Music Suggester itcher: 6 Types of Playlist You Need

You don't forget the first time you get some sort of music playing device (and you don't forget the first time you come across a great music suggester either, but more on that later).

You don't forget the first time you get some sort of music playing device

Whether it was a cassette player or an iPod, your first personal music device probably brought you a great amount of happiness.  

Now, with streaming services like Spotify and video sharing platforms like YouTube, creating playlists for different times in your life is easier (and more fun) than ever before. 

Here are the 6 different playlists you need.


6 Must Have Playlists for Any Music Fan

If you're a real music buff, 1 playist of your favourite tracks simply isn't enough. Here are some more you should consider creating...


1. The Morning Motivation Playlist

Get yourself moving with a morning playlist to perk you up. Include upbeat tracks, singalong classics and any songs that make you want to get up and rule the world. The more dance orientated the better, we want music that can pull you out of bed.


​2. The Travel Playlist

Maybe this is slightly mellower, but have a playlist ready for your commute that has that same feel-good factor (but isn't so dancey that you'll be body popping on the tube to the dismay of everyone around you).


​3. The I Need to Get Stuff Done Playlist

​A powerhouse playlist with all the next tracks that kick you in gear. It might not be as perky as the others, but it's got to be powerful enough to get you working and running those errands.


​4. The I'm Miserable Playlist

Sometimes you just have to wallow in your own self-pity. Whether you're heartbroken or just plain moody, cleanse yourself of the misery by listening to a cathartic playlist of ballads and blues.


6. The Chill Out Playlist

We wrote about the ultimate chill out songs here and we mean it when we say you need a great relaxing playlist to listen to after a long day. Time to unwind...


5. The Throwback Playlist

Revisit your youth by constructing a perfectly nostalgic playlist of all your favourite throwback hits. Remember those albums you listened to constantly through your teens? You still know the words to every track!


How Can I Find Music For These Playlists?

We're glad you asked. itcher is an entertainment recommendations app that can help you find music perfectly suited to your taste.

It's really easy to get started too, just rate a few titles and see what itcher suggests to you!


Until We See You Again

There you have the absolute must have playlists. Have fun creating them and we'll see you over on the itcher app...


Website to Find Books You Like: itcher Is a Bookworm’s Dream

Looking for a website to find books you like means you're ready to expand your reading experience (and that's good news).

If you're simply reading books and browsing stores looking at new titles, you're missing out on an entire world of bookish goodness.

If you're simply reading books and browsing stores looking at new titles, you're missing out on an entire world of bookish goodness.

Today we'd like to tell you why itcher is the place for bookworms and literary fanatics alike.

Put your book down and take a look at what your reading experience could look like...


Where Are the Book Worms?

itcher is the home of the book lovers.

A place to rate, review and get recommendations for books, itcher is everything a bookworm ever dreamed of - and a little bit more. 

So what's so special about itcher?​


​How Reading Is Different with itcher

Being a bookworm when you have the itcher app is a very different experience to being a solitary reader.

Sure, you'll still curl up on the sofa to delve into a new read, but the following reasons are just a few of the reasons that make reading with itcher so great...


The Community

Reading feels slightly more hollow unless you have somebody to tell your latest read about.

itcher has a buzzing community of book fanatics who are rating books, writing reviews and enjoying getting new recommendations. Speaking of which...


Exciting New Reads​

By rating books on the itcher app, itcher gets to know what you like. It's algorithm can calculate, from the information it's given on your ratings, which other books you're likely to enjoy.

That means more time reading books your love and less time getting halfway through a book only to realise it's not to your taste.


More Motivation to Read

We know that you have a busy life and sometimes you can lose your reading mojo.

Work is tiring and you've been swept off your feet with birthdays and housewarmings and goodness knows what else.

You're a busy bee!

But finding some time in your day to read is so much easier with itcher on hand to recommend books you're likely to love (and look forward to reading!). 


Become a Book Critic

Having the option to review books is great for those readers turned writers among us.

Tell us all about your thoughts on the book, what could have been better and what the author was really successful in.

