...and testing to see if it's working properly.
So kind of a big day for me: RCRD LBL rolled out a redesign of the front page that better highlights all of the awesome music we're putting out there AND Ryan Block just announced that he's leaving Engadget to work on a totally new project with me. This is about as good as I think my life can get, I've never been more excited or happier about the stuff I'm working on. The redesign of RCRD LBL caps off Phase 1 of the site; we're going to be rolling out a TON of new features and new sites over the next nine months or so in Phase 2. I can't say as much about what I'm working on with Ryan, but I will say that I'm really looking forward to launching it in the near future (but not TOO near).
I haven't always owned this URL, the previous owner of http://roj.as/ was the ROJ, a Kurdish political party of some kind (why they chose .as -- American Samoa! -- for their TLD is beyond me). Anyway, not sure why I never thought to do this before, but I thought I'd share -- courtesy of the Wayback Machine -- what the site looked like back in 2002, three years before I bought the domain.
We're introduced a handful of new features at RCRD LBL lately, including:
- MP3 of the Day - A daily email newsletter highlighting one great track from the site. Probably the easiest way to stay on top of the site and make sure you don't miss anything good. There's a form for signing up in the upper right-hand corner of RCRD LBL.
- The RCRD LBL Top Ten - Our weekly chart of the most download songs on the site. Sort of an obvious thing which we should have had months ago, it's a great snapshot of what people are digging on the site.
- The RCRD LBL Podcast - Technically we started this back in December, but it was really off and on until we asked Trent Wolbe to take on the production job for us. Elliot's been doing an awesome job hosting and programming the show, I really love the idea of a music podcast where you can hear a song you like and then legally go and download it. you can grab the podcast feed here or click here to add to iTunes.
We've got a bunch of other stuff in the works which should be ready early this summer, as well as a roster of exclusive music from some amazing -- and pretty big -- artists.