It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the population in possession of speakers and the internet, must be in want of free music. Finally it seems that in 2010 free music services are getting innovative and actually including Australia (which is nice of them). Two services I’ve tried out this year are Jelli and Guvera and I thought I’d give my thoughts on each.

Jelli

Jelli's logo

Jelli's logo

When it comes to brilliant and innovative ways to listen to music online (and for free), Jelli has got to be my new favourite concept. On Jelli, online radio stations are set up with a list of songs and listeners vote online for which ones they’d like to hear. The more votes a song gets, the higher up in the playlist the song goes. Apparently each song is only decided in the last 30 seconds of the song before it. Songs can even be killed off as they play if enough people dislike it while it’s playing (that awful parody of Tik Tok was killed off really quickly, such a great moment).

If there’s a song you really want to hear, you also have a limited number of “rockets” which can send your song up the list (I managed to get the Glee song “Don’t Stop Believin” played within about 5 minutes of logging on, good achievement I think!). You also have a smaller number of “bombs” which you can use to stop a song being played.

You can also favourite songs for your own list ready to vote for them each time you listen to the station. Definitely a useful feature! Overall I’ve found the songs played are actually pretty good and there’s a huge amount of choice.

Guvera's logo

Guvera's logo

Guvera

If downloading music is more your thing, Guvera is a new service which lets you download songs for free (well, paid for by big companies who want you to see their ads instead). Each advertiser has their own page with songs you can download (pages are set up so that the advertising is actually easy to put up with and fun). You earn credits to download songs by putting in information about yourself into your profile to help advertisers meet their target demographic (not sure how you gain more credits after you’ve used those yet). It’s a good site with huge promise but was a little confusing to me at first. I love their mission statement though:

Make music free for the people, prosecute no-one, pay the artists full price, share the love.

Overall, it’s really good to see legal alternatives to stem the tide of illegal downloads. I’m really interested to see where things go from here, surely things can only get better 🙂

Foursquare's logo with a guy on it

Foursquare's logo with a guy on it

I’ve totally signed up for yet another social networking site to experiment with – Foursquare! I’ve no idea what sort of use I’m going to get out of it and I’m pretty sceptical about it. My scepticism is a big reason for why I haven’t joined up despite having known about it for a while.

The idea behind it is that you tell people where you are, provide tips for your friends if they go there and accumulate points for adding new places, going to places… etc. If you go to a place more than anyone else, you get the title of Mayor of that place. Some businesses are apparently using this to give discounts/specials to whoever is mayor of their business on Foursquare. Interesting idea.

From a total paranoia point of view, it seems like the perfect service for serial killers to track the movements of their targets from the comfort of their own home (yes, I have been watching Dexter). I’m not totally a fan of telling people where I am at all times and neither do I think people really care? I do like the idea of being able to look up a set of tips from people about the place you are at, that seems like a great idea.

Note to self: come up with awesome website idea before it’s too late. Avoid things that’ll help criminals.

Surprisingly enough, Mystery Google appear to be calling it quits, the site now shows this above the search bar:

This will be the last week for Mystery Google.
To continue the fun please check out Mystery Missions.

Looks like the site is turning to what appears to have made it famous – mystery google missions. People began to use the service to type in a mission for someone else to see. So creating a site which is set up solely for this purpose sounds like a great idea. I can’t try it out because it’s only for American users. The site requires you to register by entering in your phone number and your country, of which the only option is America.

So yeah, this looks like Mystery Google will be the first “site of the day” I’ve posted which has closed down! Just over a month after I blogged about it too. Totally understandable though as it really seemed like the site’s original idea had been flooded with people requesting missions and posting their formspring addresses (see my earlier post on Formspring if you are wondering what i’m talking about).

Farewell Mystery Google! It was interesting while it lasted.