TasteBuds presents a very unique way to find a date. Most people have their own musical tastes. For many individuals, their musical preferences say something about who they are. TasteBuds is designed to take that information and utilize it in a practical way to help the user find a potential partner. The user can link their Last.FM profile or sign up and share information on their favorite musical genres and performers. Through TasteBuds, users can discover other singles that have a similar passion for the same flavor of music. The application helps individuals find love using the music they enjoy. TasteBuds has received some notoriety with features in popular media sources including the Guardian, Metro, Glamour and Mashable.
It almost seems natural that a concept like the one behind TasteBuds would be created by musicians. The application was founded by Alex Parish and Julian Keenaghan, a pair of London musicians. Both founders are also a part of the post rock band Years of Rice and Salt. Today, TasteBuds helps many users find other interesting people by utilizing the power of music.
Finding love online has been a popular choice for singles for many years now. Most dating websites focus on a general collection of traits provided by the user. What makes TasteBuds so unique is the focus on music. The site is based on the idea that what someone likes is more important than what kind of person they are. Through TasteBuds, music lovers can search for singles that have an equal passion for their favorite musical genres.
The TasteBuds website welcomes visitors with a very stylish, modern appearance that includes absolutely no clutter. The homepage is primarily black, which creates an appealing contrast against the sleek white logo. New users can get started right away without leaving the homepage. Clicking the corresponding buttons causes a small form to emerge so the user can begin refining their options and sharing details about their favorite musical genres.
New users can get started by clicking on the green “Click here to begin” button along the left hand side of the homepage. A short form will drop down and ask the user to supply at least three of their favorite bands. The user must also select their gender and the gender of the partner they are searching for. Finally, the user can select specific locations using the small drop down box provided. After submitting the information, the user is presented with a list of potential singles to get in touch with. The user can also access controls along the left hand side to refine their search. If the user tries to move beyond the search results page, a pop up box appears asking them to create a TasteBuds account. This can be done using the blue “sign up with Facebook” button at the top of the form or by providing a username, email address, password, gender and age using the form just below it. A red button on the homepage is also available for users who prefer to log in using their Last.FM account.
Price is another appealing aspect of TasteBuds. While some dating websites charge a subscription fee, anyone can access TasteBuds for free. There are no sign up fees or other charges for using the site. Users will have to do their own screening for the most part, but the free access encourages more potential singles to create an account and start interacting.
TasteBuds is a great tool for single individuals who have a strong love of music. Singles who are not really “into” a specific type of music might have a harder time using TasteBuds. Musicians and anyone who is truly passionate about their favorite bands and performers could possibly find a match using TasteBuds.