The proliferation of social and music services are good for music fans, overall. But do we really need to see every song our friends play? I think we all know the answer: There is such a thing as too much information, at least where humans are concerned. (Machines are different.)
It usually makes more sense to share only your favorite tracks, rather than reporting all musical activity, from the trivial to the world-changing. Audiozue (Mac, $5) addresses this by uniting iTunes, Spotify, and/or Rdio in a single, simple control interface.
On top of that, you can share any song to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr with a single click. Your friends will be taken to the corresponding page — for instance, if you share an Rdio track, your friend can play it in Rdio, or if you share an iTunes track, your friend gets a 90-second sample and the chance to buy it.
We’re always on the lookout for anything that simplifies the fractured nature of the music ecosystem, and Audiozue qualifies. Not only can you play three popular music sources in one interface and share what you’re hearing, but it tracks your likes and plays across multiple Macs, so you can see what’s trending in your own personal taste regardless of which Mac or music service you’re using at any particular time.
This beautifully-designed Mac player sits conveniently in the Finder bar running all the time in the background as your music is playing. While the sharing feature requires voluntary sharing, Audiozue also scrobbles everything you play to Last.fm, so you can track it that way too, and use your listening to power other Last.fm-integrated services.
One more thing: Audiozue integrates with Apple iCloud, so if you have an account there, your play history and trend information will be safe in the cloud.
Our music is all over the place, and we need to wrest back some degree of control. Audiozue is a step in the right direction. If you listen to lots of iTunes and/or Spotify or Rdio, enjoy scrobbling and sharing, and use a Mac, it’s probably worth your $5.