mySpoonful introduces small music bites - one independent artist at a time, three times a week - to "busy people." Each post includes a photo and a bio paragraph about the artist, along with a free mp3 track for users to listen to and download if they wish.
I must admit that when I first read what 'My Spoonful' is all about, I wasn't sure if it might be too little to only feature three acts a week but then the more I think about it, the more I see the sense. As an avid user of Spotify, I often find myself flicking a lot through music in search of that great new undiscovered band or singer, mainly because of the unbelievably vast amount of music available at ones finger tips. This can mean that very good music can be easily overlooked or missed in ones frantic attempts to find the Holy Grail. So with hindsight, the concept of just a small 'spoonful' of music drip fed to me in three installments over the course of a week makes a lot of sense. It means I can take the time to digest the artist and decide if they're for me or not; especially as the site very kindly allows one to download a track by them as well.
The concept of simplicity that clearly runs through the veins of 'My Spoonful' also extends to the functionality of the site. When it comes to the three musicians that are featured each week, the sites main page will allow the user to listen to a track, download a track and also learn various facts about them. There is then the option to 'Read More' by clicking through to a slightly more elaborate page solely dedicated to that artist. This will include other features such as videos, web links and social network sharing icons.
In general everything runs very well and smoothly here but I do have a small gripe; when a track in question is playing, there is no option to fast forward or rewind it. Fair enough, one can take the option to download the track which will obviously give them the flexibility to control it as they wish. However, personally, I would rather listen to the track on the site first so that I can decide if I actually want to take the time to download it. This might take me a few listens, so obviously I would like the choice as to where in the track I decide to start it etc.
The design and layout of 'My Spoonful' is very good. The white background combined with bold black and orange text and icons gives a great clean and contemporary feel throughout. The slightly playful logo works well and juxtaposes perfectly against everything else. The selection of images used to represent the musicians are generally very good and sit perfectly within the rest of the layout.
'My Spoonful' in general is a good site and is definitely worthy of signing-up to in order to receive the newsletter that informs one of the new artists each week. I was interested to read the following statement from the 'About' section on the site: " Our team of expert music writers do all the work for you – sifting through new music and recommending only the best, up-and-coming artists that are worth your time. Just like the dude at the indie record store, we know what to listen to outside of the mainstream."
I find this a very bold and slightly pompous statement because they are assuming that anyone using the site will share their view on what warrants 'the best' music. I used to spend a lot of time in independent record shops and it's true that you generally have a good rapport with one or more of the staff members. As a result, they would always be able to make great recommendations for you based on their knowledge and memory of what you had been buying. However, to use this kind of analogy here doesn't really make a lot of sense because 'My Spoonful' doesn't know you or anything about the music you are in to. So with this in mind, it does worry me slightly that the guys have put all their eggs in one basket. The concept works if the user happens to share their judgment on music but if they don't, then there is a potentially big problem.