All the geeks know about it, but not many civilians; in the Blues room this
evening, we ended up talking about Web-server stuff and NodeJS. The idea is powerful; one symptom
of which is, I keep thinking about ways to make it better.
[Update: It’s now US-only. Can’t play any more.]
Here some ideas that present themselves:
I could spend time describing what it is and so on, but the page title says it all: Play Music Together. Go check it out.
The graphics are a good start, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. In the avatars, in the groove animation, in the feedback meter, in everything.
The tools for managing your DJ queue are primitive. I need keywords and beats-per-minute and so on.
The DJ spots need to be more shareable in popular rooms. Maybe every so often, the person with the lowest song ratings gets booted off the stage. Or there’s a queue to get on stage. Or something.
The database needs cleanup. Which is to say, a way to report when a song isn’t what the label on the outside says. There are a lot of those.
Rooms need a heat indicator, where heat is a function of how many songs are getting upvoted (or gonged), how much chatter is going on, and so on.
I’d like to see “Trending Songs”, “Trending DJs”, “Trending Artists”, and “Trending Rooms”. And there are probably lots more trends lurking in there.
I want a permanent log downloaded of what it was I listened to, so I can remember the good stuff.
Wouldn’t private side-channel chat be useful? It sure is in IRC, and this is kinda like IRC, only with beautiful music.
But hey, I hung out with some cool people and heard some outstanding blues and learned that the Neville Brothers have a wonderful cover of Ain’t No Sunshine and that there’s a woman named Jolie Holland who can really bring it.
Last night, I tried organizing a Miles Davis party, but it fell flat because licensing restrictions keep you from playing one artist more than a few times per hour. But I think the party notion has legs, if you pick a genre. Let’s see... “Guitar noise”. “Love songs”. “Deep funk”. “Modern minimalist classical”. “Canadiana”.
And here’s my first ProTip. Want to run your score up? Find a smallish room focused on a genre you know something about, upload some surprises from your collection, and stay with it a few hours.
Anyhow do drop by and have a look. Do it soon; because, since turntable.fm is simple and fun and convenient and lets people enjoy music in a way they want to, it’ll doubtless be sued into oblivion by the music business.