Not only will you love writing your thoughts down, but reviews are incredibly helpful to other users.

We can't wait to hear what you have to say!


We'll See You There?

Any book fanatic needs to download itcher, at the very least to get their personalised recommendations.

Any book fanatic needs to download itcher, at the very least to get their personalised recommendations.

The rating process is fun, the reviews are brilliantly helpful and the community spirit is amazing!

We'll see you there, fellow bookworms.


What Movie App Is the Best? Introducing Itcher

If you're wondering what movie app is the best for recommendations, let us tell you about itcher...


The Best Movie App You'll Find

There's more than one reason itcher is the best and most enjoyable movie recommendations app out there. In fact, there's at least 7...


1. It's slick

We'll start with someone underrated - our app is slick, easy to use and, well, it just looks good. But enough about aesthetics, let's get down to the good stuff.


2. Rate movies to get new recommendations

What makes our app is great is that by rating titles you already like (or perhaps don't!) itcher will get to know you and your tastes.

With this knowledge, itcher can then recommend new movies to you based entirely on your personal preferences. 


3. Browse movies by decade

Sometimes you just want to watch a movie from a particular decade. Well, itcher has you covered!

Hit Browse on the top right and from there select which decade you'd like to see. itcher will pull movies released from those 10 years for you to browse and rate!


4. Browse movies by genre

Maybe you're not fussed what decade the film was made in, maybe you're just really in the mood to watch a particular genre.

Whether it's a Friday horror night, a Sunday comedy or a mid week chick flick you're after, itcher has you covered.


5. Write and read reviews

One of the best things about watching a movie is the conversation that follows. Whether you enjoyed it or not, rate and write reviews for any movies you'd like to.

There are already plenty of reviews for each movie so why not take a read of them before you watch it?


6. Watch the movie immediately

When you've found a movie you like the look of, you don't want to spend time figuring out where to watch it.

Instead, hit the Shop tab and itcher will show you ways in which you can watch the movie - some of the options being instant!


7. Read facts

If you're a real movie buff you'll love the facts tab where you can read about budget, tagline and even profit.


8. Watch trailers

Really get a glimpse into what the movie is like by hitting the trailers tab. See the cast in action and get a feel for the tone of the movie before you commit to watching it.


9. Check out the cast

Ever want to look a little bit more into the actors in your favourite movies? itchers Cast tab allows you to do exactly that, so browse away and swot up on your favourite entertainment icons.


10. Find similar movies straight away​

If you just want a quick movie recommendation that's similar to a film you already love, simply find that movie on itcher and then select Similar Movies. Almost instant recommendations for those times you're in a hurry.


And Many, Many More

These are just 10 of the many reasons itcher is an amazing movie app. But don't take our word for it, download the app now to see for yourself!


Music Recommendation Site: itcher Community Manager’s Top 5 Chill Out Songs

With more music ready to be listened to and a long list of new artists to check out, find a good music recommendation site makes walking your dog or just chilling out at home much more entertaining.

Here at itcher, we're all about providing you with accurate music recommendations: our app sits in your pocket and is ready to recommend new music whenever.


Want to Know How to Get Better Music Recommendations?

It's ridiculously simple...

1. Download the itcher app

2. Set up a profile - it just takes a few clicks!

3. Rate 5 titles from the music category from 1 to 5 lightbulbs

4. Select the Recommendations tab and check out all the new music you should listen to next!


Our Top itcher Tip

Always rate the first batch of recommendations so itcher can get to know you even better.

Did we mention that the ratings help itcher to learn more about your taste in music?

Did we mention that the ratings help itcher to learn more about your taste in music?

Yeah, it's pretty clever.

Download the app and have a play around - we can't wait to hear what you think!


Prepare to Kick Back

And onto today's recommendation from itcher's Community Manager (that's me, hello!).

We know what it's like when you've had a long day at work/school/university and you just want an hour in the evening to relax, maybe browse through Reddit or Pinterest and just have some relaxation time.

