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Turntable.fm to shut down Piki radio app

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 9:20am

Online social music service Turntable.fm announced in its blog that it is shutting down its Piki service soon.

Piki is the "more laid-back" (as the founders describe it) version of the Turntable service; "a Pandora-like, human-powered radio app combined with powerful Twitter-inspired social features," (as TechCrunch wrote when the beta launched). While Turntable listeners hear music chosen by others in "real time" (in "rooms," like listening to a DJ in person), Piki scans music hand-picked by your friends over time, and creates radio channels based on this music (with the option of listening by genre).

But Piki "just didn’t have the traction that we were hoping for, so we are closing it to fully focus on Turntable," wrote Turntable.fm founder and CEO Billy Chasen in the blog. The Next Web reports Turntable also alerted users via e-mail that the last day of service will be September 23. The company also reportedly pinned Piki's demise on lack of resources to "continue developing and maintaining" the service. It expects to launch a new version of the main Turntable service next month.

Read the Turntable blog here. More in The Next Web here.

Turntable.fm team unveils new online radio service Piki

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 1:50pm

The team behind social music listening site Turntable.fm this week beta-launched a new iteration of its service, a year in the making: Piki.

TechCrunch describes it as "a Pandora-like, human-powered radio app combined with powerful Twitter-inspired social features."

While Turntable listeners hear music chosen by others in "real time" (in "rooms," like listening to a DJ in person), Piki scans music hand-picked by your friends over time, and creates radio channels based on this music (with the option of listening by genre).

"Piki is not the service on which you’ll listen to Lady Gaga’s latest album. At the same time, it is not a passive radio-like experience like Pandora," TechCrunch explains. "In the middle, there is room for a music discovery application that remains very personal."

Read TechCrunch's piece on Piki (there's a video too) here. Sign up to use the service (in beta) on the web or iOS here.

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