Desktop music app Tomahawk, which serves as a centralized solution for playing songs on-demand from digital collections or online streaming services, has sprouted a new Internet app. Available via web browsers, Toma.hk lets users enter artist and song names, then spits out embeddable HTML code than can be inserted onto blogs and websites, allowing direct links to playable tracks online. Tunes, which are pulled from streaming services such as Rdio, Last.fm, Spotify and SoundCloud, can be shared or enjoyed by listeners directly from these pages.
Able to scan multiple streaming sources for both popular singles and more obscure album cuts, the service also provides an URL weblink in response to requests which can be shared online, including through Twitter and Facebook. Piggybacking on preexisting music resources' APIs or software toolsets to deliver these results, Toma.hk and Tomahawk's own proprietary technology may also soon be available for third-party developers to incorporate into their own creations. By providing programmers with off-the-shelf tools that leverage both solutions' search and playback engines, plus a millions-strong potential pool of streaming songs, Toma.hk may be utilized by a number of services in the near future.
Right now, Toma.hk offers a straightforward and convenient way to share a growing digital jukebox of songs with friends online via the Web or through social networks. But it may also create a ripple effect among software makers, should enterprising developers choose to incorporate it into future creations, offering novel ways to make on-demand music playback and distribution simpler.