BOP.fm has the potential to be the next big name in streaming music ( Early beta )

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We’ve all experienced the frustration of having to scour the web for a certain remix, specific song, or album collaboration. It’s annoying to switch back and fourth between YouTube, Soundcloud, and Spotify to find that exact mix you’re looking for. Unfortunately, before now, it’s been almost impossible to put together a comprehensive playlist using music from these three (arguably the largest) sources.

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Aggregation is a wonderful thing. Bop.fm does just this, it aggregates results from YouTube, Soundcloud, and Spotify, allows playlist creation, radio, and much more. Although it’s still in early beta, lets go over some of it’s strengths and possibly mandatory tweaks going forward.

Pros:

  • Full aggregation from Youtube, Spotify, and Soundcloud
  • Video playback
  • Embedded player supporting playlists and radio
  • Future app support
  • Looks classy (AF)
  • No Adds! ( Possibly temporary )
  • Pandora has 1M songs, Spotify has 20M, bop is going after the 130M+ songs out there, and users can have all their music in one place

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Cons:

  • No native volume control ( Promised soon )
  • No radio like/dislike filtering ( Also to be implemented )
  • Works slowly on some browsers including Firefox, Safari, and IE
  • No option to switch sound quality
  • Some minor glitches/bugs here and there
  • High bandwidth strain

Overall, Bop.fm is looking great once the bugs and minor features have been sorted out. I do wish there would be a few options such as the ability to customize your page layout, profiles, and preferences. The search engine also needs some work, both aesthetically and functionally (Search results were inconclusive often, but came up on YouTube and Soundcloud’s native page).

Bop’s interface needs work. I understand that it’s still in closed beta, so I can’t make any final judgement. There are large areas of empty space filling your screen, they can be used for a multitude of features that I’m sure will be implemented soon. Alternatively, if this is the final version of this amazing aggregation software, I would be quite disappointed.

Is Bop.fm going to be the next big thing in music? Well, while it’s still early in it’s beta, this type of aggregation system is something music streamers have been aching for over the past 3 years or so. iTunes and Spotify have taken music streaming by storm, but with this fully inclusive system, we could be seeing an entirely new revolution in streaming audio.

Check out the site here.

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