Announcing FUZZ: Calling All Blippers in the US to Test New Product

Jeff here from Blip.fm.  As some of you may remember, we started our music efforts with an artist marketing product called Fuzz Artists back in 2006.  Despite our efforts, it never really went anywhere and we were lucky when our engineers came up with an idea for a “Twitter-like” product for music.  As you know, this eventually became Blip.fm and we made the painful decision to shut down our first product when Blip started to take off.  With your help, Blip.fm grew and things were going great… at least for a little while.

Things took a downward turn when we encountered some “content challenges.”  We lacked the resources to close content deals, and the decent content sources we had all dried up. In order to stay in existence, we changed many aspects of the service (needless to say, for the worse).  We lost some of our favorite Blip DJs, users were extremely upset, and the community forever changed. To be honest, it totally sucked.  My staff shrank to just me, my co-founder and part-time engineering help.  We kept Blip going on a shoestring by running it out of my basement.

While it was yet another difficult time for us, we regrouped, put together a new team, and started thinking about a new product.  In the meantime to my surprise, many Blipppers stuck with us and continue to do so today.  You know who you are and, on a personal level, I can’t thank you enough.  I would’ve called it quits a long time ago, if it weren’t for your support.

The elephant in the room is the question many of you want answered: what is going to happen to Blip.fm?  The honest answer is I don’t know for sure.  For many reasons, some personal and business, I want and will try to keep Blip going as long as possible, and to fix things when they break.  I hope that I’ll be able to do more than that some day, but the reality of limited resources means that day may not come for a long time, or at all.

That brings me to the new FUZZ.  Think ‘People-Powered Radio’.  While it’s not Blip.fm – nothing could replace it – we have built some of what we think are the best aspects of Blip into an internet radio service.  Most importantly, we continue to believe that the most compelling recommendation is when it comes from REAL PEOPLE and that thinking forms the core of FUZZ.

Since most of you have strong opinions about music, we think you would be perfect to help us test, provide feedback, and build stations as early adopters.  If you are interested, sign up at http://fuzz.com/register to be next in line for new batches of invites.  Over the next few weeks, we will open it up to more and more Blippers.  For a temporary period of time, we will reserve your Blip user names so make sure you use (and check) the email address tied to your Blip.fm account.

One major downer is that, for now at least, FUZZ will be available only in the United States due to licensing restrictions.  To all the international blippers out there, we understand the anger and disappointment this will cause.  As we move forward, we will look for the opportunity and resources to add other countries to FUZZ’s reach.  This is a bummer for our international users, and for us U.S. blippers who have benefited from all of their efforts. For more about this topic and internet radio regulations, you might want to check out http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/articles/internet-radio/

FUZZ is in a private beta stage and still figuring things out so we appreciate your patience and feedback. You’ll be helping us to make a better online music experience. Sign up for an invite, and stay tuned!

Hope to see you on FUZZ.com soon!

@Jeff

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64 Comments

Angie74  on May 10th, 2012

Thank you for letting us know what your plans are for both blip and fuzz. Blip is a special place and I have a fondness for the site and the people here. I have to say though, I have really been enjoying fuzz. Being able to create stations, upload music and have unlimited characters with which to converse with other music lovers there. I encourage all blippers to give it a try and keep and open mind. I also want to say a BIG thank you to Jeff for keeping blip going despite all the trauma and for continuing to work towards keeping this musical community together here at blip and at fuzz. All your work is vastly appreciated. :)

Jeff  on May 10th, 2012

@Angie74 I really appreciate the good words. FUZZ is still in its infancy, but I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying it so far. We’ve got a lot of work to do going forward. Also, I’m glad you understand some of the challenges we’ve faced over the years. It hasn’t been easy, but I hope we can create something great with FUZZ after all of these years.

PollysMusic  on May 11th, 2012

Have been enjoying FUZZ thus far. I adore Blip, and have had the most wonderful time here, the DJs I follow are awesome people. I concur with Angie74, I appreciate all you’ve done to keep Blip running and all the work you’ve been putting into the new FUZZ to keep us all together as a musical community.

I encourage Blip DJs to try FUZZ out.

