By Georg

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Gewinne das Opening Set am Frequency Festival 2016!

War es schon immer dein Traum, deine DJ-Skills auf einer großen Festival-Stage unter Beweis zu stellen? Hast du den Sound, um die wogenden Reihen in den frühen Morgenstunden nach durchtanzter Nacht noch ein letztes Mal richtig zum Bouncen zu bringen? Wenn du obendrein in Österreich lebst, der 17. August in deinem Kalender noch frei ist und du dir deinen Namen zwischen internationalen Größen wie Aphrodite, Boys Noize, Tiga und Ill Skillz gut vorstellen kannst, dann ist er deine große Chance: Der FM4 Frequency DJ Contest 2016!

In Kooperation mit volume.at vergeben wir dieses Jahr an eine Glückliche oder einen Glücklichen unter euch den Opening-Slot (!) für das FM4 Frequency Festival. Wer es mit seinem DJ-Mix schafft, sowohl die Play.fm-Hörerschaft als auch die Contest-Jury zu überzeugen, hat am Mittwoch, den 17. August, eine ganze Stunde Zeit, um dem Festival einen würdigen musikalischen Auftakt zu bereiten.


Was gibt´s zu gewinnen?

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Die Stage des Nightpark am FM4 Frequency Festival – stehst du vielleicht schon bald hier?

1. Platz:

2. und 3. Platz:

  • Goodie-Bag mit Play.fm T-Shirt und Stickern

Blut geleckt, Kalender gecheckt und Decks bereits drehbereit? Dann nichts wie los – so kannst du mitmachen:

Wie nimmst du teil?

  • Lade deinen 30 – 60 Minuten langen Mix bis Mittwoch, 10. August 2016 Donnerstag, 11. August 2016, bis spätestens 23:59 Uhr in den Channel des FM4 Frequency DJ Contest auf Play.fm hoch. Mixes, die bereits vor Beginn des Contests hochgeladen wurden, können beim Contest nicht berückstichtigt werden.
  • Trage als Titel für deinem Mix DEIN DJ NAME – Mix für FM4 Frequency DJ Contest 2016 ein.
  • Unter Genres & Tags muss jedenfalls FM4 Frequency DJ Contest 2016 eingetragen sein, sonst ist er auf der Contest-Page nicht sichtbar. Weitere Tags kannst du natürlich ganz nach Belieben vergeben.
  • Lade dir das offizielle FM4 Frequency 2016 DJ Contest Coverbild runter und verwende es für deinen Mix:
FM4 Frequency DJ Contest - Mix-Upload
So solltest du deinen Mix hochladen!
  • Fülle die Felder City, Tracklist und Description ebenfalls aus.
  • Sofern deine Artist Page auf Play.fm (www.play.fm/yourartistname) noch unvollständig ist, vervollständige sie mit Informationen, Fotos, Links etc. Vollständig ausgefüllte Profile und Mixe werden erfahrungsgemäß auch mehr gehört.
  • Teilnahmeberechtigt sind alle Personen mit Wohnsitz in Österreich, die zum Zeitpunkt des Festivals (17. August 2016) das 16. Lebensjahr vollendet haben.
  • Bitte beachte: Dein Mix kann bei der Wertung nur berücksichtigt werden, wenn er rechtzeitig hochgeladen wird und alle Teilnahmebedingungen erfüllt sind. Mit Teilnahme am Contest bestätigst du dein Einverständnis mit den Teilnahmebedingungen und erklärst dich bereit, den Auftritt am 17. August auch wahrzunehmen.
  • Sende deinen Mix nicht direkt an das FM4 Frequency oder an Play.fm (e-Mail, CD, DL Link).
  • Es gelten unsere allgemeinen Bestimmungen zur Nutzung von Play.fm, also Terms of Service und Privacy Policy.

Dein Mix ist online und du hast die Teilnahmebedingungen erfüllt – wie geht’s weiter?

Wie gewinnst du?

