Twones.com is a site that allows the user to collate all of the songs that they listen to on the web in one place. The site tracks and adds the music the user listens to through the use of a Firefox browser plugin. The site recognizes and tracks music from over 20 differentc services, including Last.fm, iTunes, MySpace, WinAmp, YouTube Play.it and others. Users can follow other users, and see the music they're listening to in the user's activity stream. Users can “Shout” about a song, which is a comment that will go into the activity stream. Users have a Home page, where they can see the most Popular music for Today, This Week or All Time.
In addition, users can view My Music to see their Activity and Favorites. Users can also view what's On Air, for a real-time stream of what other users are listening to currently. When users use the browser plug-in to open a song, it is added to their activity stream on the site. The site has a built-in browser-based music player for playing any of the songs listed on the site. Users can play any list of music they are listening to by pressing the Play this List button. Users have a complete Profile on the site and can invite their friends from the major social networking sites when they join or at any time thereafter.
Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Twones was founded by Tim Heineke, Diederik Martens, and Johannes La Poutre in July 2008. Time Heineke currently serves as Director, Diederik Martens as Head of Product Development and Johannes La Poutre as Head of Development. The site was still in beta at time of review. Twones has closed from 9 July 2010.
Competition to Twones.com comes from sites such as MySpace Music, Rhapsody, Napster, Pandora and Last.fm. All of these sites assume that the user gets all of their music from one site. Increasingly, more users are getting music from multiple sources, and that is the gap that Twones is designed to fill. MySpace music offers the most similar service to Twones, but does not provide the ease of integration with over 20 different services offered by Twones.
Pages load slowly but music tracks begin playing immediately. The browser plug-in for Firefox performed without any glitches. The site is very easy to use, and navigation is intuitive. Most actions on the site can be done from the user's Home page. There is also a music search bar shown on all pages of the site.
Registration to the Twones site is free and is required to use the site. The registration process asks for username, email address and password. Validation of the email address is required.
Registered users have access to all features of the site and there is no premium membership offered to the site.
Twones could be useful for anyone who regularly listens to music at more than one site. The site makes it easy for the user to consolidate all of the music they listen to. The site is also a good place to discover new music, by following other users or keeping an eye on the activity stream and comments. The site is very easy to use, and integrates well with the other music services that it supports.