YouTube Search Should Be Working (Hopefully)

Hey everyone,

We are working to fix the broken search functionality when blipping a new song via YouTube.  In order to fix the problem we needed to upgrade from version 2 of the YouTube API to version 3.  We are also working to remove broken links that appear in the search results.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but please bear with us as we work to find a solution.  As you know, we are not actively supporting due to a lack of resources and bandwidth.

Please let us know if you encounter additional issues.



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scotland_lover  on May 11th, 2015

Thank you so very much!!!!

Huub  on May 11th, 2015

Could you implement the html5 player? Flash is kindof outdated. Also in bandwith it takes less space. free open source one you can find here:

Good luck on fixing the bug. Everybody is really enthousiastic.

fawnthomas  on May 11th, 2015

Thank you so much!

I love blip!

Thank you for continuing to “let the music play”

sufferin_jukebox  on May 11th, 2015

Made my day! ty

xatstilonair  on May 11th, 2015

Thank you!

LetGo (aka Catoon)  on May 11th, 2015

Thank you so much. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated. Please link us to your digital tip jar. ( I and many loyal blippers would gratefully chip in.

plylstn  on May 12th, 2015

Thank you very much!

Huub  on May 12th, 2015 support stopped. and i cannot yet add new videos to the music tab. The page goes blank when i add a video.

Lunaladee  on May 12th, 2015

Fantastic! Thrilled :-) ThankyouThankyou!

nemesisurchin  on May 12th, 2015

Many, many heartfelt thanks…

linguistics  on May 12th, 2015

Many thanks, it is much appreciated. It would be good to resolve the issues with lack of resources and bandwidth. Blippers are keen to help so perhaps this could be considered? blip is so unique.

eyedeal  on May 12th, 2015

Thank y♥u kindly !!!!!! xo

All the best !!

Jeff  on May 12th, 2015

Thanks everyone for your kind words. We are still trying to find a way to keep Blip operational but the costs are piling up. I’m wondering if the blip community would be supportive of making periodic donations like users do on Wikipedia and Firefox to keep things going and to help with resources?

groovinandjammin  on May 12th, 2015

I’m open to periodic donations, and I believe several others are too.
Greetz, DeAnn

DJBadBilly  on May 12th, 2015

Possibly a fee like Spotify has.Sending an ad as a blip every so often advertising: CDs, Lps, Venues, Concerts, Electronic Equipment, Music Magazines, Music Updates such as in Goldmine, Billboard, etc.People are leaving for Last.FM and Spotify for access to all and studio music in some cases they don’t mind paying a fee, BLIP is unique , people can converse, it has as much potential as a musical FB or Twitter, But Please Communicate on a regular basis and respond to your customers. Thanks Bill

DJBadBilly  on May 12th, 2015

Donations will last only as long as people think there’s a problem, People donate to Catastrophies and then move on. They will last only as long as the DJs are here. Start A New System with guarantees , Charge a fee but all music comes back. You will gain back the listeners that are in exodus to Last.Fm/Spotify/Soundloud etc. Again advertising, not POP ups is the way. Look at Spotify’s techniques Needs to be a competing Business TY Bill

DJBadBilly  on May 12th, 2015

Take a look at the amount of listeners at night time and actually on many days. People have given up on searching or studio versions aren’t there, only poor quality videos. We need a good Business solution, not a bandaid to fix it. Blip has so much potential!!Bill

irsocal  on May 12th, 2015

Thanks so much for working on this! You all rock.

greenfields47  on May 12th, 2015

Reading all comments to comment

greenfields47  on May 12th, 2015

Our Basic problem is our alexa ranking….one month ago was 108,000 position…. We could take money wikipedia style,,,but our ranking is too low,,, we need2 find solutions to our rank at alexa.. This involves…how to get back all the listeners who left us.. How will Listeners… come back ?? What is our srategy to get… back all the lost listeners..More Higher our ALEXA ranking..more Competent we are… Money via adverts/listener donations…will be automatically higher…The Potential of Blip has to be built from grassroots..that is via every deejay at our website …Rock on Deejays

Schmidtbuster  on May 12th, 2015

Would a one-off donation be enough to fix the problem? I agree with DJBadBilly there needs to be a business solution, either a fee or fee structure or different tiers of Blip; perhaps limit the amount of blips if you want to do it for free? What about advertisers? I would be happy to see ads (not pop-ups though) if it meant that Blip had a future.

