Bop.fm is a music streaming platform that aggregates songs from other music services, creating a supposed ‘home for every song on the internet’.
The site was created to make sharing music across platforms easy, as it can be difficult to send songs found across Spotify or Rdio directly to non-using friends.
Currently, songs are pulled from Rdio, Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Additionally, songs can be purchased from iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play stores. Bop plans to expand that list, and already claims to be tracking music from outside the listed sources. Beta-stage users are invited to contact Bop if anything is missing.
Only one result for each song is created, grouping all sources together. Bop.fm figures out which services a user is signed up for upon playback. Bop.fm also offers radio and playlist features.
The service comes from startup accelerator program Y Combinator. Songkick, Rap Genius, and Reddit are among the program’s illustrious participants, though it’s difficult to win the lottery in music. At this stage, it’s all about investing in tickets, including licensing costs. On that note, Y Combinator recently told TechCrunch:
“Bop.fm, in private beta, is already streaming 100,000 songs per day from consumer traffic and sites like RapGenius.com, one of Bop’s first partners, where it powers music playback.”