Apple Watch

5 Things You Need to Know When Designing for Apple Watch

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The Soundwave music discovery app has been live on both iOS and Android for almost 2 years. I recently had the opportunity to work on UI and Interaction Design for the Soundwave Apple Watch app. With the Watch set to be released on April 24th, Soundwave will be one of the first apps available on this platform. Having also been one of the first apps available on Android Wear, it’s exciting to finally have an Apple Watch app in the pipeline! Naturally, tackling the design and build of an app on a new platform was […]

Core Data Concurrency – Maintaining a Silky Smooth UI

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In July 2014, Soundwave introduced a new messaging feature that enabled music lovers to chat and share music with each other. Along with tracking your music listening history and seeing what songs your friends are listening to, users were now able to set up private groups for chatting about music with their friends. This made it even easier to tell your friends about your new favourite tune or to chat with other random Soundwave users who enjoy the same music as you. From a technical perspective the Soundwave Engineering team decided to use PubNub to […]

The Ultimate Guilty Pleasure Playlist

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Our #GuiltyPleasure2014  competition this week was a huge success with entries flooding in from our Soundwavers on Twitter. You certainly didn’t hold back when it came to divulging what you’ve been listening to! We are delighted to present some of the best (and worst) submissions. The Romantic Throwback: John Denver, annie’s song The Power Ballad: Foreigner, i want to know what love is The chart topper: taylor swift, shake it off the 90’s smash hit: backstreet boys, everybody The christmas classic: Michael buble, it’s beginning to look alot like christmas The Disney favorite: idina menzel, let it go (frozen) And lastly… The […]

Let’s not pretend anymore… we all do it.

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Throughout the year, the Soundwave support team have received numerous requests from rather distressed users to remove certain, er… embarrassing songs from their Recent Plays. These emails were filled with elaborate explanations on how these songs ended up on their Soundwave profile in the first place. Excuses like; “I accidentally played it”  “My girlfriend had my phone” or the classic… “My mom uses my Spotify account sometimes!” We’ve heard it all! And while we are more than happy to help remove your “Recent Play Shame”, it got us wondering… What is the big deal? Why can’t […]

Thank God it’s Friday and we have a winner! Woohoo!

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WINNER: THE ARCTIC MONKEYS As Alex Turner said earlier this year:  “Rock’n’Roll will never die!” Today’s results show that our Soundwavers completely agree and named the Arctic Monkeys our Soundwave Artist of the Year 2014 with a whopping 33% of the vote! Their latest album release AM (which won them a Brit Award earlier this year) is doing phenomenally well on Soundwave with singles like ‘Why’d you only call me when you’re high?’ and ‘Do I wanna know?’ being tracked by nearly 58, 000 users!! (Mindblown!) Unfortunately, as with every award, there can be only […]