When I first got the invite to this beta website I didn't think much of it. I dismissed it as some other Facebook game that I would not be playing. I never really took the time to see what it was and/or how it worked. Even though I knew full well that it involved music in come capacity so I should have been interested from the get go. Then one day I decided to look into it even further and have been hooked ever since. You might even say a little obsessed.
The premise is the site contains various rooms with various musical themes. Just about any type of genre you can think of. Including obscure ones like video game soundtracks. Still buggin on that one. Anyway, in each room there are up to 5 deejays. Anyone can click on a deejay table and select what songs they want to play. You need to keep with the theme of the room though. Everyone in the room has a the choice to either "Awesome" your selection or "Lame" it. The more awesomes you get, the more deejay points you get.
Now I would hope you all know me well enough to know that I am a very competitive individual. Of course I would want to try to get as many deejay points as possible. And I know music for days so I wouldn't have any problem coming up with hits that people want to hear. I even deejayed a bit myself back in the day. It didn't take long at all for me to amass over 1800 deejay points. What did I get for that amazing accomplishment? A new avatar to choose from. Yeah...not the greatest prize but it's the principle behind it that matters.
The only problem is finding the right room. There are plenty that share the same theme (like R&B which I prefer), but several of them stay empty. The main ones that are full can be a little iffy. If you get there during a good time with good deejays they get can get a really good flow. If you get there with some newbies and/or folks that don't know what they're doing you could hear those deep tracks that you were never a fan of in the first place. It can be quite the hit and miss.
Naturally, the key is to deejay yourself. You can't deejay in an empty room though. Turntable won't let you hear your whole song unless at least one other person is deejaying. You need to find those rooms with folks in there and wait for a spot to open. That in itself can be a challenge, but it's worth it when you get up there. If you're like me, your choices can start establishing the overall playlist. Before you know it, you've created your own Pandora like station only there are no commercial interruptions.
As with any online site that involved interaction with other members of the internet community, there can be certain pitfalls. There is a chat window. Some folks feel the need to chat away about senseless things. Sure you can turn off the alert feature, but the scrolling chat can still be distracting. And don't even get me started on the overall immaturity that some folks can possess. But again, if you're using it as a Pandora like feature, you can tune that out. Such meaningless dribble is a small price to pay for some quality music.
Keep in mind that this is a beta version. For the uninitiated, it means that it's still in the semi-testing mode. There are still some bugs to work out. Like the fact that their search engine to find songs can be a little soemtimey. However, the bugs they have are minor for the most part. For instance, even though their search engine isn't always the best you can still upload your own song from your personal library. For me, that's well over 5,000 songs to pick from so I'm good.
I just hope when they do roll out with the official non-beta version that they don't succumb to advertising. It's really going to bite if every 5th song is interrupted by a Farmers Insurance spot. Or even if they start running banners somewhere on the screen. Better yet, it would be nice if they found a way to run it without having to be connected to Facebook. But I know it may all be wisfhul thinking on my part. I'm sure whatever changes they make with the official version won't be significant enough to keep it from being one of my new favorite sites. Except if they make us all start from zero with our points...THEN I'll be a little heated...