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Facebook is my main news hub where I share upcoming releases, gigs, photos, videos, and blogs. Typically, I post 3–5 times a week.

Telegram and Twitter duplicate what I post on Facebook, with occasional extra content.

On Vkontakte, I write in the Russian language for my fans out of from Russia and CIS.

I also upload vlogs and gigs videos on YouTube and share travel photos, selfies, and studio routine on Instagram.

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YouTube

YouTube vs. Facebook videos

Being an artist, I always looking for a better way to reach out my audience. I have a lot of things to say and show.

I’ve read that popularity of video content on Facebook has grown significantly recently, and what’s most important — people like it even more than photos and text stories. I have never uploaded a Facebook video before, so yesterday I’ve decided to test it out on one of my old video. The result is quite surprised me.

To understand the full picture, I’ll compare stats of YouTube video (uploaded 4 months ago and shared across all networks several times) with that Facebook video I uploaded yesterday. The video itself is exactly the same.

Data YouTube Facebook
Period 4 months 1 day
Views 602 689
Likes 17 57
Comments 6 26
Shares 3 12

Facebook has overtaken YouTube just for 1 day! Even less actually, 21 hours to be more precise. I’d be curious to compare these stats again in a 4 months. Furthermore, each shares got their own likes, for instance the post I shared through my personal page got another 32 likes on top of that 57.

In fact, that video post has reached out 2112 people, which is about 16% of my total 13045 page followers. This is huge. Usually post reaching about 5~7% people, 10% if you’re lucky enough.

I will post more videos for sure.

2015   Facebook   Marketing   YouTube

SoundCloud alternatives

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First of all, I’m an active SoundCloud user since 2011, and I love it. At least I did, until they blocked my mixes (for a few times) and even blocked my own track. The way SoundCloud is going scares me. Pay for the most expensive music platform (it costs 9 €/Moth since their recent price policy updates, but before it was 59 €/Month) with a chance to being permanently blocked one day — no, thanks.

I don’t want to completely move from SoundCloud to another platform for now, but I want to be ready when it happens. And you guys, too.

So what alternatives do we have?


YouTube

Sounds kinda weird, but being basically a video platform, YouTube is also the World’s largest search engine for audio content.

Pros:

— №1 World’s music search engine;
— Many people use it already, so everyone familiar with it;
— Might be good for tracks previews;
— It’s free.

Cons:

— Although it good for tracks, it’s unhandy for uploading and listening long mixes;
— No widgets with beautiful waveforms;
— Annoying ads;
— No easy way to download content (it is possible using 3rd party apps only);
— Your uploads may be shut down as YouTube have auto content protection system, similar to SoundCloud.

http://youtube.com


Mixcloud

Another big and well-known music platform.

Pros:

— Although Mixcloud wasn’t good at start, now it looking good, both in design and functionality;
— Mixcloud pays royalties to artists you mentioned in tracklist, so your uploads will not be blocked for sure;
— Waveform widget for website embeds;
— It’s free (for the most part of functionality).

Cons:

— It designed for mixes only, so tracks could not be uploaded;
Very annoying ads (although you can remove it using pro plans starting at $7/Month);
— No download option at all, streaming only.

http://mixcloud.com

Update on 04.08.2014: Bye-bye, Mixcloud?


HearThis

Being honest I had no idea about this service until saw Facebook post of F-Act, one of my favorite Progressive Trance/House producer (by the way he did an amazing guest mix in Rave Podcast earlier this year). He completely moving from Soundcloud to HearThis, so I decide to check out this service too.

Pros:

— User-friendly design, pretty similar to SoundCoud with the previous layout;
— Beautiful waveforms and embed widgets;
— Pro plan has a lot of nice features and cost 2 €/Month, which is very fair enough;
— Download option with bit rate you choose;
— A nice way to discover music by locations on the map in additional to tags and normal genre categories.

Cons:

— HearThis seems a very new platform, so it doesn’t have much audience (although looks promising);
— I didn’t found anything about royalties and such stuff, now once it grew up, there is a chance it will go way as SoundCloud does.

https://hearthis.at

Update on 30.07.2014: HearThis in-depth review


Mixcrate

Although I heard some positive feedback about this service, to me it looks kinda outdated and uncomfortable (I tried, really). Anyway, some of you may find it good, so it in the list.

Pros:

— Established service;
— It’s free.

Cons:

— It designed for mixes only, so tracks could not be uploaded;
— Pretty outdated design and UI;
— Uploads have 190 Mb limit, so long mixes can be uploaded in very low bit rate only.


Which else services do you know?

Do you know or use any other good services? Post it in the comments below. I’d also love to hear your feedback about services listed above, what’s your experience?

2014   HearThis   Marketing   SoundCloud   YouTube