Music Artist FREE Share Sites 2014 (My year in review)
Currently I’ve deleted all my music share accounts except Soundcloud. That is the short of the long but that does not herald Soundcloud as the be all end all, no, no way. If I had a site (I created) that would be the best.
I’ve yet to find a rewarding site, a fun interactive community of sharing and what not. Instead we have advanced technologies that are being utilized to make us think somethings happening when in reality we are more isolated and disconnected than ever! Too many wanting to be (or thinking they’re) Elvis or some current idol and in turn being exploited by their own ruthless individualism, business as usual; and baiting you to “upgrade” (pay) along the way at most of these sites, while scaling back any community.
Forums or communities on these sites (e.g., ‘gathering places’; posting places, message boards) seem to have disappeared (as well as live linking abilities, embedding, etc.). All commenting and posting is now being solely directed at an artists page or creation, where there is no room for much of a comment and they’re conveiniently lost as new ones are added (or the song moves along, per Soundcloud), and of course they are for one topic, the artist’s work, and that’s fine in and of itself but that is the extent of ‘interactivity’ on these sites now, other than private messaging (from my experience).
And the other big problem now is the possibility that these sites are implimenting computer programs to simulate some of these interactions. To create the illusion that someone listened, liked or friended; fanned, or followed; or even commented. The Facebook syndrome, ‘friend’ worship, ‘status’, ‘recognition’ vanity, BS illusion. No doubt these computer geeks are infiltrating what should be genuine interactivity on these sites and other places on the internet.
Also, search engines being manipulated to create results desired by who ever paid the most. No doubt this is Google’s profit secret (try the alternative: “duck, duck, go”, Bing, etc.). And here’s proof, search: sacred lost, my band, currently at Soundcloud (of this writing, Jan 23, 2015), and when I last checked it does not come up with Google (or is pages buried). What comes up are what I assume the more ‘popular’ things with sacred and lost in them but not sacred lost (together in that order) which at this writing is exclusive to me. Now try Bing, when I do I’m at the top, which is what I would want if I was looking for me.
So what have we then? We have an explosion of people wanting to be heard and near no way of discovering them. Go to any site and search by genre and only the top of the top come up. And genres are another problem, no one seems to even know what genre they are, and there is little creativity or expansion of genres in and of themselves (we need genres redefined, but who or what is going to do that?). There is Pop, which is strange because, what is Pop? Most people on a music artist share site are not Pop. If I was “Pop”, I wouldn’t even waste me bloody time on the /BEEP/ing internet, I’d hire someone to do that bit of /BEEP/.
So that’s it, well part of it, for me anyway, with the current state of musician share web sites.
Now per 2015? Just yesterday I received an email that Soundcloud is chopping a bit of me songs away, that I’ve reached me limit and they’re going to cut me tail off (and a possible unneeded organ). Oww! So I hit the search engine, Google, Bing? 'ell I dunno and luckily hit the right words and found another site that won’t cut me off or limit this and that, Yourlisten.com, so I’ll see how that goes…/UPDATE: Yourlisten proved to be unreliable (a FAIL). More on this down the timeline of this thread.
Enough of this wanking, back to pretending I’m Elvis. “A hunka hunka burnin’ love…ah. I said a hunka hunka…”