Jeff  on May 11th, 2012

@PollysMusic Thanks for the comment and for giving FUZZ a try. I’m glad to hear you are enjoying it. BTW, I’ve been having fun listening to your Summer Sounds station! Props!

SpinningDiscs  on May 11th, 2012

I personally want to give Jeff & ALL with Blip.fm a huge “Pat on the Back” & a big “Thank You” for all the hard work! I started with Blip back on Mar 26, 2009 and enjoy it greatly, making new friends and getting minor and I stress MINOR “celebrity status” (ha-ha),until the dark day when my uploads were removed. Now moving forward, I am ready to again be on the forefront with FUZZ & Jeff, to rock the online airwaves again!!!

Jeff  on May 11th, 2012

@SpinningDiscs Thanks for the props and for sticking by us for so long. As I mentioned before, if it weren’t for DJs like yourself, I wouldn’t still be doing this. We are really fired up with the traction we are seeing on FUZZ so far. I’m glad you are diving in!

nemesisurchin  on May 11th, 2012

thanks for the post, Jeff. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Fuzz sounds like it has much promise, and I’ll gladly test it once I don’t have to get in through facebook. I would like to ask you, and this comes from the bottom of my heart, to please keep Blip alive for as long as possible! As I blipped to you earlier today, we are a family. I can’t quite imagine life without it. All the good people, from near and far. Hate to see it go, heartbreak. Keep us goin, Jeff! We all thank you many times over.

Best - Barb

Jeff  on May 11th, 2012

@nemesisurchin I can’t thank you enough for sticking with us through all of the craziness over the years. I too want to keep Blip alive as long as possible.

Also, I really appreciate you being open to try FUZZ - I think you’ll like it. As for the Facebook integration, we have received feedback from numerous blippers that they would strongly prefer not to have to use FB for sign up. As such, within the next week or so, we will allow non-FB users to be able to sign up to FUZZ as well. Thanks for your patience.

LindyLuv  on May 11th, 2012

Thanks Jeff for all of your hard work. I honestly did not know what was going on behind the scenes when suddenly all the mp3 tracks began to disappear. That’s why I kept sending messages to @blipfm. I think many of my fellow DJs were frustrated as well, and now we know you were too.

I want to be on board for the FUZZ testing, but as I stated to you in an email, my FB site is a professional photography site, so I cannot, in good conscience, integrate FUZZ into my site.

I made up a second FB site and asked for an invitation, so please hold on to my name for that possible testing capability.

Again, thanks for all of your hard work and for the announcement. Now we know where we are. I am looking forward to the non-FB integration, and I sincerely hope we bring back our international DJs since they add so much to our muscial mix!

LindyLuv

Jeff  on May 11th, 2012

@LindyLuv I appreciate the good words. Quite honestly, I’ve always needed to do a better job updating folks about what’s going on. Sometimes, when I was putting out fires, it was tough to be more responsive. I also appreciate the feedback on the FB issues. It’s good to know that many users have these concerns. When you sign up, please make sure you use the same email that you use for Blip.fm so we can link your account. Again, the non-FB sign up should be ready in about a week.

Deb Augur  on May 11th, 2012

Hi Jeff,

I’m sorry to hear about all the problems you’ve had with blip.fm but am very happy that you’re bringing back fuzz. I had to google all this because I wanted to make sure it was YOU and not someone trying to rip you off.

Count me in. I got an email invite from you today. Totally willing to do what I can to help.

Best wishes!

Jeff  on May 11th, 2012

@Deb Augur Thanks for the kind thoughts. Nope it really is Jeff from the Blip.fm/FUZZ crew.

Really appreciate you trying FUZZ out. There’s a bit of a party going on right now. We’re vibing out to Vishal’s “Beat Therapy” station right now. Come on in!

Angie74  on May 11th, 2012

I have to admit, I kind of like that you had to have the FB to get into Fuzz, it made it feel a bit more secure. There have been some pretty severe and continuing cases of harrasment, bullying and stalking going on at blip, as I’m sure you are well aware. So, for me the need for FB login felt a bit a more like an added protection against those people who blip nastiness and then delete, only to pop up later under a new name to do so again. Over and over and over. Will there be protections put into place in the future for fuzz members against such people and actions?

