May 11, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Turntable.fm is a popular hangout spot for the “in” crowd to go and listen to music. While those folks were previously relying on their desktop to get a daily soundtrack, the official Turntable.fm Android app is now available for U.S. devices running Android 2.2 or higher.
On the off chance that you’re unfamiliar with Turntable.fm, here’s a quick rundown: members login via Facebook or Twitter and enter rooms where other members act as DJ’s. Members create rooms and select who has DJ privileges, then those users create playlists that stream instantly to everyone in the room. Listeners can vote up good songs and vote down poor ones to send clues about what kind of songs to play and avoid.
Turntable.fm did a solid job porting the desktop experience to Android based on first impressions. Music pumps as hard as your phone’s speaker or connected audio device will allow, and there are plenty of interactive features. Room members can post to chat, thumbs a song up or down, tap on a user to learn more and become a fan, or share to Facebook, Twitter, and email. And if a particular song proves so good that you wish to buy it, there’s a built-in link to search for it in Amazon MP3. Sadly, it performs a generic search for a term rather than actually going to the app.
Popular rooms are listed when launching the app, as are rooms that need DJ’s, and those that users have marked as favorites. Users can even create a room from their Android device and invite other DJ’s. Only users in the United States can access Turntable.fm.