I have been posting mixes to mixcloud for a couple of years now, and have been pretty happy with the platform. It does everything I need it to, whilst not necessarily being incredible. Its advantages?
– It’s free (massive plus)
– It is easy to use
– No take downs
– Designed for dj mixes
On the downside though it is;
– Not as popular as Soundcloud
– Has smaller listener numbers
– No downloads
– Has slightly odd rules regarding the number of tracks by tge same artist allowed in each mix.
Now none of his really mattered to me, I accept I am not going to get thousands of plays evey week, I’m posting mixes as I like getting records onto a digital format that enables me to listen easily when out & about and it is nice to share the music you love. The limitations are far outweighed by the fact it was free.
Meanwhile, many people I know have been having big issues with Soundcloud and have switched allegiance to Hearthis. What were the problems with Soundcloud? Largely the take downs. Whilst fo a long time people could get round the first track id issue by use of a sample, ambient noise etc… recently SC has become more militant. Three strikes rules have seen hundreds of hours of mixes, radio shows and podcasts lost as SC removed accounts. This hasn’t just effected friends, world famous NTS were the latest victims.
This caused a lot of anger. I never paid to use Soundcloud, I felt for my low profile that I don’t need to be shelling out, so fortunately I haven’t been caught up in this. The arguments about the right and wrong of SC’s actions can rage on. For me it seemed that whilst Soundcloud was clearly a popular and highly subscribed toplatform that enabled high volume listens to be accumulated it had one inherent flaw.
Soundcloud wasn’t intended to be used for dj mixes, it was designed to be used as a platform forcsharing original productions. You paid a fee to support the servers, and the platform itself as well as its ongoing development. The fee wasn’t intended to cover royalties to the artists whose work was used in mixes. So SC got caught, artists felt hard done by and major labels got precious about their music and started flexing muscles. Meanwhile those posting mixes felt they were being shafted by SC as they had paid their money but were having their work taken down, or even their entire account removed, losing listens, followers, contacts they had spent years building up. In some cases where no back ups were present people lost hours of mixes they may have done years ago and spent days working on.
So, against that backdrop many were searching for a new location to post mixes. A lot of friends have plumped for Hearthis, so I’m giving it a go too. It is free for a basic profile (you can have 10,000 listens and 5,000 downloads of your mixes -so should last me some time!). Or you can upgrade to a premium account for about twenty pounds that allows unlimited plays/downloads of your mixes as well as faster uploads. Let’s see how it goes on Hearthis then… if you have any thoughts on SC, Mixcloud etc… I’d be interested to hear them.
My mixes can be found at the link below.
So if you have a minute or 60 hear these…