Three undergraduates have created an app called Cymbal evolved from a music blog Jacobs initially created in High School. Cymbal has been referred to as the Instagram for music and “music discovery powered by friends, not algorithms”. The app has a simple interface and allows users to post just one song, illustrated by colorful album art. The app also compliments other music services, as opposed to posing a threat to them.
Similar to Instagram, Cymbal includes a home feed, followers, likes comments, hastags, tags, and personal profiles. Cymbal is your song, maybe a throwback jam from back in the day. Your home feed becomes an updated playlist curated by your friends, your profile: the soundtrack to your life.
In the same way you’d upload an album of your favorite vacation photos to Facebook and the best one to Instagram, you create a Spotify playlist and set the best one as your Cymbal.
In only a few months this app has been downloaded at least 17,000 times, and the founders recently landed $1.1 million in seed financing.