Trends in the music business have been summarized by the Huffington Post early this year. It notes that the boom of digital music is more than just music streaming. Sure, there are many trends and often the music industry is one of the pioneers. But it is not that easy, because the digital music world diversifies and the many possibilities lead rather to decentralization despite large and quite significant projects such as the well-known music video portals. These trends include social media of course and on the other hand the options for independent musicians to be able to not only present their music but also to sell it with little effort on numerous portals.
But the social media evidence is to be considered in more detail. The article highlights the growing importance of social media influencers and the often unconventional approach of younger users. In the context of social media and influencers popular playlists are mentioned as well. The latter draws the bow to radio, which today is considered more important than music television.
In addition to artificial intelligence and recommendations interesting innovations are coming up by the combination of augmented and virtual reality. A couple of actors are providing solutions, which for now are rather in the stage of experimening. But ideas like sitting live in the middle of a concert seem promising beside interesting performances: Why Digital Music is Booming (And It’s Not Just Streaming).
TRAEXS Directory Links: Music Business – Music Sharing
Friends of the electro genre will love Evermix, a new online community for dj sets. Evermix offers a live recording service to dj’s and introduces the recorded sets at its homepage. This is accompannied by social networking features enabling all participants to share or to stay in contact.
To listen to the club music one may just visit the homepage, where mixes are introduced within the categories Latest, Featured and Popular.
Creating live recordings requires a subscription. The recording happens via an app (currently only available for iOS, an Android version will follow). Furthermore an analog / digital converter is needed, which connects the mixer with the app installed on an device. Evermix is providing an own converter called MixBox (During the visit of the website an announcement told that the device is sold out, but will be available again soon.). After recording with the app, the sets may become uploaded to the service. Further information about the recording and the service is available via About at Evermix.
TRAEXS Directory Links: Music Sharing – Live Events – Electro, Techno
The music sharing site audiomack is an easy to use modern service with a lot of music and up to date features.
The design of audiomack is modern and signing up may happen either directly or easily via Facebook. One click on the titles at the homepage and the integrated music player starts to play. Various genres are just one more click away. Further options to listen to some music are available by various top charts ranging from trends, top songs and albums to top playlists and users listed at the top.
Beside the essential part of being a music sharing site audiomack offers the opportunity to upload music, which is giving musicians a way to present their work. To bloggers a plugin is available to put the player onto their sites. Last but not least apps are provided for the iPhone and Android smartphones. For more visit audiomack.
TRAEXS Directory Links: Music Sharing
Making music sharing better and offering better options to monetize music, that is what Orfium wants to do. The service is both a site for music lovers to discover and share music and a free music hosting platform and social marketplace to musicians.
The site indeed has a lot to offer. Regarding social networking it includes the typical following and sharing features already well known by other music sites. Furthermore some innovative functions are included like sharing playlists or pick tracks from playlists to put these to favorites or own playlists. Regarding music discovery some extraordinary features are included as well. One may search für genres and subgenres or by mood. Additionally there are search functions to search music by instruments and vocals. Furthermore the site is well connected to other social sites to log or to connect, which is shown at the registration page.
Musicians are free to choose from many business models and to monetize by various means. The latter indeed outnumbers the feature of other services, which is shown in a comparison chart at the bottom of this site. Of course various options to monetize music is great. But one may wonder what happens, if music lovers search for music and are not able to access it by being premium content. By being a new site, this needs to be handled. Getting into business is easy, if you already use Soundcloud. By just a couple of clicks your music will be transferred to Orfium.
TRAEXS Directory Links: Music Sharing – Music Business
The internet emerges more and more by by larger bandwith capacities more high quality services are offered. What is already common standard in video by hd now comes to music by streaming media in hifi quality.
Lately tidal has been launched, a music streaming service dedicated to the UK and US market. The service is provided by the makers of WiMP, which is operating in a couple of european countries and provides hifi quality as well. The services offered by tidal and WiMP are the typical subscription based services with a broad choice of music: Tidal launches as a hi-fi music streaming service with editorial curation and videos.
That quality in music streaming becomes a trend are showing the activities of another music streaming service, deezer. This one has entered the US market lately and does providing hifi quality as well: Deezer announces US launch with new high-quality music streaming service.
TRAEXS Directory Links: Music Sharing
The music sharing platform SoundCloud has revised it partner program lately. To the existing Free and Pro versions a Premium version has been added.
The premium version offers musicians again further options compared to the pro versions. A main feature is the ability to sell music on the platform. This up to now has been possible by the integration of links to external stores only. This feature might become a most valuable option, because of SoundCloud being one of the most popular online music services in the world.
Currently the premium version is invite only, but on the site there is the option to apply to the service. In the future the service will be open to all. To get an overview about the partner features visit On SoundCloud, for general information and to listen to music visit the SoundCloud homepage.
TRAEXS Directory Links: Music Business – Music Upload – Music Sharing