We’re pleased to announce that we have secured a $2.5 million debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank. Additionally, because we’re on a roll, we also want you to know that we’ve partnered with TuneCore, Naxos, Black Hole Recordings and Armand Van Buuren’s Armada Records. These partnerships will add up to 2.5 million tracks our Library, including songs by Passenger, Andrew Belle, Armin van Buuren and more. With the new funds, we plan to grow our product and engineering teams that are expanding our personalization system and bringing playlist creation to our mobile apps. These funds and new partnerships bring us closer to making your biggest request a reality, so hang in there!
We’re pleased to announce longtime digital music executive Jon Maples has joined our team in the role of vice president of product.
Working alongside our expanding product and engineering teams, Maples will be responsible for guiding 8tracks’ product development, including personalization features to help surface the best playlists for each community member.
Maples served as the vice president of product and content at the digital music service, Rhapsody, for five years. Under his tenure, he led the company’s transition from desktop to mobile, helping generate major growth in user subscriptions and engagement. A veteran digital product and content consultant, Maples covered digital music at Red Herring as well as built online properties at Netscape and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He also comments often about the digital music industry and has contributed to Billboard, Re/Code, Hypebot, RAIN News and more.
We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Library and Crate, which together will help you more easily discover and create playlists with music from independent artists. The Library will include over 6.5 million songs provided by INgrooves, CD Baby, Dim Mak, DashGo, featuring independent artists like Steve Aoki, James Vincent McMorrow, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and more.
Now, when you’re enjoying a playlist and you find a song that you love, go ahead and favorite it! If that song is available through the new Library, it will be added to your Crate so that later, when you’re making the perfect playlist, you can easily find it. On the mix creation page, you’ll also now be able to search both the Library and Crate by artist name or song title to find an old favorite track that is right for your new playlist.
This is just the beginning! We expect this to be a big year and want to thank you for all your support!
Ever wondered what the best music is for driving? How about working out? We decided to find out. Looking at this past year, we combed our listeners’ feedback across our 360 million hours of streaming to uncover their favorite artists and songs for certain activities and moods.
Looking across tens of thousands of playlists for popular tags like driving, feeling good, working out, studying and in love, we found the top 10 songs that our listeners shared and enjoyed the most for each respective tag in 2014.
And voila! Today we’re launching 8tracks Charts, a collection of playlists that chart the top 100 songs for some of our listeners’ favorite moments.
Today we’re excited to bring a little bit of holiday magic into your lives. Specifically the type of magic that allows you to beam 8tracks playlists from your laptop to your TV. You might call it witchcraft, but actually it’s 8tracks Chromecast compatibility – now on web.
That’s right, everyone – as of today if you have a Chromecast setup you can play 8tracks playlists on your TV while controlling them from your browser. So if you’re in the kitchen making a crazy awesome holiday meal, but still want to be in charge of the music (which you should be, you’re cooking for everyone in this hypothetical situation), then you can still have complete control. It’s your domain.
To try it out, download the Chromecast extension if you haven’t already, then launch the Chromecast player on your TV from any 8tracks playlist page.
It’s December, everyone, which means the time has come to reflect on an amazing year in music. We thought about just sharing some of the tracks we loved from 2014, but we think we have something way better: a whole collection of playlists assembled by the record labels, artists, and blogs responsible for sharing and creating some of this year’s best music.
Collecting picks from our friends at Warp, UltraMusic, Domino, Polyvinyl, Drowned in Sound, and many more, our Best of 2014 is (we think) the definitive collection and the last word on the year’s most exciting music, chosen by the folks who make it happen.
Here at 8tracks, we like to think of ourselves as matchmakers. We help people who love music share music–with people who love to listen to music. That’s why today we’re excited to offer three new tools (none of which is a fiddle, though we do serenade new hires this way).
Analytics for DJs to get listeners’ feedback
For the first time, DJs can access an analytics dashboard that gives them stats about their playlists. It highlights the number of times a playlist’s songs have been listened to, liked, or skipped, and provides DJs with feedback from their listeners to help them make even better playlists.
Real-time feedback from listeners
DJs now have a notification feed that enables them to monitor the success (likes, comments, follows) of their playlists and the growth of their listenership. Everyone needs a little encouragement. Go on, enjoy your new adoring fans!
“Personalized tags” to help discover playlists you love, faster
We did not forget about our listeners! The new web version learns a listener’s music taste using their listening activity (liking, browsing, favoriting), suggesting relevant search tags that can help them discover playlists they’ll hopefully love.
1. We’d rather be there too…
“Ten tracks including music by BLEACHERS, C2C, and Clean Bandit.”
Today we’re beyond excited to unveil the latest advancement in playlist technology: 8tracks 3.0 on Android, available as of today on Google Play. Coming on the heels of a complete redesign of our iPhone, iPad, and Xbox apps earlier this year, the new release features a similar improvement of the design and navigation we brought to those apps. This means we officially have a complete roster of new apps in time for the new school year, which experts predict will improve student test scores by as much as 1000%.
DIY indie weddings are all the rage now and are often more affordable than traditional weddings. Whether located at a barn, a farmhouse or simply outdoors, the venue and the music at an indie wedding are a match made in heaven, just like the bride and the groom.
We are in the middle of the wedding season and many of us have either attended a wedding recently or are planning (or dreaming of) our own soon. Choosing the right wedding music can be challenging because you want to make sure all guests have a good time, and hear songs that make them want to dance. But you also want to avoid some of the more mainstream, cliche wedding songs.
Whether you are in the middle of planning yours or just dreaming about what it would be like (a girl can dream, right?), we are here to help you create the wedding soundtrack of your dreams. We’ve put together a list with some of the best Indie Wedding Playlists on 8tracks. We hope they inspire you to make your own playlist, perhaps using some of the songs you (re)discovered by listening to the ones recommended below:
1. We do, we do, we do
“A collection of heartfelt love songs fit for any whimsical, indie, rustic, or whatever wedding.”