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March 22, 2010

A free trial of Soundcloud

Writing about web page http://www.soundcloud.com

Ecstasy Inflamed by Curt

SHIT I just lost my two-hour work because of this crappy blog system. Fuck it. FUck.

Overview:

Anyway, Soundcloud, one of the three contributors, is very focusing on music, rather than videos and other stuff like Fastrax. OPen for free registration and free service includes up to 2 hour length upload music. Premier has no limits and costs from 29 pounds per year, which is so much cheaper than Fatdrop! Above is my example of my own original work on Soundcloud.

Technology:

I just wrote all those experience of trying that system and I lost them all. It does not matter. In short, Soundcloud provides  fast upload speed and average download and streaming speed camparing to other streaming service from myspace to spotify. No demand of plug-in or software. The advantage is simple-to-use and disadvantage is unstable. I wasted 20minutes for a breakdown of explorer because my upload is too big, 40m wave file at the first attempt.

Online streaming is forced to be in 128kps mp3 format, which garentees the smooth and save their bandwidth but the quality is barely acceptable.

Interaction is designed basically the same logic as twitter: people you follow...+groups. a combination of new and old SNS idea.

Content:

Song name/ file/ share by widget and dropbox in html code(no usership demanded, the same as myspace, not exactly as we imagine but users can modify the levels from world viewable to people you permit, a lot of techic questions here)/BPM(?!...professional...)/KEY(...this is weired. my song is from G to E, which can not be applied to the form, only one key permitted)/genre(totally customized, not designed for search, only for instruction)/ costumized instruction/pictures of design, very thoughtful.

Conclusion:

Soundcloud is a very thoughtful designed website and focusing on music. It has good potential but problems we previously worried about are still there.

1 This is basically another Myspace. I mean the system is open for anyone and kind of encourage the myspace type of  crowds to register -- too widely open leads to

A    noise content.  people uploads repetitive, not original, or meaningless meterial there. The order is needed to be protected from the massive.

B    Newly-released singles might not be ready for public broadcast but the website potentially tend to get real hot singles into trouble by giving out to public or hacked... you know.

C    We still don't see a very satisfied solution for communication! How does a musician deliver his / her work to DJs who he/she does't know at all? On the other hand, how do professionals like DJs, editors... prevent harrasement?? Imagine a BBC editor receiving 1000 promotion messages through SOundcloud dashboard or Emails; he or she would surely give up again like what they did to CD promo. And that is the reason why I suggest We should consider more in creating a relatively closed space for labels and broadcastors. They are the people who matters.

Technology question again(for all three):

well I will create another entry for that.

I believe things above will more or less be shared by the other two.


Something about distributor

Soundcloud

1.      About video player: apart from providing a link to Youtube, can Soundcloud offer a video website (like Fastrax)?

2.      About cost: what is the up-front and on-going cost?

3.      About receiving music: what Soundcloud does is to provide a dropbox for people to scan new tracks before downloading a thing.

4.      About security: Easily hacked?

5.      About mailing list: easy to send mails to subscribers and contatcs, but unlimited mailing lists? can it be regrouped?

6.      Soundcloud states that it will be an opportunity to merge this application into into i-phone. Is it necessary? Important?

7.      Does Soundcloud has the ability to embargo/ scatter mail outs?

Fat Drop

1.      About video player: possible to include video player?

2.      About cost: what is the up-front and on-going cost?

3.      About receiving music: stream music straight out of your recipient's inbox..

4.      About security: Fat Drop has watermark your MP3s. Add JOVA watermarking to tracks when extra security is wanted. Jova adds a unique code to every download so it can be identified later on. If you find your music on an illegal file-sharing site, you can submit it to FATdrop to check for a watermark.

5.      About mailing list: Fat Drop provides separate lists for radio, press and club DJs and a separate stream-only list for music buyers by creating as many lists as they need.

Fastrax

1.      Concerning ¡¡ãLink to biography¡¡À, artists rated it the fourth importance. However, Fastrax said it would do it depending on format. We are wondering what kind of format they provide. As far as we concerns, formats are very important and Fat Drop actually covers all kinds of formats, from MP3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, PDF, ZIP, RAR, and MOV to AVI, so artists can include press releases, artwork, zipped music files and anything else that people download all in one promo.

2.      About artists photos on page (can Fastrax provide this service?)

3.      About security

By the way, I can hardly search anything for Fastrax, even its website. I don't know why......

regards,

Jamie


Meeting arrangement

Details as follows:


FATdrop - 11:30
MPA Board Room
6th Floor,
British Music House
26 Berners Street
London
W1T 3LR


Fastrax - 13:30
Round the corner from FATdrop :)


Soundcloud 15:30
Trans-World House
100 City Road
London
EC1Y 2BP

Sharon's mobile : 07917868319


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