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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.

Fuzz lets users be a DJ, and enjoy music "curated by humans"

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 1:15pm

Entrepreneur Jeff Yasuda (he created the "Twitter for music" Blip.fm) has beta-launched Fuzz, the newest online radio service that enables users to create channels using their own music (see Live365, Turntable.fm, Radionomy).

Fuzz's marketing angle is that the stations are "user-curated, robot-free online listening experiences" created solely by human music fans, and not by cold, heartless computer algorithms. The positioning statement (which appears just below its logo on the front page) reads "Fuzz is great radio made by real people."

Setting his business apart from similar services, Yasuda says Fuzz won't be ad-supported. CNet wrote "Yasuda knows that's a losing path, that the numbers don't work." Rather, he plans to fund the business with premium subscription services, and then move into mobile and the app business. "Those are the breakout opportunities," he told CNet. They write, "He wants to take what he learns on Fuzz, create apps -- maybe games, maybe something different -- that he markets to his users."

Try Fuzz here; read CNet's article here.

Facebook rolls out "Listen With" feature enabling friends to join in listening to streams in real time

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 12:25pm

Facebook has just launched a new feature called that gives users a "chatroom-like" environment in which to listen to music together.

The "Listen With" feature enable users to play DJ and let Facebook friends join them in listening to the tunes they're streaming via Spotify or Rdio. It's the newest feature of Facebook's real-time sharing Open Graph.

(Facebook users know they can already see what they're friends are listening to and click a link to hear the same song. But this new feature allows you to "tune in" and listen together in a "unified virtual environment.")

Sounds like Turntable.fm, no? Mashable writes, "Multiple people will be able to listen in on one friend’s music, and the entire group will be able chat together... it’s a lot like Turntable.fm without the avatars or the 'awesome' button.

Read Facebook's announcement on their blog here; read Mashable's coverage here.

AT ITS CORE, SERVICE IS NET RADIO WITH ENHANCED SOCIAL AND GAMING ELEMENTS

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 (All day)

Amidst an IPO from Internet radio leader Pandora and the hotly-anticipated U.S. launch of Spotify, “a strange thing happened,” writes Billboard. A new, cartoon-populated music start-up called Turntable.fm became “the most buzzed-about digital music service in years.”

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