April 6, 2010 – 11:06 pm
One of the ideas I had during my ’30 days of ideas’ last month was something I called I Made You A Tape – an online service that allowed you to make mixtapes for a single person, with personalised liner notes.
Ray Kuyvenhoven, a website developer in British Columbia, took that basic idea and made something genuinely amazing.
It’s called Mixtape For You – and it’s awesome. I’ve made one so far (an introduction to Shriekback for a friend of mine), and I’m so impressed with how it works – and how it embodies the intention of what I was trying to do.
How it works
Give your mixtape a title, and enter the name and email address of the person you want to send it to.
Then write a spiel outlining what the mixtape is about in general. Next, upload tracks one at a time. Up to 45 minutes for each ‘side’ of the mixtape, and up to 15MB per track. You can also upload artwork that will get embedded in the final mixtape, and added to the liner notes.
Each track has space for you to write as much as you want about that particular tune.
When you’re done uploading, you hit send. The mixtape is compiled and the original mp3s deleted off the server. An email is sent to your intended recipient with a URL where they can listen to or download your one-off mixtape (you can also listen to it – but nobody else can).
A week later, that mixtape is deleted from the server.
What do they receive?
Your mixtape recipient gets to download two mp3s of up to 45 minute duration: one called Side A; one called Side B.
They also get a very nice PDF of liner notes. The liner notes contain an overall overview of the mixtape, plus titles and durations, as well as individual commentary on each track (why it’s meaningful, etc.).
The best thing
Best thing about it, of course, is that this happened because it was a spare idea I didn’t want to do anything about, and so I just put it out there for anyone who wanted to use it.
Ray has simply gone ahead and made it, and then told me about it once it was done. Better than I could possibly have hoped. I invented something, and it came true because I said it out loud.
Please try it out – and I would absolutely love it if someone made a mixtape for me.
Table of contents for 30 Days of Ideas
- The other way of following first
- Now we’re up and dancing
- 30 days of ideas – 01: Keymash
- 30 days of ideas – 02: Radio Alerts
- 30 days of ideas – 03: Only Famous (a romantic comedy)
- 30 days of ideas – 04: Modcasts
- 30 days of ideas – 05: Numberless Calendar
- 30 days of ideas – 06: SpringCleanr
- 30 days of ideas – 07: Street Gallery
- 30 days of ideas – 08: Smart Business Cards
- 30 days of ideas – 09: Recordings in Concert
- 30 days of ideas – 10: Vinyl scanner
- 30 days of ideas – 11: Photo Stack-and-Scan
- 30 days of ideas – 12: A Box of Cool
- 30 days of ideas – 13: Karaoke-Tube Celebstar Idol
- 30 days of ideas – 14: I Made You A Tape
- 30 days of ideas – 15: Newspaper download codes
- 30 days of ideas – 16: Pebble Splash
- 30 days of ideas – 17: Digital radio, somewhere useful
- 30 days of ideas – 18: Public domain music collection
- 30 days of ideas – 19: Blog cast-list automator
- 30 days of ideas – 20: The Retirement Pile
- 30 days of ideas – 21: Nationalise EMI
- 30 days of ideas – 22: The Stainless Steel Rat (the movie)
- 30 days of ideas – 23: WordPress Bandcampify template
- 30 days of ideas – 24: Rollercoasters as public transport
- 30 days of ideas – 25: Next-gen personalised music radio
- 30 days of ideas – 26: New Music Trust
- 30 days of ideas – 27: Tamagotchi Gardening
- 30 days of ideas – 28: Charity shop clothing subscription
- 30 days of ideas – 29: ‘Now Playing’ social music app
- 30 days of ideas – 30: House of Spare Ideas
- Mixtape for You by Ray Kuyvenhoven
- What can you do in 30 days?