Sometimes things aren’t always as clear and obvious as they should be. This FAQ serves to answer as many questions as possible about how to navigate Blip.fm and use some of the more advanced features. We’ll be adding to this list based on the feedback we get from people like you, so if you have a question and it’s not answered here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT: We don’t respond to questions posted on the FAQ so if you would like a response, please contact us at the above email. Thanks!
What exactly is a ‘blip’?
A blip is a combination of 1) a song and 2) a short message that accompanies it. The way you create a blip is to first search for a song that you want to hear (or a song that you want your listeners to hear), then add a short message (under 150 characters), finally you submit it. Submitting a blip is also referred to as “blipping”, so from here on out, when you read “he blipped my favorite track” it means “he submitted a blip that had my favorite song attached”.
How do I reply to someone?
In order for one of your blips to show up in another user’s “Replies” all you need to do is type ‘@’ followed by their username in the message field (e.g. “This song reminds me of you, @jbug”, “@fuzzygroove, you’re so amazing”). You can send a blip to multiple people by adding more than one reply in the message (e.g. “Get a room @fuzzygroove and @jbug” will be sent to both jbug and fuzzygroove). The message field won’t appear until after you’ve searched for and selected a song.
What are “Props”?
On Blip.fm props are tokens of respect that can be given from one DJ to another - say for blipping a good song or being a good DJ in general. Everyone starts with 10 credits that they can use to give props to other DJ’s. As you earn props from the community, your props will increase and so will the credits you have to give. 1 props earned = 1 credit in your bank. The number of props you’ve earned can only go up, but the credits you have goes down as you use them throughout the site. Check out our blog entry for a more detailed explanation.
How do I give props:
Click the thumbs-up icon that shows up at the bottom right of each Blip to give the DJ props for blipping an awesome track. If you don’t see it, make sure you’re logged in.
I blipped a song yesterday and now it says “unavailable”. What’s the deal?
Songs are hosted all over the internet by different servers and websites. Sometimes the server goes down and the song isn’t available to play, or perhaps the owner of the file has taken it off the internet for good. If you are an artist and your music is showing up as “unavailable” the most reliable way to make your music available for others to blip is to sign up to be a music manager on your music settings page when logged in.
How do I get my music to show up in the search results?
In a perfect world we would have every song from every band ever, and we’re working on that, but for now there’s a chance that your music isn’t in our database. If you have music that you would like to make available for others to blip, you can save URLs to music otherwise not hosted. First, create an account (or log in if you already have one), then click the “Settings” link in the top right corner and click “Music” (link: http://blip.fm/settings/music). From there you can enter in as many urls to songs as you would like and we’ll save them for you and they will be accessible from our search. If you are an artist or label and would like us to host your content (e.g., because your content isn’t hosted anywhere else), you can fill out our music manager request form on the same page linked above. NOTE: It’s a good idea to make sure the ID3 tags are in order, we plan to use them quite a bit.
I have a URL for my song, can I blip it without saving the URL to your servers?
Yep, just type the URL (starting with ‘http://’ or ‘https://’) into the search bar and hit “SEARCH”. We automatically grab the ID3 tags (if they’re available) so make sure the file is properly tagged if possible.
How do I add a song to my playlist?
Click the gear icon a blip to bring up the action menu for that blip and then choose “Add to playlist”. You should receive a message and the star should turn yellow when the blip has been succesfully added. To view/edit your playlist, click on the arrow to the right of your username in the top bar and choose “Playlist” from the dropdown menu. When you are on your playlist page, you can drag-and-drop songs to reorder them. The order is automatically saved while you move stuff around.
How can I selectively prevent a Blip from updating my Twitter/FriendFeed profile?
Here’s the sitch: You have all your accounts set up in the Settings panel, your Blips show up on your other profiles as expected, but right now you want to blip something and prevent the message from being posted to Twitter or FriendFeed. Sometimes you don’t want to update your other accounts and it would be a pain to have to go to the settings and disable your accounts just for this one Blip. Well, you can suppress the external account updates on a blip-by-blip basis by simply clicking the “More Options” link below the message text field in the final step of submitting a blip. From there you can easily toggle your integrated accounts on and off or even add a new account.
How can I selectively update all my profiles on a Blip-by-Blip basis?
See the above FAQ immediately above this one for instructions on how to toggle your integrated profiles on and off on a per blip basis.
How do I make sure that the blip I’m submitting will start playing?
