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Airbuds App: A new era for music and social media?

This is my profile on Airbuds. People you add as friends are able to see what songs you are currently listening to, past songs you listened to and react with emojis if they like a certain song.
Kai Kurokawa
This is my profile on Airbuds. People you add as friends are able to see what songs you are currently listening to, past songs you listened to and react with emojis if they like a certain song.

A new app named Airbuds has taken teenagers around the world by storm. It claims to allow users to see what their friends are listening to and shows stats on what songs you and your friends listen to. To understand how this app works better, I created an account and downloaded the app to see how people interact on this platform. 

The first thing I noticed was how similar it was to a “social media” app. The home screen features all the songs your friends have been listening to in a scrolling format, similar to TikTok, Youtube Shorts and Instagram Reels. This scrolling allows for continuous retention from the viewer and incentivises staying on Airbuds longer to aimlessly “scroll.” It also allows users to react to certain songs with an emoji to show appreciation to a song. These reactions can be seen from the other end and will tell you who reacted to what song with what emoji. 

Finally, every Friday, Airbuds releases a Weekly Recap, in which it shows the total minutes you listened to music, your top artists and the songs you had on repeat that week, as well as how many times you listened to it for. All of these perks allow for an enjoyable experience on the app and many students back this claim up. For instance, junior Maddie Little commented about how music is “one of the number one ways people connect with each other now” and with the help of apps like this, can allow for students all around the world to connect and interact with each other.

The only downside to this app is how music has slowly turned into a “social media,” in the sense that certain parts of a song can become widely popular as opposed to a dedicated fan base enjoying the entirety of someone’s discography. Junior Brooke Harvey mentions how “different songs become popular” and how songs can “lose their listenability as everyone has already listened to it.”

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There is a joy in finding and supporting an artist you enjoy listening to, but the recent culture of social media has made it so that music is being encouraged to “blow up,” as opposed to just creating what creators want to. While Airbuds is an interesting app that I will use regularly now, it is worth noting the downward trend of music and the upward trend of social media that it feeds into.

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Kai Kurokawa
Kai Kurokawa, Reporter
Kai Kurokawa is a senior at Hudson High School. This is his second year writing for The Explorer. He mainly writes about sports but specializes in reporting on the football team and local sports teams. Kai is involved in many clubs around the school, including being Vice President for Student Government and the Director of Special Events in the National Honors Society. In his free time, Kai makes music on Spotify and Apple Music, plays the trumpet in the marching band, and runs the 400 meter dash in Track and Field. He hopes to pursue a career in sports journalism and continue his music career as an independent artist.
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