A year ago our creative lead came in to the office with his racing bicycle as he sat down to his desk he paused for a moment and turned to one of the engineers and asked him: 'You know I am a big fan of iPod Shuffle?' (he had his iPod Shuffle already clipped to his trousers), the engineer as usually puzzled, nodded, the creative lead continued: 'You have only one button to shuffle music and you don't care what comes next, it just surprises you', and he went on to explain: 'The problem with it is that I know exactly what music I'm populating it with, it would be better to just have a shuffle music application that just plays music from online services such as 8Tracks and SoundCloud...' and the conversation ended with the engineer telling him that the idea is good and we'll see what we can do.
Later that day the engineer called the creative lead by his desk and he presented with a rough prototype of, what now became Elly, and he was extremely inspired so he put on his headphones and started wireframing the shuffling application, so this is how it all began.
Elly is a free, simple and intuitive online music application that uses services such as 8Tracks and SoundCloud. It's interface is composed of the central shuffle button, stunning ambiance that it's matched with the music that is currently playing and a gradient-style color that is set to match the background picture so it doesn't distract users.
We wanted to create an app that is clutter free, the maximum number screen taps is 2 (in case you want to change the genre), otherwise it's only 1 or no taps (if you select Shuffle on Start option on settings).
As we are creating Elly just for you, we are releasing it as a public beta (without any request codes, just download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and don't hesitate to send us suggestions as we love to get them from you and create it tailored for your needs.
Just one more thing... as you probably are looking at a new Apple Watch, we are supporting Elly for Apple Watch starting now, so when you receive your Apple Watch on April 24th, you will have one more app on your beautiful Apple Watch home screen 🙂
Anytime, Anywhere. Elly.