On Monday, we launched a revamp to the 8tracks website. We think it’s a big step up on several fronts:
- Homepage navigation
- A proper Feed
- Clean & minimal design
The homepage now offers one-click access to the 3 critical paths for enjoying 8tracks — Home, Feed & Explore — from any page on the site.
HOME lets you quickly pick up where you last left off (“Resume”), even if your last listening session was on mobile. And if you want to “change the channel” you can readily jump to any category you’ve previously preferenced:
- Mixes you’ve simply listened to in the past (Listening history)
- Mixes you’ve liked or collected (Liked mixes, Collections)
- Tracks you’ve favorited (Favorite tracks)
- Tags you’ve either visited frequently or actively “preset” (Presets)
- Mixes we THINK you’ll like, based on mixes you’ve liked in the past (Recommended for you)
The new FEED (discussed below) allows you to discover new mixes and music through your social graph — people you follow on 8tracks.
And the EXPLORE section is now more readily (or at least obviously) accessed, allowing you to discover new mixes and music based on some combination of activity, mood and genre tags.
A proper Feed
While 8tracks is fundamentally a social network, we’ve largely eschewed many of the trappings of a typical social network feed. With this 3.0 website revamp, we’ve placed a new Feed front and center. The new Feed includes 2 types of items (for now, but more to come):
- Mixes published by DJs you follow (we’ve always had this in the form of the “Mix feed”)
- Mixes LIKED by listeners you follow (there’s now a reason to follow other listeners who’ve similar taste)
We think the Feed will allow you to better tap others for unearthing gems of interest on the network.
Clean & minimal design
The old version of the site had evolved incrementally, and we felt it was time for a bit of a refresh. The new site:
- Removes unnecessary borders
- Adopts a sexy new font (well, we think so)
- Increases the size of mix art in our “list” view while retaining the option for a visually-focused “grid” view
- Offers you the ability to filter any list of mixes by key criteria (Feed, Liked, Trending, Newest & Popular)
- Unifies presentation across page types (home, profile, mix)
We’ve always prided ourself on a simple, focused and compelling design, and this ups the ante.
We hope you like the changes and, as always, welcome feedback. We’ll be introducing 3.0 versions of both our iOS and Android apps this fall so stay tuned!