Category: Earbits Tech

Earbits just got a huge facelift, giving you a lot more options directly on the homepage. More importantly, we’ve made sharing your favorite songs with friends even easier. Previously, if you shared songs from web or mobile, your friends could click those links and listen to those tracks from our website, but not from a mobile device. The new iPhone and Android apps will now auto-play any tracks you share with friends or across Facebook.

Check it out! Here is a classic track from Grammy winning artist, Alabama Shakes. Give it a click! See what we mean, and if you like it, be sure to share it or anything else you discover.

We have rolled out another great feature for our artists, and I’m excited to tell you about it.

You can now customize a slide-out ad that will show up when your music plays on Earbits, providing listeners with a way to click through to any promotion you have going. Whether you are looking for votes in a contest, selling a new album, giving away a free download, or any other number of uses, these ads are a great way to engage with your fans.

Custom Promo Ads for Artists on Earbits

You can access the slide-out promo ad by logging in to your artist dashboard (https://dashboard.earbits.com/dashboard/login), and setting it up is simple:

 

One of the perks of having your music on Earbits Radio, is a built-in mailing list that collects the email addresses of new fans, helping you expand your listener-base by engaging with them. The email addresses/data you accumulate are yours to add to your official mailing list, turning them into real fans and customers. That means you are going to need a game-plan for marketing to them on your own. Below are a few tips that should help you convert these new fans into loyal followers:

  1. Add them to your list right away and send them a note thanking them for joining your list. You might want to look into a mail service, such as Mailchimp.com.

The wait is over! The Earbits iPhone app is available now!

If you haven’t heard the news, the Earbits iPhone app is awesome. It will analyze the music from your phone and recommend channels you’ll like from over 400 genre-based selections. Then, we intelligently blend your own music into those channels. The result is awesome music discovery with your favorite tracks mixed in.

Of course, just like the Earbits you are used to, we have no commercials, no subscription fees, and no strings attached. We help you discover new music that you may not find on other platforms, and make it easy to connect with the artist – just touch the G button, and you can instantly join a mailing list, follow on Twitter, and more.

Our company Earbits has been using Google Analytics to track our site traffic since we launched in late 2010.  Two years ago, we started pushing all of our Events into Google Analytics, too.  Each time a user started a radio station, started a song, completed a song, skipped one, and so on, we push that info into GA as Events.

We’ve continued to increase our use of Google Analytics, but whereas GA is great for monitoring total values and vanity metrics, it’s not real great for understanding engagement.

Earbits for Android is here and it’s awesomer than you could have imagined.

Earbits for Android

Not only does it play all of the Earbits music you love, it also recommends channels based on the music on your phone, and then it blends your music into our channels!

Do you have the Black Keys on your phone? You’ll find them in the Earbits Blues Rock channel. Do you have Miles Davis? Then he’ll be in your Earbits Jazz channel. You now get the power of Earbits music discovery, blended with your favorite tracks.

Earbits for Android

Did you ever wonder how a small team of people built Earbits, and why? Would you like to know how artists like Amanda Palmer raised over $1 million on Kickstarter to produce her album on her own without a major label?

Ondi Timoner has won the Sundance Grand Jury prize twice, and now she’s documenting the tech revolution, and feeding the innovator in us all by sharing the stories of the greatest innovators of our time through her online portal, A TOTAL DISRUPTION.

We are excited to announce a big improvement to the Earbits service.

Last year, we generated over 70,000 fans for our artists through Earbits Radio. Today we’re launching something that we think is going to dramatically increase the results we’ll be able to provide to our artists and labels. We think this news is exciting and that you’re going to want the full scoop, but if you want the short version, just read the bold parts.

Check out the new Earbits!

All artist profiles will now have mailing signup capabilities so that our users can give you their email address.

Are you sitting down? We have some news that might make your knees weak.

Earbits is excited to announce Groovies, a new Earbits currency that you earn whenever you take actions that support our bands.

Share a track with friends, earn 100 Groovies. Join a fan page or mailing list, earn 50 Groovies.

Check out the new Earbits!

Okay, but what do I do with Groovies? We’re glad you asked.

Along with Groovies, we’re launching a ton of improvements to the site and a bunch of new on-demand listening features.

Roku

Meet Roku, the easiest way to watch what you want to watch – instantly. Whether you’re in to exploring over 700 channels and hundreds of thousands of movies and shows, delving into what really interests you, or just stumbling across something new, Roku makes it happen easily, instantly and affordably.

Roku connects easily to your TV and wireless (Wi-Fi) network at home. And there is no monthly fee for Roku, simply access your existing subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu Plus or HBO GO. Enjoy all the free movies, shows, and music. Or browse the latest blockbusters on demand. And with our new Earbits Channel, you’ll never have a reason to leave the couch!