Sneak Preview Of The New Indaba Music - Indablog - Indaba Music
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Monday July 26, 2010 at 04:18 PM
For more than 6 months the Indaba Music team has been hard at work
building a brand new platform. The new Indaba will be launching very
shortly, but, in the meantime, we thought we’d give you a little preview of what we’ve been working on
all year! Check back in each day this week for fresh screen shots of
some of the things to expect when the new Indaba launches.
Day 1: Profile, Chat, My Media Library, Stats
Indaba is a thriving, ever growing social network and collaboration platform for musicians, which means that your ability to present yourself to the community and manage your audio is central to your Indaba experience.
Profile. Your new Indaba profile is going to be more interactive than ever. You’ll have the ability to personalize it in new ways, and with its better organization and sleek new look, you’ll find it easier to showcase yourself to the Indaba community and find other musicians who share your interests. Our new sharing tools will help you promote your music across other social networks, by allowing you and your friends to embed your music almost anywhere.
Chat. Communicating with other musicians is also getting easier. Our new, integrated chat system will keep your chats and contact list open even as you navigate across different pages. Check out the picture to the left to see how you and your collaborators can be in constant contact.
My Media Library. With the new My Media Library page you will be able to manage all of your project files from one page. From your centralized library, you will be able to easily work with files across multiple sessions, widgets, and other Indaba features.
Stats. We know how important stats are to gauging public interest in one’s work. The new platform will enable you track important details about your music, such as number of plays, comments, and average rating.
Day 2: Groups, Contests
Social interactions are a major aspect of the Indaba experience.
We’ve already shown you the new profile and chat features, and so here
are two more important aspects of the new site, groups and contests,
where people will come together in both unity and friendly competition.
Groups. The new groups section is going to make it easier
than ever to find musicians with similar interests. We’ve worked hard
on a brand new interface that is sleek and easy to navigate with new
ways to search as well as simply browse all the groups we’ve got.
You’ll even have the ability to browse groups based near you.
Contests. We’ve been able to bring you tons of great contests
and opportunities over the years, and based on your usage and feedback
we’ve made significant changes to the entire contest experience. Soon, contests will be more
intuitive, with new features that will make participating, as well as
sharing and listening to submissions better than ever.
Day 3: Sessions, Search
Providing you with the best platform for making music online is at the core of our mission, and we will be introducing a number of exciting upgrades and new features to make your creative and collaborative experiences on Indaba better than ever.
Sessions. With the addition of media library and chat features, as well as a brand new design to the session interface, sharing audio, communicating, and keeping organized within a session will be an easier, more intuitive experience.
Search. Finding the right sessions to join is crucial to your collaborative experience on Indaba. We’ve made some significant upgrades to our search and recommendation technology, which will allow you to find the best fitting artists to collaborate with and sessions to join.
Day 4: Store, Sales
One of the biggest additions to the new Indaba Music is the ability to turn your music love into a music business. You already use Indaba to create music, so why not give you some ways to sell it?
Music Sales. With just a few clicks of your mouse, you’ll be able to make your music available for sale through a number of different channels on and off Indabamusic.com. And don’t worry, you’ll get to keep 100% of the royalties! That is, of course, unless your bandmate is entitled to 50%. Don’t worry, our accounting system can split the royalties and pay everyone their share! We won’t spoil the fun and tell you too much about the different sales tools you’ll be able to use, but, since you’re looking at it, we might as well say that you’ll be able to have your own embeddable online store…
Sales Tracking. As your sales grow, understanding who is buying your music is of vital importance. We’re giving you a sleek, easily navigable page, because keeping track of your transactions is hard enough. The new tools will give you all of the metrics that you will need to manage your music sales.
Day 5: Lessons, Mentors
Indaba Music isn’t just a place to produce music, it’s also a place to learn and become a better musician. While our thriving community and active forums and groups have helped you grow as a musician to this point, we want to do more. The new Indaba will be filled with educational resources enabling you to develop your skills and expand your musical knowledge.
Lessons and Tutorials. Whether you’re an educator, a student, or someone looking to develop your skills, our new educational section is here for you. We’ll have a huge online store full of content from major artists and educational publishing companies, including professionally produced video lessons and tutorials.
Artists In Residence. We already have tons of master educators and industry experts coming to Indaba as Artists in Residence, but we’ll be turning it up a notch. They’re here to share their experiences and advice, as well as answer any questions you might have.
Day 6: API Documentation
We’ve welcomed musicians into our community and
now we’re also opening the doors to outside developers (and developer/musicians
like most of our dev team). Over the years we have received so many incredible suggestions for new features from the community that we figured it would be a great idea to arm you with the necessary tools to build your own applications on top of the Indaba Music platform!
API Documentation. You may be asking yourself, “what the heck am I looking at? Is that code I see?!?!” Yup, that’s exactly what you’re looking at! We’ve opened up our platform to outside developers, and what you’re looking at is the API (Application Programming Interface) documentation that shows you how to plug into the site and create your own apps for Indaba.
Day 7: Homepage
From social networking, education and creation to sales and career opportunities, the new Indaba Music will be constantly expanding after we launch the new website. We’re here to address the needs of musicians. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask.
Homepage. Welcome Home. Need we say more?
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