On Monday, we launched a revamp to the 8tracks website. We think it’s a big step up on several fronts:
- Homepage navigation
- A proper Feed
- Clean & minimal design
The homepage now offers one-click access to the 3 critical paths for enjoying 8tracks — Home, Feed & Explore — from any page on the site.
HOME lets you quickly pick up where you last left off (“Resume”), even if your last listening session was on mobile. And if you want to “change the channel” you can readily jump to any category you’ve previously preferenced:
- Mixes you’ve simply listened to in the past (Listening history)
- Mixes you’ve liked or collected (Liked mixes, Collections)
- Tracks you’ve favorited (Favorite tracks)
- Tags you’ve either visited frequently or actively “preset” (Presets)
- Mixes we THINK you’ll like, based on mixes you’ve liked in the past (Recommended for you)
The new FEED (discussed below) allows you to discover new mixes and music through your social graph — people you follow on 8tracks.
And the EXPLORE section is now more readily (or at least obviously) accessed, allowing you to discover new mixes and music based on some combination of activity, mood and genre tags.
A proper Feed
While 8tracks is fundamentally a social network, we’ve largely eschewed many of the trappings of a typical social network feed. With this 3.0 website revamp, we’ve placed a new Feed front and center. The new Feed includes 2 types of items (for now, but more to come):
- Mixes published by DJs you follow (we’ve always had this in the form of the “Mix feed”)
- Mixes LIKED by listeners you follow (there’s now a reason to follow other listeners who’ve similar taste)
We think the Feed will allow you to better tap others for unearthing gems of interest on the network.
Clean & minimal design
The old version of the site had evolved incrementally, and we felt it was time for a bit of a refresh. The new site:
- Removes unnecessary borders
- Adopts a sexy new font (well, we think so)
- Increases the size of mix art in our “list” view while retaining the option for a visually-focused “grid” view
- Offers you the ability to filter any list of mixes by key criteria (Feed, Liked, Trending, Newest & Popular)
- Unifies presentation across page types (home, profile, mix)
We’ve always prided ourself on a simple, focused and compelling design, and this ups the ante.
We hope you like the changes and, as always, welcome feedback. We’ll be introducing 3.0 versions of both our iOS and Android apps this fall so stay tuned!
26 thoughts on “8tracks on the web goes 3.0”
what about the comments section?
i really liked that feature to stay updated about what the people think of my mixes…
wonderful job on this revamp. it looks great and has additional functionality. really well done 8tracks, thanks for having such an amazing community. looking forward to seeing how it grows from here.
Hi Boris, I think this is a good one to add to the new Feed itself, so you’ll readily have access.
Love the new layout but unable to edit my profile. I’m either given a 404 error page or an yellow error with “Sorry, something went wrong loading that page.”
Hi Nixy – I tried to reproduce this error but could not. Could you please send your user name to me at email@example.com?
I hate the new font, could you at leat give us an option to disable it?
Love the new feed layout, Thanks!!
Since the new revamp, 8tracks.com is not loading in my browser (I use Chrome) and is not loading on my iPhone! Username=farfisa
yeah I’m a bit confused about that as well – I can’t see others comments on my mixes anymore
Hi Vanessa – hit us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Love the new layout, but I agree with Boris about the comments section. It was really great to be able to keep up with what people thought of my mixes!
Otherwise amazing job guys 🙂
Nevermind I see that you guys have added it! Amazing 🙂
no comments section for me… why???
I adore the new layout and features! Everything is really excellent, I can’t wait for the app to be updated to match. I love using collections to sort different kinds of mixes, so I really hope that will make it into the update. Thanks for all the hard work! Keep it up!
Thanks Emily! Collections will be coming in a future version, likely with at least access to collections in 3.0.
where can I find it then?
You can find comments at http://8tracks.com/users/%5Binser t your user name]/comments_posted
Ah, and to clarify, this is the comments you’ve *posted*. The comments you’ve received (i.e. as a DJ) are available from the dropdown at top of page.
it says you need to be admin to do this
I totally agree,it was really useful
Needs a ‘skip to next playlist button’ like back in the day. i miss that button 🙂
Hey could anyone help me? I am in love with the font which is used in the 8tracks user bio, so if you could tell me its name and maybe a link to download it for free, it’d be the greatest help! c:
Hi Aryana. The font we use on 8tracks.com is called Proxima Nova by Mark Simonson. It’s not a free font but is available through TypeKit and most type stores. We use the Regular (400), Bold (700) and Black (900) weights. See this site for details:
None of the playlists play anymore for me since the update, so…