The problem with turntable.fm

Have you crazy kids tried turntable.fm? It’s the latest music streaming website, but it’s interactive! The idea is that you and your friends are in a virtual club, and you can DJ music while your friend’s avatars bop their heads to the beat.

Doesn’t that sound amazing? Doesn’t that sound like so much fun?

I love to make playlists and I used to have one of “those” mp3 music blogs a few years ago. Sharing new music or just making a playlist is one of my favorite things, and I even consider it to be my superpower.  Naturally, when I heard about this new website, I immediately joined and started exploring.

I only joined a few days ago, and I’m already giving up on it.  First of all, I should say that you can only join turntable.fm if you have a Facebook friend that is already a member.  I’m sure anyone hip enough to read this blog is hip enough to get into the site.  Am I right?

Actually that is the problem with the site.  Everyone who is a member is a snooty hipster and won’t let anyone else play.  The only room that a newbie has a remote chance of DJing in is a room like “Play 3 and Step Down”, where there is an orderly queue of people waiting to DJ their 3 songs.  Most of the time you have to wait for over an hour to get a chance to play songs, though.  If you just want to stream your choice of songs, you can’t create your own room and play by yourself, because you have to have two DJ’s in order to hear anything besides a sample.

If you can’t DJ, you can’t earn points and change your avatar to a Deadmau5 or other fun stuff.  Also it’s just fun to DJ and see everyone enjoying the song, or to get a chat message that you made a cool choice.  A DJ also can earn “fans” which is validation of uber-hipster coolness.

Maybe it’s because I am not an aggressive person, but I can’t get in to a DJ booth to save my life.  I am a very impatient person and I hate waiting around for someone to leave.  I don’t have hours and hours to spend in the turntable rooms waiting for the unlikely moment that someone will step down and actually let me play some songs.

In a moment of desperation, I made my own room tonight, and only one of my friends took pity on me and came in to listen.

Either everyone who reads this blog needs to join turntable, and become my “fan” (DJ name: mekkalekkah), or I should just forget turntable.fm and move on with my life.

I leave it to you, dear reader, to decide my fate.  THIS IS SO IMPORTANT YOU GUYS.

No, no, I’m just kidding – but I would like to know if anyone reading this post has used the site, and what their experiences have been.

Postscript:

While I was writing this post, a bunch of people came into the room I created and now I feel all better.  I’m still posting this though!  So there.

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9 thoughts on “The problem with turntable.fm

  1. kylie

    i don’t bother going into public rooms unless it’s genre-specific and i feel i hold my own. i just joined and i’m addicted to it. next time you’re on, gimme a shout and i’ll join you in a room, you can play whatever you like.

    Reply
      1. kylie

        well the last time i went in, a bunch of people i know on tumblr were all in a room together so it wasn’t really a public room, it was all of us djing for each other. which i think is funner anyway. why would i care about what strangers want to play for me?

      2. mekkalekkah Post author

        You’re right! I think I’ve been approaching this from the wrong direction.

        I don’t know who else uses the site, I don’t know too many others.

    1. mekkalekkah Post author

      That’s a room that Neil Himself (heh heh) goes to? Whoa….

      I still remember when we met him, he was so nice.

      Let me know when you have some free time! We should hang out.

      Reply
      1. Amy

        Yes! We should! He was really nice, and yes, he is in one of the rooms pretty much every night. Amanda did a #LOFNOTC on turntable 2 weeks ago and I think he got hooked. He usually shows up from 10:30pm or later and looks like a giant gorilla. 🙂
        The poetry room is fun, and different as the theme is poetry or spoken word only.

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