My Favorite New Music Tool: ExtensionFM

by Moe Arora on February 26, 2010

ExtensionFM

I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m somewhat of a online junkie  – okay fine, a major online junkie.

I’m always discovering & messing with every new website and tool that pops up. Most end up getting pushed to the side, never to be used again – but every so often, I come across one that makes me wonder what I did before it.

ExtensionFM is a new tool I simply can’t live without.

As the tagline on their website says, it turns the web into your personal music library. Basically, it pulls audio files from websites you visit and lists them in your player, for playback while you occupy yourself tweeting about what kind of sandwich you’re eating or fist-pumping with other Jersey Shore fans – you know, doing important things.

Created by Dan Kantor, the same guy behind Streampad, and other awesome tools; ExtensionFM is a seamless and unobtrusive extension that sits in your browser’s toolbar with no need to keep an extra tab or window open (I only open the tab when I feel like browsing through the library).

Personally, I’m all about music discovery, so I try not to get stuck in the familiarity of my iTunes library too often. I’m always listening to new music, of every genre, and love the randomness of online music streaming, but hate the obtrusiveness & level of involvement most other services require. ExtensionFM, on the other hand, does all the work for you.

It’s currently only available for the Google Chrome browser (Mac & PC), although it’s still in pre-release, so there will likely be several improvements and additions in the coming months.

To give you a quick overview of ExtensionFM, check out the intro video:

As it’s still in a pre-release stage, you need an invite code to get ExtensionFM.

Luckily, I have 20 to give away!

To get your invite code, please leave a comment below with your Twitter username (you have to be following me so I can DM you). Alternatively, you can send me a message with your email address & I will email it to you.

If you miss out on the 20 invite codes, you can still request one on their website. *Update: All 20 invite codes are now gone. You can still request your code on their website. They’re pretty quick with releasing invites.

Once you receive your invite code and install ExtensionFM, I recommend checking out Tumblr’s music directory to get you started.

TIP: If you’re already on Tumblr (it only takes 10 seconds to create an account if you’re not), follow your music blogs of choice to have their new posts appear in your Tumblr dashboard. Whenever you log into your Tumblr account, it will automatically refresh your ExtensionFM music library.

I never thought of using Tumblr as a tool like this, but now that I do, I think I’ll likely start posting a few more tracks on my own Tumblr page.

Do you know of any great music websites that work with ExtensionFM? Share the links in the comments below.

{ 24 comments }

FreshNerd February 26, 2010 at 8:00 PM

@freshnerd This looks promising….

@blogsiswatching February 26, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Very cool. Will have to give Tumblr a try with ExtensionFM.

Brandon 'robo3k' Williams February 26, 2010 at 8:05 PM

@robo3k This is great!!! Now I won’t have to view the source code to music sites and figure out where the mp3 file is. I’m notorious for doing that.

G February 26, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Hey, this looks very interesting – would love to get an invite.

The IPS February 26, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Me me me I want one!!

Michael Warbux February 26, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Looks cool! @BeatSupreme Thanks for the info!

J. Dakar February 26, 2010 at 8:24 PM

I could definitely use this.

Billy Oceanz February 26, 2010 at 8:30 PM

@billyoceanz this looks like a cool new app.

Stevei February 26, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Nice !!! I would like to have this you can msg @HigherReign

Shani February 26, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Wonderful a new software, I’ll try it as soon as possible and see if it is worthy. (google blackorami) for more…

Mo Meta February 26, 2010 at 8:58 PM

I want in!!!! If a nickel bag is sold in the park, I want in!!!!!

@DJMahesh February 26, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Looks very interesting…

Tenika February 26, 2010 at 9:25 PM

@youngfreshnew

Thank you for posting this. I’ve been trying to find a tool that will make my life easier to listen to new music. :) I can’t wait to try this out!

Great find Moe!

Rieces_Pieces February 26, 2010 at 9:53 PM

This actually looks interesting I loved his streampad app so id like to give it a shot if you’ve got an invite!

Rieces_Pieces February 26, 2010 at 9:53 PM

@Rieces_Pieces

Moe Arora February 26, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Thanks for all your entries. Through the blog, Twitter & Facebook, the invites were all taken up in about 15 minutes. You should all have received them already.

If you missed it, you can still sign up for an invite code at Extension.FM.

I’d love to hear your thoughts after you get a chance to take it for a test drive.

Sami February 27, 2010 at 12:59 AM

ahhhhh. I missed it! I’ll go through the site to get one. The video & your post are making me over anxious to get it! I can’t wait to try!1

kayla February 27, 2010 at 5:52 PM

for music blogs to use, i really like http://yvynyl.tumblr.com/

Ty February 28, 2010 at 12:05 PM

This looks sweet! I just requested my invite code so I didn’t install it yet but for mp blogs, I suggest music.for-robots.com

Tenika February 28, 2010 at 4:02 PM

i absolutely loveee this plugin!!!!

BEMI February 28, 2010 at 11:32 PM

THANK YOUUUUU. this is GREAT!

Kevin English March 8, 2010 at 11:08 PM

This is dope Moe. Thanks!

My only issue with Extension FM is that it turns your browser into a streaming machine.

I prefer to download myself. Am I missing that functionality?

Moe Arora March 10, 2010 at 4:28 PM

@Kevin – It’s still in pre-release, so I’m not sure if it will be incorporated later or not, but for now, there is no downloading ability through the plugin. There is a “Buy” link to encourage purchases, however.

I actually like the streaming functionality of it, as it allows me to just browse casually, but I agree – a download button would definitely be welcomed.

João Pedro March 18, 2010 at 10:17 PM

@sessentaecinco it seems great!

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