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Listen to Twitter with Twisten.fm: FREE Streaming Music

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I just discovered Twisten.fm, a ten day old website powered by Grooveshark that crawls through tweets to see what people are listening to, then lets you listen to those songs via a simple interface.

A casual scroll down the home page feed (see below) will give you a nice glimpse at the variety of music people are enjoying right now, though I kinda wish I could set it to auto-refresh.

Twisten.fm screen grab showing feed of free music

As a bonus, if you log in using your Twitter account, you'll gain the ability to tweet right from their site and maintain a favorites list making it easy to find songs again later. And there's another bonus at Twisten.fm Twitter account which is update hourly with the most popular song.

One thing I really would've like to see is some playlist functionality — or as someone on their customer service board called it, a “stream the songs radio player.” Twisten competitor Hype Machine does playlists really well, whereas listening to free music on Twisten.fm is a cumbersome one-track-at-a-time experience.

And I'm most excited about an idea I saw over at the Twisten review on Infinate Dial — “friend radio networks” that only stream songs from a list of Twitter users you select. Or perhaps people could even create sharable public “stations” based on different groupings of users.

Overall Twisten.fm is a novel and simple way to discover and listen to free music that people are tweeting about. However, the lack of a radio player will probably keep me away from now.

P.S. I'm sure they'll be adding features over time, so head over to the Twisten.fm blog for news and announcements.

Update (February 13, 2009, 8:00pm) I just got an email from one of Twisten's engineers who said, “a radio style player is definitely in the works along with a few other goodies.” Sweet.

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