We were just invited to join Turntable.fm, a music-sharing service that TechCrunch recently announced as a game changer that will break big. As avid users of Pandora and Grooveshark we were tempted to give Turntable a test drive – especially since it's by invite-only of a Facebook friend using the service. More on the experience after the jump!
After spending the day in a room a couple friends set up, I'm not sure if I can claim the surging popularity for Turntable that Twitter and Instagram experienced, but it is definitely one to watch out for and try for yourself if you can.
Once I received the invite from a Facebook friend I immediately chose my avatar and joined a room they had already created. For music addicts who love sharing the latest and greatest song finds and need to hear instant feedback from friends, your wishes have been granted. Once you've created a room, it's easy to invite your friends, just click on "Invite DJ" and send the invite to any friend on Facebook.
If you're not so much into creating your own room but want to explore what others on the web have to offer, rooms are often categorized by genre of music, so it's also a great way to discover a room of strangers with the same music taste as you.
The main purpose of Turntable is to share songs. To start, you can either search through Turntable's large music database or upload a song from your drive. If you've got the maximum number of DJ's up on stage (five) the songs played are rotated evenly between each DJ so as not to allow any to steal the spotlight. As for the instant feedback part, Turntable brought chat rooms back allowing everyone in the room to share in real time their thoughts on the music being shared.
To spark things up with some gaming aspects, users can also vote on whether the current song being played is awesome or lame, determining whether the DJ can get points to unlock more avatars. People can also "fan" a DJ and be notified whenever that person is on Turntable so you can tune in right when the person enters or makes a room.
My only qualms were with a couple bugs on the site that didn't allow me to upload music from my drive. Any music I shared today was from Turntable's music database, but the problem was understandable since this is still a beta version. On the other hand,Turntable is impressive in the sense that it packs it all together: social sharing, music, real-time conversation and even gaming mechanics to a certain extent.
Is Turntable a game changer in the making or do you still prefer the solo experience of Pandora and Grooveshark?