If you haven’t heard of ‘The Hype Machine’, what it is is a music sharing website that aggregates the music that’s posted on 1,500+ music blogs, and allows users to listen to songs and add them as favorites). The underlying principle is that if it’s worth blogging about, then it must be worth listening to.
And by extension, we might surmise, if it’s worth listening to then it’s worth doing so with a desktop client, which is precisely what free software Hypegram does.
This software provides what you would expect from a desktop music-sharing client: a nice, stylish interface, a search option, latest and popular sections, etc. But, aside from listening to the music, a single click will take you to the site where the music was written up (the little cloud icon on the bottom right).
Note that Hypegram features advertisements, which are to be found between the music entries. This is not quite unusual for a desktop client for a web service, but it was somewhat of a surprise to me anyway.
[Thanks go to reader Panzer for the tip about this program].
The verdict: good program. Very good music. See my note on the fact that it contains ads above. Also note that because the ‘Hype Machine’ blogs use the SoundCloud cloud music service, you can listen to many of these tracks via previously mentioned ‘The Cloud Player’.
Version tested: 1.0 beta
Go to the program page to download (~ 3 megs).