Actual research, actual interviews, actual thought and analysis! Instead of writing about the basics functionality of Turntable.fm (plenty of that already available on the web), Matthew’s article focuses on the people who use tt.fm, some of the processes that have been spawned as the service has grown, and the real, human challenges and opportunities that have been uncovered. Yeah, everyone knows there are ‘glitches’ from time to time, but how many people have thought about fans of less popular music genres and how they can find use in turntable.fm?
“Every day the classical community on TT.fm found its way to a completely different classical room, and usually one that was not created by any of the regulars,” he explained. “As a result, we often had idle moderators and very little in the way of control over abusive users. Also, some in the community reacted very negatively to different eras of classical music, and I thought that unfair.”
Thus was born Any Kind. The room is managed by a small circle of dedicated classical music lovers with fantastic taste. They include Flutist15 (a freshman flute performance major and Russian music fan), JohnTavener (a doctoral composition student with a passion for modern sounds), Nepomuk (early music and Baroque lover), and BubbleBobble (“our resident sunny-disposition member,” as Ryan describes him, “who also always has great piano music to offer”).
Link (via ars technica, August 13, 2011): Inside Turntable.fm: saving music radio from itself