Turntable.fm gives users a fun way to listen to music online with friends. Users can sign up and join a room. Each room has space for a specified number of DJs. Users who are DJs guide the music, which falls into the room’s assigned genre. The user can browse rooms by the number of occupants inside or see which rooms their friends are currently listening to. Turntable.fm also includes a lame and awesome meter feature. This gives the listeners in a room the ability to provide feedback to the DJ playing music. An awesome rating can be given to a song the user likes and awards the DJ a point. A lame rating indicates a song the user didn’t like. If the DJ receives too many lame ratings, the current song will stop and the next DJ in line takes over.
Turntable.fm was designed to give internet users a way to enjoy music in a social environment. The application was constructed by a modest startup team of music-minded individuals. The current version provides users with a rating system and other interesting features to enhance their listening experience. DJs can share their favorite songs and get feedback from the audience that can help them improve what they play in each listening room. Many users visit Turntable.fm with friends to enjoy music as a group.
Social listening is growing and Turntable.fm is yet another example of why many users love this type of audio experience. The application doesn’t just churn out a playlist over and over, it gives real people the chance to play DJ in a room with real music listeners. Users can interact, making the entire experience far more engaging than simply passing a link to a video or audio clip to a friend.
Turntable.fm incorporates many trendy colors against a dark background to create a sleek setting to enjoy various genres of music. The application is very user friendly, displaying the number of listeners in a room with large text alongside the room name and information. Tabs allow the user to toggle the view to favorites and rooms that need DJs. The experience is very pleasant and users can easily learn how to navigate without putting in much effort.
A new user can join the Turntable.fm community by clicking the blue and white “Login with Facebook” button found along the left hand side of the homepage. A pop up box will appear and ask the user for their Facebook login credentials. After allowing access to their profile, the user is automatically logged in and taken to the listening room list. There is no traditional sign in option available. Users must have a Facebook account to enjoy Turntable.fm.
Turntable.fm is available to all music lovers in the United States for free. The user does not have to buy a subscription or make any other purchases to create an account. This is an excellent way to encourage users to get their friends into listening rooms or to try their hands at becoming virtual DJs. The application relies heavily on its user community because without the users, there would be no one listening and no one DJing.
Turntable.fm is a fun application for anyone who enjoys exploring music. The application’s social elements are best suited for anyone who has a Facebook profile (because you have to have one at this point to log in). The site mentions that there will be more login options added in the future, but for now Facebook is the only available option. At the moment the site is only accessible to users in the United States due to licensing constraints.