You’ve probably heard of chat-roulette by now. Well this is track-roulette.
The concept is simple: Open or join a room. After the room’s loaded in your browser you’ll see people standing around or nodding their heads and you’ll hear whatever song the current DJ is playing. In the room you can chat, rate the music that’s playing and become a fan of a DJ or people hanging around the virtual club. Up-to 5 DJ’s can spin records, one track at a time but you can start building a playlist at any time, even when not DJ’ing. There’s a search function, but if the current crate isn’t your cop of tea you can upload music yourself. If there’s a spot behind the turntables and you think you’re Jackin’-it you can join-in yourself. Where it says “loading” and “Go ahead – Hold your breats” will be where the artist-name and track-name will be, respectively. Getting thumbs-up earns you points and with these points you’ll unlock other avatars. A chat-room with DJ’s where kudos unlocks new outfits.
People are already holding small private parties and festival promotional rooms which I like to call Turntable-casts. I hope they’ll integrate some way to beat-match / pre-cue music in the future! For me it’s been a fun place to test unreleased tracks to see how the people like them. And the Turntable.FM crowd gets to hear exclusive unreleased music. There’s already new stuff happening on Turntable.FM.
25/05/2011 Edit: Some additional information. Uploaded songs are stored. No need to keep uploading! You can also add currently playing or played songs to your playlist. There’s currently no-way to enter via Twitter. The beta has reached it’s limits a few times and Facebook invites are sometimes ‘shut-down’ for a while. (But when that happens, they’ll be back soon.)
25/05/2011 18:00 CET Edit: The following message was just put on the Turntable.FM website…
We’re very sorry, but while we would love to let you in and rock out with us, we need to currently restrict turntable access to only the United States due to licensing constraints.
We are working very hard to try and and get you in as soon as possible.
If you believe this is a mistake and you are located in the United States, please e-mail help [at sign] turntable dot fm
Again, sorry, and we hope to see you soon.
Well, that’s it for now…