A longer life for post-rock fans

Screenshot_3_10_13_6_42_PM-2I like to listen to post-rock. Unfortunately, post-rock bands tend to have very long names like ‘Explosions in the Sky’, ‘God Speed you black emperor’, and ‘This will Destroy You’.  I have a long commute and I will find that I am frequently risking my life trying to type a long band name into my music player.  I wish Siri supported non-itunes players like Spotify, but until then I need a way to tell Spotify to play music by bands with long names. If I don’t, I will die in a fiery crash on Route 3 in Lowell Mass. A horrible way to go.   So this weekend at the Artists Hack I built something to solve this problem. It lets you play music in Spotify without having to type long artist names. Here’s how it works.

I used Twilio to set up a phone number such that if you text it an artist name, it will respond with a spotify link to a song by that artist.  You can add the phone number to your contacts as “music player”,  You can then use Siri  in a dialog like so:

Me: Send a text to Music Player

Siri: What would you like it to say

Me: Explosion in the Sky

Siri: OK, I’ll send it

A few seconds later I get a text message back with a link to a popular track by Explosions in the Sky. I tap the link and Spotify opens and plays the song.  It is about as simple a hack as can be, but it solves a real problem for me.    Here’s the screenshot:


If you want to use it – send a text with the artist name (and nothing else) to 603 821 4328. The code is on github.  Update … much to my surprise this hack won two prizes at the hackathon – the Twilio 1st prize and the overall 3rd prize.

  1. #1 by drsleepless on March 14, 2013 - 8:21 am

    Excellent idea! I myself listen to a lot of post rock and understand this scenario. Great work on the hack :)

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