INTERNET GIANT Google rolled out an experimental and interactive web application today called Jam with Chrome that allows users of the alternative web browser to play instruments together online from different locations.
Built with HTML5 based features such as the Web Audio API, Websockets, CSS3 and Canvas, Jam with Chrome allows those who have too much time on their hands to play 19 different virtual instruments including guitars, drums and keyboards from jamwithchrome.com.
Users can compose riffs and invite buddies to come and join in on the jam session by sharing a link with them over email or social media websites including Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus. There's also a chat window built into the webpage so they can discuss how pointless but fun the web app is.
The app defaults to Easy mode when it loads for the first time and there are four different auto-play functions controlled by Google that make you sound better than you actually do. There's also a Pro mode that puts you in complete control of the musical tools with your keyboard, if you think you're good enough to show off.
The release of Jam with Chrome comes the day after Google rolled out its latest version, Chrome 23, which includes support for the Do Not Track (DNT) protocol. However, Google admits that websites have to support it for that setting to have any effect. µ