SoundClick is a music-based social community. It offers bands, artists, and music labels a platform for self-promotion. Songs can be streamed, downloaded in MP3 format, sold through the store, or licensed to others. SoundClick compiles daily charts for various genres, based on how many times a particular track is played.
The social-network offers profile pages with friends networking, photo, video, blogs, and user stations. SoundClick has also revolutionized hip-hop production by allowing many unheard-of producers to get their music on the web. If you love spending hours discovering music then SoundClick provides a huge selection of music covering many genres. You can choose to listen to the music via streaming audio or download. Most of the music is free and legal, but some of the artists charge for their creations. Soundclick is a very good resource for both artists and music fans alike.
Soundclick can be classed as a social networking website for music. Artists and listeners interact with each other in a similar way to social networking sites such as Facebook and My Space. What’s most impressive about the website is the excellent user base that has built up over the years since it was first launched in 1997.
SoundClick allows unlimited upload of songs in MP3 file format. The songs can be offered as streams only, as free downloads, or they can be sold through the SoundClick music store. Songs can be licensed to others either under a free Creative Commons license or under a paid license. The artist page can contain news, tour calendar, and information about their group/project. and you can also buy it for 50.
The most prominent of the fee-based service is the VIP service. It gives the artist more freedom in site design, the VIP page is free of advertisements. The songs can be uploaded in higher sound quality. VIP artists receive a discount for other promotional tools.
Songs can be sold through the site’s music store. The buyer has to purchase a prepaid account, starting at $5 USD which is then valid for one year. The artists can sell their songs either as single songs or as MP3 albums. The price can be set by the artist, with free USD being the default price for singles. The artist keeps 70% for a sale through the site and is paid weekly via PayPal.
Users get their own profile page, where they can network with online friends. The page features photo albums, video uploads, blogs, and message boards. Users can create their own stations, where they can make their selection of SoundClick songs available to the public.
- Excellent choice of music genres.
- Catalog contains over 2.5 million tracks.
- Well established music community.
- Good membership services.
- Website layout visually confusing at times and interface is non-intuitive.
- Not all the music is free to download.
- No option in the website search engine to look for only free music.