Somewhere a long time ago I heard about Turntable.fm. I do remember saying “Hey, that’s cool.” Then moving right along. last week I came across this Ars Technica article and it jogged my memory so I decided to try it out. I’m glad I did because I love it!
What is Turntable.fm? It’s a music streaming site along the lines of 8 Tracks where you can upload songs for others to listen to. There are rooms that are equivalent to channels where you can listen to all types of music: dubstep, classical, 80s, 90s, and my favorite, mashups. What’s fun about Turntable.fm is that you are the DJ. You can upload songs or choose from songs already uploaded. Each room has up to 5 DJ slots and if one’s open, you can jump in and play your stuff. Some rooms have song limits or DJ sign up pages, and the heavily occupied rooms can be harder to get up on stage due to the amount of people wanting to participate. There is a chat box which is really nice to be able to talk about music and get to know your fellow DJs.
You start out with a very vanilla avatar, and to be able to pimp out your avatar, you need points. You gain these points by DJing and having listeners essentially “like” you song. So there is an incentive, however vain, to participate.
Perhaps the best part of this site, is you can create rooms and have the option to make it public or private. Making it private means you invite who you want to participate in your room. It’s a nice way to share music with friends and be able to chat about it at the same time.
There are no mobile or tablet applications at this time, and support is a bit lacking, but all in all it’s a fun place to go to listen to some tunes and maybe even get in on the action.
I haven’t heard much of Moby’s recent stuff. He has a new album that you can stream via his site (I’m listening now). The site is interesting because he includes photos from Instagram along with the music. Check it out.
You can also listen to an interview over at NPR: Guest DJ Moby
NPR is actually a really good source for music streaming. Here is the link to listen to the new Fleet Foxes Album ‘Helplessness Blues’
Via NPR: Helplessness Blues
I downloaded the 8Tracks app last night. I like the website, so the app is a welcome addition to my music streaming iPhone apps. If you would like to hear my mixes, my username is ‘badtzninja’.
Via Gizmodo: 8Tracks Hits iOS
I’m listening to Adele’s ’21’ now via NPR (thanks for the link Michelle). It sounds good! I suggest checking it out soon, since things like this usually don’t stay around for long. Now to find a stream of Radiohead’s ‘King of Limbs’…
I found a stream of the new Radiohead album ‘King of Limbs’ on Youtube. I suggest you listen before it gets taken down!
Here is the direct link: King of Limbs via YouTube
Looks like I’m going to have to reinstall my Pandora app.
Free Last.Fm Mobile Services Turning Into Subscriber Only Feature via Ars Technica
Stay tuned for my own playlists under username ‘badtzninja’!!