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Online Music Listening Community

Published 02/09/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Ex.FM provides internet users with an entertaining way to share and enjoy music online. Users can create an Ex.FM profile that includes their feeds, recent activity, followers and other users being followed. The site lists a collection of Ex.FM user’s favorite songs, which is updated each day. Users can check out the list to listen to music that is making a big impression with the community. The explore area gives users a number of ways to sample new music, through a monthly mixtape, album of the week, genre listings, site of the day and latest loved categories. Ex.FM links to the user’s Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook accounts so users can connect with friends through the site. Users can customize the design of their Ex.FM profile and install the extension for Google Chrome, FireFox or Safari browsers. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Ex.FM, or Extension FM, was founded in 2010 by Marshall Jones, Charles Smith and Dan Kantor. The application was designed to combine social networking with a personal music library. The current version of the application manages to blend the online listening experience with a number of social features to keep users engaged. Today, many users visit Ex.FM to discover music and enjoy the online listening experience with friends.

What are the differences to other apps?

Ex.FM stands out because it is essentially a social network build around music. Users can not just share their favorite songs, but discover new ones by viewing recent trends. The explore area of the site gives users multiple ways to see what’s popular and why. The application also supplies each user with their own profile, which can be customized however they like. Users can share their profiles by adding friends to show their personality as well as music preferences.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Ex.FM has a very trendy feel to it that works well for this type of application. The dark color scheme favors hints of bright blue alongside white text that is easy to read. The page remains clutter free, leaving the focus on the music and musicians. Trends are displayed with color images of artists while a simple left side menu helps users find new music. The site takes almost no time to learn and gives the user exactly what they came for with no unnecessary fluff.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the Ex.FM community by clicking the white “Create Account” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A pop up box will appear with the registration form. The form requires a username, email address and password. At the bottom of the box, the user can access two buttons. The first offers access through Facebook and the second through Twitter. After completing the form, the user is automatically logged in and can begin exploring music and adding friends.

What does it cost to use the application?

Ex.FM is available to all users for free. There is no subscription required and the user does not have to pay a fee to create an account. All users are given the same level of access and can return to enjoy music as often as they like. The site works much like a social network based on music, so this is definitely a good thing. The free access makes Ex.FM far more attractive to the average internet user as well as serious listeners.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Ex.FM is an entertaining site for anyone who enjoys popular music. The site lists a variety of music and lets the user community decide what is trending (rather than picking and choosing from the charts or what is on the radio). Users who are really into music, especially those who already have a Facebook or Twitter account with similarly minded friends, can really enjoy what Ex.FM has to offer.

  • Users can sign up and login with a Facebook or Twitter account
  • Trending lists show users what's popular within the Ex.FM community each day
  • Profiles can be customized to match the user's style and preferences
  • Friends lists allow users to share the music listening experience
  • History of recently visited music sites is available as the user navigates

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