The Public Radio Exchange has teamed up with music intelligence company The Echo Nest to create an iOS app that serves up music news based on your iTunes.
Once you download Bandito [iTunes link], the app scans your iTunes library in order to determine your most-played artists. From there, the app presents you with a list of blog posts and news related to bands you dig, as well as a list of news about “hot” artists.
In terms of concept, this is pretty solid app. Yeah, you could get a Google alert every time your favorite band’s name graces the digital headlines, but this app makes it pretty simple to cut through the fluff.
However, Bandito could use a little work in execution. For instance, the app keeps insisting that my “Top Artists” are Depeche Mode and Spoon. Yes, I have one Depeche Mode album. I have no idea where it came from and I have never listened to it. And as for Spoon, yeah, if it were 2005, we’d be in business.
With the kinks worked out, Bandito could definitely be a fun little app to keep the casual listener updated on his or her favorite bands, and the hardcore music head satisfied during those interminable tune-less moments spent in the elevator every a.m.