We Should Get Together

Last week we signed up our 200,000th member. Soon we’ll reach 2 million jams – that’s 2 million moments from people who love music, hand-picking a song that matters to them.

But numbers only tell half the tale: people have been using Jam to share great stories (like the time Pete got the Bee Gees to record his answering machine greeting); to make new friends; to debut new tracks; to share secrets; and even to fall in love and get married (congrats, Natalia and Paul!).

Since we took Jam independent a year ago, the community has continued to excite us with its richness in emotional, human connections through music. Sustaining that community is our priority.

And we’re not the only ones who are excited. Every month, companies and brands we respect and admire email us, asking if there’s a way they can get involved.

Today, you can. We’re announcing the Jam Sponsorship Program!

True to our product’s values and design-centric approach, we’re creating a purpose-built program that’s beautiful, tasteful and effective. Not an addition, but a native part of the platform, from the creators of Jam.

Just like jams, the opportunity is one-at-a-time – meaning that sponsors get exclusivity in helping power the Jam experience and community.

We’ll be officially launching sponsorship soon, in conjunction with coming out of beta.

Want to be a launch partner? Write to us at sponsorship@thisismyjam.com. We’re still shaping things, so it’s a good time to get together.

 Matt

‘Young Blood’ by MapagaFirst track from @jamesyuill’s new MAPAGA project, direct from the man himself!

‘Young Blood’ by Mapaga
First track from @jamesyuill’s new MAPAGA project, direct from the man himself!

All Your Jams Light up the Song Graph

It started with a request many of you have emailed us about – wanting to browse all the jams someone has posted.

Today, you can! Check out your own, or some of our favorites like garage_xplosion’s fuzzed-out guitars, ChampagneMami’s sizzling RnB party, or sarahbadr’s up-and-coming electronics.

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Now these aren’t simply jams anymore – they’re history – and with that history there’s too much rich cultural context to not take this one step further…

Introducing songs

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All the ‘song badges’ on your history screen link through to song screens. These are something of a club – a place where you can see and get to know everyone who loves that song. This was another frequent request: “how do I see the other people who are into the music I like?”

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Beyond connecting you to other people with song screens, we also wanted to make them a conduit for the flavor of the song – like a home for that song, wrapped in all the emotional cultural context that Jam is full of. Compare Taylor Swift’s recent “Shake It Off” with the soon-to-be-big Silk Rhodes’ first release on Stones Throw, “Pains”.

While sifting through the half-million best songs of all time, we couldn’t help noticing that our top tracks data is different than other music services, so we threw together some fledgling artist pages at the last minute. Check out the best DrakeFleetwood Mac or Caribou.

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The Song Graph

So why are these songs so special? For the last two years, we’ve been collecting very special, notable data on songs. A jam isn’t just any song – it’s the one you love, so that piece of data is “worth” more. When we looked at this pile of data, the best songs of all time, it ended up being about half a million songs. In online music, that’s not a very large catalogue, but Jam is about quality, not quantity.

There’s a lot of music out there and when we talk to people about it, they are often overwhelmed for choice. We’re trying to cut through that with the song graph. Our small-but-all-hits catalogue is a bit like Top 40 radio, but personalized and reimagined for today. And we do it all with one simple question: “what’s your favorite song right now?”

– Han

‘Saccharin Disco (Vol. 1)’ by JAZThese two mixes from @JAZ kept us going this weekend while we were putting the finishing touches on the latest site update.

‘Saccharin Disco (Vol. 1)’ by JAZ
These two mixes from @JAZ kept us going this weekend while we were putting the finishing touches on the latest site update.

‘Snakehips’ by OOFJNot Safe For Monday

‘Snakehips’ by OOFJ
Not Safe For Monday

‘Can’t Do Without You’ by CaribouWow! This new Caribou track is dominating today’s jam chart, and for good reason…

‘Can’t Do Without You’ by Caribou
Wow! This new Caribou track is dominating today’s jam chart, and for good reason…

‘Emmenez-Moi’ by Charles AznavourHappy 90th birthday, Charles Aznavour!

‘Emmenez-Moi’ by Charles Aznavour
Happy 90th birthday, Charles Aznavour!

‘Kuar (Henrik Schwarz Remix)’ by Emmanuel JalRain or shine, this should get your Thursday moving.

‘Kuar (Henrik Schwarz Remix)’ by Emmanuel Jal
Rain or shine, this should get your Thursday moving.

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