Jeff  on May 11th, 2012

@Angie74 Thanks for the feedback. I think the more important issue is how we will work to minimize harassment issues. Like on any site, these issues will come up and we will need to figure out a way to enforce good behavior. To be honest, these are things that we will need to tackle as we see how users interact on FUZZ. So far it seems very positive, but I know we need to prepare for all situations. Again, as you know it’s really very early in the development process.

kelthial  on May 11th, 2012

“As for the Facebook integration, we have received feedback from numerous blippers that they would strongly prefer not to have to use FB for sign up. As such, within the next week or so, we will allow non-FB users to be able to sign up to FUZZ as well.”
Great.

c3p0  on May 11th, 2012

i’m wondering about something, how is it that the dropbox thingie had to go on blip, and now with FUZZ you can upload your own music, that doesn’t add up in my book really..

musictextures  on May 12th, 2012

Jeff - first, thanks for Blip - even with the challenges it is truly an awesome innovative idea and execution … second, thanks for the post - someone needs to help you with doing this more (I volunteer - and I’m sure others would as well) … as you acknowledged, I think one of the biggest gaps is no access to folks outside of the US for Fuzz - that is one of the best features of blip … my other general question is ‘what is your vision for Fuzz?” … Mike

Qrobur  on May 12th, 2012

If what I’m reading above indicates that you must be on Foolbook to use Fuzz.com you’ve already made your first mistake.

Foolbook is unsafe, insecure and is headed by a person who has scant regard for the privacy of his customers or, as he has been known to call them, “dumb f**ks”.

I will try Fuzz.com via a US proxy if I’m mistaken. If I’m not and you don’t provide the promised opportunity for those too smart to use Foolbook, I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole.

GR8FL  on May 12th, 2012

trying to comment.

GR8FL  on May 12th, 2012

@c3p0 there is a difference between music-on-demand which the recording industry feels threatened by… yes, they are foolish because they are stuck on a business model that worked only when you could go to a record store. They are going to lose eventually. The Internet business model is one they have not gotten a grasp on yet, though many artists have and use it well. See the link Jeff provided and others that seems is being blocked from posting here.

c3p0  on May 12th, 2012

@gr8fl music on demand means all the music on the internet, i think, but ones you uploaded a song, it’s on the internet or not? So you can only listen to it when paying. i don’t see the difference. I know one thing The VS has got to much power over the world and that should stop. Because the goverment are a bunch of *ssholes……

c3p0  on May 12th, 2012

@jeff don’t let blip.fm bleed to dead, just kill it in one blow. You say you don’t have the resources and if you will get them you will use them for FUZZ. I think i’m the only person that can still find all his music on blip, but that’s something else. Without anyone paying attention to blip or answering emails……it’s going to get a pool of death. But it’s a good thing The US has a replacement. I enjoyed being on blip for the last 3 years with ups and downs, and i thank you for that

Vinnie

Jeff  on May 12th, 2012

Good morning everyone. I’ll do my best to respond to everyone’s comments. Here goes:

@kelthial @qrobur Yes, we are working on a way to sign up without using FB. It gets a bit trickier because we want to try to preserve Blip usernames for a temporary period. As I mentioned, we will have an alternative way to sign up in short order. Thanks again for your patience.

@c3p0 @GR8FL FUZZ is an internet radio service and is NOT on-demand (meaning you don’t know what song is coming next). We operate under the compulsory license for webcasting created by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. This license covers our transmissions of copyrighted sound recordings (and our server copies to make it happen). We pay SoundExchange which distributes royalties to copyright holders (e.g. the artists and bands that you love). We also have licenses with ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and publishing firms for the public work of music compositions (e.g. lyrics and the notes). As @GR8FL mentioned, please check out the link in the main post for more info.

@musictextures Thanks for the good words. Be careful what you say, I may just take you up on your kind offer ;)!

As for the broader vision of FUZZ, it’s still really early. However, I continue to believe that the most compelling recommendation is not when it comes from an algorithm, but when it comes from an actual human being. If you look back at the development of the internet, Web 1.0 was a time where everyone had access to information. Web 2.0 was a world where everyone could post information and create content. We are now in a situation where there is so much content, that I have difficulty filtering what is important or at least interesting to me. The answer is trusted sources or curators of content that can help me figure out what I want.

