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Make A Playlist With Twitter

Tweet Yourself Some Tuneage

Aah, Twitter. Is there anything you can’t do? You're a fantastic time-waster, a barometer of the public zeitgeist, a fantastic way to share animated gifs of cats trying and failing to jump from one ledge to another (those furry little buggers just never give up). You're not perfect, but that's not your fault. It's everyone else's.

You see, my dear social network, your main problem is the dirty looks I get for using you at parties. While at home it’s respected (and at work it’s accepted), spending my party time staring into your pale blue UI instead of socialising is, for reasons unknown to me, frowned upon. That's about to change, though, as I'm soon going to be at a shindig (the cool sort, where people don’t talk because the music is loud enough to mask how boring we all are) and everyone will be tweeting. Finally, I’ll fit in. But what will have changed?

The brand to which I will soon owe my eternal gratitude is Jawbone, an audio company whose next set of Jambox speakers will be manageable through Twitter. That's right, we'll soon have the ability to control what's coming out our speakers with the power of social media. Now, I'm under no misconceptions here. I understand that, as a tech blogger, my job is to stay impartial; to regurgitate interesting news in as eloquent and well-written a way as possible, while keeping hyperbole down a a minimum. Come on though - Twitter controlled speakers. How seriously bloody incredi-tastic is that?

The way this all works is perfectly simple. Jawbone users can download Jawbone Drop, an official app that makes use of Twitter's very own Fabric platform, which allows Spotify and Rdio playlists to be controlled through Twitter. Once the speakers have been synced with one of these accounts, people can collectively play and queue songs straight from their mobile phones. Simply tweet an artist and song and your speakers will do the rest.

Everyone else at your party can do the same thing, which should ensure a steady stream of unique, interesting music to vibe to. Not to mention a few renditions of this.

While the owner of the speakers will need to have a paid subscription to either Spotify or Rdio, everyone else can hop on through Twitter without spending a penny or signing up anywhere. That means an entire party can be catered for on the basis of one subscription (as would be the case if your speakers were hooked to the PC of someone who's paid, anyway).

This isn't the only recent case of companies making use of Twitter's open nature, as owners of French bank accounts recently discovered.
I’m not sure if this counts as advertising or not, but who cares: everyone should buy these speakers immediately. Who cares how good they sound? Or how much volume they pump out? If you’re reading this, chances are you'll never get invited to a party big enough for it to matter anyway. And at the low, low price of whocareswhattheycost, can really you afford not to get them?


Emile is a postgrad from the University of Saint Mark and Saint John. He’s hoping to break into journalism or publishing, and won’t stop blogging until he’s managed it! Follow him @EmileAtSMF.

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Make A Playlist With Twitter Reviewed by Emile Cole on Monday, October 27, 2014 Rating: 5
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