Social media + music
Listening to music can be an intensely personal experience. It can also be super social, thanks to parties, concerts, and oh, the infobahn. There’s tons and tons of Internet-based applications out there that are revolutionizing the way we experience music, making it more social, more shareable, more interactive. Here’s 3 sites I like.
Turntable is a website that lets you and your friends experience and discover music together in real time. The service is free, but (for now) requires a Facebook account to register. Once you’ve signed up, you can choose a “room” to join from the list of rooms, all with various themes. The room list also shows how many people are in a given room and how many DJ spots are available. If you want to DJ, join a room with an open spot – and start playing songs from your queue. More info on Turntable here.
The Hype Machine
The Hype Machine is a music blog aggregator that tracks a variety of MP3 blogs and handpicks a set for you to follow. With a free user account, you can favorite searches, tracks, music blogs, and other Hype Machine users. You can also play your favorite tracks as a playlist. The tracks aren’t available for download, but you can preview them via the play buttons. More info on The Hype Machine here.
TweetLouder is a free app that helps you find your favorite music artists on Twitter. You can simply enter the name of the musician you want to find on Twitter in the search box, or you can have your iTunes, Pandora, Last.fm, Rdio, and/or SonicLiving accounts scanned to find your favorite musicians on Twitter. Either way, TweetLouder shows you the Twitter accounts, and you decide which artists to follow. Plus, you can view upcoming shows for some of the artists in your list. More info on TweetLouder here.
What’s your favorite music sharing site? Let us know in the comments section below.