    • Rühr ordentlich die Werbetrommel für deinen Mix, damit er möglichst oft gehört wird, denn in der Vorrunde entscheiden die Play.fm Hörerinnen und Hörer: Nur die 20 Mixes mit den meisten Plays & Likes kommen in die Endrunde! Bleib dennoch fair, vermeide Spam und aufdringliches Verhalten – bei groben Verstößen behalten wir uns vor, den Mix von der Teilnahme zu sperren.
    • Aus den 20 beliebtesten Mixes wählt eine Fachjury, bestehend aus dem FM4 Frequency Team und der Play.fm Redaktion, ihre Favoritin oder ihren Favoriten. Berücksichtigt werden dabei Originalität, Track-Auswahl, Stimmigkeit, technische Fähigkeiten – und natürlich, ob der Sound für das Opening Set einer Festivalbühne geeignet ist.
    • Neben einer Fachjury entscheidet vor allem: das Publikum!
      Neben einer Fachjury entscheidet vor allem: das Publikum!

      Die Bekanntgabe der Gewinnerin oder des Gewinners erfolgt spätestens am Donnerstag, 11. August 2016 Freitag, 12. August 2016, auf der Contest-Seite und der Facebook-Seite von Play.fm. Das Urteil der Jury ist endgültig, der Rechtsweg ausgeschlossen.

    • Mit der oder dem Erstplatzierten werden wir umgehend Kontakt wegen der Organisation des Gigs aufnehmen, wie auch mit Zweit- und Drittplatziertem wegen dem Versand des Goodie-Packs. Wir bitten um Verständnis, dass wir euch, wenn ihr diesmal kein Glück hattet, keine individuelle Verständigung oder Einzelfeedback geben können.
    • Der Gewinn ist nicht übertragbar und kann nicht in bar ausgezahlt werden.

Alles klar? Dann kann’s ja losgehen – wir sind bereits gespannt auf eure Mixes und freuen uns bereits, mit euch beim Frequency in den Sonnenaufgang zu rocken!

Und hier geht´s zum Contest:

>> https://www.play.fm/fm4-frequency-dj-contest-2016

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The new Play.fm – Key Features

The new Play.fm should be as easy to navigate as never before, so that you can discover all the features without further explanation. However, if you recently started using our service it might be helpful to get an overview of the most important features first:

 

Discover popular Mixes, Genres & Cities

The discover menu in the navigation bar lets you browse through the Play.fm catalogue by different filters and categories.

Discover Menu on Play.fm

 

1) New, Popular, Trending, Editor’s Picks

‘New’ lets you listen to the most recently uploaded mixes across all genres.

The ‘Popular’ category shows you the mixes that have been listened to recently. This may also contain older mixes, if many people listened to them within the last 14, 90 or 365 days.

‘Trending’ contains all mixes published during the last 30 days, sorted by popularity.

In ‘Editor´s Picks’, the Play.fm team chooses certain mixes in order to help you find good stuff, eg ‘Set of the day’. Follow our official Play.fm profile to get those recommended mixes right into your newsfeed.

 

2) Genres

Music Genre Channels on Play.fmIn each genre category, eg Techno, you´ll see the most recent uploads and the popular ones (listened to within the last 14 days). The horizontal slideshows contain only a few mixes, so click on ‘View all’ to see a complete list of all mixes from that category. If you are looking for sub-genres, scroll down to the ‘Related Genres & Tags’ section.

 

 

 

 

 

3) Cities

City Channels on Play.fmEvery city channel, eg Vienna, contains only those mixes recorded in this city. When DJs upload their mixes they can geo-tag their mix. This helps DJs to present themselves in the context of their local scene and stand out from the mass. And it helps people living in this city to get to know their local artists better. The list of DJs & Brands lets you browse through all the people uploading mixes from the city.

Currently, we focus on Vienna and Berlin since most of our listeners live here. However, there´s a larger list of cities at the bottom of our homepage that you´ll see before you log in. If you would like to find a specific city, just use a URL like this: https://www.play.fm/city/yourcity. And in case you think your city deserves a spot in the main menu, let us know and tell us what´s going on in your hood at feedback@play.fm.

 

 

Play and skip instantly

When you hit the play button of a mix, a small player will be shown at the bottom of your browser window. It lets you skip forward or backward instantly, so you don’t have to wait for the audio to download or buffer. You may also browse through the website, visit profiles, search for other mixes, log in or do whatever you like – the beat keeps going.

The new Play.fm Mini Player at the bottom

 

Like, Add to playlist, Timed Comments

Every mix has its own page where you should see a detailed description, the tracklist, the wave form, related mixes and all the buttons you need to like, comment on and share the mix or add it to your playlists. A comment you post while listening will be saved at the exact time position in the moment that you click on the comment button, that´s why it´s called a ‘Timed Comment’. On the left side you´ll see the the number of plays, likes and comments the mix has got. Click on the small headphone icon to see a list of (signed up) listeners.