And what better way to enjoy your end of the day chill out routine than with some equally relaxing music?

And what better way to enjoy your end of the day chill out routine than with some equally relaxing music?

Here are the 5 best songs to listen to after a long day.

1. Say You Love Me - Jessie Ware

A slow, sure beat and the unmistakably honest voice of Jessie Ware. What's not to love?

2. What's Up? - 4 Non Blondes

The ultimate 'singing at the top of your voice in the kitchen' song, 'What's Up' starts slow and builds to a mellow but feel good track.

3. Wings - Birdy

With her near angelic voice (is it even humanly possible how eretheral her voice is?) Birdy indulges us with the most passionate of relaxing songs.

4. Last Request - Paolo Nutini

A little more upbeat but definitely still a chill out track, Last Request is the song you can listen to over and over.

5. Put Your Records On - Corrine Bailey Rae

If there was ever a better song for lounging around the house in your fluffy socks, we'll gladly hear it. Put Your Records On is your evening unwind track, no matter how stressful your day.


Feet up, Tea Made

Enjoy your evening of chill out music. Forget about tomorrow, indulge in a little chocolate and we'll see you over on the itcher app.


Recommendations Engine itcher On: Finding The Best Coming of Age Novels

At itcher, since we're a recommendations engine, we're all about finding your next great read. And with teenage angst, relationships and learning what it means to be a person, coming of age fiction is some of the most emotionally loaded literature out there.

Who wouldn't want to read such beautifully prosaic novels?

Today we're focussing on how you can find more coming of age novels and looking at some that can kick start your reading marathon.


How You Can Find Coming of Age Books

The itcher app will change the way you discover new books. If you've already read some coming of age novels and you're looking for new ones, you can!

Download the itcher app, set up a profile (easy peasy) and search for the books you've already read so you can rate them.

Once you've rated 5, you'll unlock your first set of book recommendations!

Get ready to do a whole lot of reading...


Where Should You Start with Coming of Age Fiction?

Here are a handful of books to get you started, handpicked by itcher's Community Manager, Kerry (that's me, hi!)


It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

The tale of a teen suffering with mental health problems, It's Kind of a Funny Story will warm your heart, and break it, in equal measure.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

The pinnacle of what makes a good coming of age novel, quiet teens everywhere will relate to being the 'wallflower' at school - and will love seeing why it's not always a bad thing.


Looking For Alaska​ by John Green

Dealing with love, loss and death in your teenage years is hard to navigate, but Looking For Alaska - while poignant and gritty - is beautifully helpful and well paced.


The Kite Runner​ by Khaled Hosseini

Following the regrets of childhood, The Kit Runner is a true coming of age novel in that it follows the growth of Amir over his lifetime. An astonishingly beautiful novel, you'll never forget The Kite Runner.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire​ by JK Rowling

Discovering the opposite sex for the first time (and all the awkwardness that comes with it) and learning what it means to be brave is what Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire focusses on. Humorous and gripping in equal parts, one of the longer books of these recommendations but you'll adore every page.


Never Let Me Go​ by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is a deep, honest look at what it means to be a person. In a world where people are raised for the sole purpose of aiding others to live longer, Kathy and her friends must find life in their numbered days.


What's Your Favourite Coming of Age Novel?

What's the most poignant thing a coming of age novel has taught you? Which authors excel in coming of age fiction? 

Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to download the itcher app!


Where Can I Find Foreign Films Without Having to Think?

Are you learning a new language and you fancy having a go at watching a film in its original language?

Yeh. All good. But...


Where Can I Find Foreign Films?!

Long gone are the days of the video stores where we could stroll around the aisles staring at the DVD covers looking for our next acquisition for the night... In fact, maybe many of you don't even remember doing this (so 80s and 90s!)


The Beauty of the Foreign Film

Are you learning a complicated and exotic language like Chinese or a popular language like Spanish?

Whichever language you are trying to coming to grips with, movies and TV series can help you become more familiar with foreign words and expressions.

Whichever language you are trying to coming to grips with, movies and TV series can help you become more familiar with foreign words and expressions.

