Alright, in the scheme of the entire world, maybe a bit of an exaggeration. But in my world, Extension.fm has, in one morning, already radically changed the way I browse and listen to music online. If that's not revolutionary, I don't know what is.
This is how it works: Extension.fm is a Chrome extension. Once installed, it creates your own personal mp3 listening library. Go to a music site, like Pitchfork or Spinner, and Extension.fm finds all the mp3's on the page. The extension icon tells you how many tracks were found. And if you click on the button, you can choose to play one of the tracks, queue one, play all or queue all. And the mp3's immediately and seamlessly play within Extension.fm. But the real beauty - they are also automatically added to your library. What this means is that you don't have to listen to anything right then and there. In the background, Extension.fm browses each of the sites you visit, finding any songs you come across and automatically adds them to your library. When you go back to your library, you can browse through by artists and albums, or click on individual songs to play, queue or buy, which takes you directly to Amazon to purchase & download.
For me this means, every morning I can briefly open up all my favorite sites, queue up all the tracks, close the windows, go back to my Extension.fm library and click play. Hours of listening pleasure, without the hassle. Revolutionary.
It is smart, intuitive and elegant and simple. And does almost everything what you want it to do. I'd like a feature that allows me to "favorite," so while I'm multi-tasking and hear something I like, I can quickly tag it so I can come back later, listen again, purchase, etc.
Almost daily, I'll try out new tools or applications I stumble upon. Many deserve a slight pause. Maybe a nod towards interesting. But the key, and the real barometer, is whether or not I feel compelled to use it, to incorporate it into my digital routine. And most of the time, the answer is clearly no. But Extension.fm, love at first use, and a resounding yes.
If you go to the site now, it asks you to enter your email address for an invite. After I provided mine, I got the invite in a few hours. So don't hesitate. I tell you - Revolutionary.