Better than Soundcloud? The longest running website on this list, ReverbNation has been active since 2006 and offers several tools for musicians to promote their music, one example is the Gig Finder, a database with over 600 thousand venues you can apply to play at. Another cool feature of ReverbNation is their dedicated A&R team that browses through thousands of songs every week to help to connect artists to several sync and gig opportunities.
The SoundCloud mobile app is a chapter for itself – but it’s rather short and not exactly a good read. It’s actually more like a bad joke, containing only really basic features (and getting just slightly better over time with new updates) and generally not being very user-friendly (with its complementing app for artists executed in the very same half-baked fashion). And finally, a lot of people are starting to be fed up with the site being basically stuck in the past for the last few years. Instead of being continually innovated and improved, it got rid of some really useful features like user groups (annoying a LOT of users), while some really annoying bugs remain unfixed for years.
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Jamendo is an online music distribution platform that describes itself as “the world’s largest digital service for free music”. It was launched in 2005 with a view towards releasing music under the Creative Commons licenses, and although the company has since let go of those lofty ideals, it still offers free music for for personal use. According to the company’s website, its goal is to connect artists and their fans from all over the world in an effort to bring together a global community of indie music lovers by “creating experiences and value around it”.
Producers: You’re welcome to upload your original music and use the sharing feature. In fact, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND uploading your music and begin sharing ASAP to increase your statistics. This will ensure that your profile and music will be higher on the charts and will get the ultimate visibility when the flood of DJs, producers and listeners are invited to TheFuture. This will convert into the highest commissions for your music from the very start. The “Share” function works for both links and embedded. Feel free to use our global network for streaming your music to your fans, which is 100% free. While we are in the BETA stage, all DJs and Listeners will be able to download without charge, so there will be no commissions distribution. However, as soon as the platform is announced publicly and we begin accepting subscription signups, you will begin to receive commissions on every download from paying subscribers! Find a few extra details at thefuture.fm.