While many teens already know to go to Yahoo! Music Vidoes, Youtube, and Myspace for music videos, they may not know of these new resources.

Last.fm recently added a music video tab on each artist’s page, featuring officially-licensed videos as well as indexing Youtube videos against its song database. To get a quick taste, check out the Last.fm page for Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop”.

Meemix has mashed up its music recommendation engine with Youtube to provide a personalized channel of music videos. Simply type the name of an artist or song in the tab, wait for the player to load, then click the “video mode” button. Voila! Meemix will provide you with a tailor-made stream of videos based on your interest, which you can tweak with the usual “add to favorites” and “block this video” controls.

A new Internet start-up, Jogli, is offering itself as the “Google for music.” It works by crawling a number of databases (mainly Youtube) to find songs and then adds them to its enormous database of streaming music (it purports 500 million songs from 12 million albums). Users can add songs to a playlist, for instant access to their song library anywhere the Web is available. Here’s a tour through the site from the amazing resource to all things web 2.0, Demo Girl:

You may notice one recurring theme throughout these resources: they take advantage of Youtube’s API to deliver dynamic streaming content to its users. What if your library cross-referenced its catalog against Youtube videos? Item records for movies could feature trailers. Records for CDs could feature music videos. Books could cross-reference any book trailers or book talks posted to the web. Honestly, I didn’t think of this possibility until just now and will definitely be taking this idea up the chain.

~Joseph Wilk
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Teen

About Joseph Wilk

I'm a teen library assistant with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main location. Here, I'm the graphic novel and music librarian in addition to running anime, music, LGBTQ, incarcerated youth, and video programming. I'm happy to serve YALSA as a blogger, member of the Teen Tech Week committee, and as chair of the Music Interest Group. Otherwise, you can find me in da club.

One Thought on “Three New Resources for Music Videos (Plus an Idea for Mashing Up Your Library)

  1. Sally on July 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm said:

    Thanks Joseph, Music is my weak point as a teen librarian, and you always help me know who my teens are listening too.

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