The founders of Blip.fm this week launched the beta version of its brand new service FUZZ, a site that offers a new slant on interacting with songs you like and the people who share your tastes.
The site focuses on creating a very social experience that allows users building their own radio station(s) around a unique theme or custom genre using audio files from their own music collections.
From review article on CNET:
"Fuzz bills itself as great radio made by real people. What that means is that it's a site where anyone who participates becomes a DJ. You upload music you own (legally, of course), and it all lives on Fuzz's servers; Fuzz, in a sense, becomes a digital locker that let's you showcase your music. You create playlists, people follow you, and they give you "props," all of which ups your social standing and surfaces your playlists. The listeners decide what's most popular and which DJs are best in any number of genres.
"Our thing is that everybody can be a DJ," says FUZZ co-founder Jeff Yasuda. "But just because we let you be a DJ doesn't mean you're good."
In short, while other Internet radio services -- think Pandora or the lesser known Slacker -- are designed to let software help you discover music, Fuzz is about finding the people who share your musical tastes. At the core of the business is Yasuda's belief that algorithms just don't cut it when it comes to creating great radio.
"Give people a voice, give people a platform, and they'll do tremendous work for you," he says. "It's a lot more egalitarian, and it's a lot more interesting. The best recommendations -- for anything -- often don't come from people who aren't professionals, whether it's for music or wine."
Read full review article on CNET here:
Check out FUZZ: http://fuzz.com
Read more on FUZZ's Blog: http://blog.fuzz.com/?p=54
Watch FUZZ Intro Tutorial Video: http://vimeo.com/50043025