How to use ExploreTunes

New Features

ExploreTunes is an exciting new music service that will be continuously evolving and growing with additional new features. Since it's a dynamic web based application, these new features will be appearing automatically. Be sure to occasionally check this New Features heading to learn about any new features that have been added to ExploreTunes.

Genre Menus

You can quickly select from a set of the most popular artists by using the Genre menus (Rock, Pop, etc.) at the top of the ExploreTunes artist page. Just mouse over a desired genre and then scroll down and select your desired artist from that genre list.

By default, in each genre list, the artist names are ordered by popularity. If preferred, you may display the artists alphabetically: To the right of the genre menus, there is a "Sort artists by" selection field. Select the "Name" option to sort the artists alphabetically in all genre lists.

Artist Search

ExploreTunes includes a powerful search feature to help you easily find your desired artist. Type an artist name into the ExploreTunes search field, with the corresponding "Artist" search mode selected.1 As you type, a list of suggested artist names appear matching what you've typed, which makes finding your desired artist much quicker.

If your desired artist is in the list of suggestions, simply select it with your mouse or keyboard and the ExploreTunes page for that artist will load. If your desired artist doesn't appear in the suggestions, just finish typing the artist name and click the search button (or Enter key) and the page for that artist will load, if found.


1 When entering a name, capitalization isn't required.

Favorite Artists

ExploreTunes gives you the ability to bookmark or save your favorites artists for quick and easy access. To do so, you need to have an account and be logged in. Click here for more information about user accounts and login.

Once logged in, your list of favorite artists is located in the "Favorites" panel, on the right side of the artist page, under the "Artists" tab. To load or play an artist in the list, simply click on that artist's name. Playback will begin automatically.

To add an artist to your favorites list, first load that artist in ExploreTunes. Click on the star icon (★) near the heading with the artist's name (above the playback controls). The star icon will change to a gold color to indicate that the artist was saved to your favorite artists list.

To remove an artist from your favorites list, again load that artist in ExploreTunes. Click on the gold star icon (★), which will change to a gray color indicating that the artist is no longer in your favorite artists list.

"Recent Artists" List

ExploreTunes automatically remembers your recently played artists,1 so you can quickly and easily access the artists you recently played.

To access your recent artists list, mouse over the "history" icon2 located next to the search field on the ExploreTunes artist page. The list that appears is sorted by last played order, with the most recent artist played at the top. Simply click on an artist name from the list to open the ExploreTunes page for that artist and begin playback.


1 This feature uses browser cookies, so your browser needs to be set to accept cookies from our site.
2 The "history" icon looks like a round dial clock with an arrow pointing counter-clockwise.

"Similar Artists" Panel

ExploreTunes includes an amazing artist discovery feature called "Similar Artists."

Load an artist in ExploreTunes to see the Similar Artists panel, located on the right of the artist page. It contains a list of artists with similar music to the currently selected artist. Using our proprietary patent-pending ExploreMatch™ technology, Similar Artists helps you easily explore new worlds of music you will likely enjoy. Click on the desired artist in the list to open the ExploreTunes page for that artist and begin playback.

Song Search

ExploreTunes includes a powerful search feature to help you easily find your desired song. Type a song name into the ExploreTunes search field, with the corresponding "Song" search mode selected.1

After submitting your search, a dialog window will appear. That window contains a list of artists who perform the song title you searched for. Select the artist whose version you want to play. The ExploreTunes page for that artist will then load and the desired song will be automatically selected and begin playing.


1 When entering a name, capitalization isn't required.

Favorite Songs

ExploreTunes gives you the ability to bookmark or save your favorites songs for quick and easy access. To do so, you need to have an account and be logged in. Click here for more information about user accounts and login.

Once logged in, your list of favorite songs is located in the "Favorites" panel, on the right side of the artist page, under the "Songs" tab. To play a song in the list, simply click on that song title. The ExploreTunes page of the performing artist will then load and the desired song will be automatically selected and begin playing.

To add a song to your favorite songs list, first load the performing artist in ExploreTunes and select that song from a playlist. Click on the "thumbs up" icon to the right of the song title. The icon will change to a green color to indicate that the song was saved to your favorite songs list. In the playlist, when a favorited song is not selected, a green dot will appear to the right of the song title, so you can clearly identify that it's a favorite.

To remove a song from your favorite songs list, click on that song title in the favorite songs list. The ExploreTunes page of the performing artist will load with the desired song title selected. Click on the "thumbs up" icon to the right of the song title. The color of the icon will change from green to white indicating that the song is no longer in your favorite songs list.

