Right now I'm at SXSW, sitting in on the Turntable.fm DJ Battle that's taking place over the next two hours. There are a few DJs on stage playing their best tracks in an attempt to rock the crowd, and as things are unfolding, I can see some real potential for Turntable.fm to bring something to the table that the Spotifys, Rdios, and Rhapsodys of the world just aren't able to deliver at the moment, especially now that Turntable has secured licensing rights from all four of the major record labels here in the U.S.
Turntable.fm is having a good week. The music streaming site on Tuesday released its iPhone app and confirmed that it has raised $7 million in funding.
It had been rumored that an iOS version of the popular service was headed to the App Store this week, and as expected, the app mimics the Web-based experience of Turntable, allowing you to do the same things on your mobile phone that you could do online. For example you can access all of the same rooms where five DJs take turns bumping the songs of their choice as well as rate those tracks as “lame” or “awesome.”
From the app, you can also make new rooms and start DJing in existing ones. The app has been well received for the most part, but VentureBeat pointed out that it moves a little bit slower than the desktop version. However, it noted that it works well over 3G, which rumored to be an issue for the app during its testing phase.
Turntable.fm is climbing the charts. According to a story from Betabeat, the Facebook phenom has hit 140,000 active users after just one month. Not a bad showing for a semi-closed beta with a spotty security record.
The popular service effectively combines (free) music-streaming, chat rooms, and voting, all through a Facebook portal. It's similar to Web apps such as Pandora. Turntable.fm allows you to discover new music and create your own custom playlists, only that playlist isn't just for you—you'll share it with other Facebook users in real time.
Add to the exchange a note of gameplay. After you create your DJ avatar, you can create your own room or enter someone else's (if you get overwhelmed there's a randomizer) and interact with other avatars through a chat feature. Each room supports up to five DJs. Take a seat on the stage to share your playlist, created from your own uploads or from the Turntable.fm library.
Here is a possible solution to turning your vinyl into MP3 files. With the Denon DP-200USB Turntable, you place a thumb drive into the front USB port, press “record,” and it operates automatically with no PC. There is also an option to transfer directly to MP3 player. Afterwords, the Trans Music Manager software allows split tracking and Gracenote access to retrieve album information. Manual operation is an option and of course the device can be used as a turntable. The DP-200USB is priced at $249.99 with free shipping.
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Still rocking the vinyls? Is your iPod lacking in content because of it? Denon has the hookup for you. The DP-200USB turntable doesn’t just spin your records, but also rips them to the integrated USB drive. The accompanying software (this one is XP/Vista only for now, unfortunately) features Auto Track Divide, which recognizes silence between songs and will insert a new track tab for each track, and Audio Waveform Recognition, which will analyze a track’s first 15 seconds and search Gracenote for you. Stylistically, this unit looks like something straight out of my own rec room at my parents’ house. It’s available for $250.
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Joel Scilley certainly knows how to make a mean custom turntable. Some are his designs, but he also custom makes ones from others’ plans. All of them feature an Origin Live DC motor controller and quality bearings and are made with redwood burl, walnut and other wood. Featured at the recently opened FiveTen Studio in Oakland, the Audiowood turntables are all available for sale and Joel can also create audio devices such as speakers, racks and stands.
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“pixelthis” has designed this clock out of an old Mac G4 side panel. It has a quartz drive movement and runs on a AA battery (included.) Other clocks made include parts from the Apple G4 computer front cover, an Old Hitachi Turntable and Tom Petty LP, and a Computer CD drive. PT is very flexible in that he will substitute other clock hands or design something specifically for you at very low prices. The clock pictured here runs $59.00 while most are in the $30.00 to $50.00 price range.
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Still have some old records and cassettes lying around? Turn them into CDs with the uRecord Vinyl and Cassette Ripper. Connect the device to your PC by USB then use the RCA inputs to attach to tape deck, turntable or other musical device. The built-in preamp eliminates having to use a stereo system. The EZ Vinyl Converter (PC) and EZ Audio Converter (Mac) software automatically places your tracks in your iTunes library. Say goodbye to the pops, clicks and hiss for $49.99.
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