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Once-hot social music service Turntable.fm is hoping for a comeback this Autumn, having disabled user uploads (Bulletin, 10-Sep-13) and shut down its Piki.fm spin-off in order to focus on “a new version” of the parent site (Bulletin, 11-Sep-13). Co-founder Billy Chasen said last month that the relaunch would have an emphasis on live events and artists, but now proper details and screenshots have emerged showing how. TechCrunch reports that Turntable will host artists in its New York studio, performing in front of a green screen with the gig livestreamed to fans paying at least $5 for a digital ticket. Fans can chat to one another, ask questions to the artists and even snap photos using their webcams to be shown on a (virtual) big screen behind the band – and their applause will be played after every song. It kicked off last night, with plans to host at least one show a day. No news on whether it’ll be accessible beyond the US: rights should be less of a problem for the live performances. But the real question is whether enough people will pay for these digital gigs to keep Turntable in business.

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