pulsar  on May 12th, 2015

Thanks for all your efforts to keep blip alive!! It’s a very unique and special place that would be severely missed if it went away. I would gladly be acceptable to periodic donations and/or a monthly fee, especially if there is a way to regain accessibility to many of the studio versions of songs that will no longer play. I think this is a major factor in turning users away from the site - finding song after song after sond listed that won’t play. But please count me in for anything that will keep this most special site alive and running!

onesanz  on May 12th, 2015

agree with Bill and the others about business strategy. for sure if blip needs to be rescued with a fee most of us give e donation but the problem is: where blip want to go in a medium period ? an objective it’s needed … we’ve a strong potential in sensibility and sense of real community, we share emotions and we’re stronger inside than other sharing platform. don’t forget the panic and the energy (negative too) generated by a bilpstop … music was exploding

Garol  on May 12th, 2015

I can listen to music or watch video on Youtube, but is unique and more than that to me. It’s been 4 years and I’ve met good people and leaned a lot, not only about music, but also friendship. I really hope to continue to be able to enjoy music and meeting people here. Thank you for your effort and friendship.

Diplopito  on May 13th, 2015

Great job Jeff and Blip team, thank you very much!

greenfields47  on May 13th, 2015

I suggest 1st periodic donation of BLIPFM…Only 2000deejays to pay usd 10..for the rest its free… That will be usd 20000…. mark till of blipfm says he can make blipsearches…. more perfect,, without blocks with usd20000..
After 2000deejays donate.

.We give this to mark to start his project,,,BLIPfm administration also will work with him…Money is being used here to enhance the value of BLIPFM…and thereby increase listeners/revenue in LONG RUN for BLIPFM..

Hachimon  on May 13th, 2015

Agree with previous proposed solutions for a fee or donations to keep running. Thanks for the music! A loyal fan since 2009.

plylstn  on May 13th, 2015

…maybe you can do something like dublab!? i don’t know what they do, but they are still on air.

JoaniBeachMusic  on May 13th, 2015

Thanks so much Jeff for getting this fixed.

There are so many ways to raise cash….fees, advertising, going public. The only problem going public is it is a bit of a pain with Sarbanes Oxley regulations.

Jeff  on May 13th, 2015

Hey everyone - thanks for commenting. There are a lot of good ideas here. Let me digest a bit more.



c3p0  on May 13th, 2015

Hi Jeff,

First of, thanks a million for upgrading the search from blip. But what are the resourses you are talking about, is it money, people, equipment or something else? I think a lot of the old blippers and maybe the new ones also can help a lot with all those kind of things. You seem to me like a really good business man, so you do know the problem, just tell us and we (the blip deejays) and you can figure this out in no time

Greetings Vinnie

badbabygirl  on May 13th, 2015

I would pay a fee or whatever it takes to keep us all here. Thank you Carol

Buzzz  on May 13th, 2015

Me too !!!!!

Scott_hn  on May 13th, 2015

Hi Jeff,

Looks like just about everyone who commented is one of my listeners, proud of y’all!… and I better chime in or else I’ll look bad, lol.

I’ve had many ideas about ways to help Blip over the years but frustrated in that there seemingly has been no platform to give them voice (in that this blog has been dead in the water)

A monthly subscription fee would most likely be the easiest method to raise some money, and I would be more than happy to pay… but that would also mean some of the aforementioned suggested improvements need to be incorporated; people will not continue to pay month-after-month if some of the existing problems aren’t fixed.

Legally, without millions in licensing fees being paid (a non-starter, I understand that) there is no way we will be able to have mp3 quality songs available as we once did, so perhaps it’s time to consider engaging with one of the big streaming services, like Spotify, for example, who already have the licensing issues taken care of, but a limited social platform… a hole in their respective business models that Blip could fill.

I have been a loyal Blip junkie since the early days (as many of the Blipsters who commented above have been) and have stuck with Blip through thick and thin for one primary reason: The instant feedback between friends/listeners is unique among all other music services (and I’ve dabbled with most of them).

Bottom line: If my name were Jeff Yasuda, I’d be pursuing a business agreement with Spotify (something akin to what seems to have done recently), so that rather than searching YouTube for songs, you’d be using the Spotify API. Blip has been around for a long time/ a proven model, despite all its hiccups, we’ve stuck with you… that says something, and should be a valuable bargaining chip. I’d bet the house that most of the DJs who have left would enthusiastically return, not to mention the potential in bringing in large numbers of new DJs once they’ve discovered how fun Blipping can be.

My 2 cents anyway….

Blippingly Yours,


LindyLuv  on May 13th, 2015

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your work thus far. I think many of us went into panic mode for those three days when we were unable to blip new songs or had to reblip previous songs.