Watching a foreign movie can help you understand how to converse in a foreign language, listen to the correct pronunciation and learn more about the local culture. With millions of films out there, how can you choose what to watch?

Movies and TV series can help you become more familiar with foreign words and expressions.


Here's Where itcher can Help You!

Where to find foreign films? The only way to "emulate" those DVD rental store aisles is by using the itcher app.

You can set a profile and select a movie based based on your preferences and on other users' recommendations.

With itcher you can connect with other people with similar interests and find some hidden gems from the world of entertainment.


A World of Films You Never Knew Existed!

Do you fancy some French sophistication from your night in? You could try watching French films like Amelie, Priceless, Amour or La Vérité si je Mens! (Would I lie to you).

After seeing La Vie en Rose, the film that won French actress Marion Cotillard an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe, you might become an instant fan of Cotillard's, so why not also watch Rust and Bone which received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012? The story of a beautiful amputee played by Cotillard resonated with the spirit of the London 2012 Paralympics.


Back Catalogues and More

Have you ever wanted to see Pedro Almodovar's back catalogue? You could try something new watching all his films in reverse order starting from 2013's I Am so Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros) and going all the way back to 1988's Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown and even Pepi, Lucy, Bom y Otras Chicas del Montón. I bet you didn't know that one!

Northern Europe has produced a large number of cult-films like Denmark's A Royal Affair or Norway's Kon-Tiki. Denmark is also famous for gripping TV series like The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge.

Borgen, in particular, is a political drama and can be considered as Denmark's Homeland. A Hijacking is Denmark's answer to Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips, so much so that some critics have defined Hijack as “the Somali pirate movie without Tom Hanks”. Hijack is directed by Tobias Lindholm who made The Hunt and Borgen. These are edge-of-your-seat type of movies that keep the right level of tension throughout.

...some critics have defined Hijack as “the Somali pirate movie without Tom Hanks


Be Part of Film Debates!

What would other itcher users think about the Hijack vs Captain Phillips debate? Will they love the Hollywood blockbuster more than the more obscure Danish production?

With opinions flooding in from around the world, itcher will give you a 360 degrees view of a movie by collating multiple ratings.


How to Find Entertainment on the Internet? We Have the Solution for You

The Internet is great at helping us find stuff that what we are looking for. But what if you don’t know what you are looking for?

Nobody has properly solved the issue of how to find entertainment on the internet.

Until now.


What Options Do We Have?

So what are the options we have at hand to find entertainment recommendations?


Search Engines

The first option that comes to mind is the search engine (and these days, the word search engine is synonym to Google).

We use Google for most things in our lives, but the one thing that we don’t use if for is “what film should I watch tonight?” or “What would be a good book to take with me on holiday”, etc.

Why? Because it does not work.


In-store Recommendation Engines

The second option is to go to use an in-store recommendation engine.

One of the most known ones is the Amazon one. Say you buy Ewan McGregor’s “A Long Way Down”. After checkout Amazon will show you a section called “Customers who bought this also bought” which, in this example, will contain some other motorcycle adventure documentaries, and in particular other ones with Ewan McGregor.

Is it likely that I will like them? Possibly.

Is that the next film I want to watch? Probably not.

The reason why this method is fairly poor is because it clusters the content and assumes there is a relationship between the items, based on other people’s purchases.


The Problem with this Approach

Whilst under certain circumstances this might yield good results, there are two issues with this approach:

1- Using purchases as a driver for recommendations instead of ratings is not ideal. In my example of the Ewan McGregor film, let’s assume that most customers buy both “the Long Way Down” and “the Long Way Round” at the same time, but only like the first one.

In this case Amazon would establish a strong connection between the two and recommend it, but is unaware that most people actually were disappointed with the sequel.

The answer here is: switch from actions to actual ratings by users.

2- The second issue is related to datapoints, or put differently, the more information the engine has about things you like and dislike, the better it will be a giving you recommendations on other things.

