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A website where the user becomes a dj by choosing songs and playing them on the 'air'

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Blip.fm: Social Network Internet Radio

  • Mar 1, 2009
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Run your own Internet radio station!  Build a playlist of your favorite music and distribute your selections via Twitter and other social networking sites.  Embed your favorite songs on your blog.  Find others who share your musical taste, and follow them to find new music you like...these are just a few of the cool things you can do through Blip.fm.

I found Blip.fm through an online friend's Twitter feed on LiveJournal, and was immediately impressed.  The user interface is very intuitive and the technology behind the interface so far seems refreshingly bug-free.  I built a 58 song playlist in just over four hours, including time I spent browsing songs by my favorite artists found through Blip's search engine.  My next step will be to find songs and artists not yet in Blip's database, and add them to my playlist directly from their host site.

Blip.fm's users can listen to new songs as they are added by other users, or can follow favorite DJs.  The streaming quality was very good with few glitches to interrupt listening pleasure.  While I was using the site, only one linked host was unavailable, and in most cases, the Blip interface was quick to respond to the missing content by displaying it with a strikethrough.

As I was adding songs, a list of other users who also featured those songs on their playlists was displayed, and I could follow the links to the user's station.   I also could search manually for users with similar tastes in music.   Community members award "props" to DJs for posting songs they particularly like or for having overall high quality playlists.  For each "prop" you receive, you gain the ability to give more "props" to others - this encourages interaction between members.

Blip.fm is a young site, apparently launched in July 2008, and has an active developer blog in addition to a good site FAQ.  I'm expecting that Blip will be adding even more features to encourage legal sharing of favorite music.  If you love music - old or new, mainstream or indy, I recommend you check out Blip.fm.

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review by . October 27, 2009
This past week, I discovered Blip.fm (think Twitter meets last.fm).        When you sign up, you become a "DJ".  Then you "blip" a song you like and send it out into the Blipposphere (like Tweeting).  You can write a little message (like a Tweet) to accompany the song.  Every DJ in the Blipposphere has access to the song that you blip and can play it by clicking on it (the songs are extracted from different websites, and it's all free).  …
review by . December 02, 2009
If you’ve never heard of Blip.fm and you love music as much as I do, you need to check out this site. It’s been referred to as a “music recommendation and streaming site”, an “online music discovery service that enables person-to-person music recommendation through a social playlist” (wow – say that ten times fast) and even a “work in progress”. Personally, I refer to it as being like Twitter for Music on Steroids! This site rocks …
review by . February 04, 2009
I found out about blip.fm by clicking a 'tweet 'on Twitter.  I immediately registered with the name 'jillogradydjlady' and began to 'blip' my favorite songs.  One can find a song by entering the name, artist, or keyword.  The available songs are hosted all over the internet on servers or websites and are availble to play on blip.fm and also to share with other djs or listeners on the site .  Music can also be sent to friends on other social networking sites.    Blip …
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Blip.fm is a micro-blogging and music sharing site that brands itself as "Twitter for music." The service is free and allows users to share songs and artists with all of their friends via short micro-blog posts, similar to Twitter or Pownce.

Users do not need to own the songs they share on Blip.fm, as the service has search functionality that pulls the songs in from three other services: Seeqpod, Skreemr and also parent company Fuzz's own database of songs. The songs can then be played on the site's internal player.TechCrunch: Twitter for music (May 12, 2009)
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