I do not know what the fee structure is on other music streaming sites. I do listen to other music sites, but I do not participate, nor do I pay a price to do so. I listen to advertisements, however. I see advertisements on, but I do not pay any attention to these ads. Do you receive any revenue from these ads? If so, does this revenue help maintain the site in any way?

All of us appreciate this site, as it has grown to have special meaning to many of us. I have been introduced to new music I never would have listened to otherwise, and I’m sure that I’ve introduced others to new music. I have also purchased music that I’ve heard here. So makes a difference.

I would be willing to make a contribution to if that’s what it takes to keep the site going, bearing in mind that you are not getting any revenue at all from advertising or have no staff to help with the daily maintenance of running the service.


juanitamoose  on May 13th, 2015

The social aspect of is what keeps me coming back. It’s the best virtual street corner on the http://www. I would be willing to pay a fee for the music.

Bob0  on May 13th, 2015

Hey, Jeff. I want to add my voice to the chorus to keep Blip alive. I’ll send a donation if that’s determined to be the preferred course of action, but I think that approach would kill off Blip. Most people wouldn’t bother.

BUT! There is nothing like Blip anywhere else. I hope you can keep it alive and find an ad-based way to make if thrive and earn you some $$$. It needs new life breathed into it. Bring the badges back too. It’s a fun environment.

And can there be a way for techie volunteers to help with the work?


P.S. I checked the blog because i hear there were copyright issues threatening Blip. I haven’t found such a discussion yet.

Foggieloaner  on May 13th, 2015

Agree with pretty much all of the above…i know we are a dwindling band, but most of y’all are on my faves list. I dont have much bandwith in my brain at the moment to add anything, but i certainly pay a fee if the search engine cleaned out broken links, or somehow was able to highlight the ones that appear to be working.

Many of the other music sites do a better job of streaming high quality music, but no one does a better job than Blip of connecting music lovers socially.

Good luck!


GeorgeSand  on May 13th, 2015

Dear Jeff,
Thank you so much for saving, at least for the time being.
Here are some of my “why’s” to keep it going for longer than the time being.
In my opinion, (and many others) is the best music site ever. It’s not because it has the most music available. It is because users can interact and share what music IS available with other users.
I’m a musician. Music is my life. I’ve performed it and participated in it in many different ways but almost always with others. I’ve purchased tons of music, yet there’s something missing when I listen to it or perform it alone. This is why is so important to me. Psychologists agree that relationships are a basic human need and that humans seek “belongingness” defined by Wikipedia as the “human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group.” It also states, “This desire is so universal that the need to belong is found across all cultures and different types of people.” is more than just a music cite. It’s a community of avid music lovers.
That said, is much more. It is unique. It is therapeutic. It is a support system. It is an outlet for creativity. It is entertainment. It is a vehicle for advertising/discovering new music and becoming educated/educating others. It is a place to make friends almost anywhere in the world and foster understanding/respect for diversity worldwide. It is a way to expand one’s foreign language skills. It is a musical “Twitter”. It is art. It can promote physical education, dance, studying a musical instrument, or music history. It is fun. And all of this in REAL TIME. You can’t get much more amazing than that! is music. Music is the universal language Therefore Blip is the universe (ok, that’s stretching it a bit. :)
Several of us have offered to donate to keep Blip going. Isn’t that how Wikipedia operates? I’ve purchased items because of some of the ads I’ve seen on the site, especially from a clothing store I like. People pay fees for services like NetFlix and Amazon Prime. Why not I would prefer over them. Jeff, you are sitting on a goldmine. Once you study the business models of other successful entities, you could decide if you want to ask for donations or charge an affordable fee, and then offer free trials to new users. Once they’re hooked (like I was, 5 years ago), with enough resources to enable excellent customer service and ample music selections, you will grow to be bigger and better than ever before. Everyone loves music and everyone needs to feel connected to others. The market is there. You’ve already tapped into it. Don’t stop now!
I can’t even begin to tell you how sad I was when I thought was shutting down. Thank you for your interest in keeping it going!

Kathryn, a.k.a. @GeorgeSand

JMoriarty  on May 13th, 2015

Valeu Jeff, obrigado por manter a
Bom trabalho!

ate2zee  on May 13th, 2015

I joined Blip just a few months ago, but already agree with those who’ve been around many years. It’s one thing to love music & listen to it, but how do you savor it with others? There are ways, but Blip is unique. It’s great to be able to Blip music & to listen to Blip on my own time frame. It’s great to hear music from around the world with Blippers from around the world. Music lovers are a lot alike, I think. I’d definitely donate or subscribe to Blip to keep it going. I’ll admit I’ve wasted a lot of time searching for songs that end up being unavailable, & have felt like quitting. I get it that fees are necessary to keep Blip going & keep it fun & not frustrating.