That’s why Amazon isn’t great. Not only does it not know whether you liked the item you purchased; it also has a limited set of entertainment products that you have bought through Amazon that it can use as a base.

3- The 3rd option is slightly more tailored, although it still has the same disadvantages to the recommendation engine. And here I’m talking about services such as iTunes or LastFM for music, and LoveFilm or NetFlix for films and series.

The recommendations are more accurate, because it is a specific entertainment vertical, but it still suffers because of the methodology of clustering. And because of the fact that these services are for a specific entertainment verticals, they miss out on cross category recommendations (for example: because you liked this book, you’ll probably like this film...)


There is a Solution

The solution is to use a service that matches individual tastes of people (both stuff they like and dislike). Once the connections have been established (i.e. who is similar to whom), it is easy to find entertainment: just check the recommendations from people similar to you.

This is the reason why we decided to launch itcher: to connect people with similar tastes and generate recommendations based on people with similar tastes and interests.


Book Recommendation System & itcher Community Manager’s Top Picks

When on the lookout for a book recommendation system to satisfy your literary appetite, you need 3 things for an utterly booktastic experience:

- great recommendations

- ease of use

- a book-loving community

For book lovers, these 3 things are all they're waiting for.

That's why, when we designed itcher, we made sure our app was user friendly, gave brilliantly accurate recommendations and was a place for book worms to congregate.


Here's How to Use itcher

1. Download the app

2. Hit Browse and scroll through titles (or search) and rate 5 books you've already read

3. See your recommendations tab light up as you unlock your first set of recommended books

4. Scroll through and rate any you've already read and scrap one's you don't want to read.

5. Enjoy your new book recommendations!

As itcher gets to know you better, your recommendations will become more and more accurate, that's why it's important to scroll though the first batch of recommendations to help guide itcher in the right direction.

So, are you ready to read more books? We hope so! Download the itcher app now.


itcher Community Manager's Top Picks

We're all entertainment buffs at itcher but Kerry (that's me, hi) is really into books.

Here are 6 top picks from itcher's very own bookworm.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

A quirky book with an early on twist, this novel delves into the world of psychology and animal behaviour.

Well written, with a satisfying plot, you'll feel as though you're living with the Cooke family as an adopted sibling.


An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

One of John Green's earlier novels, An Abundance of Katherine's really hits the geeky spot.

Enough maths to please the nerdy part of you but not so much it's isolating, go on a road trip with Colin Singleton to help him forget all the Katherine's that have dumped him (nineteen, to be exact).


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Enigmatic and salty, We Were Liars follows a privileged family and their life on a private island during the summer holidays.

Masterfully written and gripping until the end, Lockhart writes Young Adult fiction with the sophistication and style you'd expect from a classic.


The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blighton

Climb up a magical tree with Connie, Jo, Bessie and Fanny to see what mystery world lies at the top of the Faraway tree.

A childhood favourite, Enid Blighton's magical lands cart you away from real life from the open you open the book.


Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Without a doubt a modern classic, Life of Pi puts a boy on a boat with a tiger and waits to see what will happen.

Oddly enough, it's anything but boring.

A brilliant concept that could have been let down in so many ways - but in this case definitely wasn't.


What Are Your Favourite Books?

We'd love to hear some of the titles you love, so let us know!

And have fun discovering new titles with the itcher app - we can't wait to hear what you think of it!


Music Recommender itcher On: 3 Tips to Master the Art of Party Playlists

Using a music recommender like itcher isn't just great for your own personal music listening sessions (although it's brilliant at that).

itcher is also on hand to help with all sorts of playlists - work out music, studying music and (of course) party playlists!

To the organised mind (any Monica Gellers out there?), the planning stage of the party is almost as fun as the party itself.

The drinks have been purchased, the kitchen is full of food you can't eat until The Big Event and you're in the process of cleaning up everywhere.

But leave the cleaning for a moment and focus on the music.

The key to successful party falls down to three very simple things:


The 3 Imperative Things That Make a Successful Party

1) Interaction between guests

2) Enough food and drink for everyone

3) Good music

Now, we can't help with the first two - that's all down to you I'm afraid - but we certainly can help on the music front.

