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Migration Migraine

Hi All!  The good news is all the recent activity you have seen means that real live human developers are once again working on Blip.  The bad news is we managed to break a few things along the way.  Well, the developers didn’t actually break them, Blip just isn’t a plug and play fit in the new server environment.  It will take a few more hammer blows to drive this thing home.

A number of you have asked why the change in servers.  The simple answer is the old setup was breaking the bank, and no money means no blip.  The change had to be made.  We realize it is very frustrating for a service you know and love to be buggy, and we are working hard to fix it.

Short term you can expect us to fix things at about the pace we are breaking other things.  Mid and longer term, the future’s so bright…

Quick update on servers

Several of you have been kind enough to point out that we did not include server stability in the list from the last post.  We are experimenting with some configurations to try to get both performance and cost in balance, so that means there may be a few more days of spotty performance.   This is happening in parallel to the other dev work that was listed.

Thanks again for your patience!

Thanks for the feedback!

Thanks very much for the robust response to our request for feedback and bug reports at  Please keep them coming!  Wanted to let you know what is in the current development/bug fixing queue.  If you don’t see your own personal most important fix listed, it doesn’t mean it has been forgotten.  And you are welcome to pester us again at the support email.  I cannot give an exact timeline (they are always wrong), but this is the current active list.  In no particular order:

*reblips: not displaying and/or not getting email notifications

*incorrect date stamps

*missing/broken profile pics

*blips missing from /all stream

*Twitter integration issues

Please continue to post bugs and other issues to  Thanks! 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.



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

Jeff here from  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 and we made the painful decision to shut down our first product when Blip started to take off.  With your help, 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  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 – 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 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 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

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 soon!