While surfing the World Wide Web we stumbled across a place called Mixwit. What made us stay and explore the site was the familiar view of a cassette tape. We have a few boxes of those stacked away here at Radio Dupree. Yesterday's technology...
But even if this cassette tape online isn't the real thing, seeing it brought back quite a few memories. Taping favourite songs from the radio... Making mixtapes of music that you liked....
"Look at it! The tape turns and moves from the left to the right just like a real cassette!"
You can also open the playlist and jump between tracks. Just point at the cassette.
The site proved to be a search engine that uses other sites to find music/audio that you can add to your own online mixtape. That can be posted like this:
We just did a search for "Dupree" and took four songs to try the concept out. At least one of these is from a legitimate site, but most of the stuff that Mixwit serves up comes from places on the internet where we're sure no license fees have been paid or contracts signed.
Mixwit is just one of many similar sites, and will probably shut down sooner rather than later if they don't get the legal matters worked out.
Radio Dupree would like to see a fully functioning song-sharing site like this. When we post this all four songs on our "mixtape" play fine, but since Mixwit has no control over the files they can stop working any time. Not good, but something that comes with the way the site has been constructed.
UPDATE FIVE MINUTES AFTER POSTING: Looks like our third track; Nancy Dupree's James Brown has silenced. Probably because the source took down the file. It's just as well, as this post was meant to show off the workings of Mixwit, and disappearing files is one of the "features". ;)