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Personally I can't understand why one wouldn't choose Bandcamp everytime but a friend of mine swears by Soundcloud.
and sticking your tracks on blog posts or whatever. It's much more flexible and straight forward.
But both really.
I'd use bandcamp to sell full EPs and albums to fans. Simple innit.
If you are a band having both is essential.
Exactly as above, for sharing soundcloud wins everytime but bandcamp is nicer for streaming entire albums and adding links to buy the record / tour dates etc.
it's the real dividing feature. that and the messaging/commenting...and links, info page...So Soundcloud has a lot more actually.
Timed comments on Soundcloud can be pretty good, though they're mostly just a notch above YouTube comments with more sycophancy.
Wish you could download a whole set from Sondcloud ion one go. why can;t you do that?
They need to let you hide the wave image too, it ruins a lot of tracks as much as it makes for an interesting illustration
...is the correct answer.
Soundcloud is for promo - especially as it works well on Hype M.
Bandcamp is for direct-to-fan sales. Their embeddable player isn't as tidy or reliable for some reason.
or what the point of it is. No one has ever given me an answer I can understand either. Either I have a massive mental block over it, or it really is one of those weird pointless web-aggregator things.
...a giant funnel (not as giant as Google), that all the 'beads' (words & audio) of blogs filter into
...and then it works out whether there are more green beads or red beans
...then puts them in a chart
...then people blog about things they've discovered in the chart and the cycle starts all over again, like some snake getting fat on its own tail.
Basically it's an RSS reader that can play audio that Anthony built for himself so he could bash play, rather than clicking all the links. He made it public as it made some sort of sense to do so.
Is a way of finding mp3's for most tracks, particularly new stuff, pretty easily
like the mp3. or a website with it in, just goes round and round in circles.
I think I must be using it wrong. I don't think learning how it works will change my life though, or i may have persevered.
is stuff from blogs.
i.e. posts with an mp3 or Soundcloud player embedded on http://drownedinsoundcloud.com/ appear here http://hypem.com/list/14251
see also: Stereogum http://hypem.com/blog/stereogum/152 and Gorilla vs Bear http://hypem.com/blog/gorilla+vs++bear/205
As has been said a million times the anonymity of mp3s is their biggest downfall so being able to 'virtually' package the music is fantastic.
about using soundcloud for the purpose of getting songs embedded on blogs etc. personally i'd much rather have my own presence and identity as offered by bandcamp.
there's an option to do it see: http://www.mainattrakionz.com/post/9005549941
I really like both they're good sites, I just wish bandcamp had the network/conectivity of soundcloud. You go to a bandcamp and its like a dead end in some ways.
plus, as a user of Soundcloud, I have a dashboard with a feed of things I've subscribed to and I can see what people I'm following have bashed the <3 on, which often turns me onto things.
plus I can see who people are following and have a browse around.
whereas bandcamp is a landing page, with no browsing.
I'm kinda surprised neither of the above have done a deal with http://www.thesixtyone.com/ or StumbleUpon (although I can I could stumble through their domains?)
it would be cool if there was even a little comunity thing going on with bandcamp, artists would prob get some nice traffic from other artist's pages and they could make it realy customisable too so you can link to your label's page or whatever rather than a random people like this like this, so it stays more personal ans smaller... Just so you could follow it thru to something else once in a while. Its damn good at pretty much everything else though. I really like how it looks and how you can buy whole albums easily.
I wanted to include a bonus download of a comic with one of my label's releases, in a comic archive format (.cbz) that they didn't support. emailed them, explained what i wanted, bam, sorted within three or four days. winner :D