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R.I.P. Turntable.fm

on November 22, 2013, 5:22pm

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you won’t be able to throw down on Turntable.fm beginning December 2nd. Oh, wait. You haven’t used Turntable.fm since its brief six-week reign as the Internet’s greatest website since Xanga? Well, that probably explains why its shutting down.

As announced this afternoon, the virtual DJ booth, which allows users to take turns spinning their favorite records, will cease existence come early December. The website said in a blog posting:

For over 2 years, we’ve improved and evolved the turntable.fm experience. We made rooms expand to unlimited sizes, made thousands of UI improvements, launched GOLD, built a mini-player, designed tons of avatars and listened to our community, trying to make the experience as wonderful as possible. Over those two years, the community has played over 400 million songs in about a million rooms.

As much as we all love turntable.fm, we have decided to shut it down to fully concentrate on the Live experience. It was a tough decision to make because we love this community so much, but the cost of running a music service has been too expensive and we can’t outpace it with our efforts to monetize it and cut costs. If we also want to give Turntable Live a real shot, we need to fully focus on it.

So can this be considered Kanye West’s biggest flop… ever?

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