That’s where FUZZ comes in. We have some of the world’s greatest curators of music (DJs) on Blip.fm. Not necessarily professional DJs (though we have those too), but people like you and me. People that have strong opinions about music and who love to share their discoveries (the more obscure the better). Over the past few years, we’ve learned quite a bit about what drives people to curate content via Blip.fm and we want to bring that magic over to FUZZ. But don’t take my word for it, give it a try yourself. If you don’t have an invite, please email Vishal at support@fuzz.com and he’ll set you up. Again, it’s still really early, but you can get a flavor for where we are going.

@GR8FL I just want to publicly give you props for all of the support and guidance over the years. While you and I have had our ups and downs, you stuck by us. It comes as no surprise to me that you have so many followers and have received so much praise given what I believe is your impeccable music taste. I have spent countless hours listening to your blips and have been highly entertained by the conversations you have had with other blippers. At the risk of getting a bit corny, YOU are one of the reasons that I have stuck it through after all of these years despite many times when I just wanted to call it quits. I hope I can get you excited about FUZZ so you can spread your magic dust there as well. Thanks so much!

Whew. That was a long response. I gotta take a break and spend some time with my family. Algorithms can go day and night without a break. Human beings have other needs ;). Hope to see you all on FUZZ soon.

J

Sylak  on May 13th, 2012

I can’t wait to check out the FUZZ!

DriftingAway  on May 18th, 2012

Hi Jeff. I have never posted on the blog before but I felt compelled to after reading this post. First, I wanted to sincerely thank you for your efforts to keep blip afloat and can’t begin to comprehend what a challenge it has been.

But, as you said, it’s a “major downer” that those outside the US cannot join FUZZ. I understand that there are laws/regulations in place that you obviously have no control over. But I just find it such a shame when laws silence the “international language.”

On a personal note (maybe others have had a similar experience), I’ve discovered a wealth of new music, including music from the US, from blippers outside the US. I’d estimate at least half…So, if blip ceases to exist, I’m inclined to become more actively involved with lastfm and spotify, as they are global communities.

But, it’s worth repeating that your efforts in relation to blip are very much appreciated. Peace and rock on.(:

JustinB  on May 19th, 2012

Very interesting concept, its good to music streaming develop in different way.
Another interesting site I use is http://www.viewingtree.com/, it focuses on sharing YouTube music video playlists.

Blip.fm  on May 21st, 2012

@DriftingAway Thanks for the kind words and for posting your comment. It may take us a while to figure out a solution for our international friends. It’s still really early on the development front with FUZZ, but I hope you can help us turn it into a great music experience! Please email us at support@fuzz.com if you want an invitation.

Sylak  on May 27th, 2012

Is the testing for FUZZ full?

translucent  on May 28th, 2012

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your efforts to keep Blip running. I’ve been on for almost two years, and the concept still remains vibrant. I’m looking forward to trying out the new product.

Regards,

Atsumi (Translucent)

Jeff  on May 29th, 2012

@Sylak No, the testing is not full. Please email us at support@fuzz.com for an invite and we’ll set you up as soon as we can.

@translucent Thanks for the kind words. We hope to get you on FUZZ as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.

Sylak  on May 29th, 2012

Email sent Jeff. Thanks!

Jeff  on May 29th, 2012

@sylak Thanks so much. You should have just received your invitation. Please let me know if you didn’t get it. Otherwise, I’ll see you on FUZZ shortly!

Sylak  on May 29th, 2012

All is well Jeff! Thanks!

SabineWe  on June 2nd, 2012

Hello @Jeff,

First of all, wanted to thank you for all you did during ups and downs of this wonderful handmade radio and for the good musical time I had on Blip.fm for more than two years, as well during the time of our personal mp3-uploads and even after. The human planetary-community is so rich here… I learn so much each day about new musicians and music I would have never known without some fabulous Djs I listen to!

