socialmusicmedia is Moving!

As some of you reading this may have noticed, unfortunately, was hacked. Because of this, and because it has happened twice in the last month, I’ve decided to move to Tumblr for the time being. Look for more frequent and better updates!

I’d also love to see contributions from other Tumblr users! There’s a Submit option in the sidebar, where you can send in music streams, news, or any post you think fits with the theme of the blog.

Enjoy! :)

Keep an eye out for Fantom

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If you go to right now, you won’t be able to see much. There is a string of photos across the top, a link to Facebook and Twitter, and a QR Code. Go ahead; scan it.

Come the Fall, however, we will be seeing a lot more from this site. The way the company has described their product, we will see virtual cards (like baseball cards). These cards will hold content–they specify that it WILL be licensed–about different figured from music, movies, tv, etc. The type of content will be videos, interviews, songs, and similar product.

They commented that their biggest challenge upon conception of the idea was how to make money off of it. This does lead to the question of if they will be pulling in the best content, or just the best content for their dollar. With the site being aimed at teens and tweens, we’ll have to see if the musical artists include anyone besides Lady GaGa and Justin Bieber. How they figured out the monetization is this–a virtual “playground” to trade your cards.

Think back to when you were a kid with packs of baseball cards. If this was never you, then pretend for a moment. You could go to the store, buy a pack of random cards, and hope to get something great. Then, you can begin to share and trade your cards with the other kids your age and start a collection. This is exactly what the creators over at Fantom are aiming to do. They are debuting their product with a demo in 4 days, though it does not seem to be open to the public.

Keep up with them on Twitter @fantomfan.

Would you buy, sell, or trade virtual celebrity cards?

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Cloud Service to be offered on HP TouchPad

With the HP TouchPad being released this June (2011), techies are waiting to see what it will bring to the table that we haven’t seen already. Here at SMM, we want to know specifically what it can bring to the musician and fan. The cloud services have been popping up on the radar more and more, and we’ll have other posts regarding what that means for a fan. While the details aren’t very clear as to what the TouchPad is going to offer for us, we do know that there will definitely be a cloud service on the device when you receive yours…

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A great blog post can be found here by Ethan Kaplan (, discussing first his opinion on Spotify in general, and then comparing it to iTunes. It’s a great look at the differences in use for either service, and how it is most likely not an either/or choice. Some consumers may use one or the other, but if you are anything like Ethan, you’ll use each for different reasons.

If you use Spotify already, do you also still use iTunes?


The Dear Hunter: Making of the Orange EP

What Every Musician Should Be Doing On Twitter

Why do fans follow you on Twitter? To get to know you and to get the “inside scoop” on what you’re doing as an artist. The overarching idea is that you need to share what people want. Whether you are new to Twitter or a seasoned veteran, you can easily create a better Twitter stream with these tips.

1. Music

You’re a musician, this is why you became one: to share your music! Offer your followers the first chance to listen to new tracks, rough cuts, clips, or streams early.

2. Video

Even if you don’t have the resources to make a music video, most cell phones come with cameras now–use them! Give your fans behind-the-scenes access to you and your band in the studio or on the road. Twitter makes fans and musicians more connected, and this is how.

3. Have a Personality

Possibly the worst thing (after not Tweeting) that you can do is make your Twitter stream only updates from Facebook about events or purely pushing your shows/album on followers. All this will lead to is losing followers and potential fans. Talk about what you’re doing–even if it’s not related to your music! You don’t have to share every time you eat a sandwich, but if you’re doing something fun, tell your fans.

4. Engage!

This one gets an exclamation point. Why? Because no one wants to read from someone who only talks about themselves. Reply to your fans. RT them. Talk about other bands that you think are cool! They just might do the same with you, and their fan base will be exposed to you and your music.

