Tastebuds
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Our Review

Tastebuds is an online dating website based in London that was founded in 2010. It matches single people with others who have a similar taste in music. More than for dating, it is also a place where you can find new friends, or a haven where you simply discover new music genres you will love. Obviously, it uses music as the basic medium for members to check if their personalities click. Instead of getting attracted to other people’s physical features or long list of adorable characteristics, this dating site will blend you in by using your music preference. Whether you are looking for a serious relationship or wanting to search for a new friend and a feel-good music, this might be a good love and dating website for you to visit.

Member Structure

Members
99,000 from United Kingdom
Members activity
60,000 active weekly
Gender Proportion
26 %
74 %
  • You get a personal profile which you can fill out
  • Most members are musically-inclined people
  • Over 500,000 users around the globe
  • Members' profiles are protected and monitored by the admin
  • Some people are only looking for friends, concert buddies, or new songs to listen to
  • Members' ages vary from 18 years old and above

You cannot sign-up if you are under 18. They specifically require that you are over this age before you can enjoy their features. Once you join the website, you will notice that the ages of members widely vary, though most of them are from the male group, 25-34 years old. Probably because it was launched during that groups' teenage years. Regardless of age and gender, though, the website makes sure that they keep their members protected from fake or fraudulent accounts.

Females
Males

Age Distribution

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55+

Signing Up

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  • Sign up process is easy and fast
  • You can sign up using your Facebook account
  • You need to answer the "City" field before you can complete the process
  • Only available to those who are 18 years old and above
  • Completing your info until it reaches 100% will give you more matches

The registration process is pretty fast and easy. You only need 1-2 minutes to finish it, including the verification process. If you prefer to log in using your Facebook account, you may do so. They will not post anything anyway on Facebook without your permission.

Once you are logged in, it will ask you to fill in more information about yourself and upload a picture. Next, you will need to choose your favourite musician or band so the moderators can match you to those who you have the same taste with. When you are done with all of these, your profile tab on the upper right side of the screen will state "100%". That means you will be able to have a better chance on finding your perfect match. It is not mandatory, though, to fill in the information. You can add or change them later when you feel like doing so. In addition, you can upload as many pictures as you want.

When you are done signing-up, you can already search for your matches. You only need to click the "People" or "Get Lucky" tab.

Making Contact

Tastebuds Search Options
  • Enjoy search options and match proposals without paying
  • "Message Bomb" allows you to send a message to 8 of your suggested matches
  • Allows you to send YouTube songs and videos to other members
  • Subscription needed to send and receive unlimited private messages
  • No chatroom if you are using a computer, only inbox-type of messaging
  • Free contact is only possible to your 8 matches on Message Bomb. If you want to contact another person but he was not suggested by the site, you will have to acquire premium membership to send him or her a message.

The dating site allows you to make contact to others on your first use. However, if you will not subscribe to their "Backstage Pass," your sending and receiving of private messages will be limited until you find your perfect match. It has the "Message Bomb" and "Get Lucky" features that will tell you who your matches are. The "Message Bomb," though, may only be used once a day and it only sends a free mesage to your suggested matches. For "Get Lucky," you have to click the page and it will lead you to the profile of one of your possible matches. If you are outside but you have the app, no need to worry because the app will send you a notification that someone has messaged you.

In addition to Message Bomb and Get Lucky, the site also lets you send songs to other members via a YouTube link. This is a free feature as the dating platform is generally about music. It is simply another way to connect with others. However, you cannot still message them privately even if you have sent them the link if you are not subscribed.

In relation to privacy when it comes to making contact, you do not need to worry as they value your privacy. In fact, you can find their privacy terms and conditions at the bottom of your screen. You can check those and their policy, rules, and other terms as well if you feel a little doubtful. 

Profile Quality

Tastebuds Female Profile View
  • Profile searching and viewing requires no payment
  • Photos of members are available once you do the searching
  • Completion of your information will give you a better chance on finding matches
  • Your profile consists mainly of the musicians, bands, and artists you like
  • Incognito feature is only available via subscription
  • The profiles are not very detailed
  • The profile information can be changed later
  • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free
  • You can add your profile picture, cover photo, about facts, favourite artists or bands anytime you want.

Tastebuds reviews all information thoroughly because they want to make users feel safe and secured. Once you click a profile, there are many information sections where you can check if the account owner is authentic. You can also see when was the last time he or she logged in. If you happen to encounter a fake or one that has inappropriate content, you can report it and they will immediately act on it. You can also block and unblock profiles if you want to. 