Set Detail Page on Play.fm

 

Search super fast

Search super fast on Play.fm

The search delivers results instantly or live when you type the first few letters. Results are shown in a fraction of a second, so thanks to our clever coders we think it´s pretty fast. It will bring you directly to users’ profiles (DJs, listeners, clubs, etc.), or tags & genres, so you might also use it to search for genres you don’t find in the discover menu. Still to come: search for mixes and cities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upload in 45 seconds, for free

Upload for free on Play.fmWe know how annoying it can be to wait for an upload to finish, so we put quite a lot of effort in making the upload as fast and convenient as possible for you. Just choose the audiofile from your harddrive, type in the most important information and leave the rest to us (transcode, create the wave form, publish). All in all, for a 60 minutes mix in 128kbit/s bitrate, it only takes 45 seconds to be published.

You may upload any kind of audio format, eg mp3, aac, wav, etc. Add a tracklist from Serato, Traktor, a pre-written tracklist or type it in track-by-track. If you want your mix to be shown on the city page, choose the city the mix was recorded in. And choose the private option in case you want to keep your mix hidden from your public profile.

The only limit we have is a duration minimum of 20 minutes, as Play.fm focuses on mixes and podcasts, not single tracks.

 

Have your profile, follow others

Public Profils on Play.fmAs soon as you sign up on Play.fm you´ll have a public profile showing other users who you follow on Play.fm, who is following you and what mixes you liked. As a DJ or podcaster your uploads are shown in the ‘New’ section. People who start following you will see your activities in their newsfeed, eg what you listen to, what you add to playlists etc.

In case that other people tag their mixes with your profile name these mixes are shown as ‘Tagged by others’ on your profile. You can hide that section in your ‘Settings’ (via the dropdown menu in the header). There, you may also change your URL, Email, Password and Email Notifications.

 

 

Your newsfeed & recommendations

Why log in to Play.fm? You´ll see all the new uploads and other activities of the people you follow in your newsfeed, and moreover, we will recommend mixes based on your listening habits. This means less searching and more time for listening to stuff you like. It´s that simple. Are you logged in already?

Newsfeed & Recommendations on Play.fm

Get more details here >>


 

Embed mixes into your website

We offer player widgets for a single mix and for multiple mixes, eg if you want to embed all your uploads into your website at once. The embed code that you will need for this, can be found by clicking on the share button, for the single widget it´s on the detail page of a mix, for the multiple mix widget it´s the share button you see on every profile page. The multiple mix widget is available in two layouts, one is a horizontal slideshow, the other is a vertical list of mixes.

A Single Mix Widget looks like this:

 

A multiple mix widget looks like this:

 

 

Mobile Apps

Just a quick note: the mobile apps available for iOS and Android are not yet transferred to the new Play.fm. This means, that the apps currently do not show new uploads, ie published after the launch of our new platform last February. New Apps are in the making, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, if you´d like to use the web version on your mobile phone: the player works but the layout is not ‘mobile ready’, yet. We are trying to improve that asap.

 

API for Developers

If you are a geeky coder who wants to develop an app on basis of our data or just wants to try something out, let us know at developers@play.fm. The Play.fm API gives you access to all data available to the public (and some data not available to the public), even the audiostreams, but excluding private data from other users like email addresses or individual listener statistics. That´s aaawesome, don´t you think?

 

Coming up next?

Visit our Feedback Forum to find out what´s in the pipeline and post your ideas. Or let us know what you think about the new Play.fm at feedback@play.fm and let´s improve the new Play.fm together!

 

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Let´s Play.fm! All about the new Play.fm

Play.fm has been delivering DJ sets to your ears since 2004. We replaced the original website in early 2009 with a site that we hoped would be a great step into the future. But soon we recognised that it was a bit too complicated to use, had too many features and couldn’t scale with increasing traffic. That was the time when we decided to do a complete rebuild and prepare the ground for more adventures in online music discovery.

But why launch a new audio platform in times when there are already plenty of other big companies offering streaming platforms? The answer is simple: As technology geeks and music enthusiasts we are deeply convinced that we are still at the beginning of how technology can influence the way we discover music and other audio content — as well as the way we can present music and how it lets us interact with each other. And we are not alone in thinking that other platforms neither have found the best form of presenting content, nor have they reached the maximum potential of audience. And they also haven’t been able to address all the needs of everyone interested in music and audio. We at Play.fm see that there’s still a lot of room for innovation and improvement.

