Blip.fm is a very interesting site that can be used to recommend music that certain people might like. It works fairly easily; you simply blip a song and include a message with it. A blip is simply a song and a short message; you can create a blip by searching through the database of songs and then selecting it. You can choose a song that you or your listeners want to hear. You can then write a short message to accompany it and then click submit. This is known in the community as blipping. It’s an online community and is very vibrant; interaction between DJ’s is encouraged. When writing a message to someone else you can write @their user name to highlight that the message is directed at them. Of course you won’t be able to post messages until you have blipped your first song. Blip FM also has a rating system known as props. Props are tokens which can be given from one user to another to show that they respect them. You might use a prop to show that they chose a great song, or just because they are a good DJ. You will start with 10 props. You will earn props which will in turn mean that you can give more to other DJs. You do not give your own props away; it’s just that receiving a prop makes it possible for you to leave more. It’s also possible to blip songs that are not hosted or indexed in the database, to do this you just need to put the URL of the song in the search box.
Blip was launched in May 2007 and it has quickly become very popular. The site was created by Fuzz and their attention has been directed more towards this site because of the popularity. The API which allows developers to incorporate a number of more advanced features into their own applications has only sparked popularity and made it even more popular.
Unlike other sites you do not get in trouble for broadcasting your own music, although it’s marketed as a broadcasting website you’re not actually. The site is simply a recommendation site whereby you select tracks that you think people might like to listen to. People are free to add these tracks to their play list by clicking the right button. It’s a very simple application to use and does work very well.
The application is very easy to use, choosing a song is as simple as searching for it and then entering a message to accompany the song. You can also leave props to certain DJ’s by clicking on their name and then clicking on the thumbs up icon. It’s not possible to give props to yourself. If someone else plays a song that you like then it is possible to add it to your play list by clicking the star at the bottom of the blip. You can then edit the play list by clicking on the play list link that’s located at the right hand side of the screen. One annoying thing is that the list of blips moves very quickly, this can make it very easy to accidentally give your props to the wrong person.
Registering for an account with Blip FM is even easier than most other sites, as soon as you visit the site you will see an option to sign up. You just need to enter your DJ name (this doesn’t have to be your real name), and your email address (this does have to be your real email address). You will then be given the option to import contacts from your social networking accounts so that you can easily build your audience. To build your station you can select songs that you would like to play so that you can find similar stations. Once you’ve finished that, you can then start your career as an online DJ. It’s important to note hat you must use your real email address, you will be emailed your password to your address.
Blip FM is completely free to use, and there aren’t any noticeable adverts anywhere on the site either. There are however links to purchase the MP3’s that you are listening to, but this is completely optional.
Blip FM is perfect for anyone that loves music and wants to try their hand at being a DJ. Its great fun and an unforgettable experience.