SpinJay just got covered in the FoxNews.com video podcast Point, Click and Go!, by Liz Stowasky. Short but sweet! Check it out here.
Earlier today, a blog post entitled “Top 15 Free Music Websites That You Will Want to Visit” hit the digg homepage, with SpinJay ranked at #2 on their list. SpinJay was ranked above some huge sites, like last.fm (#15) and Grooveshark (#4). We got a huge amount of new users from the post, about 1000 and climbing, which is a great boost to the already solid SpinJay community. So, welcome to all the new users, and let’s keep those playlists coming!
The other day, we hit 2000 total SpinJay users. SpinJay certainly isn’t growing like wildfire, but it’s slowly and steadily building a solid community base that will keep it going far into the future. Keep it coming, and share SpinJay with your friends!
On March 31st, the top ranked DJ on SpinJay will receive a brand new 4gb iPod Nano! So, if you want a new iPod, start making playlists and climb to the top of the DJ rankings. Good luck!
We’ve just added a big new feature to SpinJay: the ability to listen to playlists for free right in your browser. For each playlist, SpinJay searches the net for the music, and assembles the entire playlist, which you can then listen to simply by pressing Play. With this feature, you can now hear your whole playlist before you take the plunge and buy the music on iTunes. We hope you like it!
First, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Will Johnson, a 17-year-old from outside of Boston, and I’ve been working on SpinJay for the past year. My original idea for the site stemmed from my frustration of not being able to find the name of a song I heard on the radio. Wouldn’t it be great, I thought, if there was a place on the web where I could describe the part of the song I remembered, and other people would submit ideas of what the name of the song was? A few days later, while I was listening to Pandora, a particularly bad song came on, one that didn’t fit my music tastes at all. Then, it hit me: why stop at getting a community to identify a song you’ve already heard? Why not let them suggest songs to you in the first place? After all, for something as personal as music, humans will always be better than complex algorithms. And thus, SpinJay was born.
When I first started coding SpinJay, I thought it would take a few months at most. Not quite, it turns out. Once you actually start into a project, instead of just thinking about it, ideas come to you that you could have never thought of before. As time wore on, I added features, removed features, tweaked features, introduced bugs, squashed bugs, and consumed large volumes of caffeine, all in a quest to whittle SpinJay down into the best it could be. I’m still not there, and I don’t think I’ll ever be. I’ll always keep improving it, with feedback from users to guide me along the way.
Since this is a beta, there are bound to be bugs. If you ever see a bug (or anything else that strikes you as odd) on SpinJay, click Report Bug at the bottom of the page and shoot me an email. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions at all, be sure to email me using the Contact Us link.
Thanks for checking out SpinJay, and I hope you enjoy it.