Back in Turntable.fm’s heyday, bands hosted online listening parties with reckless abandon, unleashing unto the world new tracks, albums and deepcuts and conversing with fans all the while. As Turntable.fm began fading into obscurity, however, the frequency of such unveilings began to dwindle. That could all change this week, though, as Soundrop — the popular Spotify app — has integrated with Facebook, bringing listening rooms to any and all Pages looking to host a music-filled chat.
When Spotify first announced plans to host third-party apps on its desktop iteration back in 2011, Soundrop was one of the first services to launch. Soundrop is, at its core, a lot like Turntable.fm: Users can visit and create themed rooms and choose what tunes will play by adding songs to a queue and voting up their favorites. There’s also a chat function, allowing folks to converse about the quality or lack thereof of the jams being spun.
Over the past year or so, Soundrop has built out its offering, launching an iOS app during SXSW 2012 and opening up its SDK (Software Development Kit) to users last November, allowing them to create their own apps. The first out of the gate was a David Guetta-themed service called “Play Guetta.”
Now, the app — which streamed more than 500 million tracks to Spotify group listeners in 2012 — has taken another step toward achieving universal status: Now, anyone and everyone can create and join Soundrop rooms via Facebook. Yup, your favorite bands can host listening parties once more — this time within the confines of the world’s most popular social network.
How do you join a room? Simply visit a participating band’s page and look for the Soundrop tab. If folks happen to be in the room, actively spinning, you’ll be able to listen to tunes and chat along with them. Rooms have all the functionality of the Spotify and iOS iterations (although music is sourced from YouTube and VEVO instead of Spotify) and folks can listen and chat along whether they’re using Spotify, the app or Facebook. Check out the list of bands currently using the app and hosting chats below:
· Delphic, who will chat live with fans on January 31st at 2 PM EST
· MC Lars, who will chat live with fans on February 1st at 3 PM EST
· Owl City. Adam will chat live with fans on February 4th at 2 PM EST
· Dan Deacon, who will live chat with his fans on February 5th
· Devlin, who will chat live with fans on February 6th
· Hot Chip
· Fearless Records, which has its room The Mosh taken over by Motionless In White
· Artist Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers)
You don’t need to be a famous artist to integrate the app into your page, however. All you have to do is create a room via the Spotify app, grab the URL and visit this page to plug it in. We created our own room for fans — sobe sure to hit it up to spin your favorite OMA-related jams.