For the completion of your profile, they will ask you to add the artists you like, tell something about yourself, and upload a cover photo or other photos. There is an additional option, the "Facts About Me" section that you can edit once you feel like doing so.

App

Tastebuds App
  • App is easy to use and has nice graphic designs
  • Chatroom is only available if you have the app
  • More than 500,000 worldwide users using the mobile app
  • App is not mobile-friendly (only available on iTunes)
  • App is linked to Spotify and iPhone music library

The good thing about the mobile app is that it lets you sync your favourite songs into your iPhone Library or Spotify account. You can also search for people who are within your vicinity just by scanning your music library. Unlike the website too, the app has a chat function where you can easily send and receive new messages. 

Unfortunately, the app is quite not mobile-friendly. If you are using an Android smartphone or others, you will not enjoy the features of the app as it is only available on iTunes. If you still want to pursue using and having it, you might want to get a new Apple phone!

Real Life Review

Musician, 32 -- As a music lover, Tastebuds is really a good dating site for me. I signed myself in so I can meet other people, especially girls. But aside from meeting girls, I also met new friends who are guys and we just "clicked." I guess because we have the same taste in almost everything. I even had the chance to meet them. This is a really good place whether you are looking for love, a serious or casual relationship, or simply wants to meet new people who you can be comfortable with. Oh, and yeah, can you guess how lucky I am to finally find the love of my life? I met my 2-year girlfriend now because we both adore The Queen. I guess Tastebuds figured we both like listening to Freddie Mercury. 

Design and Usability

Overall, the design of the website is not that bad. Its appearance is somehow similar to other social media and online dating websites. The only difference is that it has music-related icons everywhere. Loading of new pages is also pretty fast. It only takes around 5 seconds if your internet is fast and 1-2 minutes assuming your internet is slow. Its functions are also easy to navigate and the tools are not that complicated. However, in the forum section, there are some members who are complaining about how it looks. They say that it is kind of old-school and plain. If you go over the discussions, a lot of members are actually suggesting ways to improve the website. 

Tastebuds Costs and Prices

Free Services
  • Sign up process
  • Profile build-up
  • Match searches
  • Send songs to other members
  • Access to threads and group discussions
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    You can either join an existing thread or discussion or create your own.
  • Access to some key features
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    These features include Soapbox, Message Bomb, Questions, Bored?
Fee based Services
  • Unlimited Messaging
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    This feature allows you to send and receive private messages from other members that are not your daily matches. It also lets you enjoy the site and the app without interruptions from advertisements.
  • Incognito Mode
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    This paid features allows you to hide your status even if you are online. It also gives you the chance to visit and view the profiles of other members anonymously.
Duration / Credits / CoinsCosts per monthTotal
Backstage Pass
1 Month10.00 GBP / Month10.00 GBP
3 Months6.66 GBP / Month19.98 GBP
6 Months5.00 GBP / Month30.00 GBP

Is Tastebuds expensive or cheap?

In comparison to other providers Tastebuds is average.

Tastebuds Price Table
Payment Options
  • Credit Card
  • Direct Debit
  • PayPal

If you avail of the 3-month service subscription, you will enjoy a 33% discount. If you avail of the 6-month, you can save up to 50%.

Your subscription to this premium membership automatically continues once every period of service end. This is because the website does not want to interrupt your ongoing conversations with other members. If you would like to cancel your subscription, you may do so any time by clicking "Account" on your "Settings" page. Your benefits will continue until the end of your subscription term, and they will only end once the term expires.

If you want to know more about their subscription policy, they have a more detailed explanation on their Privacy page.

Special Features

Tastebuds is a music-related online dating site that also has other features that you can use for enjoyment. 

Soapbox

This is where you can find the group threads and discussions. It has additional sub-categories from which you can choose. Most of the categories are about songs and bands, but there are also those that talk about life in general. You can start your own thread too if you want!

Questions

The creators do not want you to get bored. Hence, they created the "Questions" page where you can answer random questions. This is fun especially when you are waiting for someone or something, or just simply letting some time pass..

Bored?

