Students’ Facebook playlist helps others find new songs

December 10, 2009 — by Apeksha Sharma and Kyumin Shim

Eric and Will’s Infinite Playlist, a Facebook group started by sophomore Eric Wang and junior Will Tang with over 150 members, gives students the opportunity to share music through wall posts and discussion boards. Although still lacking the abundance of song suggestions that the group hopes for one day, this concept of an online playlist is useful any time students are in need for something new to listen to.

“You open yourself to different types of music that other people listen to,” said junior Kaitna Shankar. “Music also shows a person’s personality.”

On the discussion board, topics range from nostalgic music to music listeners can nod off to. By categorizing different songs, the site feels more organized and approachable for new group members. Each response to a post of a song is accompanied by a link to YouTube, which makes previewing a song faster than searching for it online. People can easily discover interesting new music through the site.

Another positive aspect of the group is that it discusses every genre of music. Students with different musical tastes and styles all come together to make a list of songs that others would not have otherwise taken interest in. For example, a student who likes country music would not regularly look at the popular rap songs. This group allows its members to broaden their musical horizons.

The inspiration for the group was simple—both Tang and Wang were in search of new music to listen to.

“We started it because of a simple exchange of ‘dude I need more music,’ ‘Me too,'” said Tang. “We just thought, instead of wasting all the time trying to find a few good songs, why don’t we just have other people do it for us.”

Top 10 music of Eric and Wills infinite playlist:
1. “Starlight” by Muse
2. “Stolen” by Dashboard Confessional
3. “Very Busy People” by The Limousines
4. “Fill me In” by Craig David
5. “Is it any wonder?” by Keane
6. “Walking Away” by Lifehouse
7. “Clocks” by Coldplay
8. “Sex on fire”by Kings of Leon
9. “I need some sleep” by Eels
10. “Sometime around midnight” by Airborne toxic event.

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