Skipping Songs

ExploreTunes gives you the ability to automatically skip songs you don't like.1

To always skip a song, as a song is selected or played in the playlist, click on the "thumbs down" icon to the right of the song title. Playback of that song will stop immediately and a red dot will appear to the right of the song title, indicating that the song will always be skipped during continuous playback.2

To restore a skipped song, first select that song title in the playlist. Click on the "thumbs down" icon to the right of the song title. The color of the icon will change from red to white indicating that the song is not going to be skipped automatically.


1 Only logged in users may skip songs. Click here for more information about user accounts and login.
2 Note that a skipped song may still be played manually by clicking that song title in the playlist.

Playlists

Playlists are lists of songs and video titles, located below the playback control buttons on the artist page.

ExploreTunes automatically creates several playlists for you, based on your currently selected artist, or your saved favorite songs.1 Below is a description of each of these playlists. To access them, mouse over the "Playlists" button located above the list of songs. In the drop down menu that appears, just click on a playlist name to load that playlist. The list of songs and videos will refresh and begin playing automatically.

  • "Artist Songs" Playlist

    When you first load an artist in ExploreTunes, the "Artist Songs" playlist is loaded by default, and contains a list of songs performed by that artist.

    By default, the "Artist Songs" playlist is ordered by popularity, with the most popular song at the top. If preferred, you may display the songs alphabetically: Below the songs list, there is a "Sort songs by" selection field. Select the "Name" option to sort the songs alphabetically.

  • "Similar Artists Mix" Playlist

    This is a playlist containing a mix of the top songs by the currently selected artist and artists in the Similar Artists list panel. Next to each song title is the name of the performing artist (in italics).

  • "Favorite Songs Mix" Playlist

    This is a playlist containing the songs that have been saved as favorites in an ExploreTunes user account.1 The songs in this playlist are the same songs listed in the Favorite Songs panel, and may include a mix of artists.

    When a song is selected from the Favorite Songs Mix playlist, the ExploreTunes page does not get reloaded to the artist performing the selected song. This is different from what the Favorite Songs panel does, where selecting a song will load the performing artist and then select the song.

  • "Live Performances" Playlist

    This playlist contains live performance videos of the currently selected artist.

  • "Artist Interviews" Playlist

    This playlist contains interview videos of the currently selected artist.

Other notes

  • When a playlist is loaded for the first time, the first song or video in that playlist is selected automatically and begins playing. When you leave a playlist for another one but then return to the previous playlist, ExploreTunes is smart and remembers your last played song or video and selects it instead of the first one, so you don't have to remember what you last played.
  • To play a different song in a playlist, simply click on it. This will both select the song and begin playback.
  • During playback a "playing" icon (►) appears next to the song name currently playing.

1 Only logged in users may view or save favorite songs. Click here for more information about user accounts and login.

User Accounts and Login

ExploreTunes can be used freely by signing up for a free account and logging in. Users who have signed up and are logged in can do the following:

  • Unlimited listening
  • Ability to save favorite artists
  • Ability to save favorite songs
  • Ability to automatically skip certain songs
  • Ability to easily share favorite songs and artists with Facebook friends

How to create an ExploreTunes account

There are two ways to create an ExploreTunes account:

  • Login with Facebook

    If you have a Facebook account you can create an ExploreTunes account simply by logging in with your Facebook credentials. This way you don't have to remember another username/password combination. All you need is your Facebook login info.

    To create an ExploreTunes account using your Facebook login,

    1. Click on any "Login with Facebook" button, or go to the main login page.
    2. If you're not already logged into Facebook, a new browser window will open to Facebook.com asking you to log in. After logging in, go to the next step.
    3. If you are logged into Facebook, a new browser window will open to Facebook.com asking for permission to allow ExploreTunes.com to connect with your Facebook account in order to enable your ExploreTunes account benefits. Click on the Allow button.

    Once you have completed the above steps, your ExploreTunes account will automatically be logged in. Now when you leave ExploreTunes.com and return the next time, you will be logged in automatically, as long as you are still logged into Facebook.

  • Sign Up for a New Account

    1. Click here to sign up for a new ExploreTunes.com account.
    2. Fill in all fields and agree to the terms of use and privacy policy.
    3. Click on the "Create Account" button.

    Once you have completed the above steps, your ExploreTunes account will automatically be logged in. Now when you leave ExploreTunes.com and return the next time, you will be logged in automatically.

How to Login

ExploreTunes Playback Controls

ExploreTunes was designed for continuous playback, which means it will play all the songs in a playlist automatically, from start to finish and repeat again, until it is manually paused, or you close the ExploreTunes artist page.

The main ExploreTunes playback control buttons are located in the left panel, above the playlist. Other controls such as full screen, volume, and playback position are located in the video display panel.

