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The winners of TNW Conference’s hackathon late April tackled a common but as-yet-unadressed problem for format-shifting music lovers: what do I do with all those CDs on the shelf that I don’t listen to anymore?

Covify‘s solution: rather than laboriously enter each album name into Spotify, why not show my computer the album via its webcam, and let data & image recognition do all the work?

Covify also exists as an iPhone app, currently in beta  but demonstrated in the below video (imagine taking it to a record shop!). Also in the video, Spotify‘s head of hacker relations Andrew Mager, who said “we’ve never seen anything like this. It’s a really cool integration.”

 

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The video ends with an animated explanation of how Covify works.

You can also go to their website & try it yourself, but be warned: it’s currently struggling with the huge demand for the service! One to be watched very closely…

Other TNW Conference music hack highlights included Parti.fi, which promises to “kill the 30-second DJ at parties” by crowdsourcing playlists; Rijksmuseum-spotify, which plays you music from the same period as the classic artwork you’re looking at (from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum); or OfficeTun.es, which aims to make “playing Spotify music in the office conflict-free”, again by crowdsourcing preferences. Find all of the hacks made at the TNW Conference here.

 

Photo: © Julia de Boer, for TheNextWeb.com


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James Martin

James Martin is Head of Social Media for Midem organisers Reed MIDEM. This includes defining and rolling out Midem's social media strategy, editing midemblog, influencer outreach, developing Midem's fanbase of 75,000+ music professionals and more.