Jul 15

Square Smarts

Square Smarts

In the spirit of Pitchfork going down in Chicago this weekend, this week’s Square Smarts covers all things social music. Read on for the Smarts…

Spotted: Spotify Lands in the U.S.

Spotify Comes to America- Spotify, already a huge hit in abroad, has finally made its way to the United States. Designed to be accessible by phone and computer, Spotify is a music sharing service allowing you and your friends to create and share playlists, download music, and even listen to songs without an internet connection. The best part? It’s free! Anxious to try it out? Sorry folks, this program is invitation only. Looks like it’s time to get in with the in crowd.

Pandora Gets More Social

An HTML5 Makeover  – Pandora has begun rolling out its new version trading HTML5 for Flash in hopes of making the site faster and easier to use – not to mention, getting a lot more social. Pandora is keeping up with the Jacksons with its “Music Feed” and “Now Playing” features, showing what all your friends are listening to, commenting on, and liking. 

Turntable Tips

Hey Mr. DJ - Always wished you had your moment in the DJ spotlight? Turntable.fm gives everyone the chance for their moment of glory. Users sign into various chatrooms and have the opportunity to play their favorite tunes to friends. But careful, your users will rate your song as “Awesome” or “Lame”, and you can even get booted by the admin if you are that unpopular. This service is in the Beta version, and so far only available in the U.S. However, it already has 300,000 plus users, and you can join by getting an invite from anyone you know that’s using the service through Facebook. Scared of getting “lamed” out of the room? This CNN article offers five tips for Turntable users, with advice such as don’t judge and don’t be a n00b.

Thanks for reading! Happy Friday.