introduces you to new music from the web, based on the musical and emotional qualities  of the track currently playing. So go discover with Moodagent, it’s really quite good.
    Br. Casper / Moodagent