It’s been a little over a month since we reported on Jango and a lot of exciting things have been happening. Their stable of music has expanded, though it still needs a bit of work, but we’re willing to bear with it as their catalog improves. Since their public launch in November they’ve enlisted 180,000 registered users and 750,000 listeners who have created over 1.5 million custom radio stations.
According to Compete.com, in the month of November Jango had 244,522 users compared to FineTune who had 149,106. Slacker garnered 329, 310 while last.fm and Pandora raked in roughly 1.4 million each. They obviously have a ways to go to catch up with the big dogs, but that’s not too shabby considering they’ve been out of Beta for just over a month.
So what’s Jango to do? Their algorithm appears to work much better (IMHO) than that of the music genome variety, but how are they going to drive those numbers up? Enter the Jango Jukebox. Try not to scoff just yet. Hear me out. The JJ is a slick embeddable widget that’s completely customizable and animated. There’s an interactive filmstrip of scrolling artist images where you can select who you want playing and you can skin them to suit your mood, if you please. It will surely liven up your personal pages or MySpace accounts. Create your own player in just a few seconds or have Jango scrape your list of artists from your MySpace and you’re ready to go in no time.
That’s not to say the Jukebox is perfect. It will surely hit MySpace like wildfire and it’s well suited for that crowd, but I’d like a smaller version that isn’t so in your face. The catalog of music still needs to be expanded, but both of these gripes will surely come to be addressed soon enough. You can get your own Jango Jukebox widget below by choosing the “get your own” button.