Social listening has long been an awkward experience. While most of us have resorted to Discord music bots or Spotify group sessions, Indian developers Shashwat Singhal and Tanya Desai have created a cross-platform social music app that integrates with Spotify, Apple Music and Youtube. We’ve gone hands-on with the app, and here’s how Lishash attempts social listening with a community-centric approach.
Setting up your Lishash profile and getting started
When you create an account on Lishash, you get your own profile. You can specify your top tracks, artists and genres in your Lishash profile. By default, the app populates your top artists based on your linked Spotify/Apple Music accounts. However, tapping the pencil icon gives you the option to customize your preferences and include/remove artists.
On the home page, you will see active community sessions and in-app friend sessions. Touching the session opens a menu where you can see the song currently playing and the genres included in the session. If this piques your interest, you can choose to join the session.
Joining the session gives you access to the music and chat interface. If you participate in a community session, options to control music playback and queue songs are limited to hosts and co-hosts. You can discuss the song in the chat box with a left swipe.
Towards the end of the home page, you will see a list of upcoming sessions. You have the option to enable reminders to be notified when the session goes live.
Listen to music with friends
While playing a song on Lishash, you can invite your friends to the session. Note that your friend will need the app to connect to the listening party, and you must add them to the app’s friend list. Sending a session invitation is as easy as tapping the “Invite” button next to the song name and choosing your friend’s profile from the list. They can then participate and you can all listen to music together and chat in the chatbox.
Share songs and chat with friends
If you just discovered a new song, you can easily share it with your friend in the app. The Share button in the player interface allows you to do this. Moreover, he even indicates if your friend has already listened to this track. You also have the option to add a custom rating when sharing the song, which makes the recommendation even more personal.
What I love about sharing songs through the app is the fact that shared songs are organized in a separate section. Opening the song list brings up a chat box where you can specifically discuss the song in question. So yes, you can see that Lishash has worked a ton on the community aspect of the platform, creating chat and sharing options whenever needed.
Musical discovery through private sessions
Before dismissing it as a fancy Discord group listening feature with extra steps, let me introduce you to my favorite feature of the app – filters. With filters, you can narrow down exactly the type of music you want to listen to, a feature that the best music streaming services lack. You can tap the floating action button to access the filters section.
In the filters tab, you can adjust valence, volume, speech (instrumental – heavy speech), popularity, depth and release date. After setting the filters you want, you have the option to save them as a “mood” to review later.
Lishash App: Business Model
The Lishash app currently has an in-app currency which the company calls “Licos”. Here, Licos is the reputation token you earn by participating and engaging in the app. For example, you get 5 Licos when someone likes a track you queued in a community session. Licos also gives you special benefits in the app. On the other hand, the developers will soon introduce monetary tokens to purchase app subscription.
“You can never buy reputation with money, it can only be earned through community contribution. The goal of reputation tokens is to build a healthy community and decentralize the governance of Lishash by giving give the most active people an automated way to become mods. Currency tokens can be used to purchase a subscription and become part of future Lishash profits,” Lishash co-founder Shashwat Singhal said Beebom.
Going forward, the company aims to launch a web app, host community-focused meetups in multiple cities across India, and bring Lishash to blockchain.. This would essentially make Lishash a web3 community business, where community members can contribute via code, marketing, or use other relevant skills to earn monetary tokens in return.
Lishash App: Quick Prints
Having used the Lishash app for the past two weeks, I found the app intuitive and convenient for discovering new music. Through a mix of community sessions and filters, I’ve discovered around 100 new songs so far. Other than a few occasional bugs and crashes, the app generally works as expected.
Downloading the app redirects you to a form where you’re asked about your music discovery preferences and a few other basic details. You will receive an invitation link to the application shortly after submitting the form. If you are interested, you can check out Lishash on Play Store and App Store.
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