But reading your post I see that Fuzz will be opened only for US-Djs and not for France or Europe. Please tell me if there is some hope you can manage the Fuzz-project for other countries than US? I’m enjoying too the website http://8tracks.com that and it is ok from France.

If not, it should be very difficult to loose all my Blip-friends. Am sure you are doing your best.⊰✿
Wish you a great success with Fuzz and a beautiful week-end. ☼ ★ ☺ ❁ Sabine

sunnysunnysunny  on June 3rd, 2012

@Jeff

No more blip shirts for sale?

Thank you Blip for bringing me back to music. You were one of my highlights for 2008. Blip will always be THE social radio.

translucent  on June 5th, 2012

Jeff,

When I have tried to register for Fuzz, it indicates that I have received invitations already. However, there has been nothing received at my registered email address, and I am a USA user. Is there something different I should be doing to gain access?

Translucent

Jeff  on June 5th, 2012

@SabineWe Thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately, FUZZ will only be available to US users for the time being. Yes, Dave Porter and the 8tracks product are great.

@sunnysunnysunny We probably won’t have any more Blip gear for sale, but we’ll probably have some FUZZ t-shirts ready in the near future.

@translucent We were having some sign-up issues. Were you able to email Vishal at support@fuzz.com? We can probably go into more detail there. We pushed some updates recently that may have solved the update problem. Can I ask you to try it again?

If it still doesn’t work, please email us at support@fuzz.com and we’ll try to fix the problem.

koiheart  on June 14th, 2012

If Blip is replaced by FUZZ, I will be heartbroken and vanish from your stream. It will be a very, very sad day for me. I will so miss all the great DJ’s there.

Jeff  on June 15th, 2012

@kolheart Thanks for your concerns. I also appreciate your kind words about Blip. I too hope we can keep Blip going so you won’t be heartbroken. We’ve got some ideas - stay tuned!

Eri_Z  on June 21st, 2012

Hi Jeff,
Just want to say thank you for FUZZ and Blip. Love the talk on Blip sometimes, miss the international component but I’m enjoying FUZZ immensely.

With the curator-ship that comes with FUZZ, could what’s uploaded there be pushed to Blip? Right now I’m enjoying your SXSW X Couch station :=)

Thanks, obrigada, merci, gracias, ευχαριστώ, شكرا , תודה
Eri

Jeff  on June 26th, 2012

@Eri_Z Sorry I missed your comment. Really appreciate the kind words. I’m glad to hear you are enjoying FUZZ. Yes, I hope we can figure out a way to add international users as well. Stay tuned…

PS - glad you are enjoying the SXSW station!!

Tonari  on July 2nd, 2012

Please don’t let Blip.fm die… it has been faithful companion of difficult years, there’s an important part of my life in it.

And there is nothing like it on the internet.

Jeff  on July 2nd, 2012

@Tonari Thanks for your concerns. As I’ve said before, I hope to keep Blip going as long as possible. However, we are spending all of our efforts on building FUZZ at the present moment.

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Technopheliac  on November 2nd, 2012

The problem with sites that have premade playlists is that there are 10000000 of them and you miss out on special remixed or versions of songs that you would normally be able to hunt out on Blip.FM. You create a product with a limited library and you have cut out a huge amount of your user base and the related music. So Chinese music, Japanese music, French music etc.

A huge reason why Blip.FM is so successful and has a huge following and why I joined is you can find hard to find music that is just awesome. I never talk to people on my friends lists but I can tell you they are some of the most musically astute and diverse folks around (and many aren’t from the US).

Seeing Blip.FM close down is as sad for me as when IMEEM.com was absorbed by myspacemusic. Its sad that music lovers really have to look for loopholes and secret sites to really have a place to share music and meet others who have been exposed music others aren’t even aware of.

I understand as things get bigger they are noticed and regulated and actions must be taken new models need to be adopted but its just sad to lose such a wealth of musical knowledge and connections that blip allows for.

The only thing that I hope is that if Blip.FM comes to an end people passionate about music find a new avenue to share outside of the box that so many try to shove us into. I also hope to find you all to share with at some point since I joined here a little late.

No matter what you decide on the site I sincerely thank you for creating Blip.FM and bringing all of these people together its been a great learning experience.

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