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Update

After an initial investigation, it appears the sudden decline in available tracks is not related to anything in the Blip code base or architecture.  As we dig deeper, we will likely be able to confirm this assessment.  We will revisit status of this issue in 30 days and update as to any changes to this or other open questions.  Sorry for the emotional roller coaster ride.

Thanks for being a part of Blip!

Update

A brief update:

-Improved Search Results: Well it was fun while it lasted.  Actually there is still hope, but it is not 100% in our control.  We are working on it.

-Bugs: please continue to report bugs via email to support@blip.fm; these will be tackled as resources permit (which means your most hated bugs will probably be there for a while).

-Ad Blockers: we have detected a substantial rise in the use of ad blocking tools. While we understand that ads can be annoying (ok, very annoying), we can’t put it more bluntly than to say that this may pose an imminent existential threat to Blip.fm.  Users are up, but ad revs are down and the math just doesn’t work.

-Fundraising: We continue to explore financing, but have not landed any firm commitments on appropriate terms.

Update

A brief update:

Bugs: please continue to report bugs via email to support@blip.fm.  We will prioritize and tackle them as resources permit.

Fundraising:  we are exploring with a number of interested parties, but cannot report anything definitive at this time.

What about crowdfunding:  we keep getting inquiries about this, so we will continue to reevaluate this option from time to time.  Some have mentioned the idea of doing what is called ‘equity crowdfunding’ (such as through crowdfunding.com, seedinvest.com, etc.), so we will also consider this.

Thanks for being a part of Blip!

Update

Wanted to update folks on various items of interest (basically same topics as last time around):

What about those !#$@ bugs? We have stomped out a few more, but the intermittent ’sometimes I can prop, sometimes I can’t’ bug is still causing us headaches.  Feel free to send us more detailed descriptions if you are experiencing this one (email support@blip.fm).

Blip [still ]needs new tires and a paint job, are you gonna raise some money to do something or what? Still exploring, which we could share more but we can’t.  Still no certainty.

I missed the Rockethub campaign, are you going to run another so I can contribute? Not currently planned, but will consider it if we keep getting these inquiries.

What did you do with those gazillion dollars from Rockethub? Spent every last cent on locking in our servers at a much lower price for the next couple years.

Thanks for being a part of Blip!

Happy New Year Update

We wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin.  A number of people have asked for specific updates so here goes:

What about those !#$@ bugs? We are still tracking down bugs and stomping them out as best we can. Often we are unable to reproduce the reported issues, so when you email us at support@blip.fm, please be as specific as possible (and send a screen shot if you can).  Usually if we can reproduce the bug we can fix it.

What about Jeff? Sadly Jeff is no longer involved in the operations of Blip.fm - we don’t think he is bored though as he has his hands full with other projects :-)

Blip needs new tires and a paint job, are you gonna raise some money to do something or what? In the spirit of candor, we have to emphasize there is zero certainty here, but we are exploring.

What did we learn from the Rockethub experience? (1) Its a lot easier to get 50 users to contribute than 5,000.  (2) We are not great at running a crowdfunding campaign.  (3) Even a failure can accomplish much (missed our target by a mile but your contributions saved Blip).

What did you do with those gazillion dollars from Rockethub? Spent every last cent on locking in our servers at a much lower price for the next couple years.

Wishing you an amazing 2016 filled with music and joy!