|Audiotuts +||Music Tutorials||The Tuts + network has become synonymous with tutorials on design, programming and animation. Fortunately for artists, they also cover music. They are not relegated to one area of it either. With tutorials on production, vocals, recording and opinionated articles to help you with your musical endeavors.|
|Bandcamp||Music Hosting||A place to not only host your music, but to also earn money on sales and merchandise.|
|iTunes||Music Store||iTunes has fast become a pioneering service in online music distribution. Many artists now distribute their music via iTunes, as it is a cheaper (for both the artists, labels and buyers) alternative to buying physical copies of music. Online music downloads has shifted the way music is charted, as people can now by songs separately from albums, as opposed to being restricted to just singles and full albums. In addition to this iTunes has expanded, and now distributes music videos and films.|
|Last.FM||Internet Radio||A site dedicated to music lovers. Last.FM allows you to listen to 'radio' online that is situated around set Genres and Artists. Random songs that revolve around your tastes equals a fresh enjoyable experience every time.|
|MPC Tutor||Forum & Tutorials||A website that offers kits, sample and loops for MPC users, as well as fantastic premium guides and a forum community willing to help you with your MPC related needs.|
|Pandora Radio||Internet Radio||Pandora is an Internet Radio service that allows you to find free songs, information on artists and stream music for free. One of the great features of Pandora is that you can listen to it on the go if oyu have a compatible mobile device, making those long journeys home a lot less stressful. Unfortunately Pandora is now longer available for use outside of the United States.|
|Recording Website||Forum & Tutorials||Forum filled with help and tutorials for production, software, hardware, mixing and mastering.|
|RollingStone||Publication||RollingStone is a magazine devoted to popular music culture and lifestyle. The magazine is released every two weeks and updates it's reader on the latest music, concerts, reviews and more. They also have a web presence with articles which you can read for free/wihtou a subscription.|
|Sirius XM||Internet Radio||Subscription based satellite radio network with a selection of channels and commercial-free music that can be listened to on the go via portable radios, laptops and mobile phones.|
|SoundCloud||Music Hosting||An intuitive site dedicated in the distribution and hosting of your music. You can host your music on SoundCloud and use platforms to distribute it including Widgets. It also good for receiving new and independent music via DropBoxes and your very own 'music inbox' that acts like most subscription services.|
|TweakHeadz Lab||Tutorials||A personal music website that includes a huge array of tutorials on almost everything relating to music, including theory. Informal and easy to read for beginners.|
|Yahoo Music||Music Blog||Yahoo Music is a news site that updates you regularly on new music videos, news, songs and albums. Yahoo usually have exclusive interviews and video premieres, so there is plenty of things to keep music lovers coming back.|
However, you may be looking for help on getting started too. Don't worry, we are here to help. From what sites help advertise your music, too what Social Networks offer when it comes to hosting your music. So not only are we helping you on the forums, we are helping you across the the internet additionally. Take a peak below for a simple, but in-depth walk-through in how you can get your music heard, as well as tips on what to do outside of the computer based world.
Thanks to the internet, music has become a very fruitful source of media. Despite the fall in overall sales due to illegal downloads, music is bigger than ever with the internet opening alternative revenues and opportunities for existing and up and coming passionate artists. However with the internet making music so accessible, more and more people have found a love and interest in music, meaning that the music industry has become a lot more competitive, meaning younger artists have had to step up their 'A-game' in order to garner interest. Thanks to the internet, any 'average-Joe' can distribute their music freely online at a global scale. But how is this possible? One of the biggest and most popular ways to get music seen, is by hosting it online on social networking and music specialist sites.
Over the last 5 or so years, social networking has become an online phenomenon allowing people to update friends and even online strangers on everything about them, including photos, film and music. Artists tend to use social networking sites as not only a way to communicate whit fans, but a way to also distribute new music for people to listen to and spread around for others. There is multiple social network sites that offer different things. MySpace, one of the first social sites is now pretty much music centered. Artists use MySpace to upload new music, and to find other musicians and artists who share similar interest and tastes. MySpace has spawned many successful talents in the pasts, with talent scouts still using the site to find young and fresh musical talents.
Another two social network sites are Facebook and Twitter, which are both now the most popular social networking sites today. Both are very similar in many ways. Facebook is more in-depth as it allows you to share more information about yourself, and acts more as a personal blog. Whereas Twitter is about sharing updates, news and info on the fly. Whether that be socially or informally. Both however offer ways to share your music online. Facebook has more dedicated advanced options where you can upload and host your music, whereas with Twitter, ReTweets and 'mentions' allow you to get your music heard and spread quickly with the help from friends and followers. The final site that people tend to use is YouTube. YouTube is one of the biggest sites with an average of 2 Billion total views a day, and 24hrs worth of video being uploaded every single minute. YouTube is video networking behemoth. Therefore many people make accounts to upload their videos on blogging, sports, reviews, tutorials, music and more. Many artists upload music and music videos to YouTube along with hosting downloads for said musical content on the likes of Rapidshare and Megaupload.
Social Networking is all well and good, but you need a place to host your music. Even though the likes of YouTube and MySpace allow users to listen to your music, if you want people to download your music for future use and therefore be able to spread to others, you will need to upload your audio and video files somewhere. There are many variants including the already mentioned Rapidshare and Megaupload. In addition to this you could get your own hosting that is free up until a certain amount of space is sued up; this is good if you don't want to deal with third parties, and/or planning to create a website of your own (more on that later). However there is one alternative that has become increasingly popular, and that is SoundCloud. It allows artists to distribute their music for streaming and download, which is further helped by a community dedicated to independent and new music. In addition to this SoundCloud offers multiple ways to get your music seen around the web with the likes of Widgets (embed your music on webpages) and DropBoxes (transfer files online).
As touched upon earlier, you can also have your own website. Many popular artists choose to create their own or hire a professional to design a website for them. However for young up and coming artists, it is easier to use blog templates. These blog template sites allow you to have your own site without any of the knowledge or experience of web programming. You choose a design, and then update the site with your media, files and other information. The process is quick, simple and free. There are many ways to do this, with online 'site creators' like Tumblr and Wixx becoming extremely popular. If however you have a bit more understanding of online web presences, you can use a Open Source Content Management System like Wordpress. But again, you would need some form of previous web programming knowledge in order to get a site up and running using said software. [/WIP]