  • Play/Pause Button

    Whenever you load an artist in ExploreTunes, playback is initiated automatically. When playback has begun the Play button changes appearance to a Pause button. Playback can be paused at any time by clicking the Pause button ( ▌▌). When playback is paused, the Pause button changes appearance to a Play button. Click the Play button (►) to initiate playback of the currently selected song in the playlist.

  • Previous/Next Buttons

    You can skip ahead to the next song in the playlist or go back to a previous song at any time by clicking the Previous (◄◄) and Next (►►) buttons.

  • Song Repeat Button

    ExploreTunes lets you repeat a single song over and over again by turning on the song repeat feature.

    Select the song you want to repeat in the playlist and click on the Song Repeat button, which looks like two arrows going around in a circle. The button will change appearance to indicate that song repeat is turned on. Click on the button again to turn off song repeat.

  • Shuffle Songs Button

    ExploreTunes lets you randomly shuffle the songs in a playlist by turning on the shuffle feature.

    Click on the Shuffle button, which looks like two arrows crossing each other and pointing right. The button will change appearance to indicate that shuffle is turned on. Once shuffle is turned on ExploreTunes randomly picks the next song to play in the current playlist once a song is finished. Click on the button again to turn off song shuffle.

Video Display Panel

The video display panel is located at the center of the ExploreTunes artist page. It displays the music video for the currently selected song in the playlist.

  • Full Screen Video Mode

    You can view the song video in full screen by turning on Full Screen mode.

    At the bottom right of the video display panel, click on the button with four arrows pointing outward to enter Full Screen mode. To exit full screen, press the "Esc" key on your keyboard, or click the "X" button at the bottom right of the video display.

  • Playback Volume

    You can set the audio playback level by mousing over and adjusting the speaker volume icon located at the bottom left of the video display. If the sound level is still too low after you've set this control to its maximum setting, you need to increase the master control volume setting of your computer system.

  • Playback Position

    You can change the playback position of the current video by dragging the round knob at the bottom center of the video display, or just clicking on a new position in the position bar.

"Buy Song" Button

ExploreTunes lets you buy an MP3 file version of your currently selected song, allowing you to download this song onto your computer, iPod, or other digital media device.

The Buy Song button is located at the top right of the ExploreTunes artist page. Select the song you want to buy in the playlist and click the Buy Song button. A new browser window will open where you can complete your song purchase.

"Lyrics" Button

ExploreTunes lets you view the lyrics of your currently selected song.1

The Lyrics button is located at the top right of the ExploreTunes artist page. Select the song you want to play in the playlist and click the Lyrics button. A new browser window will open displaying the song lyrics. Sing along if you like.


1 Lyrics may not be available for some songs, in which case the Lyrics button will be disabled.

"Artist Bio" Panel

ExploreTunes lets you learn more about the currently selected artist by including a brief bio of the artist.

The Artist Bio panel is located at the bottom left of the ExploreTunes artist page. Click on the plus symbol (+) to expand the artist infomation panel to view the artist bio.

To read more about the artist from the source, click on the "Read more" link at the end of the artist bio. A new browser window will open with the full artist bio.

"Latest News" Panel

ExploreTunes lets you get the latest news from around the web about the currently selected artist.

The Latest News panel is located at the bottom right of the ExploreTunes artist page. Click on the plus symbol (+) to expand the artist infomation panel to view a list of links to the latest news stories relating to the selected artist from around the web. Click on a link to open the page containing the full news story.

"Share" Button and Social Networking Support

ExploreTunes makes it easy to share what you're listening to with your friends.

To share, select a song in the playlist and click on the "Share" button located at the top right of the ExploreTunes artist page. A dialog window will appear with sharing options:

  • Sharing on Facebook

    You can share with your friends on Facebook in two ways:

    • "Like" button - clicking the Facebook "Like" button places a link to your currently displayed artist page and selected song on your Facebook wall, which will then appear in your Facebook friends' news feeds.
    • "Send" button - clicking the Facebook "Send" button allows you to share your currently displayed artist page and selected song to a few select Facebook friends, rather than all friends.
  • Share URL

    Alternatively, you can copy the URL1 of the currently displayed artist page and selected song and paste it in an email message to your friends, or post it on another social network, such as Twitter.


1 A URL is simply a link to a website.

ExploreTunes Bonus Pack

The ExploreTunes Bonus Pack is a free software application for Windows. It includes a special version of ExploreTunes which works directly with iTunes, Windows Media Player, and Winamp players. The Bonus Pack makes it easy to view music videos, and discover similar artists for songs in your music library.

Click here to learn more about the ExploreTunes Bonus Pack.