Some Important News Thu, May 15, 2014

Hey everyone, we know we’ve been pretty quiet around Exfm’s future, but rest assured we’ve been busy talking with folks figuring out the best path forward. While we don’t have anything to announce today, we are confident we will very soon.

Back in December, we announced we were going to shut down Exfm. While we were able to keep it running for a few more months, unfortunately that is no longer the case. On Monday, May 19th, 4 days from now, we are going to shut down Exfm. This includes the website, mobile apps, extensions and API. We urge you to export your loved songs and sites now.

We will continue to communicate what our plans are via email, our blog and Twitter. We’ll leave you with this — we are very excited for what’s next and believe we will ultimately provide you with the best music service in the seven kingdoms.

Love,

DanMarshall & Jason

Changing Tune Fri, Dec 20, 2013

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

Fri, Apr 26, 2013

Every month tons of great music is released and shared around the interwebs. It’s always hard to choose favorites and that’s why we have 50 songs waiting for you over at our Best of April Mix!

Every month tons of great music is released and shared around the interwebs. It’s always hard to choose favorites and that’s why we have 50 songs waiting for you over at our Best of April Mix!

Exfm now on Jolidrive! Thu, Apr 25, 2013

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We are excited to announce that our friends over at Jolidrive have added Exfm as a new service! If you haven’t checked out Jolidrive, now’s the time. In their own words - ‘Jolidrive unifies all your content from multiple services in one simple and beautiful interface accessible from anywhere.’ We couldn’t agree more. Jolidrive is beautiful and the ability to access your music, photos, docs and videos from every service you use all in one place is simply killer.
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Jolidrive’s Exfm integration is stunning. You can access your loved songs, followed sites, genres, trending, site of the day and more!
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You can even search Exfm or all your other accounts right in one place. Head over to the Jolidrive blog to learn all about our integration. From NYC to Paris, this is a match made in heaven.
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Daily Dos: Tue, Apr 16, 2013

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new from garage-rockers Bass Drum of Death, which is why we were particularly elated to hear their new single “Shattered Me.” We were also stoked to hear on of our favorite MC’s Danny Brown was tapped to jump on the remix of Charli XCX’s “What I Like.” Brown is an outspoken fanboy of the british goth-pop princess so knew it would be a match made in heaven. He definitely gave the track that extra edge it was lacking.

Shattered Me by Bass Drum of Death (via austintownhall.com)
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What I Like (Ft. Danny Brown) by Charli XCX (via mostlyjunkfood.com)
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Thu, Jan 31, 2013

Exfm 3.0 is coming…

We’re hosting a music hackathon! Tue, Jul 24, 2012

This Saturday exfm is hosting the first Monthly Music Hackathon NYC! This is a free, monthly, all-day event for musicians, programmers, composers, and engineers to come up with new music-related project ideas, spend the day making them, then perform or present what they came up with at a concert in the evening.

There are only 2 slots still open for hackers! and still (FREE!) tickets available for the concert portion. You can RSVP for either HERE. We hope you come check out some radical experimentation with music and technology.

In addition to the ecclectic group of musicians, music researchers, and music industry programmers presenting fascinating projects, we also have two very special artists in residence this month:

Didier Aschour: is an experimental guitarist and composer from France. He’s in NYC for the summer on a grant from the French Institute working with American composers Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, and others. His performances — both solo and with his acclaimed ensemeble Dedalus — of the music of Tom Johnson, Harry Partch, James Tenney, and Michael Pisaro are widely praised. He’ll be collaborating with the hackers in attendence on music for acoustic and electric guitar, and will perform his composition Buzzing which explores a technique to make multiphonic sounds with the guitar.
Piste 15 by Tom Johnson

Joe Drew: is a fantastic trumpet player, keyboardist, composer, and Stockhausen scholar based in NYC. His 9-, 12-, and 24-hour performances of John Cage’s ASLSP are legendary. He’ll also be collaborating with the hackers on music for trumpet, and will perform a piece for trumpet and pre-recorded sound.
ASLSP by John Cage

EVENT DETAILS:

Saturday, July 28th, 2012
ADMISSION IS FREE!
10 AM hacking begins
8 PM concert/presentation of projects
Space is limited, please RSVP

Follow Music Hackathon on Twitter: @musichackathon
And join the Mailing List for Monthly Music Hackathon NYC for information and updates.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!

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