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Why plug.dj is worth your support

“It has come to the point that the costs of running plug.dj exceeds the income that we are generating, and that could prove disastrous to the future of plug.dj if we don’t make some important changes very soon,” warns the latest plug.dj missive on its blog site. Plug.dj is asking its members to donate six dollars or at least $1 to keep the application going. I kicked in my six bucks this morning. Plug.dj is well worth the money. Here’s why:

First, plug.dj is an immensely creative service. Basically it carries on the torch initially launched by Turntable.fm, providing virtual community rooms where subscribers can share music files and music videos and chat with each other in real time about the content (or anything else). Enthusiasts and developers from all around the world converge on plug.dj to create what I call “distributed deejay” radio spaces. The excitement that these efforts convey really has to be experienced to be understood.

Second, plug.dj does an outstanding job of maintaining its platform. All of its features are interesting, attractive, and well managed. I always want to stick around when I am in a plug.dj room.

Third, plug.dj makes a huge effort to provide content searchability for its members. Unlike other services, plug.dj continues to keep SoundCloud functionality going.

Fourth, the plug.dj team is a very efficient, lean-and-mean operation (maybe too lean, actually). I know that that six bucks I just forked over won’t be wasted.

As a long time plug.dj user and sometimes community keeper, it’s important to me that this contribution campaign works. I am guessing that plug.dj may transition to some kind of service that remains free to guests but financially scaled for community developers. That would be reasonable, as far as I’m concerned. Where I don’t want plug.dj to go is towards reliance on advertisements.

“If 6% of the people who use plug.dj each month donated just $6 today, or if 10% donated $1 each,” plug.dj notes, “we’d hit our goal needed to operate for the next 6+ months, build an Android app and pursue other fundraising opportunities. Without your help, we cannot continue to build the community we’ve all grown to love.”

So let’s all chip in and keep a great thing going.


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7 Responses to Why plug.dj is worth your support

  1. Bob September 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    I might consider donating if I knew that Plug wasn’t going to waste any more resources on the immature dancing avatar system.

    • Jason September 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

      As part of our cost-cutting measures we have eliminated the art department, so you just might get your wish.

    • Matthew Lasar September 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

      I LIKE the dancing avatars!

      • Bob September 17, 2015 at 10:52 am #

        Ok, but have you actually spent any money on them?

  2. Jason September 16, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Thanks for your gracious support Matthew! We promise to put your donation to good use and try to keep plug online as long as possible! 🙂

  3. rostasi September 17, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    I gave $13. Surprised that it’s still stuck at only 4% of goal.

  4. ShaolinOne September 19, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    Nice article, but you left out the constant issues with the site. After their last redesign the site was so unstable – for MONTHS. Even to this day, months (or maybe over a year now?) after the redesign, the site will go into maintenance mode in the middle of the day! Any e-commerce site with this many issues would not survive. Don’t get me wrong, I love the music, the community, I was a long time Turntable.FM user (and a SuperUser/admin for a while), but the terrible site performance of plug has been the worst I’ve ever seen. And I work in the SaaS space. In addition to the random maintenance interruptions there are constant issues with songs not skipping, chat issues, site access issues (esp from international visitors). I cannot tell you how many times I’ve rallied old TT.FM heads to come to Plug only for the site to go sideways. IF the site had been more stable and reliable I would gladly donate. Not only do they need to stay above water – they need to make this site rock solid. If they can’t it’s probably best they sink.

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