Music is social by nature. Musicians make music to share with others. Fans go to concerts to share the musical experience with a group. Hipsters tell others about bands, and then reap immense satisfaction when they have not heard of them. Turntable.fm is a cool, free streaming music service which bridges the gap between social media and streaming music in a way that Pandora and Spotify fall short. Sure, you can share playlist on the two, aforementioned sites, but there is no direct interaction with anybody. With Turntable.fm you to create an avatar, a digital representation of your “DJ”, develop your own playlist, either from your music, or their extensive collection, and you then take control of the turn tables as one out of possibly five other DJs and let your music play for the masses.
Its worth checking out, no matter how much you want to utilize the social aspects of the service. If you want to go all in, build your play list, jump on the turn table, earn “likes” and “fans”, build your rep and unlock new avatars. You can hang out in the audience, follow your favorite DJ’s, discuss the music (or whatever) in the chat box, and decide what song plays and what doesn’t using the “Lame or Awesome” meter. Or you can simply pick a room for the lobby that suits your taste, turn up the volume and minimize the browser, thus making just another music service.
Whatever level you want to participate, Turntable.fm is worth a spin (sorry). You have to link it to your facebook account, and you already have to be friends with someone who has a Turntable.fm account, so thats a downside for those who dont have facebook accounts, or hip friends (Ill hook you up if you want an in). Turntable.fm, check it out, if your in there look for me, DJ R-Trip.