While messing with Dat last night, I got carried away in nostalgia and began… recreating Muxtape in Dat. I wanted to see how far I could get. (If you don’t know what Muxtape was—it was a way of sharing mp3 mixtapes online for a brief window of time in 2008, until it was shut down by the grown-ups.)
So, it seemed interesting to try to replicate Muxtape, because it would be very hard to “shut down” on the Dat network. And, sure enough, I was able to get it working quite well: you can upload songs, tweak the colors and titles, order the songs and such—I think this is quite faithful.
And, yes, it’s peer-to-peer. You can edit your tape using the URL created for you. Then you can pass that same URL out to share your tape. Visitors can listen to the music and seed the tape for everyone else.
If you’re interested in seeing what a mix looks like, try: dat://8587f3…aa/. (You’ll need Beaker.)
Source code is here. Inspired by Tara Vancil’s dat-photos-app. Thanks, Tara!This is an awesome idea. I really wish I had the bandwidth to dig into DAT. Who wouldn’t want to be able to make mixtapes like this for the internet? It’s not too dissimilar to my listen feed (aka faux-cast), but could be more customized and curated for friends/family.