BBC 6 Music Festival Hack Day!

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By Hugh Rawlinson Soundwave were recently invited to attend the BBC Festival Hack Day in Newcastle on the weekend of the 21st of February. This hack day was organised to coincide with the BBC 6 Music Festival and I went along on behalf of Soundwave to get involved! The festival hack was held in The Core; a shared space between Newcastle University and Newcastle Science. The day kicked off on the Friday morning with numerous API Presentations from  companies such as Twilio, 7digital and the BBC. Hackers were mingling and caffinating in preparation for the […]

3 lessons from building the metrics engine of a growing startup

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Written by Clodagh McCarthy Luddy. Software Engineer Just over a year ago I joined the small startup team at Soundwave, which already had hundreds of thousands of users. These users were syncing millions of song plays, following each other and liking and disliking tunes, as well as writing up feature requests and bug reports. Coming in with a fierce interest in stats, data mining and classification, I made sure I got involved with the analytics side of the project. This is a small window into what I learned by evolving the metrics engine of a […]

Mongo DB and the Soundwave Music Map

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Written by Dave Lynch Principal Engineer Soundwave is a smartphone app that tracks music as quickly as it is played. Soundwave tracks each user’s music-listening habits across multiple platforms and streaming services1, creating a listening profile. Users follow each other, facilitating listening, sharing, discovery, and discussion of music old and new, popular and niche. MongoDB is our database of choice. We track around 250,000 plays per day from a user base that has grown to over 1 million in the past 13 months. Soundwave has users in all time zones, making availability critical. MongoDB replica […]

New Soundwave Update – Shaken, not stirred…

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We are delighted to announce that Soundwave is now fully integrated with the Sony Walkman! The reaction from Sony fans on the app has been unbelievable. Even well-known Sony advocate James Bond (Yes, he’s a real person!) has  joined Soundwave as a result to track all his favourite tunes from his Sony Xperia T. In addition to Sony Walkman, Android users can now track all their favorite plays from Tidal Lossless Audio, Winamp, Amazon Player, Rocket Player, PlayerPro, Deezer, Soundcloud, and Rdio. It’s also easier than ever to track your music on Soundwave with the new Connect […]

Soundwave receives the Editor’s Choice award on the Google Play Store

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Editor’s Choice is a specific section on the Google Play Store; reserved for a collection of the very best apps, hand-picked by the store’s Editors. Getting a spot here is notoriously difficult as the Store has high standards and a number of quality guidelines that an app has to meet in order to be considered. According to the Google Play store’s website: “Editor’s select apps based on their ‘quality and great user interface, long-term popularity and innovative use of Android features!” Taking all of this into consideration you can understand how delighted we were when […]