If you want to make sure that the blip you’re submitting starts playing, just make sure that the preview for the blip is currently playing when you click “Blip”. If you stop the preview before clicking blip, then we’ll just let whatever other song happens to be playing keep doing it’s thing.
Why do I have so many listeners with exactly 30 favorites and no blips?
When people sign up they can search for their favorite artists/songs and find blip DJ’s who have similar taste. The top 30 matches are added to the new user’s favorites so right away they have a personal station with something worth listening to. We’re on the lookout for bots and spammers, so you can be sure they are real people who like your music.
I can’t play songs in Firefox. It works in Safari/Internet Explorer but it’s a no go in Firefox, what’s up?
It turns out that some Firefox add-ons don’t play very nice. Try disabling your add-ons and see if things magically start working again. If that fixes it, start enabling add-ons until you find the culprit. Some of the add-ons known to cause problems with Blip.fm: Skype, Adblock, Stop Autoplay, Linkification, Classic Compact Options, NoScript V. 188.8.131.52.
The search doesn’t work for me at all, what’s up?
Our search requires that you have the latest version of adobe flash player installed, get it here. This is because all search results have the option to be previewed, i.e. played in our flash player, to ensure that the song is actually available, so without flash, this functionality would be broken.
I’ve already reached X number of props/blips, why isn’t the corresponding starburst badge showing on my avatar?
The badges shown on avatars correspond to a DJ’s listener count not the number of props they’ve received.
How do I become a listener of another DJ?
When you add another DJ as a favorite you become one of their listeners.
I can’t hear any sound on your site, what’s up?
If you can’t see the black control bar at the bottom of the screen, then flash isn’t loading properly for you. If you’re using firefox, see the above entry, otherwise make sure that you have the latest version of adobe flash player installed. If the black control bar is present, you may have inadvertently turned your volume setting down using the - key shortcut. Try using the + key to bring it back up.
How do I remove a favorite DJ?
There are two ways to remove favorite DJs. Click on “Favorite DJs” in the right hand column of your home page and then rollover a DJ’s pic to see a red “X” appear in the upper right hand corner of the pic. Alternatively, you can visit the DJ’s profile page by clicking on their pic or name anywhere on the site and then clicking the “Remove from favorites” button in the right hand column.
Youtube videos play but there’s no sound. What’s the deal?
Third party flash content may not be allowed to be stored on your computer or some of the cached flash contents may have become corrupted. Try following the steps here: http://bit.ly/u390V to solve this issue. If that doesn’t work, please try these steps:
- Right click on the youtube video and choose “Settings…”
- Click the second tab (privacy) at the bottom of the window that pops up
- Click the “Advanced…” button. Your browser will load the Adobe advanced settings panel.
- Find the link “Website Privacy Settings panel” a little down the page and click that
- Find blip.fm in the Settings Manager Visited Websites list and make sure that blip.fm is set to Always allow
My new profile pic isn’t showing up even though it says it was successfully saved, what’s up?
Your browser is likely caching your old profile pic. Please try clearing your cache / temporary internet files and reloading the page.
Where can I chat with music loving blip.fm souls like myself?
We have an official IRC channel #blipfm on irc.freenode.net. Connect to irc.freenode.net and type “/join #blipfm” to immediately connect with your ilk.
I came from Twitter land and I still don’t get it… Is there a guide that can help me with the basics?
NOTE: We’ve updated our UI since this guide was written, but many of the concepts presented are very much still applicable.
Why yes there is! A friendly blipper, Sharon Hayes (@sharonhayes), has put together a helpful guide for those who are coming over from Twitter and new to Blip.fm.
I’ve integrated my Last.fm account. Why aren’t all my blips / listens getting scrobbled?
In order for a blip to get scrobbled, you must listen to at least half of the song or for greater than 240 seconds (4 minutes). This means that if you blip a track, but then don’t listen to it, that blip won’t be scrobbled. Last.fm also requires that both the artist and title be sent in order for a track to be scrobbled. In some cases, blips don’t always have both an artist and title and hence can’t be scrobbled.
My number of listeners / followers is increasing and I have my notification preference set to receive emails about new followers. Why am I not receiving emails for all of them?
As long as you have your notification preferences set to receive new listener emails, we’ll always send an email when someone explicitly chooses to start listening to you. However, we may recommend you to new DJs when they signup and in this case we don’t send you an email because these new DJs usually haven’t blipped and it’s hard to tell if you might want to follow them back.