It looks like the inevitable iPhone version of the popular Turntable.fm group listening service, which lets people DJ to each other online, is on its way.
The company’s co-founders Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein will appear at TechCrunch Disrupt and SF Music Tech (where, incidentally, I will be emcee-ing the music app demo session) next week, where it appears they will be unveiling the iPhone version of Turntable.fm. TechCrunch has the screenshots, and they look exactly as one would expect — basically, it’s just a shrunken-down version of the usual Turntable.fm interface.
Assuming those screenshots are real, the Turntable.fm iOS app will require users to log in via Facebook, just like the web version, so you’ll probably have to have a Facebook friend who also uses Turntable.fm in order to get in. Users will be able to rate songs Lame or Awesome, also just like the web version, and can share a link to the room they’re in via Twitter, Facebook, or email.
You can browse rooms based on what’s playing there and whether there are any open DJ spots there, but what remains unclear is whether the iPhone version will let users DJ, or whether they can just act as listeners. With the web version, you can upload songs from your hard drive in order to DJ them — but that feature could present difficulties on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. However, searching for songs in Turntable.fm’s massive catalog of music in order to DJ them should technically be possible on the iOS version.
It’s unclear at this point whether Turntable.fm will charge for its iOS app, but it’s likely, given that the company accepted investment that values it at nearly $40 million – and that the free service currently has no visible means of support.
Stay tuned for more on the Turntable.fm iOS app next week. For now, if you haven’t seen it already, check out our list of power tips for getting more out of the web version of Turntable.fm.