Dating isn’t easy. Especially for music lovers.
There are few things worse as a music lover than going out with someone you like, having a great, getting an invite back to their place, and then… hen you get to their place…you see not only the entire Nickelback discography but Nickelback posters everywhere.
What the heck are you supposed to do once you’re hit with this revelation? Even though the date itself was good, you can’t possibly ever see them again because of their musical taste (which, if I’m being nice about it, is questionable at best).
Are music lovers doomed to make concessions to all their potential mates with terrible musical taste? Or perhaps die alone in a pile of records?
Now that Tastebuds.fm exists, music lovers don’t have to compromise their favorite artists for physical and emotional human love.
What is Tastebuds.fm?
It’s a dating site that partners people by their musical interest rather than a vague notion of compatibility. Why is this important? Because it’s like John Cusack said in High Fidelity,
“…what really matters is what you like, not what you are like… Books, records, films — these things matter. Call me shallow but it’s the fuckin’ truth”.
Tastebuds.fm’s approach is the direct opposite of online dating heavy weight eHarmony, which is a good thing. eHarmony‘s focus is compatibility with relationship goals. Why? Because it’s good for their statistics. If they pair up two single people who really want to get married and then get married after a month of dating, then they can publish a study that says more eHarmony users get married than any other dating site. That statistic can be leveraged into more business. Not a conspiracy theory, it’s the truth.
So rather than pairing people with similar relationship goals, Tastebuds.fm hooks people up via common interest, specifically bands that you like. What I like about this approach is that it’s less pressure because your date isn’t loaded with an agenda. You just meet someone that likes the same music, which gives you a good common ground to get to know each other better. You know like how people dated in 50′s or something.
Speaking of no pressure, you don’t even have to use Tastebuds.fm as a dating site. Sure, dates are its primary function but it can easily be used as a platform to find new music and make platonic friendships with fellow music lovers.
The really appealing thing about Tastebuds.fm is that it’s so simple to use (also, it’s free which is always a plus). If you have Facebook or Last.fm, all your favorite bands will be imported for better matches. And if you don’t, no worries. Just type in your favorite artists and let Tastebuds.fm go to work. Now, you won’t always get a perfect match but it’s still better than going in cold eHarmony style.
The band database is pretty extensive too. They have Tonstartssbandht (the world’s best band) on file, which is pretty dang impressive.
If I was to ever turn my back on internet pornography and try online dating, Tastebuds.fm would be the site I’d use. Everyone can fake nice and normal on a date but you’d have to be a complete psycho to fake your favorite music on a date. Interests and hobbies matter, so why not make it a part of the screening process?
But that’s how I feel about the matter, I want to hear your opinion on it: