Update March 24, 2016 – I recently started to use hearthis.at services and I am quite satisfied with them. Sadly, many DJs and producers have been parting ways with SoundCloud due to their copyright infringement take-downs.
hearthis.at is a platform that is very similar to SoundCloud with several extra modern and sharing-friendly features.
Apple Music has also announced their partnership with Dubset to stream previously unlicensed remixes, DJ mixes and mixtapes with payment options to both original artists & publishers as well as to remixers and DJs.
The good ol’ days of Myspace are long gone and various Websites catering to musicians, DJs and producers have since emerged. I am a big fan of SoundCloud and Mixcloud, however, most musicians and music lovers cannot quite distinguish the differences between these two services. Therefore, I thought I would try to shed some light on this for you all.
SoundCloud’s platform is quite simple and powerful. It allows musicians, producers and remixers to upload their music, make their tracks private or public, enable or disable each track for download and showcase their sounds to the world either by embedding them on their own Websites or by sharing them through a variety of social media networks. In return, listeners can enjoy, like & comment as well as share the tracks in the same way. Listeners get to repost tracks of other users on their own SoundCloud page, which in turn gives those tracks more exposure. Reposting a track basically circulates it across the SoundCloud network.
Sharing of SoundCloud tracks is quite easy. Users and fans can share a single track, a playlist, their own or any users’ tracks on their Website or any social media all at once. Below is an example of how a single track would look once shared on a Website.
SoundCloud has also made it easier for record labels to receive tracks through their share & upload feature. Rather than receiving chunky 20 MB emails, record labels can receive and listen to tracks by clicking on a simple link! Basic SoundCloud is free, however, in order to uploaded unlimited tracks a monthly subscription of about $20 CDN is required.
Mixcould, however, serves quite a different purpose. Mixcloud is aimed more at exposing mixes and shows by DJs, podcasters, announcers, radio stations and even club promoters or festival organizers. Mixclouders can upload their mix, time-stamp them (identify the tracks within that mix) and share them on their Websites and across social networks. Mixcloud identifies most tracks featured in any mix and, if applicable, provides the listener with a direct buy link.
Mixcloud is basically a simple podcasting tool without the option to download. Many famous DJs such as Carl Cox and Markus Schulz have their weekly podcasts featured on Mixcloud. Personally, I am a big fan of Mixcloud when it comes to podcasting and upload my regular Funktasy Sessions podcasts to their server. I also upload my podcasts and feature them on iTunes’ podcast network. I only wish that iTunes and Mixcloud would collaborate with sharing their data and save me, and many others, countless hours of uploading our mixes individually to both sites. Here is an example of how a Mixcloud mix or Cloudcast (as they call it) looks when shared on a Website.
Now that I have explained SoundCloud and Mixcloud, why do most podcasters feature their mixes on SoundCloud only? Well, it might be for the fact that it is more convenient for producers and podcasters to feature their work in one place or the fact that Mixcloud does not have a download option. There are also factors such as reposting or even the statistic chart that SoundCloud provides that may attract more podcasters to solely use SoundCloud. Whatever the case may be, I personally suggest that everyone use these sites to their full potential and for the right reasons. Original material is to be featured on SoundCloud and DJ mixes and shows are to be featured on Mixcloud.
Happy Mixing everyone!