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turntable.fm: spread the word
because i’m cool, i joined this hip new music social networking site called turntable.fm
turntable.fm is organized into user-created rooms, reminiscent of old school AOL chatrooms. indeed, the rooms do have a chat feature - way to bring back the 90’s. users are represented with avatars. each room can have up to 5 DJ’s, shown up in the front with laptops (turntable.fm detects whether you’re a mac or pc user - cute!). DJ’s take turns playing songs from their queue.
how do DJ’s get the songs? turntable.fm has a pretty extensive collection, obtained legally through MediaNet. however, if the song you’re looking for isn’t there, you can upload from your library. i’m pretty sure the uploaded song is only available for you to play, and not all users (otherwise it could run into some legal trouble i’d think?).
for listeners, turntable.fm offers a number of synchronization options. for any playing song, users can choose to add the song to their turntable.fm queue, find the song for download on iTunes, or look up the song on last.fm and spotify.
everyone in the room (except the current DJ) also has the option of rating the song Awesome or Lame, affecting the meter down at the bottom. enough people vote a song Lame and the DJ gets booted (though i’ve never seen that happen), while every Awesome vote gives the DJ a point. points earn you the rights to new, cooler avatars. the avatars serve as a status symbol - the DJ’s with the hard-to-get ones have proved their superiority in music taste (the dream of every hipster). i’m guessing they’ll add more points-earned features in the future.
anyone can create a room and make it either public or private. private rooms won’t show up in the lobby or on searches. only users who know the URL can get in. users can browse the public lobby, search for a room based on title, song, or username, and can also hit the “random room” button (providing the thrill of chatroulette without the risk of dicks).
right now, turntable.fm is in a selective beta. to get in, you have to be friends with someone on Facebook who is in. so they’ve got the exclusivity cool-factor (cue The Social Network). go ahead - go to turntable.fm and login to Facebook to see if you’re in. if not, feel free to leave a message in my askbox with your Facebook and i’ll friend you. i just want as many people as possible to try this out.
i’ve only been on for a day and i’ve already found a room with similar taste in music to me where i’ve discovered new artists and even an entire genre i’d never heard of (grime). it’s seriously addictive.
REBLOG if you like or are interested in turntable.fm. right now it’s got a pretty big dance/dubstep scene. i’d like to diversify the audience a bit - especially interested in any METALHEADS or those who like rockin’ out.