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Published on May 19th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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The Social Networking Turntable. Seriously.

Behold trntble (yes, that’s how you spell it), a wireless turntable that’s being described as an Internet of Things appliance.

First, you don’t connect it to anything with the usual wires (RCA cables, USB or optical cables). Second, the unit has a built-in Digital-to-Audio Converter and the ability to support Bluetooth, Apple’s AirPlay and streaming to a Sonos system.

But it’s when we get to the third thing about trntbl where things get really interesting. From Gizmag:

The turntable is also able to determine which song is being played on the platter in real-time and then share that information on pre-selected social media. This means that friends and followers could get a Facebook feed update or Tweet proudly announcing that you’ve just started listening to Barry Manilow’s Tryin’ to Get the Feeling or Close to the Edge from Yes. And if you like what your buddy is listening to, you can tune-in via Spotify and groove along.

“trntbl identifies the song (similar to Shazam) directly from the needle and uses that information to connect to Spotify, and other digital services to scrobble and enable our tune-in features,” explained [company founder Nick]Alt.

A cool idea? Or oversharing just for the sake of it? The last thing I need is for my turntable to rat me out whenever I decide to listen to one of my guilty pleasures.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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