Speak in the first person. Twitter accounts aren’t manned by machines (or they shouldn’t be), so let them know there’s a person behind the name! If you’re a band, and the members have Twitter accounts (and use them regularly), be sure your fans know that. It’s more likely for a fan to follow individual members to try to get to know them better. If no one in the band really utilizes Twitter personally, though, don’t force it. No one wants to listen to someone who doesn’t really want to be speaking.

While there are many more ways to utilize Twitter for musicians, these are four tips that should not be ignored. They take little extra effort (maybe the videos take the most), but they will unfailingly lead you to have a more organic, fun (and followed) Twitter account.

While you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us (@SMusicMedia) for the latest tips, news, and resources like this!

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Does Mark think he's the only one?

Mark Zuckerberg is frightened by the fact that he has a “stalker” who has been sending him messages on Facebook. Has he ever used his own site? I’m fairly certain 99% of users have been the recipients of a “creepy” (as he put it) message or two. Granted, most Facebook stalkers do not show up to our homes, but the guy said he was just looking for Mark’s help! Maybe next time he should ask someone a little lower on the totem pole.

Maybe if Facebook privacy was a little more secure, this wouldn’t have happened.


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Share your Soundtrack with SoundTracking

[gallery]Do you like sharing what music you’re listening to with your friends? Looking for something new to listen to? The best way to find new music is from friends with similar tastes, so why not follow them on SoundTracking? A new iPhone/iPad app allows you to do just that.

SoundTracking takes an idea from the hashtags many of us use on Twitter, #nowplaying. Instead of having to scroll through your whole timeline to find what people are listening to, just follow your friends with this app and see what they’re “soundtracking.” It allows you to say what you’re doing with the track as well, discovering it for the first time, listening on your iPod, etc.In addition, you can see what songs are trending, listen to snippets, and search for “Venues” to post where you are listening to it.

All-in-all, it seems like an app to use among friends who listen to a lot of music, but casual listeners might not find much use.

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The Dear Hunter: This Body (Lyric Video)


The Dear Hunter: She’s Always Singing (Lyric Video)

Featured Site: Pitchify

With innumerable music blogs and recommendations out there, it can be overwhelming for us to find the next great band is for us to listen to. If you’re on the search for a new band, look to Pitchify.

Pitchify uses the service Spotify (an on-demand streaming music site), and combines the music found there with reviews found on Pitchfork and Drowned in Sound. These are two of the most popular music blogs, whose success has proven, as much as it can, the quality of the music reviews. The music you hear on Pitchify will only be those albums with ratings of 8/10 or higher.

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Musician’s Resource: BandSurfing

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So, you’re in a band that’s started to get a bit of a following. You think you’re at the perfect spot in your career to head out on your debut tour (or your 15th, they don’t discriminate). Anyone who has tried to book a tour in the last few years knows it’s getting increasingly harder and harder to find the right venue, or book any shows at all, especially without a connection.

This is the part where you head over to BandSurfing. They advertise it as “A community of musicians and venues who seek to build a more personal, engaging and collaborative scene on a local and national level.“

Let’s take a step back and make a point: this is for bands that do not wish to (or haven’t had any luck) get involved with a booking agency or concert promoter. This is the DIY side of the industry that the Internet has made even easier. And we’re back.

BandSurfing looks to be the “you get what you put into it” type of site, as is most social media. Unless you only want 3 “plugs” (submissions to venues) per month, you need to pay something, and their prices range from $5-$20.

How it works: As a musician, you plug in the different criteria you meet based on their options, and BandSurfing matches you up with venues that are looking for artists just like you. You can look at their open dates and if you want to play one of them, you add your “plug.” Ideally, the venue will get back to you quickly as to if you have been approved.

It seems BandSurfing could lead to some great gigs for musicians, but it will depend on how many venues make accounts and post open dates. Having only launched in March, the site it still new and has a growing database. Venues should take advantage of the site; it would make filling last-minute empty spots a lot easier. BandSurfing also has the marketing tool of the artists using the site—they’ll want high-quality venues to play at as well.

Musicians—do you think this could help tour troubles you’ve been having?

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