Masbad: Music from the Clouds

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By Roark L. Masbad

Wacky Tech

Monday, March 24, 2014


LAST week, it was coffee. This week, music. Two things I make sure that is abundant for my daily routine. So this week, it's going to be a quick draw about two of my on-the-go music sources - Soundcloud and Mixcloud.

Soundcloud used to be my go-to place when I need to upload my mixes. Some of you may have already known that I'm a DJ so, from time to time, I upload mixes that I record for whoever wants to have a listen.

Soundcloud


Unfortunately, Soundcloud has a strict limitation on the number of minutes of music that one can upload to a free account.

I did, however, upgrade to a Pro account but I needed to pay an amount just to be able to get four hours of total music time credited to my account. And yet that was still not enough.

Anyway, aside from that gripe, one thing that's really nice about Soundcloud is that there's a plethora of music to discover. One can spend the entire day just randomly cruising through the site and yet still barely scratching the surface of what the service offers.

Mixcloud


Mixcloud, on the other hand, is dedicated more to those long mixes. It's quite perfect for me since I regularly upload recordings of my mixes that range from half and hour long to an hour long. The other thing that's really great about it is that it's free and offers unlimited time for any account. If you're a DJ who needs a platform to promote your mixes, this is the place.

There's no need to upgrade to a Pro account for Mixcloud. The basic, free account will cover your bases beautifully and without a hitch.

Just like Soundcloud, it has a lot to offer as a music streaming service. The only difference here is that you will be hearing and seeing a lot more of those long mixes or recorded sets from different DJs.

Both sites are also a social network in itself. You get to follow different users so you get the latest update on their latest uploads. And you also get to connect your account to any social media network you choose - Facebook, Twitter, to name two.

And because you want your music on-demand and as-you-go, both sites offer mobile apps that you can download. Both are available for the iOS and Android operating systems. Mixcloud even offers a version for the Blackberry.

I use both sites to discover new music to play in my DJ sets. Each one has its benefits for me. I use Soundcloud to discover individual tracks and other artists with their creative ways of making music. I use Mixcloud, on the other hand, to listen to long mixes of other DJs and be inspired by their creativity behind the decks while mixing.

Whichever reason you have in picking which site to go to, you can never go wrong. Music will be there waiting for you to discover and listen to. Just be mindful of your data usage. You might hit your data cap faster than you might have expected because you've been streaming audio longer than you should be.

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