Music app co-created by student provides easier group listening
July 12, 2017
A new app is music to a University of
Wisconsin-Stout student’s ears. Nick Uthe, who is majoring in graphic
communications, recently launched SoundsQ with a friend for beta testing.
“We came up with the idea because music is
a huge part of both of our lives, and we wanted an easier solution to listening
to music with friends,” Uthe said.
SoundsQ allows users to create playlists
where multiple friends can add songs that will be played on audio devices via
SoundCloud. Uthe said everyone can share songs quickly and get involved.
“The app is a perfect playlist solution
that solves the dilemma of sharing a stereo with a group of friends in real
time,” Uthe said. “You’re in the car, at your house or at a party and your friend
says, ‘You should play this song.’”
Uthe, of Eau Claire, said the app is
self-funded and that the pair have put countless hours and lots of energy into
the project. “What normally would have taken five to 10 developers, we've
gotten it to a prototype stage with just one,” Uthe said. “We did it just like
you hear about in movies, hard work and a custom basement office.”
goal of the project was to brand the idea and show how serious they are about
it. “Building a successful app is an extremely complex process so we knew we
were going to need help. I think we're in a great spot for the next stages to
occur,” he said.
Uthe’s business partner is Noah Butler.
will be running a focus group in the fall at UW-Stout before the official release
of SoundsQ 1.0. It’s so the pair can figure out the best direction to take the
user interface before it’s consumer ready. People can contact Uthe through the
SoundsQ Facebook page to get involved.
“We have some
investors interested, so if the focus group goes well, then we’ll have more
confidence piling money and resources into this thing,” Uthe said.
senior said the project relates to his major in several ways. “With the
introduction of ever-changing social media, people want quick ways to learn
about something, and the only way you’re going to be heard is by creating a
campaign that is visually appealing,” Uthe said. “With SoundsQ, I want to
engage a large audience, and my major does a great job showing how to utilize
multiple channels to do just that.”
SoundsQ is currently free on the Android
app store. Uthe said one of the next updates is to make it available for
The app isn’t the only thing the duo have
going. Uthe and Butler already have their own company, Grand Taiga LLC, a
content creation, marketing and media company.
“We strive to inspire everyone
we reach,” Uthe said. “We work with sporting goods and outdoor brands to create
content for print, social media and digital platforms.”
As for the future, Uthe said he hopes to continue learning more
about multimedia and wants to push himself to exceed his creative boundaries. “I
have a lot of ideas, so hopefully I am able to execute them and positively
influence the lives of others,” he said.
UW-Stout’s graphic communications major previously was called cross-media graphics
Top: The Sounds Q home screen
Bottom: Nick Uthe