Nice, but having such rigidly defined genres means you're going to miss out on the best of electronic music today, which is increasingly abandoning the genre classifications which have straightjacketed the music in the past.
Sure, you can shoehorn them into house or techno, but that doesn't really do it justice. And having a 'misc' genre like 'electronica' is cheating. Electronica is a word invented and used by music journalists as a substitute for a proper understanding of the culture. And don't even think about including IDM or you will lose all credibility ;)
I wouldn't even dare ask where various genres of tracked music (demo style, epic, silly, etc.) or video game music (NES, SNES, RPG, etc.) or the new scene trying to make dance music on old videogame hardware... could manage to fit.
I don't have a twitter account, so I can't even look around the site or find out more about it.
EDIT: Not so much of a jab, rather just to let you know you've maybe lost a customer or two because its not worth the payoff for me to get an account to just look at your site (I don't know if its a site ill like enough to justify that effort!)
We've been electronica DJs for a few years and have our own special ways of music discovery. Console.fm automates the tedium that we used to spend looking ourselves. The music all comes from the soundcloud API and is played through sound manager 2.
I just don't want to connect sites together. Would much rather create a separate account at each website like the good old days. Puzzles me why new sites are cannibalizing their potential like this because I can't be alone in this thinking.
This service is very clean, Brings me back to the days when I would just listen to the tracks posted on ravelinks.com
I do agree with the comment about not being able to copy an artists name or song, and two features I would love to see are
1. a random/shuffle button, one that goes beyond the genre you are currently in.
2. the ability to click on a song and bring up more songs from that artists page.
Two ux issues:
1. If I switch into another tab while listening to the music there is a notification sound every time someone says something new in the chat room. This sound is overlayed over the music which is somewhat annoying. The only way to turn the notification sound off and still listen to the music is by closing the chat room.
2. Once you close the chat room there is no obvious way to re-open it until you refresh the page and click on "More chats" in the lower left corner - a part of the screen I'm least likely to look at. Expected behavior is that the chat should just reappear where it was in the first place.
Cool, but I would like to have a way to know more about the artist/tune. With the current interface, it's not even possible to select the text of an artist's name or the song title to copy and paste it.
This has 7 points within 18 minutes. Forgive me if I'm wrong - but isn't it a little uncool to spruik yourselves this way?
I mean - fair enough if you had linked to a blog post highlighting some interesting tech you had used or something like that - but to a blank twitter sign up page... which I don't want to use... without even an overview of what the service does... that's lame. (even lamer to be vote rigging such a lame submission).
I don't have anything to do with them, just been listening to it all morning and thought it was cool and HN might be interested as it was made by dudes in the startup community as a side project. Also with turntable.fm blowing up right now, we could be looking at a rebirth in social music innovation which has been kind of stagnant since pandora/spotify/grooveshark.
I'm not sure what is up with the recent hostility on HN. This is an interesting service that is already launched (so your quibble about it not being news is kind of strange). The fact you don't want to use it and you consider the signup page "blank" means you could have responded with positive criticism and helped them improve the landing page.
That would help the community more as a whole here.
Maybe that reinforces my point? It's not that it hit the front page - it really doesn't take many votes for that even during busy hours. But that it got THIS many votes so quickly during a low period... hmm... sorry but it's just dubious to me.
I've only explored it a little, but this product just seems like a mashup of Muxtape and Facebook-style chat.
What makes Turntable.fm chat interesting is that everyone is listening to and talking about the same song.. you don't get that here. It seems like people are just grouped by genres, but everyone can be clicking on and playing different songs.
We're the guys from Hello World, part of the accelerator batch. This was a side project while we were waiting on another developer to refactor some code. All in all we spent about 3 days on the project. The goal was to make something we could listen to at the office all day without having to click "Awesome" every 5 minutes, but we went a bit overboard on the social features.