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For the past month or so I’ve been using Crayon Room’s Moody app almost religiously. It’s just so good. Moody lets you tag your iTunes music based on color with “upper red” being for sad-intense music and “lower green” being for happy-calm music. There’s no right […]

Moody Logo For the past month or so I’ve been using Crayon Room’s Moody app almost religiously. It’s just so good.

Moody lets you tag your iTunes music based on color with “upper red” being for sad-intense music and “lower green” being for happy-calm music. There’s no right or wrong way to tag a tune, so it’s an extremely personal app that customizes itself to your taste/needs.

Tagging your tunes

moodytag-1.png Tagging your music can be a bit of a daunting task at first (especially if you’ve got a huge collection), but it’s well worth it. It’s a fairly simple process of simply listening to your music and clicking on the corresponding “mood color” that you feel the song is. After clicking the color block, the next un-tagged song plays letting you move quickly through your collection.

Listing to your mood

moody4.png After you’ve tagged a substantial number of songs (you certainly don’t have to do your entire collection to make this work), all you have to do is go to the “Listen” tab and then select the color blocks that fit the mood your in. You can select as many or as few as you’d like. Moody will then start playing the songs tagged with that color and you’ll have a dynamic playlist created for your the exact mood your in right at that moment.

How does it work?

Moody Playlists Moody works closely with iTunes by creating a series of playlists for each color block. When you select the mood colors you’d like to listen to, it creates a temporary playlist with the songs from those colors and plays them.

What’s really cool about the core of how all of this works, is that the mood color is attached to each song file…meaning you can take your songs out of iTunes and they’ll still have their “mood” attached, letting you create your own mood playlists in other apps/platforms (such as your iPod or to Windows Media Player on Windows).

Currently the Moody tagging app only works on Mac but a Windows version is coming.

Oh, and I almost forgot…it’s free. Go check it out.

  1. It was a good idea until i started to use and ask myself some questions when tagging…

    - Mmmm… Is this music blue or purple?
    - Am I feeling yellow today?
    - Red or Orange?
    - Blue? Or Blue with some tint of red and a little black?
    - Why do I even bother with it?

    Unfortunately, Moody was removed after two days of use.

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  2. @ Wysiwyg: See, that’s the thing…you’re WAAAAY over-thinking it. The music isn’t inherently “blue or purple”…it’s whatever you feel like it is.

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  3. Can I draw attention my (also-free) music ranking widget that lets you set your own scales, rather than having specific colours?

    That way, you can make playlists for example where “soft > 2″ AND “mood > 3″ AND “My Rating > 3″ for your favourite happy soft songs :)

    http://gfxmonk.sysprosoft.com/2006/02/my-first-widget.html

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  4. You failed to mention that they recommend using a scale of “calm to intense” for the X-axis and “sad to happy” for the Y-axis.

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  5. @Galley: No, I mentioned something about that:

    “Moody lets you tag your iTunes music based on color with “upper red” being for sad-intense music and “lower green” being for happy-calm music.”

    Sure I didn’t say “X-axis” and “Y-axis”…but I mentioned the scale.

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  6. Ah, so you did. Dopey me!

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  7. I think you got it the wrong way around Josh. I agree X is intensity and Y is sad-happy, but everyone knows that Blue is sad (why do you think it’s called ‘the blues’?) and Red is a happy (or ‘danger/exitement’) colour. However, based on this – green must mean intensely depressed/suicidal, and the software should automatically send an email with your contact details to The Samaritans if it sees you playing too many of these songs…

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