December 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm’s Top 5 Most-Read Stories of 2011

In 2011, we said goodbye to's old, black-background design, launched a directory of music apps, and posted these stories and many others.

This was the first full year of, which we recently redesigned with a new, cleaner look, and the world’s first cross-platform directory of music apps with categories, reviews, videos, and more.

To celebrate, we figured we’d take a look at’s top five stories of 2011, as chosen by our readers.

(Note: This doesn’t count traffic to articles on our syndication partners, including, Gizmodo, CNET, Billboard, Hypebot, Business Insider, and Huffington Post.)

1. Invite-Only Takes ‘Social Music’ Beyond the Buzzword

I am fairly certain that we broke the news about, after I tracked the cellphone number of its co-founder Billy Chasen and surprised him with a quick call. He said he didn’t want the publicity yet… sorry.

2. Five Ways Google+ Could Steal Music Fans from Facebook

Apparently, lots of people were curious about Google+ vs. Facebook as music platforms. Of course, a few months after we wrote this, Facebook stepped up its game considerably in the music area. (This story even found its way onto CNN, which is not an official syndication partner.)

3. Anatomy of an iOS 5 Upgrade Fail

We were excited to try out Apple’s latest version of iOS in October, but unfortunately, our upgrade failed. We weren’t the only ones who encountered those problems, making our account of the fail the third-most-read story on this site in 2011. (Even worse, we encountered another problem when we tried the same upgrade on an iPad.)

4. How To: Switch an Old iPhone to a New Computer

Our most popular tutorial of the year, this guide to introducing your old iPhone to your new computer owed plenty to a nice gentleman at the Apple Genius store who taught us the technique depicted there.

5. Free Music Can Pay As Well As Paid Music, Says YouTube

Rounding out the list is our exclusive interview with YouTube executives, wherein they explained how free music can earn as much revenue as paid music thanks to advertising innovation and other factors.

It’s been quite an eventful year! We’re not yet done posting for 2011, but that’s where things stand as of today.

Read more articles next year by following our main Twitter feed, @evolverfm — not to be confused with my old one, which duplicates those tweets but without our pithy observations. In addition, you might like our new @evolverfm_apps Twitter feed, which tracks notable additions to’s directory of music apps.

Happy listening.

  • Tristan

    Congrats Evolver! And Happy Holiday!