Let’s just face it — anytime some new start-up comes along and tries to innovate around the idea of music, it is hit by some roadblocks. Latest one to realize that  — Turntable.fm. The social music discovery service is now unavailable to International visitors and is now […]


Let’s just face it — anytime some new start-up comes along and tries to innovate around the idea of music, it is hit by some roadblocks. Latest one to realize that  — Turntable.fm. The social music discovery service is now unavailable to International visitors and is now restricted to just the US residents. In a tweet this morning, the company shared the news with its followers.

It is a shame considering Turntable.fm was just beginning to blow up and ushering in a new era of music consumption. In a few weeks, Turntable.fm (formerly Stickybits) had attracted 140,000 members and was being actively pursued by investors. Many were skeptical of the legality of the service and the current actions are only going to increase investor skepticism.

Being supremely addicted to Turntable.fm, I hope this little startup finds a way to first survive and then thrive, because it has a lot of potential. Olga Nunes, a San Francisco-based musician used Turntable.fm to get traction and push sales of her music. I think this is the read potential of Turntable.fm — artists and fans, all in one room, driving sales. Say what Lady Gaga???

What is Turntable.fm? Here is what I wrote in a previous post.

Turntable.fm is a New York City-based social music listening and discovery service that is spreading on the web like wildfire. The idea behind the service is pretty simple: You sign-up by using your Facebook credentials, create a music listening room and invite people to come join you in the room. You can create a playlist by selecting songs from the service or upload your tracks. Others can join, and become co-deejays.

If you don’t want to deejay, you can skip from one room to another based on musical interests. You can chat with others and share your playlists. You even get your own avatar that bobs to music. The whole experience is not just about music. It’s about finding others who enjoy music and forming relationships with them — albeit transient ones.

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  1. The music industry is really a blight on modern society. With most people on the internet, why are they even still needed? The sooner they go away and a new model takes its place, the better.

  2. That totally sucks, but who didn’t see something like this coming? Turntable.fm is a great startup and a great site; I hope they overcome this soon and people all over the world can enjoy the best innovation in social music since last.fm.

    1. That is true — I think the lawyers were waiting for the site to get big enough. Oh well, I wish they can figure it out and get this resolved soon.

  3. A shame. I “met” some great folks from Brazil last night … a great experience.

    1. Same here – mostly because it prevents cross border discovery of new music. I have the same experience — find new music all the time in different rooms.

  4. Anyway you can get us an invite? None of my 700+ friends are using it but I would like to try it…

  5. Ah.. frustrating… was addicted to it..

  6. Om, I’m curious… do you like the service enough to pay a subscription fee? Or, if every ‘room’ had to play a 15 second ad every 4 or 5 songs, would you be ok with that? Very interested in your thoughts.

    1. I love the service…for what it is.

      No subscription fees- ever. Facebook don’t do it, why should turntable.fm?

      Ads- NEVER. The second you make something obviously about ads, you lose your audience. I left Myspace 5 years ago because everywhere I went, there were enormous ads blaring at me from every corner of the screen.

      Forget it.

      The problem here isn’t a lack of ads, it’s the dinosaur music industry who will never, ever let go of their stranglehold on music disteribution (even though it actually HELPS them to move units.

  7. Just when it was getting good! I had switched over to turntable since it was more fun than jamcloud even though both are good at discovering new music. I guess I’ll go back and just prod the jamcloud developers to add some features like turntable to make it fun to use. ;) I wonder if they can do the same thing with videos!? that would rule!!

    1. welp, they did it! The Turntable.fm for videos is now available in the JamCloud.com player also works with soundcloud too

  8. what a shame! living in switzerland where turntable.fm actually would be allowed i still can’t login. the music and the movie/film industry should start thinking over their role in the internet world. if they would have the invention power as some small enterpreneurs they could even earn money. But only trying to obtain their power in the market they will ruin their image totally.

  9. start registering those rising youtube stars… who knows, they might buy your account

  10. Lucian Armasu Sunday, June 26, 2011

    The Techdirt guys were right. Sooner or later RIAA *will* kill Turntable.fm, or at least seriously disable it. But I think it won’t be long until artists themselves will turn against them over what they can and can’t do with their own music, and some have already started doing that.



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