Recordlective: Impressive online music listening service

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 30, 2012
Music, Music and Video

When it comes to listening to music on the Internet, you have more options at your disposal than you can try out in a life time. From streaming music services like Spotify over Internet radio to searching for and playing music on video hosting sites such as YouTube.

Recordlective is a new beta service that is a mashup of several popular services. What the service does is link full music discographies to YouTube videos. While it is not the first service to do so, it is one that works considerable well and without registration or other nuisances.

All you need to do is visit the homepage of the service, enter a band or artist name into the search form there to get a list of all albums and singles displayed. This works really well for many artists, I tried well known artists like Dire Straits and Michael Jackson, but also lesser known ones such as Bridge to Solace or Cryptic Wintermoon. The information are pulled from which explains the excellent results when you search for artists. The form displays suggestions once you start typing which you can accept directly to be taken to an artist's page.

Here you see a - very - basic list of albums, EPs, singles, compilations and other works by the selected band, or, if there are multiple hits, a selection of artists that match the search query.

A click on a result opens the player interface. Here you can play all songs of the selected album directly on page, switch between songs, read the band biography that is taken from, Wikipedia and maybe other resources, and watch the videos that the service pulled from YouTube at the same time.

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The service seems to pick music videos automatically which works really well. Sometimes though you may end up with the wrong video. A click on the zap button in the interface pulls another video from YouTube and chance is high that it is the correct song this time. You can repeat the zapping until the correct video and song is played.

Registered users can add albums to their collection with a click on the collect button. One added benefit of this procedure is that Recordlective will remember the songs that you have selected using the zap feature so that they are from then on picked automatically. The service is easy to use and impressive in terms of supported artists and songs. I suggest you give it a try.



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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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