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Music collaboration service Indaba has just introduced a number of new features to its site, including a new Facebook-like chat system, enhanced commenting, and a recommendation engine that helps compatible artists find each other, effectively enabling it to automatically pick out potential bandmates. The site has passed under our radar since launching in 2007, but has grown to over 125,000 thousand musicians. Indaba is a music community for musicians looking to remotely collaborate with each other, and to share the music they’ve composed. However, while the site does make it easy to listen to what other members have created (songs can be played using an intuitive player than sits at the bottom of the screen), Indaba isn’t geared towards promoting your band and gaining fans (at least not yet).
There’s a new version of Songbeat , a simple but powerful desktop application for discovering music online, and I like it. When it was first released earlier this year , the client only enabled you to search for music online using Seeqpod , but the updated version lets you search more engines at once and also lets you easily play, export and download songs. The music industry will be interested to know that the new iteration of Songbeat supports integrated search for Seeqpod, Project Playlist, SpoolFM, iASK ‘and more’. You can use the client to listen to music over the web, or listen and record straight from Last.fm . Music files can be directly exported to iTunes, Windows Media Player and Winamp or burnt on a CD, and you can download tracks or albums straight from the internet, or even a complete genre or artist thanks to integration with Mixtape. Songbeat even automatically tags your music files with lyrics and album cover art when you download them from the net.