How To Create and Share a Music Compilation Online
The web is growing at an alarming rate, with new services being offered to the general masses, and that too for free! Even though so many new features, apps and services being available out there, most of us haven’t even heard of them, or rather don’t know how to use them. The most sought after feature is the ‘Online Music Sharing’ concept. The old timers, especially, have a hard time getting about. Well, TechMirage is here to help you through your dilemma.
To Start with the online music sharing, head over to 8Tracks, a popular site with a contemporary web 2.0 appeal. Once you land on the site, go ahead and register yourself an account with the service. Having an account is not mandatory, but it eases some of the things. Registration takes barely 2 minutes.
Once you’ve gotten yourself registered and armed with an account on 8Tracks, go ahead and click on the ‘Browse’ button on the top right hand corner of the page. This should take you to the archive of all the music compilations created so far by various users on the site. They’re ordered via Genre, Popularity or even Random mixes. Choose your pick!
As each track is played via the inbuilt site’s player, you can either Rate the current playing song by selecting a star and add to your favorites or you can skip to the next song. It’s as easy as that. You can also buy that song via Amazon (link is provided at the bottom of the player). You can share your link on some of the social networking sites by clicking on the ‘Share’ icon.
Once you start liking a particular mix, You can click on the ‘Follow’ button below the user’s name and get notified whenever the user creates new mixes which suit your taste. 8Tracks has this great feature, which allows users to follow each other, helping them keep up with the latest mixes and updates of their own. You can also browse through the user’s current existing mixes as well.
Now that you’re comfortable with the interface, you can start finding for specific music, including your favorite artists, bands or even entire albums! Yes, some users have gone through the pain of making entire perfected albums of music on 8Tracks. Go ahead and click on the search box and type in your favorite genre, artist or a band. We chose progressive music, and we got a lot more than we could ask for! The search yielded pretty rich results, including the likes of Mike Oldfield, Peter Gabriel and yes, the very well known Genesis and Gentle Giant!
Alright, we’ve heard enough from others. Now that your creative juices are now flowing, you can go ahead and create your own mixes! To create your own Mixes, go ahead and click ‘Create Mix’ button on the top right. A new page with search options would open, which would let you search songs of your taste and drag and dropping them into the list on the fly. If you don’t find the song you’re looking for, (which is quite improbable) 8Tracks goes the extra mile, and provides you the option to upload a song right from your computer and share it with the 8Tracks network. We went ahead and created a nice cross between Ambient and Trance music. You can listen to our mix here: TechMirage’s Ambient Trance Mix
Publishing your mix is as easy as eating apple pie. Once your mix is created, you can simply copy paste the URL from the address bar above, or you can click on the ‘Share’ button and share it on various networking sites ranging from Twitter to Facebook and everything in between. If you’re lucky, your mix should get popular and people would start following you for more. If you have a blog on popular blogging platforms such as Blogger, Tumblr or Wordpress, 8Tracks gives you an option to embed your newly created mix onto your website.
Getting noticed is quite the competition on 8Tracks. If you think you’re the ‘DJ of them Homies’ 8Tracks is the place to be. Your work will be either appreciated by getting tons of ‘Likes’ or downtrodden by flamed comments. So, get out there and prove yourself and your taste in music. If you have a blog, you can quite easily show off your mixes using their embed codes. If you’re new to this, check out their Help pages for more info.
Congratulations, you just learned how to make mixes online, for FREE.