Myxer has entered the crowded Internet radio market with Myxer Social Radio, an app aimed at providing a music-listening experience where you’re never alone.
The app offers several interactive components (see gallery below), including the “Song Stories” feature in which you can record 15- to 20-second videos of yourself telling stories about specific songs, or watch other users’ Song Stories. Those videos will appear on each song’s info page.
“Users want to be connected and be social with whatever they do,” says Myxer CEO Myk Willis, who envisions his app competing alongside heavyweight services Pandora, iHeartRadio and Last.fm as far as listening hours.
Once you sign up with your Facebook account, Myxer Social Radio also lets you listen and chat with friends in real time, create and enter public listening rooms ad see what they’re playing. Akin to Turntable.fm, people in Myxer rooms can thumbs-up or thumbs-down songs being played. If a song gets too many negative responses, Myxer skips the track and puts on another. Your friends’ responses will influence the app’s recommendation algorithm, which in turn will learn what type of songs or artists to play.