The SpinJay Blog

SpinJay on FoxNews.com

June 16th, 2008

SpinJay just got covered in the FoxNews.com video podcast Point, Click and Go!, by Liz Stowasky. Short but sweet! Check it out here.

SpinJay got dugg!

May 30th, 2008

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!

Here are links to the digg article and the blog post at musicouch.com.

2000 Users and Growing!

May 29th, 2008

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!

Make playlists, win an iPod

February 20th, 2008

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!

New Feature: Listen to playlists right in your browser

January 16th, 2008

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!

SpinJay reviewed on KillerStartups.com

December 27th, 2007

KillerStartups.com, a site that reviews new web 2.0 startups, has profiled SpinJay! Click the icon below to read what they said and vote for us.

SpinJay Beta Launched!

December 5th, 2007

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.

Will