Radiobread  on May 13th, 2015

Blip.Fm has seen me through good, bad and very sad times. As a music therapy site it is unsurpassed. It responds to the heart’s of the people that use it like no other. I would willingly contribute to any solution that would keep Blip alive..


8Oclockstart  on May 13th, 2015

Dear Jeff,

I am a writer and, business owner. I have worked along side many successful people over the years.

I learned many things in my life. One being Email marketing. One way is to find a business owner within a similar niche.

Ask them to advertise your website on their thankyou page. You do the same, maybe on your FB page, which can be built using share 4 share with a similar niche the has 10,00 plus followers.

Next, you need to be making money. Instead of the cookies that are on the website tracking each persons web browsing history.

Perhaps have them target ads for music related products that you can affiliate with, and make commissions.

Another idea, get some of those popular (FB) game Apps on Blip, people love them. I don’t know why, but they do. They have to pay you for the space I believe, some kind of commission.

Post on carnival blogs, answer questions. 20 minutes a day specific to your niche. This drove me nuts, but it started to work.

I gained so much attention that people new my website in my home town. Even Bing had something to say about me, also The National Women’s league. A large group of very successful pioneer women like myself. I was flattered.

I pinged, blogged, answered questions. I became a wild beast online, only to learn fame was not my thing.

My Father was a pretty influential man, my Aunt very well known. I like the quiet freedom I have. Just me.

Everyone is different, limelight is a beautiful thing. I just enjoy watching from afar.

In business you have to trust with your life any person who is running your image, and money building scheme.

I know money is tight when you are just starting a venture, so finding someone who can help with programming tasks is expensive.

If someone on Blip new anything about programming it would be nice if they would step up. Have a back up to check their work. Someone else not related to them. It’s good business practice.

Later on down the road, offer them free stuff when things become nice and lucrative for you.

For the immediate fix, get on the phone with PayPal, get the button on this Blip website and start taking donations.

Personally I like using gift cards. Re: Privacy. Using Https: in the browser is also preferred.

PayPal is very nice. You can keep calling until you find someone willing to help you paste the code on the site,…and whatever else.

Go Daddy same,…keep calling until you find the person that will slip you the help you need to get the job done.

Did you ever think of gambling games. Most people love them. You have to find out what the audience likes. Try a few of the new popular games.

Finally create your own product, with a barcode.

If people like Blip, get a few shirts made. PayPal will help you sell them. Just a click away…

It’s “FREE ADVERTISING” and, sometimes can really help. Just don’t make too many. Profit and loss is a serious process.

Anyway, I don’t claim to know if any of these methods will work for you, but it’s worth the try perhaps.

Also, I’ve noticed that people sign up for Blip like myself back in 2010. I had no clue everyone was seeing my Blips.

Personally I like to turn off the crowd, not big on any of that anymore. Too demanding for me.

I would love a shut off page…sometimes just be me. No crowds, no conversations. When I play music, sometimes not always, want just that.

Others like social interaction, which can be a wonderful experience. I sometimes have a lot of stress, and like to vent.

After all it’s my life not theirs. I don’t like to be judged or to judge but this sometimes becomes just that. A gossip mess.

I honestly believe that if all of these people met in one large room, the issues that have with each other would quickly diminish.

Music makes some of us paranoid, jealousy emerges among other things. It stinks. Don’t like it at all.

Thus a private music session would be great. It lets people know that one does not care to engage in others personal affairs.

Many years ago I took a class in NY. A large group of us in a circle. We had to decide if a hug or handshake was in order. Each of us faced each other one at a time. It took hours.

What did I learn for myself?

If someone likes me I let them decide. I’m not into pushing myself on anyone, and to any one here on Blip that wonders why I stay to myself,…maybe they will understand now.

I like many people here, it’s been an interesting learning experience.

Seeing lot’s of people from all over the world happy playing music and, getting to know one another in a positive way is truly beautiful.

This is one outcome that this platform has created that makes it a very unique experience.

With this all being said, I wish you all of the luck in the world. The concept of Blip is genius to me, it just needs a little tweeking.

I’m not on very much these days for many reasons, one is I don’t want to take up space. If or when things get better, I may play more tunes.

Thankyou for all of the music exposure, especially the Indie selections, (Independent musicians).