The new Play.fm won’t be perfect initially and will be far from being the final result of our vision — but it´s a solid foundation to let new ideas grow. We see Play.fm as a long term project, and we’ll take the time we need to turn our vision into a great platform. We´ll be traveling in a loop between trial and error and hopefully learn fast to build great features that help you discover new music and dive into new worlds, online as well as offline.

So, what does all this really mean for the first release of the new platform?

City page Vienna, on the new Play.fm website
City page Vienna, on the new Play.fm website
  1. We keep the focus on DJ mixes and podcasts.
  2. The interface is much slicker, and pages load a lot faster.
  3. An integrated audio player always stays at the bottom of your browser and keeps playing while you browse through the site. It´s HTML5 (no flash anymore), so it also works on mobile devices (iOS, Android). The same is true for the new widget.
  4. Once you are logged in, the newsfeed is your new homepage. It keeps you informed about new uploads, playlists, likes and listens of the people you follow.
  5. It only takes 45 seconds to publish a mix (60 minutes, mp3, 128kbit). Uploading is free as it always was, and you´ll get unlimited storage.
  6. City pages let you discover local DJs, labels, clubs and promoters and show you the latest and the most popular mixes recorded in the area. We think that there are sufficient platforms presenting DJs like Tiesto or David Guetta. Instead, we focus on those truly creative local players around the world that we strive to bring to the surface. That´s what the new Play.fm is all about.

For users of the old platform:

  • The old website will be closed down, soon.

  Starting Monday, Feb 2, 2015, logging in and uploading will be deactivated on the old site (but you will still be able to browse the site and listen.) Then, all data is transferred, taking approximately 2-3 days. On Thursday, Feb 5, 2015, the new site should be ready for use and the old one will be turned off.

  • All data is transferred to the new platform

This means that you will be able to log in with your existing account, find any audio you have uploaded since 2004 and still see all of your followers and the pages you started following. Even old links to profiles and mixes will be redirected to new profiles and mixes.

  • There´s only one layout for all user profiles on the new site

We dumped the differences in the profile layouts of listeners, DJs, clubs, radio shows, etc. You will still be able to show what type of user you are but the appearance is the same for all. So, if you had a listener profile and a DJ profile both with the same name, we tried to merge them into one profile. If you still find two profiles on the new site send us a short note, and we´ll merge them for you.

  • Certain sections are not transferred to the new site:

Shop, events calendar, radio show calendar, and charts. Let´s hold a minute´s silence here in commemoration of these awesome tools. Thank you. One or the other will be re-born as a beautiful butterfly, we certainly believe.

  • Old widgets cannot be continued and need to be replaced with the new widget

Unfortunately, it was not possible to automatically replace the old widgets with the new ones. You will need to remove the old ones and generate and embed the new code manually. The good news is that the new widget is much nicer and coded in HTML5, so it works without flash and therefore on mobile devices, as well. In case you have hundreds of widgets on your site, we may find a way to help you with generating the code for the new widgets, see contact details below.

  • Current mobile apps will not be replaced by new versions immediately

As we were quite busy with building the new website and we try to do things step by step, the current mobile apps will stay as they are for some time. This means that they will not show any new uploads from the new site, but only deliver the mixes of the old site. Please be patient while we build new fancy apps.

 

What we have planned for the near future:

  • more widgets, more customisation
  • search for cities, for mixes, and for tracks within tracklists
  • play all mixes of a playlist and continuous play
  • responsive website layout
  • mobile apps
  • time-stamp tracklists, import pre-written tracklists
  • statistics about who listened from where and for how long
  • and a lot more things we will announce a bit later, so stay tuned for more news on this blog!

 

For any questions or comments on the new site you can contact us at feedback@play.fm. We´d love to hear your feedback and hope you´ll like the new site!

Thanks to everyone supporting this project! Without you this new release would not be possible. Special thanks go to Vienna Business Agency  for funding the development costs in part.

Let´s Play.fm!

 

BTW, in case you are an upcoming coding genius or a digital music geek and would like do your internship at Play.fm in Vienna, we´ll be happy to receive your application at jobs@play.fm with a nice motivation letter and CV. An existing work permission for the EU is a requirement.