I came across thesixtyone the other day and found it to be a pleasant way to quickly sample new music. Anyone familiar with social news voting sites such as digg will instantly recognize the familiar layout of the site.


The main page contains a listing of all the ‘hot’ songs that others have voted to the front page. You can select from the generes list on the left if you’d only like to see the popular songs from your favorite style of music. There is a play button on each song allowing you to listen to the entire song. This is not a basic sample like iTunes, it is good quality audio that starts playing right away. Once the song completes it will automatically move to the next song on the list. One of the things I found very interesting while listening to songs was the ability to navigate to other pages within the site while your current song continues to play. The Rack box on the right of the main page also gives you an option to listen to songs that have not yet hit the front page without digging through the site to find songs that have not yet hit the popular lists.

If you would like to bump a song you found on the site then registration is quite quick and you can start voting on songs. They’ve come up with a nice system based on points that allow you to bump songs you enjoy. You also now earn the ability to add songs to your personal playlist which can be played by selecting “Listen to radio” from your profile page. The profile page also allows you to display your top 3 songs, send songs to friends using the Tunebox application and also create and edit playlists. The pages are quite intuitive and the site also gives you very small popup boxes with information about the bands or information if it notices you need a hand. They have a very “VH1 Pop-up Video” feel.
Overall I’m quite impressed with this site. It’s a very quick and simple way to find new music along with a very Web 2.0 look and feel. All songs can be purchased from Amazon.com’s MP3 store which features DRM free music that is still cheaper that Apple’s locked down iTunes songs. Give it a spin, you may just find something you like.