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Record Store Day Bonanza!

Check our Record Store Day Bonanza Part Deux! for RSD 2012

To honor Record Store Day and give back to the exfm community we’re giving away an exfm gift pack. This gift pack will be chock-full: a Crosley Revolution Turntable, $100 worth of vinyl from our favorite local record store to enjoy on your new turntable and a pile of exfm swag. The Crosley Revolution is a turntable of firsts: their first battery-powered turntable, the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer, and the first with a wireless transmitter for cord-free enjoyment. Mouths watering yet?

So how do you get your hands on these goodies? It’s simple; starting NOW until 10:00pm EST on Saturday, April 16, just reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.

Twitter: Tweet, “Record Store Day Bonanza” with the hash tags, #exfm<3rsd11 and #crosleyturntable to @exfm.

Facebook: Visit our Facebook page and write on our wall, “Record Store Day Bonanza”

Tumblr: “like” this Record Store Day Bonanza Post.

We’ll choose one lucky recipient at random to be announced on Monday, April 18th. This fortunate exfmer will also be profiled on our blog along with a little Q&A if they are willing to indulge us.

On the off chance you can’t get out to support your local record store on this very special day, have no fear. One of our team members, Lucas, has designed a fool proof way to search for vinyl online. Just go to his custom made search engine Find You Some Vinyl and let the good times roll.


ex.fm iphone app

We are excited to let you guys know about the ex.fm iPhone app that was launched today! It has a bunch of great features such as last.fm scrobbling, twitter, facebook and tumblr sharing, and purchasing songs from iTunes.

As CEO Dan Kantor explains, the app will give you “on the go access to a feed of great music, curated by your friends and tastemakers.” So make sure to follow us and you will have access to all of our music wherever and whenever the mood strikes ;)

Go grab it now from the iTunes App Store, and stay tuned for the Android version!

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V3 is nearly here!

We’ve been heads down hard at work rebuilding exfm from the ground up. We’re so close to launching that we had to give you a bit of a sneak peak with the teaser shots above. Hold on to your socks because the final product will be sure to knock them off!

Changing Tune

When we started Exfm four years ago, we had one goal. To help people discover and listen to new music on the web. What started as a Chrome extension quickly grew to a website, iPhone app, Android app, blog widget and API. Along the way we had people from over 200 countries use our apps and more than 50 artists play at our concerts in NYC.

Four years ago the music landscape was very different. Spotify and Rdio didn’t exist in America. There was no Google Music or iTunes Radio. Soundcloud and Bandcamp were just getting started. Today, music flows from all places on the web. It’s easy and affordable to get and it just keeps getting better.

After an amazing four years of sweat and tears, we’re ever-so-reluctantly accepting the reality of sustaining the Exfm platform as it exists today. The high costs of processing millions of new songs every month while attempting to keep that data relevant and useable is monumental. The technical challenges are compounded by the litigious nature of the music industry, which means every time we have any meaningful growth, it’s coupled with the immediate attention of the record labels in the form of takedowns and legal emails. Today, subscription services are gaining in popularity and enjoy the blessings of most major labels at a non trivial cost to those companies.

All this adds up to a very challenging position for a small startup with grand visions to make any real headway. The sad news is that we are no longer going to be able to keep the Exfm website and suite of apps up and running. To ease the transition to another music service, we’ve created an export tool so you won’t lose any of your songs, as well as a new Chrome extension that can run independently of our backend.

We still want to help create the links between the disparate music blogs and all of the music sites and apps out there. Our new Chrome extension will let you scrobble songs to Last.fm from Soundcloud. You can buy Bandcamp songs you hear on Tumblr. You can discover music on a blog and instantly save it to your Rdio or Spotify playlist. It acts as the glue between these services.

The new extension is available now. If you don’t have it yet, we hope you install it and give it a try. On January 15, 2014, we will completely remove the ability to love songs and follow people and your data will no longer be accessible. Our website will only offer the Chrome extension for install and our iPhone and Android apps will stop working. Our blog widget will also stop working. We urge you to grab your songs and sites before it’s too late.

Once you’ve exported your songs you can import them into an awesome new desktop app called Tomahawk which works really well with our new Chrome extension. You call also import all your songs to Rdio using this great website - re/spin.

This isn’t a full goodbye. We feel the time is right to reassess how we can continue to play a role in the new music landscape. We hope you continue to find us useful in the ever-growing world of music online. We’d love to hear back from you so please leave us comments and let us know your thoughts. Let us know what you think of the new Chrome extension.

Thanks for an amazing four years.

Best,

Dan Kantor @dankantor
Marshall Jones @majman
Jason Culler @jasonculler

exfm

This Chrome extension + site have made my day. This does so many things I don’t even know where to begin. It’s a music player. It’s an organizer. It’s a notebook. It’s a song post feed.

Here, they explain themselves much better:

“Exfm is a browser extension for Chrome that turns the entire web into your personal music library. As you browse, exfm runs in the background indexing every MP3 file you come across, building a music library for you. Exfm will continue to check the sites you’ve visited, adding new music for you to listen to every day”

If you really like music, I suggest you get on it. You can find me by clicking through.

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We just rolled out the latest version of the Single A Tumblr theme. It’s targeted towards our users who love to post music. You can now display the ex.fm player at the bottom of your blog. Thanks to the great folks at ex.fm, this will enable anyone to listen to all of the music on your blog.

You can add the ex.fm player on Single A from the theme appearance options. You can also customize the colors. No ex.fm account is required, but we highly encourage you check it out if you haven’t already!

First Day of My Life
  • First Day of My Life
  • Bright Eyes
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First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes (via exfm)

Such a beautiful song. Off for a lovely, long walk with Reese in Central Park. This will bouncing in my head.

Exfm for iPhone Has Arrived!

We’re proud to announce the launch of exfm for iPhone! And guess what? It’s free! You’ll now be able to discover, listen to and share an endless feed of the best music on the web wherever you go.

We’ve worked hard to give you the best mobile experience possible by combining all your favorite exfm web features, plus a few extra bonuses only on the iPhone app:

- Note tracks to favorite them and post to your exfm profile.
- Listen to ALL your friends and followers noted tracks, too.
- One-click sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
- Seamless purchases from iTunes .
- Account set-up and management right from your iPhone.

The exfm iPhone app has some great exclusive features as well like our new Tastemakers section – a dedicated music feed from the top music bloggers in the world delivered directly to the palm of your hand. There’s more. You can access all your local music files with complete iPod controls baked right in, scrobble to Last.fm in real-time, and automatically switch to iPod-only offline mode if you lose connection.

Use this link to download the app from iTunes and take it for a spin!


(Android users: we have an app on the way for you very soon. We promise.)