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What's a good way to share mixtapes/playlists with Tildes? Preferably one that's accessible to people who listen to music in different ways.

I'd like to start making and sharing themed playlists with Tildes. But, with there being so many streaming services (and the fact that people still maintain music collections), I'm at a bit of a loss for how to go about this. Any suggestions?

I do have a music collection of my own, so any service that allows you to upload your own files would work. It doesn't need to be super fancy -- I'm expecting this to be a small/internal sort of dealio. I don't want to go viral or anything. :v

8 comments

  1. [4]
    Bauke
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    I think the best way is to do it like the weekly new releases are done. Just list your songs and have a song.link URL available that can guide people to any platform of their choosing. And if a...

    I think the best way is to do it like the weekly new releases are done. Just list your songs and have a song.link URL available that can guide people to any platform of their choosing. And if a songlink isn't available you can make your own with it.

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      vivaria
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      I was thinking that, but it bums me out to force people to click on the songs one-by-one. I've always liked the idea of curating a mixtape so that each of the songs flow into the next, to create a...

      I was thinking that, but it bums me out to force people to click on the songs one-by-one. I've always liked the idea of curating a mixtape so that each of the songs flow into the next, to create a sort of, cohesive experience? I like trying to elevate it above just a collection of tracks.

      3 votes
      1. Amarok
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        There aren't a lot of options. Most of the sites that supported mixtapes in a legal manner closed or chased that content off their platforms (hi, soundcloud). The two that remain are 8tracks and...

        There aren't a lot of options. Most of the sites that supported mixtapes in a legal manner closed or chased that content off their platforms (hi, soundcloud). The two that remain are 8tracks and mixcloud. 8tracks is a more community-oriented casual service, mixcloud has taken a more business-oriented promotional approach. Both will allow you to upload raw audio of anything. The webcasting caveat is that you aren't allowed to rewind the audio on either site or see the full track listing beforehand. I have no idea why webcasting rules got set up that way, that's just how it is at the moment, and technically, it's still a grey area.

        Best bet is to create yourself an account on these services, both are completely free to use. Get your audio together (there are programs that let you pull tracks right out of spotify's client), touch it up in your preferred audio editor, and then upload it as a full single .wav to these sites. They'll encode it and parse it, be sure to enter the proper track info during upload (with time offsets) so that they can pay the artists.

        Both services have decent mobile streaming apps. I've had my stuff up on both (here and here) for years without issues.

        3 votes
      2. NaraVara
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        There’s no ideal option I can think of. Apple Music is nice because it blends with people’s collections really well. But support for sharing playlists is not great. Spotify is really good at...

        There’s no ideal option I can think of. Apple Music is nice because it blends with people’s collections really well. But support for sharing playlists is not great. Spotify is really good at supporting shared playlists, but if you’re not a Spotify subscriber the ads really ruin the experience. Using YouTube links can work, but YouTube’s audio compression is kind of terrible.

        I think the best move is probably to offer a YouTube playlist and accompanying links to the main platform people might be listening on. People would sort of have to create their own playlist based on your suggestions, but thems the breaks.

        An example of what I’m talking about:

        YouTube Playlist link

        Tracklist:

        • track 1 [spotify link] [apple music link] [play store link]
        • track 2 [Spotify link] [apple music link] [play store link]

        I generally don’t care a ton about listening on my platform of choice unless I really like the playlist and want to keep it. So for the most part I’d end up on the YouTube link.

        1 vote
  2. arghdos
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    Mixcloud is a pretty good service for this kinda thing -- designed for mixes, actually pays ASPCA licensing fees (i.e., is legit), and their website player works on about everything I've tried it on.

    Mixcloud is a pretty good service for this kinda thing -- designed for mixes, actually pays ASPCA licensing fees (i.e., is legit), and their website player works on about everything I've tried it on.

    3 votes
  3. [3]
    farzl
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    In my opinion I would either just do a list of songs by title, playlist on YouTube, or rip them and provide a link to download the mp3. Though the last one might attract unwanted attention.

    In my opinion I would either just do a list of songs by title, playlist on YouTube, or rip them and provide a link to download the mp3. Though the last one might attract unwanted attention.

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      cfabbro
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      Yeah, that's probably not a good idea. https://docs.tildes.net/terms-of-use#content-restrictions And I would assume that refers to Copyright Law as well.

      or rip them and provide a link to download the mp3. Though the last one might attract unwanted attention.

      Yeah, that's probably not a good idea.

      https://docs.tildes.net/terms-of-use#content-restrictions

      Content restrictions

      Do not post content that breaks the law.

      And I would assume that refers to Copyright Law as well.

      3 votes
      1. Octofox
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        Maybe its a public domain playlist :P

        Maybe its a public domain playlist :P

        1 vote