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.

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