|Although Spotify caused a temporary diversion, the digital music world is still thriving on Turntable.FM. At 370,000 users so far, in an invite-only beta version of the site, it's the music site cinderella story of success. So when Turntable.FM had licensing issues last month, causing DMCA concerns, everyone got a little spooked. It turns out they've acquired ASCAP clearnace, and are once again the darling of not only music fans, but now the music industry itself.
"We are pleased to announce that Turntable.fm is licensed by ASCAP. It’s great to see a tech start-up securing an ASCAP license from the outset, ensuring that songwriters, composers and publishers will be paid fairly if the site succeeds," said Jon Bahr, Director of Marketing at ASCAP.
All of this, plus the fact that the site is still invite-only through Facebook, makes the "exclusive" factor all the more important. Turntable.FM is actually becoming cooler and cooler because it's a cool place to hang out, but they won't let a lot of people in. It's like a night club, only on the internet. It's also like a video game, as people vote on DJ choices. Heady and intoxicating digital cocktail, no?
So how long before the mobile app hits the web? The Turntable.FM Twitter says that they're working on it, with a clue revealed by saying that they're working on iOS development, meaning iPad and iPhone.
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