Three enterprising young undergraduates at Tufts University, Massachusetts, have created an app that changes the way people discover music. Cymbal, created by students Gabriel Jacobs, Amadou Crookes and Mario Gomez-Hall, is described as music discovered by friends and not algorithms.
Cymbal works like Instagram in that it has a home page where users can upload one song – perhaps their favourite at the time – then their friends can like, follow, comment etc. Over time your feed becomes a sort of interactive playlist. The app has already been downloaded over 17,000 times.
Jacobs, 21, is no stranger to creating viral apps. At the age of just 14 he created Fart For Free, an app that mimicked a whoopee cushion and was a big hit amongst teenagers, generating over 4 million downloads.