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 knows Facebook and about its founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Mark, before creating Facebook, had created many software applications. Synapse Media Player is one of them that Mark created during his school days.
How was the Synapse media player developed?
Mark Zuckerberg attended his high school at Phillips Exeter Academy. At Phillips Exeter Academy, the senior year students were instructed to submit their projects individually or as a group. Unfortunately, Mark didn’t get any project ideas. While 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 wanted to change the way playlists were created. His idea is, the software learn the listener’s interest and recommend songs according to their taste.
What’s next? Mark started to write his program.
Mark’s friend Adam D’Angelo joined and helped Mark 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, received great responses. Mark and Adam, instead of making Synapse a paid software, released it free, believing 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. It’s no wonder that the software got 1000+ downloads few months after its 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 they soon backed off suspecting Microsoft that they are trying to rip them off.
They wanted to go the college and not work for 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 for all kinds 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.
Even now the Synapse Media Player is available to download for free at CNET.com. Synapse has been downloaded more than 100,000 times. These days there are many music players which are better than Synapse, but Synapse is still a great feat considering it was created by high school kids .
You can download Synapse Media Player from CNET.com