One of the big appeals of social media is the ability to transform the Internet into a way to share your interests with friends new and old. This works for music just as it does for photos and recipes. There are some sites designed specifically for sharing music and other sites that are adapted to include music. Either way, there's likely an option that will work for you.
Music on YouTube
While YouTube is primarily known as a video-sharing site, it is also a popular site for sharing music. While it does require that music is attached to a video, many users enjoy creating slide show videos when a full-fledged music video isn't available. You can employ either method to share your music through YouTube through a free, registered account, using simple tools such as Windows Movie Maker or iMovie to create your content.
Billing itself as the largest community of music and audio creators, SoundCloud is a resource for posting and, if you choose, distributing your music. As with YouTube, it is easy to share music posted on SoundCloud across other social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Coding your song to embed in a website or blog is also easy, and SoundCloud has its own community of listeners and creators. You can follow other users, the community blog and grow your own SoundCloud community.
YourListen and its Features
Launched in 2008 as the first user-generated music platform, YourListen has much in common with SoundCloud, but without time caps or upload limits on free accounts. You can upload in 14 different file formats; integration with other social media outlets is supported. YourListen also features options to embed player code in other sites, linking your music to other Internet content. Users navigate through the YourListen community by way of audio channels to find content matching their interests.
Selling Music With Bandcamp
Whether you wish to share or sell your music, Bandcamp is an alternative to both streaming and commercial sites. You can set up a free account to distribute your music for free or for whatever price you decide. You can also sell merchandise, allowing Bandcamp to serve as your own music store. Upgrading to a premium account gets you additional features, but the free account allows you to sell your music. Bandcamp takes 15 percent of any sales to cover its costs.
Other Music Sharing Sites
You can share music through other platforms, such as Last.fm and Blip.fm, that use a radio station paradigm to distribute your music to new audiences. MySpace was once the largest social network, and while it has lost its lead to Facebook, it has re-branded as a music support network, something it has always done well. Spotify and Pandora may work for you, but only if you have music actively for sale through their partners, such as Amazon. Access to Spotify and Pandora is limited outside the United States.
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