The story behind droppz.com:
Some time ago i was fed up with my Rss reader and that way of checking music, everybody has dozens if not hundreds of music blogs he is following and after a while it was simply too much information to scroll through. There were other popular solutions at that time like elbows, which i absolutely dislike, and the hypemachine which i liked a lot, but the loading times were driving me crazy as well as the way you had to click yourself through single pages.
So the idea for droppz was created – an online music search engine that wouldnt have any waiting times and that would display the songs like a regular media player, and also have the original article on the artist if wanted. Including a voting system to let the people determine what music is “hot” right now and the ability to see what your friends are listening to were also part of the plan. The name was a spare domain i had, and since it was about “dropping” the tunes you like we decided to call it droppz, short and simple. The “z” as plural makes it somwhat urban… Not (lol). I dont know what i was thinking, lol. Anyways….
I hooked up with some friends and that whole thing came to life in a somewhat “longer than anticipated” process. But everybody who is busy on the webs knows that dilemma. Graph designer and creator of “Virtual Skyscraper” Mr Wong came on board and did the arty and colorful design. The man behinde the entire programming, wunderkind Ray, did it entirely in flash, which is unusual these days but the graphic potental is there. We recently put it online and will start spreading the word these days. It still has some flaws, and a few functions are yet to come but everything in life is a process and a we are on our way.
So let me introduce you to droppz:
When you go on droppz.com you have to wait ONCE and thats that, no more waiting times on the site ever after.
1. HOME: When you get to the Index Page you will see this (this will in a short time be your personalized homepage). So far its simply the Landing page. You can now listen to the music provided by the blogs and read the articles, but to get all the functions of the media player and your personal stream, you have to register with droppz (you will soon be able to login via you google account, twitter and facebook connect).
2. Droppz Media Player: The Media Player is the central tool on droppz, its always found on top of the screen and you have the options to dropp the track (vote it) share, comment, go to detail, read the article on the blog, buy the tune online, set the volume etc, follow the blog on droppz etc … Also all songs are passed on in the same quality they are posted on the blogs, so no cheap 128 kbit internet streams.
3. THE TRACK SECTION: This is where all the music is to be found and there are two different views available:
3.a) Lets call this one the “BLOG VIEW”
3.b) And the more popular “TRACK VIEW“- which is like an online media player.
4. Once you have registered you have access to some interesting features.