Under this category, you become a private investigator. Since the moderators thoroughly assess their members' account to protect your privacy, they need assistance in looking for those fake members. To help them with that, you can go on the "Bored?" tab under "More" and check the pictures that do not seem legit. You only need to click the images that do not show a person, then submit

Our rating

Signing Up: 4.0 / 5
Making Contact: 3.0 / 5
Profile Quality: 3.0 / 5
App: 3.0 / 5
Real Life Review: 4.0 / 5

Editors Conclusion

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Tastebuds appears to be a good dating site especially for those who are into music. It perfectly works for those who are musically-inclined and at the same time, looking for a date, a new love, or a new friend. If you will actually join and sign up, you will see that some members are not there to mainly find their perfect match. They are there to enjoy the good music and the online companionship of those who are living nearby. However, if you go over through the forums and discussions of members, it seems like they are looking for some improvements. Evaluating their comments and suggestions, they find the website a little plain and stagnant. In addition, the site's mobile app is only available via iTunes. If you do not have an Apple product, you do not get to enjoy the benefits it offers. Bottom line, you might want to check other dating sites that are also fun but are unrestricted and more exciting. Likewise, those that have mobile applications that are available on other phone brands. You can check our Matchmaker category to check for these other sites.

FAQ

About/Contact

What is Tastebuds?

Tastebuds is an online dating site that uses music to match people with one another. It allows you to search and look for another person who have the same taste as yours.

Who created Tastebuds?

It was created by musicians Alex Parish and Julian Keenaghan. They thought that the best way to find and meet new friends is through songs and the artists they love.

How can I can contact Tastebuds?

You can contact them by calling +44 7770 892146 or sending an email to hello@tastebuds.fm. You can also send them a mail at Tastebuds Media Ltd., 33 Inkerman Road, Kentish Town, NW5 3BT, London, UK.

Is Tastebuds legit?

 Tastebuds is a legit dating site. It has been around since 2010 engaging people to connect through music.

Services and Cancellation

What are the free features of Tastebuds?

They are Get Lucky, Message Bomb, Soapbox, Questions, and Board? You can enjoy using all of them without paying for any fees.

What are the paid services of Tastebuds?

Their paid services are Unlimited Messaging and Incognito Mode. You will have to subscribe to their Backstage Pass before you can enjoy these features. Unlimited Messaging allows you to send and receive private messages with no limits and lets you explore the site without advertisement interruptions. Incognito Mode hides your status (if you are online) and allows you to visit the profiles of other members anonymously.

How do I subscribe to Tastebuds' subscription?

Subscribing to their Backstage Pass is pretty easy. You just need to go to the "Go Backstage" section under your profile picture at the top-right side of your screen, and then click "Subscribe." They will ask for your name, address, and payment information. Upon clicking "Pay," an email will be sent to you as a confirmation.

How do I cancel my subscription on Tastebuds?

Go to Settings and then Account. You will see a Backstage Pass tab where a cancel option is available. Click that button and your subscription will automatically end on the last day of your subscription term. 

Costs and Payments

How much are the paid subscription?

Tastebuds offers three pricing options: 1 month (£10.00/mo.), 3 months (£6.66/mo.), and 6 months (£5.00/mo.). As you can see, you will get discounts if you avail of the 3 months and 6 months options.

What are the payment methods for Tastebuds' Backstage Pass?

You can pay via credit cards, debit cards, or PayPal. Tastebuds accepts all kinds of major credit and debit cards.

App

Is there a mobile app for Tastebuds?

Yes. It has a mobile app that is available on the iTunes store at Apple.
 

Can I download Tastebuds using my Android smartphone?

No. Their mobile app is only available on iTunes. Google Play and other downloading applications of other phones do not have it.

Profile and Security

Can I deactivate my Tastebuds account?

Yes, you may deactivate it. Go to Settings then Account tab and click "Deactivate your account." All information about you will not be visible to others, you will not receive any emails, and others will not see you on their search results. You can always, however, reactivate it anytime.

Is my Tastebuds account protected?

Yes. It is always protected. It is their policy that the staff ensures all of the members' security. They check members' profiles, fraudulent acts, and even messaging features.

Can I report a suspicious profile on Tastebuds?

Yes. You may report such account if it looks fake or suspicious to you. They will not suspend it immediately. Instead, they will conduct further investigation on your report. Should they find out that is indeed fraudulent or the person behind it has done fraudulent acts, they will suspend such account.
 

Will other people see if I visited their Tastebuds profiles?

Yes. Other people will see that because you are on regular mode. If you avail of their Incognito mode, then you can hide the fact that you have visited their profiles.

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