As with seemingly all good things, Turntable.fm has come to an end for users outside of the United States, at least for now.
Earlier today users of the Turntable site outside of the United States were greeted by the following message:
We’re very sorry, but while we would love to let you in and rock out with us, we need to currently restrict turntable access to only the United States due to licensing constraints.
We are working very hard to try and and get you in as soon as possible.
If you believe this is a mistake and you are located in the United States, please e-mail help [at sign] turntable dot fm
Again, sorry, and we hope to see you soon.
The company later tweeted on their official account:
To all our international friends, we’re sorry you can’t use turntable right now due to licensing constraints. Trying to get you back in asap
A similar situation arose with Pandora back in 2007, but that service has never been opened back up to foreign users. Of course, the reverse can also happen, and the lengthy negotiations between Spotify and the record labels to bring the European-centric music service to the States has become the stuff of legend. Hopefully something can be worked out in this new situation, but only time will tell.
It has actually been fairly unclear if the service has negotiated licensing agreements even in the United States as of yet, so this is an intriguing development as it shows as the company is at least in talks with them, but depending on how those go, there is always a chance that no one will be using the site in the future.
Have you tried Turntable.fm yet? What do you think of it?
Be sure to check out the TechnoBuffalo Turntable.fm room where various staff members pop in from time to time to play some tunes for our readers.