Warm Regards,


playfulx  on May 13th, 2015

Instead of donations. A monthly subscription fee would be better method in my opinion. I also don’t mind advertisements. In order for site to remain free.
The site know has is more a community, than other music sites. I’m trusting since was your brain child. You will continue looking for business solutions. You will make lots of music lovers happy.


Surreality  on May 13th, 2015

Thank you. Blip may be small compared to other online services but we are a close-knit community. I know you have to look at the business aspects and the copyright issues have been a minefield for you but I really appreciate you putting effort into keeping the site going even if it’s not what it once was. There is something you get from sharing music with others that you just can’t get by listening to it alone.

webbedradio  on May 13th, 2015

Hi Jeff, writing to say we hope continues to flourish in the future, and to offer a couple of suggestions for the future of the site. To us , the dj interaction at blip is the site’s primary advantage over any of the other music sites , and so this feature of should be enhanced by whatever means possible in the future. We really believe that the instant communication between active djs is THE single most important attractive quality at The limitations of the available music here can , we feel, be overcome, possibly with a new fee system of make more music available to djs in the future. The unique feature at will always be the direct communication between the djs here. The original concept of blip is still viable we believe, with some minor fixes, we want to wish the crew here good luck with keeping blip going as long as possible..congratulations on the fine work so far too. Tom and Linda

greenfields47  on May 13th, 2015

we collect 100usd from about 200deejays i think 1got 3deejays or more to donate….usd19700 more

ARDELL  on May 13th, 2015

DJBadBilly said “Donations will last only as long as people think there’s a problem”

Not really because it’s not at its core about “a problem” like a charitable cause per your comment.

It’s more like Wikipedia that has an annual drive and people who like and appreciate having that knowledge available donate.

Or like Public Television that runs giving campaigns several times a year.

Monthly or member fees don’t work because there are too many free music places available, and then you compete with them.

Clearly this place is more like Wikipedia or Public Television where regular but infrequent donation campaigns are best because it is a way to show appreciation vs pay for a service.

Why? Because it is not just a music place. It is a social media + music place, at its best. That said there do seem to be some robots who clog up the space with no chat and just what appears to be an endless stream of robot-like postings.

Promote the Social Media of it. At it’s beginning it appeared to be more connected to twitter, as example, than it is now.

It’s easier to crank up the blog in Alexa or link them together for Alexa ranking…but as someone already said, that is a ton of work. I have done it and once done you can rest on your laurels a bit. But it takes 2 years of active cranking before you can slow down.

I don’t really understand as I don’t consider myself “a DJ ” here. But I love this place, post fairly often, listen fairly often, but I don’t truly understand the mechanics of it I never load music on to it.

ARDELL  on May 13th, 2015

How high do you need your Alexa ranking to be? This is mine and I haven’t actively worked on it after the first few years of 2006, 7 and 8. How much higher do you need to be than this?

DJBadBilly  on May 14th, 2015

Jeff is there a way a survey could be sent to possibly the top 500,1000,1500??users. Most of us have the same listeners,but there are many that just have listeners into Class.,C/W,Dance,Techno, Indie,Brazilian,Latin,Blues,Jazz, etc.or have only 0-4 listeners by choice.I must admit I’m not sure how you would eliminate responses from the so called”fake DJs” but I think a survey would reach the people most interested in what is going on. Technology permitting it should give you a much better response/or no response.Thanks again Bill

StreamingMimi  on May 14th, 2015

We all need to realize that continued support (donations whenever we are able) is extremely necessary to keep going! If Jeff has money to work with maybe he can take an active roll in improving the problems. We love our music and we love this site. Thank-you, Jeff, for creating it! Hey, friends, let’s do whatever it takes to help keep up and running!

StreamingMimi  on May 14th, 2015

All the above suggestions are great, but the bottom line is it takes money, however it is obtained. That may be the first step, since Jeff has pointed out the lack of resources he has encountered.

backtoback  on May 14th, 2015


Thanks taking the time and giving the effort to blip. I know “she” is not your baby but one of the eldest children, you must admit she is the most well liked.

I think you have to seriously think about the monthly dues and the accounting end. More outgo then income for personnel perhaps? If people don’t pay the dues what do you do kick them off only for them to come back as someone else?

I’d do a “help pay the bills” music begathon some of us I’m sure would not mind spinning music and ask for donations once a year. Remember we did a docs without boarders and also one for a children’s hospital in Tn. I’d also would ask our DJs if they know anyone that might want to advertise. I’d get new artist to sign up pay a “new group” one time fee to play their music.

Just a few ideas that might grab you and maybe ease the financial strain.

Thanks again


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