A new app has launched called Cymbal that aims to be “Instagram for music.”
Created by three undergraduates from Massachusetts-based Tufts University–Amadou Crookes, Gabe Jacobs and Mario Gomez-Hall–Cymbal’s motto is “music discovery powered by friends, not algorithms.” Similar to other social media platforms, Cymbal allows user to create a personal profile, view the home feed, gain followers, and post comments, likes, and tags. The app uses a simple, minimalistic interface and integrates both SoundCloud and Spotify for users to post their favorite songs to their profiles. Your followers can view your favorite songs and can make playlists out of their friends’ music.
In a move that is sure to curtail any concerns about royalties, Cymbal is designed to stream songs straight from the original source. When a user selects a favorite song to post, Cymbal will use the player from Spotify/SoundCloud, and each play via Cymbal will count as a play on Spotify/SoundCloud. As a result, there will be no loss of revenue for artists.
Cymbal just landed over $1 million in a round of seed financing led by New York’s Vaizra Investments (Yik Yak, Casper) and Cambridge’s General Catalyst (Snapchat, Airbnb), putting the value of the new startup at $6.1 million. Since its release on May 1, Cymbal has received over 17,000 downloads across the United States.
At the current time, Cymbal is only available in the Apple app store. Click here to check it out now.