updated 10:10 am EST, Mon November 13, 2006
SpotDJ for iTunes
SpotDJ today announced the launch of its new internet-based social service that enhances the experience of listening to digital music by intelligently adding interesting audio spots between songs. SpotDJ enables people to record and share audio commentary about music through media players such as iTunes, bringing context and community to a user's music experience. The free service (requires registration) works with iTunes and plays short audio tidbits, or spots, about a user's favorite songs and artists while they listen to music. SpotDJ scours its database of unique audio content, and when the song ends SpotDJ plays the most interesting and relevant audio spot based on user preferences and listening habits, the company said. "Users hear background on the artist or band, the story or meaning behind a song, or announcement of an upcoming album or concert tour directly from artists and other music fans," SpotDJ said. "They can also become a SpotDJ by recording comments for others to hear." It requires Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and a microphone.
"People are building finely-tuned personal music libraries and up until now, there's been no way to learn more about the songs or share knowledge with other listeners," said SpotDJ Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Scott J. Kleper. "I wanted to build a way for people to have a guided, engaging experience of a radio DJ while listening to their digital music. Music is expressive and collaborative and SpotDJ adds what was missing for me: a sense of context, more engaging content, and the feeling that I was having a shared experience."