The best aspects of fantasy sports leagues are that they're really popular, tons of fun, and serious earners. Downside: they end. Enter TastemakerX to hook into the American music obsession and blend it with fantasy sports gaming, music streaming and money churning. Voila! A new wide release on a year-round gaming obsession-to-be, or so the owners hope.
How does it work? TastemakerX combines personalized radio, music streaming and discovery, and fantasy sports team style gaming to create a unique experience. Wisely, TastemakerX doesn't bother trying to compete with the existing music streaming big boys; instead it integrates them into the gaming experience so it's that much more comprehensive. This way, whether you prefer iTunes, Spotify, Songkick, SoundCloud or YouTube, you can take what you already like, try new things, and use your favorite music to build your winning brand.
As you play you highlight your preferences by building your ideal “collection.” You do this by buying and trading “notes” and eventually you build up your own station. Your station's popularity is determined by the trends within the system. Whereas in a fantasy sports situation your team wins or loses based on what happens in real world games, in TastemakerX artists trend higher as more people in the system add them to their rosters. It's like a taste contest, and you win biggest by being trendiest, or first, really, at liking someone who becomes popular.
And hey, even if you're the anti-hipster in the corner smoking thin, black cigarettes and decrying all that is trendy, this is still a really fun app. You'll obviously love your own playlist and it's great to listen to your friends' lists. You can also share your list on social media platforms without competing.
Bottom line: really fun app whether you like the competition aspect or not, and the gaming is more fun than you think. No domestic beer or nachos required.