Music Ally has seen a few startups try to make ‘co-listening’ a thing in our history, from Turntable and the original incarnation of Soundrop a few years ago to the radio-like Stationhead now. Next to try is a US startup called Jam Session, which is currently in beta. It’ll be an app that “lets you listen to what your friends are listening to, in real-time”, with the ability to “hop in” to streams of what someone’s playing.
The company’s website suggests that celebrities and influencers could be part of its community too, with listening sessions including “chat features and access to profiles, which increase social interaction and music discovery”. Sessions will also be saved to people’s profiles as playlists, so that they and their followers can re-listen in the future.
What isn’t explained on the website is where the music is coming from: building on top of services like Spotify or Apple Music would be easier from a licensing perspective, though. Founder Dylan Reich previously worked at another social-music app, Revo.fm.