WAV: A social media music application of the future

by Sydney Sweeney, Staff Columnist

It’s New Music Friday, and your favorite musician’s latest album just dropped on Spotify this morning. Even better, that same musician just dropped an awesome remix of a lead single on SoundCloud.

How can you share this new music online with all your followers in one quick status or post, when there’s so many different social media platforms and music streaming services to choose from?

Luckily, there’s an app for that, and it’s called WAV.

The new social media application was just released last month, but its premise—based on the idea that people love to enjoy music together, regardless of their preferred streaming service—is sure to appeal to social media users and music enthusiasts everywhere.

“All your friends, all your music, one app,” said sophomore and WAV Brand Ambassador Samuel Akinmulero.

With an easy-to-use interface that’s comparable to the layout of popular apps like Instagram, WAV users can connect their Spotify or Soundcloud accounts to the app with the tap of a screen, allowing multi-platform music sharing to be unprecedentedly convenient.

After syncing WAV with Soundcloud or Spotify, users can create statuses, formally called ‘Waves,’ which consist of full-length tunes and text posts that can be publicly shared with other users.

It would be fitting to call WAV a ‘musical Twitter.’ Plus, the app focuses on the listener instead of the creator—with no ‘verified’ accounts, users know that the genre feeds they’re tuning into are specifically curated for them and free of celebrity endorsements. A WAV user can also ‘pin’ a song of choice to their profile page that encapsulates their individuality or attitude, said Akinmulero.

Currently, WAV’s user base is small, and listeners can only share music from Spotify or SoundCloud, but Chapman University second-year and WAV’s founder, Jenner Chapman, plans to eventually team up with premium music streaming services like Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play and the indie rocker’s favorite, Bandcamp.

But Chapman wants everyone to know that WAV isn’t here to join the “streaming wars” between the various services.

“My biggest hope is that (the existing streaming services and WAV) can work together,” Chapman said in a press release. “WAV is only as powerful as the platforms behind it. We do not want to compete in providing music to the consumer–our goal is to bring people together by helping them share and discuss the music they’ve discovered on previously established platforms.”

With a desire to impact the modern, digitized music industry by encouraging people to invest their cash in premium streaming services, the WAV team has high hopes that are sure to cause currents.

To find out more about WAV, visit them on Twitter and Instagram at @wavmusicapp, Facebook at WAV, or their website www.wavemusicapp.com. You can download the app for iOS devices here.

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