The 20 Best Music Social Networks
Music is universally one of the most powerful forms of entertainment. People that capitalize on this form of entertainment have a strong sense of what sounds pleasing to consumers. Consumers themselves have also been forming their own music communities in the form of social networks since the beginning of the digital age. Below is a list of the top 20 these music social networks:
20. May Contain Music
May Contain Music is a small music social network that hosts music, event information, venue information, and videos.
Flotones.com is small music social network that shares revenue with indie artists. You can browse digital songs, ringtones, music blogs, albums, artists, and mobile wallpapers on the website.
Yibster.com is a smaller music social network that has albums, videos, musician profiles, games, events, etc. Profiles can be customized similarly to MySpace layouts.
17. Muso City
Muso City is a music social network where music fans, artists, and retailers can connect to each other. Indie artists can also add MP3s to the website.
ShareTheMusic.com is a website that hosts over 60,000 songs and acts as the middleman for people that want to share music. The service works in about seven different languages.
Gogoyoko is a music social network that has the ability to stream and share music. Music players can be customized. Artists can set the price of the music and they also get 100% of the profit.
Quarterlife is a medium-sized music social network that has show information, a My Studio section, Events, Groups, Chat, classifieds, etc.
SellABand.com is a music social network where artists can request fans to help fund a music project. You can choose to withdraw the money in between the time of the fund raising efforts up until the Target Budget is reached. Listening to music and browsing the website is free. Currently a Public Enemy rap album is being funded (Flava Flav’s band).
InternetDJ.com is an electronic music social network and forum. Other features include event information news, charts, a DJ database, and MP3 downloads.
IndabaMusic is community of artists to mingle and make music together by recording tracks online. One of their featured programs is a remix content for a Weezer song.
Midomi is a music search engine tool that is powered by your voice. You can sing, hum, or whistle a song and your performance will be added to a database. After singing and recording a song online, the end result can be sent to friends and other Midomi users. Midomi sells full albums and individual tracks.
9. Amie Street
Amie Street is an independent music download website where indie artists can sell their music and share revenue with the music social network. The community decides the price of the music based on the popularity. The more a song is download, the higher a price becomes. The top songs are sold for $0.98.
iJigg is a music social network where users can submit and rate music. After uploading music, you can embed it into your Facebook profile or blog.
JamGlue allows artists to upload music and get attention for upcoming releases. Artists can also build a remix contest campaign around their music. Fans can remix tracks through JamGlue.
ReverbNation is a music marketing platform that is used by across 500,000 artists, managers, labels, etc. ReverbNation provides free/affordable venues to grow musical influence on the Internet.
MOG.com is a music social network that receives 10 million monthly unique visitors per month. MOG has about 900 contributors on their blog network too. MOG raised $12.5 million in funding from UMG, Sony Music, Menlo Ventures, and Simon Equity.
iLike.com is a music social network that receives about 150,000 unique visitors per day. iLike is a subsidiary of MySpace. It continues to operate independently unlike previous competitor iMeem.com. iMeem was also acquired by MySpace and was rolled into MySpace Music.
Buzznet is a social media music network where users can share content through profiles or messages. Buzznet is categorized by Music News, Photos, Galleries, Videos, Community, Artists, and Contests.
Last.fm is a music community that was founded in 2002 and was bought by CBS for $280 million in May 2007. Users can create custom radio stations and playlists. Users can build a profile based on their music tastes. Users can also write public and private messages to the Last.fm community. There is a major focus on Groups and Events too.
1. MySpace Music
This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry
MySpace Music is a subsidiary of News Corporation. MySpace Music recently started testing audio advertisements and they have some of the strongest marketing powers out of all the music social networks. Features include My Music, Charts, Featured Playlists, Music Videos, New Releases, Karaoke, Shows, and Forums.