I?ve previously reviewed paid streaming radio app for the iPhone and iPad, TuneIn. How does the free Jelli app for iPhone from Jelli, Inc. compare? As their production description states ?Jelli is 100% user-controlled? content much like with personalized Internet radio, Pandora, available streaming 24/7 and customizable to the user?s musical tastes. You can think of Jelli?s playlist as social-driven with the Jelli listening community, including yourself, pivotal in choosing every track on every station in real time! You can join others in this listening community tuned into Jelli voting for what plays. You even get LIKE/UNLIKE option with the Rocket Up/Bomb option to boost your favourites and keep the songs you aren?t fond of on the brink of extinction. Furthermore, it is 100% integrated with the Jelli website where the community originated.
The spontaneous variety of music is one of the reasons I liked TunedIn. I guess if I wanted a cherry-picked playlist on the radio to keep me company while I worked, I?d stick to my iTunes Library. The fact that Jelli delivers ?crowd-sourcing? content across a sea of listeners across a bigger universe of partner radio stations across the country from KITS-FM in San Francisco to WPST-FM in Philadelphia likewise tunes me in to what people like nowadays. It also has a ?reality show? element in that enough bombs can take out a song even if it hasn?t finished playing.
As for the app, it is colourful and fun to use with SUCKS and ROCKS buttons accompanying each song. You even get your DJ/username announced when I song you?ve ?rocketed? is finally played. Subsequently, this earns you points towards ?rocketing? other songs in the future. This furthermore adds a social gaming element to the music listening experience. A hint through?these points are limited so use your rockets and bombs wisely to support the songs that will find popularity with other listeners or your fame might only last exactly 15 seconds.
You can check out the video to see Jelli in action. If you’re interested, simply click this direct iTunes link to download it and try it out yourself.