One of the most exciting, and still somewhat exclusive on the interweb is Turntable.fm.

I say exclusive only for the fact that the site is still very much in early beta and, actually, as I write this post, the site has gone down for maintenance to fix some lingering bugs.

When the site is up, however, it is one of the most ingenius means of enjoying music and interacting with others on the web that I’ve seen in a while.

What is Turntable.fm? I define it as a socially engaged music streaming service. By socially engaged I mean that there is an aspect of gamification integrated with the site – you can’t just stream music to yourself, like Pandora or Last.fm, you actually have to have atleast 1 other DJ in your room spinning tunes as well.

There have been a couple of great posts written already talking about the WHAT of Turntable.fm. Peter Kafka from AllThingsD wrote a post last week bringing up the potential fine legal line that Turntable.fm is treading and a interweb colleague of mine, Ken Yeung wrote a very informational post earlier today, on his blog TheLetterTwo.com, talking about the future promise of the site.

I was on the wait list for a few weeks and finally was able to access the site this past Friday. This past weekend I spent way more time that I care to admit, spinning tunes and meeting other music lovers online.

Here’s how I’m using the service.

After logging in, you can either select to create a room, join a random room or, if you’ve already created a room you can search for that on. In my case, I’m the moderator of the INFOtainment room so I immediately head there.

To get the music playing I will send out a quick Tweet or Facebook status to let folks know that I’m DJing:

After someone joins – the party gets started ! We’re selecting music from our favorite artists and adding songs to our DJ queue. One of the things that allows Turntable.fm to exist is due to a slight loophole in the DMCA guidelines that allows both Turntable.fm and Pandora to operate as an “non-interactive web radio service. So even when you select an artist and check off the songs you want to spin, everything will actually play in a random rotation.

The ability to upload music is quite interesting as well. I haven’t tried that aspect yet, but giving how much time I’ve spent on the site in the last 48 hours I’ll definitely be trying all the different settings out.

There is so much potential for this site, that has really only been available for about 1 month. The whole gamification aspect brings about the opportunities of competing against other users and gaining badges, recognition, rank on a leaderboard, the future ability to embed a Turntable.fm DJ Room inside a blog is what I’m looking forward to (so hey Billy Chasen, when you’re ready to open up the platform to publishing partners let me know !!)

How about you? Are you on Turntable.fm yet? If you need an invite let me know in the comments below and I’ll see if I can take care of you. In the mean time, those that are on the service – head over to the INFOtainment Room and jam with us !!




  • Robyn Smith

    Would love an invite, however, am in the UK. Any news on when it’s available over here? 

    • I’ve forwarded this post to Billy Chasen, the creator of Turntable.fm – hopefully he’ll respond to your question Robyn !

      • Robyn Smith

        Thanks!

  • Robyn Smith

    Would love an invite, however, am in the UK. Any news on when it’s available over here? 

    • I’ve forwarded this post to Billy Chasen, the creator of Turntable.fm – hopefully he’ll respond to your question Robyn !

      • Robyn Smith

        Thanks!

  • Karl

    Would also love an invite, I keep hearing great things about it.

  • Karl

    Would also love an invite, I keep hearing great things about it.

  • I tried to jam but the room was empty.  Where were you James?

    • ha – I’m back. Was checking out some of the other rooms. Drumming up business for INFOtainment

  • I tried to jam but the room was empty.  Where were you James?

    • ha – I’m back. Was checking out some of the other rooms. Drumming up business for INFOtainment

  • Can you send me an invite!!  please!!

    • Hey Carl – you’ll need to friend my on Facebook – that’s how turntable.fm distributes invites.

      I’m at facebook.com/jwhicks

  • Can you send me an invite!!  please!!

    • Hey Carl – you’ll need to friend my on Facebook – that’s how turntable.fm distributes invites.

      I’m at facebook.com/jwhicks

  • Anonymous

    thanks for sharing how you are using turntable.  Im addicted. I wrote an article on it today at http://mattersofgrey.com/music-social-and-gaming-make-turntable-fm-addictive/

    Hearing how you are using it is good insight. In my post, I had about 10 suggestions, that I crowdsourced from users of the system. lemme know what you think.

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    thanks for sharing how you are using turntable.  Im addicted. I wrote an article on it today at http://mattersofgrey.com/music-social-and-gaming-make-turntable-fm-addictive/

    Hearing how you are using it is good insight. In my post, I had about 10 suggestions, that I crowdsourced from users of the system. lemme know what you think.

    Thanks!

  • DerekJohnson

    I would love an invite. I will send a friend request. Is this the next Napster? Will it get so big and popular that it becomes a target for lawsuits?

  • DerekJohnson

    I would love an invite. I will send a friend request. Is this the next Napster? Will it get so big and popular that it becomes a target for lawsuits?

  • In the spirit of social sharing – there is an excellent post written by benpopper of BetaBeat.com about the “pivot” mentality in the tech startup industry and his thoughts on the beginnings and future of turntable.fm – check it out here: http://ow.ly/5zjoq

    My latest conversation: http://www.thetechscoop.net/2011/07/07/amazon-cloud-drive-music-storage/cloud_drive_options/

  • In the spirit of social sharing – there is an excellent post written by benpopper of BetaBeat.com about the “pivot” mentality in the tech startup industry and his thoughts on the beginnings and future of turntable.fm – check it out here: http://ow.ly/5zjoq

    My latest conversation: http://www.thetechscoop.net/2011/07/07/amazon-cloud-drive-music-storage/cloud_drive_options/

  • Livefyre

    Jampri is another social music site, where you create a playlist and add songs to it. Music is steaming and the good thing about it is that your Facebook friends have the ability to add songs to your playlist. You can off-course decide which songs you want to keep in it and remove songs you dislike. Simple interface and easy to work with. Requires a Facebook account and not limited (at the moment) for invitations only.

  • Livefyre

    Jampri is another social music site, where you create a playlist and add songs to it. Music is steaming and the good thing about it is that your Facebook friends have the ability to add songs to your playlist. You can off-course decide which songs you want to keep in it and remove songs you dislike. Simple interface and easy to work with. Requires a Facebook account and not limited (at the moment) for invitations only.

  • @Sienna Torres thanks for the heads up on Jampri – I’ll check it out and may write a review post.

  • @Sienna Torres thanks for the heads up on Jampri – I’ll check it out and may write a review post.

  • I’m fond of uploading my favorite music, i’m a music die hard lover and I can’t live without my fav music.

  • I’m fond of uploading my favorite music, i’m a music die hard lover and I can’t live without my fav music.