iTunes (unofficially) jumps on the Instant bandwagon

iTunes (unofficially) jumps on the Instant bandwagon

Summary: "Instant" appears to be the buzzword du jour, witness Google Maps, Images and YouTube Instant. Now a 15-year-old developed iTunes Instant.


By now you've probably seen Google Instant which displays search results as you type. Google claims that it helps you search faster because you don’t have to finish typing your full search term, or even press “search.” I think that this video of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" on Google Instant pretty much sums its up

"Instant" appears to be the buzzword du jour -- witness YouTube InstantGoogle Maps Instant and Google Images Instant -- and it was probably inevitable that someone would create iTunes Instant. And that someone is 15-year-old Stephen Ou who spoke to Mashable:

iTunes Instant is basically a search engine for iTunes, which the creator said he made because, “Search within is extremely slow and cluster, I’ve never used it. So I use Apple’s Search API instead, and develop[ed] this app in less than three hours that will make your life better.” A quick test of the app reveals that it does work pretty well — a search for relatively obscure jams returned relatively accurate results in near real time. (However, it doesn’t quite work when searching for both artist and song.)

Stephen Ou created iTunes Instant in less than three hours hoping to solve two major problems in search: cluster interface and slow speed. According to Ou it's "not just another instantization app, it is clean and fast, and it really fills in the gap that keeps people away from iTunes native search"

More details can be found on his blog.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Browser, Google, Mobility

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  • pretty cool. slick

    nice job especially by a 15 yr old. apple and all their people can't even do that.
  • Some iTunes RSS Lovin'

    I've been developing this in my spare time (still very early days). Keep an eye on @iswebapp as this site will soon have several unofficial iTunes Store web apps... solving similar issue's such as Instant iTunes (fast, uncluttered, web based).

    I take my hat off to Stephen - great work!
  • Slow computers?

    They must have slow computers. My Mac Pro and iTunes is lightning fast. Of course I have fewer than 10,000 songs.
  • RE: iTunes (unofficially) jumps on the Instant bandwagon

    "Search within is extremely slow and cluster, I?ve never used it."

    How does he know it's extremely slow and cluster if he has never used it !??