This past weekend was a big one for college hackathons. We know of three that occurred, and we attended two. First up, we have a recap of LA Hacks, which was by far the largest hackathon we've ever been to. There were a ton of great hacks, and a bunch of them even use the Rdio API! (Imagine that!)
Spritz Beatz is a great API mashup if we've ever seen one. The hack lets you put in text to read through Spritz, then looks up keywords from the text in Gracenote to find background music for your reading, and plays that music through Rdio while you read. Winner, best use of Rdio API
Aud.io - Site
One of the most common ideas we see at hackathons is the "Party Playlist App", which provides people some way or another to submit songs to be played next, a collaborative, real-time playlist, if you will. Aud.io is one of these hacks, with a nice design, and a Twilio phone number for finding tunes. Best of all, it texts you back, letting you know the app got your request. Winner, best use of Twilio API
Swatch'n Music - Site
A twist on the classic Memory game, Swatch'n Music challenges you to find a target song in a grid populated with songs of simliar genre and mood. They used the Gracenote API to populate the board with songs from Rdio. Winner, best use of the Gracenote API
Ballad - Site
Twilio may have given their API prize to Aud.io, but we thought Ballad took the "text a song to hear it" party playlist concept to another level. It's main distinguishing feature is that it counts votes, so if more than one person texts the same song, it'll rise to the top of the list instead of getting added twice.
Hear Me Out
Hear Me Out is takes Tinder's idea of random match making, and puts a musical twist on it. Instead of being presented with a potential match's photo, you're presented with a song (provided by Rdio, natch). If you dig it, you can send a song back, and if you both like each other's songs, you can start a conversation and connect.
Hummly is a crowdsourced cover song generator, allowing anyone with enough audacity to sing portions of songs into their phone. The app then aggregates and mixes everyones singing into one full cover song. It also uses the Rdio API to provide the real version of the song for reference. Thankfully, the part of the app that aggregates everyone's singing wasn't built yet, so we didn't have to listen to the cacophony of 300 tone deaf people trying to cover Let It Go. We're hoping in version 2, they implement autotune.
Panda in Air - Site
Panda in Air is a neat hack that lets you use Leap Motion to select music based on tempo. The hack uses the Gracenote API to find music of a certain tempo, and the Rdio API for playback.
ShitList - Site
We were a bit confused by the name on this one. Their slogan for it is "With no other playlist will you give such a shit," even though we were expecting something entirely the opposite. The app is basically a text-to-listen playlist, but their logo has a pretty terrific artist's rendition of the esteemed pile of poop emoji.
Unrelated to the bovine noises of a similar name, Moozik is actually a radio station generator that uses Gracenote for figuring out what to play, and Rdio to play it. They claim it's "the most beautiful streaming music web application of all time that suggest you music based on the artists you love." We'd be inclined to agree, but we're a little bit biased by this.
Mega Party Stack - Site
An ambitious hack, Mega Stack Party intended to be the LAMP stack for your party. It provides an interface to Delivery.com for ordering food and booze, some tunes from Rdio, and (unimplemented, but intended) an interface to Uber to make sure everyone gets home safe.
CrowdBox was intended to be a voting system for jukeboxes in public spaces. At a higher level, the team wanted it to be the sort of thing people who run public spaces (like bars) could use to figure out what people want to hear over the speakers. Though the team didn't quite finish their original vision, they did get the app to play music from Rdio, and come up with a pretty elegant design.
That just about wraps up the Rdio hacks. LA Hacks was seriously the biggest hackathon we've ever seen, so while we encourage you to check out all of the hacks, we'd also recommend getting comfortable, because there are a lot of them.
Coming up next, our recap of HackIllinois!