If you know the name ‘Synapse Media Player’, you know something about Mark Zuckerberg and about his childhood. Yes, I’m talking about Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook! In this article we’ll discuss about a Mark Zuckerberg’s wonderful creation.We have started a new series on Revealing the Stuffs named “Digging the tech history”. In this series we publish articles about the entrepreneurs and their works and turning points. The first part of Digging The Tech History starts with a software created by Mark named Synapse Media Player.
Everyone know about Facebook. And Mark Zuckerberg started it.
Mark, before creating Facebook, had created many software applications. Synapse Media Player is a software that Mark created during his school days.
How the Synapse media player was developed?
Mark Zuckerberg attended his high school at Phillips Exeter Academy. At Phillips Exeter Academy, the last year students were instructed to submit their own projects individually or as a group. By grading the quality of the project, the school evaluate marks which was helpful for students in getting admission at top colleges. Unfortunately, Mark didn’t got any project ideas. When he was discussing something with his friends, his computer suddenly stopped playing songs in the playlist.
Playlist is nothing but a list of song(s) categorized by you. Mark hated this system. He wanted to change the system in how playlists were created. His new concept is simple, the software learn the listener’s interest and recommend songs according to their taste.
He decided to create a software, which works on this system and also decided to submit this software as his school project.
What’s next? Mark started to write his program.
Mark’s pal Adam D’Angelo joined and helped Mark to complete Synapse Media Player project. They released Synapse after they finished writing that.
During Zuckerberg’s high school years, under the company name Intelligent Media Group, he built a music player called the Synapse Media Player that used machine learning to learn the user’s listening habits
Synapse Media Player, initially tested by Mark and Adam’s friends, has received great responses. Mark and Adam, instead of making Synapse as a paid software, released it free, believed it could reach more people easily.
Slashdot featured Synapse Media Player (Link: http://news.slashdot.org/story/03/04/21/110236/machine-learning-and-mp3s) which gave Synapse Media Player extra downloads and reach. There is no wonder that the software got 1000+ downloads few months after it’s release. This news reached like wildfire among Microsoft AOL, Moodlogic and MusicMatch and the pair received calls from them.
“One of the companies offered us $950,000 but wanted us to go work for them for 3 years” said Zuckerberg. “We wanted to go to college, so we said no.”
They finally decided to make a deal with Microsoft. But their discussion wasn’t that good and the duo suspected Microsoft thinking if they are going to rip them off.
They really wanted to continue their education by going to the college and not to work with a company for 3 years. This made them to continue allowing Synapse Media Player for free download.
For whom the Synapse Media player built?
Synapse Media Player was basically built all kind of music lovers. From SynapseAI.com [website is dead ] download page:
Who wants Synapse?
Listeners of the MP3. Students. Elevator operators. Makers of other media players. Programmers. Gangsters. Punks. Nerds. Really big nerds. Even ones from Yemen. Yeah, plenty of those. Competitors. Winners. People who exercise to Rocky music. Will Deringer. Audiophiles. Revolutionaries. Even Canadians. Quality people. Gastroenterologists. Bums. Lots of bums. Evil geniuses. Classics professors. Chinese people. Wine connoiseurs. Businessmen. Rabbis. Dew drinkers. Sherpas. Dictators. Professional servants. People with special powers. People who come through in the clutch. You.
Actually, Synapse Media Player works on the concept of Artificial Intelligence with some mathematics. Even now the Synapse Media Player is available to download for free at CNET.com. It is found that synapse has been downloaded more than 100,000 times. Nowadays, there are many music players which are better than Synapse, but Synapse was an amazingly great software in those days.
You can download Synapse Media Player in CNET.com