Here is your comprehensive guide to putting together an awesome playlist for your next party.


1) Music for everyone

Do you have people with different tastes, or perhaps born decades apart, attending your party?

The key to good party planning is ensuring everyone is going to have a good time. This means including some music for each set of guests.

Have some older guests stopping by? Include a few tracks from their era to throw them back to their youth. Maybe it's just you and your friends: if some are into grunge and some, indie, include music from both genres.


2) Blend the tracks for seamless listening

If you are going to include music from a variety of different eras and genres, it's important to make the transition seamless.

Be sure to include some all round musical pleasers in between tracks from different genres/eras.


3) Create 2 playlists

As a rule, every party should have two playlists. One more relaxed 'welcome to my humble abode, have you met my coworker Jeremy'? playlist, and one with more upbeat, late night songs.

It's all very well and good saying 'Ah but I can just create one long playlist that has slower music AND more upbeat late night stuff'.

But you never know when the shift in tone is going to happen, so keep things appropriate by having 2 playlists that you can switch between when needed.

Quite often a party will become more chilled when it reaches early hours, and you don't want crazy rave music on at 4am if everyone is sprawled out on the sofas and eating leftover pizza.


Party Perfect

We hope our party playlisting tips help you to have the perfect party.

If we may only impart one more piece of advice it is this: download the itcher app, fellow music buffs. You won't regret it.


Recommended Songs for a 90s Throwback

If you're a music lover (and love hearing recommended songs) you're in for a treat with today's post because 90s music is feel good and brilliantly nostalgic.

And, if you are a music fanatic, stay tuned for an introduction to itcher at the end of this post - the only music recommendation you'll ever need.

But first, to the 90s!​


Spice Girls

No 90s throwback music session is complete without the Spice Girls. The pop power group earned adorning fans everywhere, and were arguably the first kick ass, all-girl group on the music scene.

Recommended songs: 'Wannabe', 'Say You'll Be There', 'Spice Up Your Life' and '2 Become 1'​


S Club 7

Feeling nostalgic yet? You should be! S Club 7 were the party soundtrack for teens all over the UK and no birthday party was complete without a performance of the complete dance routine to 'Reach'.

Recommended songs: 'Bring it All Back', 'Reach', 'Have You Ever', 'Never Had a Dream Come True', 'Don't Stop Moving'.​


Steps

Staying on the theme of cheesy dance routines, we couldn't leave out Steps - we all remember their iconic 'Tragedy'.

You only needed 5 friends to master the Steps tribute act, so we know you all had a go at the dance at some point, whether it was in the school playground or after a few bottles of wine with your friends.

Recommended songs: ​'Tragedy', '5,6,7,8', 'Chain Reaction', One for Sorrow', 'Deeper Shade of Blue', 'Stomp'


How You Can Get More Music Recommendations

If you're after more music recommendations - maybe even more 90s hits! - the itcher app will be more than happy to help you along your way.

Simply download from the app store and prepare for itcher to change the way you find new music...


How Does it Work?

itcher is a smart cookie, so prepare to be impressed at how quickly it gets to know you and your taste in music.

Oh, did we mention?

itcher offers personalised music recommendations depending on your own individual taste.

itcher offers personalised music recommendations depending on your own individual taste.

Not bad, hey? Here's how to kick the itcher engine into action:

1. Hit Browse in the music category and begin scrolling

2. Rate 5 artists that you've listened to before so itcher begins to learn what you like

3. Watch your Recommendations tab light up as you unlock your first batch of recommendations.

4. Scroll through your first set of recommendations and rate any artists you've listened to before so itcher can get to know you even better.

5. Add the artists you're interested in to your itchlist for easy access.

Looking for more 90s music specifically? No problem. Simply hit Browse and refine music by decade!


Better Recommendations Are Just a Few Clicks Away

We hope you enjoyed today's throwback-tastic 90s tracks. Don't wait around, find the itcher app and download now. There's a lot of music out there, and it's waiting for you!