We now have many artists and record labels adding their own music via our new Sonific Music Network - this is a very quick and easy way to make your new releases instantly available as SongSpot Music Widgets. It's free and tracks can be removed or added anytime.
Next week we are launching our new and much anticipated PLAYLISTS tool which will make it even easier to present up to 25 songs as an online radio show (one could say a streaming podcast or a streamedcast...?) - so make sure you have enough of your own music on Sonific.net (meaning the music YOU wrote and created, not those Madonna MP3 files on your computer ;)
1) Put the SongSpots music widget with your music everywhere: your blogs, your website, your social networks... and tell your fans and friends to do the same, and help you promote your music. Point them to your exact page on Sonific.com (see below), and tell them to get busy making LOTS of widgets and blog posts with your music. Be sure to mention this is on your emails / newsletters and blog postings, and even on the gig - the more people publish your SongSpots the bigger your audience will grow.
2) Make sure to link to your exact Sonific.com page from everywhere: your blog, your web sites, your myspace profiles, Friendster, Bebo etc (you can find the exact page URL simply by searching for your artist name at "Find Music / Find SongSpots"; it should look something like this)
3) Using what we have now (i.e. only single song players), make a whole playlist of songs on your blog, place 5+ songs in a row (but don't auto-play them at the same time;) so that people can hear all of them. Once we have the playlist-enabled SongSpots (next week!) be sure to upload all of your tracks to via www.Sonific.net so that you can make radio-like programs with your own music.
4) Add your SongSpots to your Myspace profiles - either use the Myspace-build-in player to play your favorite 4 tracks, and then add the others using SongSpots, or just use the SongSpots widget and not the Myspace player (which, btw, would mean that people could not add your music as easily, on Myspace).
I love Netvibes - it rocks! Am struggling between iGoogle and Netvibes but for now using both. Of course, Sonific's SongSpots work great on iGoogle (just pick a song, select 'google gagdets', activate and then just click on 'add to google' [like an RSS feed] - make sure you are logged into Google-, and you're there), but they work even better on Netvibes, and using the API mini-module it's very quick and easy, as well.
So, here is a quick guide - if you have comments or questions please add them below!
Open Netvibes in one window, Sonific.com in the other. Log into both. Now, pick any track from Sonific.com, click on 'use'. Then, on the next page, select 'Netvibes (Min API Module')
Select from the usual options, such as autoplay on/ off etc Then, click 'Activate' (bottom of page)
Which takes you to the 'get code' page.
Now, COPY THE LINK in the white box, go to your Netvibes.com page, and follow these Instructions (we are updating this on our site, soon, as well - for now - use these instructions!):
From the "Widgets" tab (top left corner), select "External Widgets', and from those options, select UWA module.
Now, the UWA module pops up. Click on ADD TO PAGE. Now the module is on your page, so click on EDIT.
Now, insert the SongSpot link from Sonific.com, and Click on OK, and... voila: Le Songspot. Succcess!
A nice comment about our new soundeffects, by Eliot over at Wired Blogs. Yes, indeed, imagine helicopters, atomic bombs and car horns looping at websites everywhere. We will need to invent a Sonific Web Silencer...! But seriously - be careful with that stuff. don't try this on cnn.com!
This is a good example of how our new Sonific Music Network works: this band signed up at Sonific.net, were approved, got their music widgets, and put the track up on their blog (see below), all within an hour. Yeah baby. Now you can syndicate and widgetize like only MTV could, just a few years ago.