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To our faithful listeners,

We've decided to formally shutdown thesixtyone.com -- our servers will go offline at midnight, May 1st 2017.

Artist tipping and music purchases will be functional until then, so please spend any remaining credits by month's end. 
A final payment will be made to artists following the shutdown.

thesixtyone was our baby for most of our twenties. We're incredibly sorry we weren't able to keep things going in the 
right direction.


Thank you for being a part of it.


James Miao & Samuel Hsiung

Our Mission

thesixtyone makes music culture more democratic: artists upload their work for review, but, rather than allow a stuffy suit in a boardroom to decide what's good, thousands of listeners do. The best music automagically bubbles up on our homepage where you can listen to the most popular songs for any genre. It's a quick way to find new music for your iPod powered by pure excitement as opposed to some contrived marketing budget.

Think you've got a good ear? Aside from customizing your experience, creating an account allows you to earn reputation, level up your influence, and collect badges for discovering and recommending good music that others may enjoy. On thesixtyone, tastemaking becomes fun, competitive, and trackable.

We're on a quest to help people fall in love with something new while giving deserving artists an efficient channel for finding their audiences. To learn more about how thesixtyone works, please see our FAQ.

The meaning behind thesixtyone

A road is a road, but sometimes it's more. Sometimes a road sings.

Drive down Highway 61 and you'll find music everywhere you turn.

Muddy Waters rode the 61. So did Bob Dylan, Ike Turner, and B.B. King. Elvis grew up in the housing projects along it.

Highway 61 was the road by which people left to find better opportunities. And by leaving they took their music to the world.

Come join us on thesixtyone.


James Miao

Having worked in the video game industry since high school, James became bored of making more games about shooting aliens and wondered if gaming could be harnessed to entertain people and solve real-world problems. Prior to games, James hacked hardware as a teen, designing a media hub built on a custom UI optimized for the living room.

Samuel Hsiung
Sam previously co-founded WebShaka, the creators of YouOS (operating system in your browser) and ProjectWedding. During his school years, he also did work in audio fingerprinting and music recommendation by applying machine learning to digital signal analysis data. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the California Institute of Technology.


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"thesixtyone is the most interesting music website I've seen since Last.fm."

-- Shane Richmond for The Telegraph

"thesixtyone is probably one of the most feature-rich, well thought-out music sites of its kind."

-- Lifehacker

"an interesting music discovery game that connects artists and fans."

-- Boing Boing