|Please don't suck and listen to the crowd.|
If you are at all familiar with this blog you will know that I have been using 8tracks to display my mixes for mixtape monday. Yesterday, I found out that 8tracks had recently got rid of their Network Tracks option for creating playlists. I had to dig up the reasons why the 8tracks developers would get rid of their best and unique service, but I found a lot of beating around the bush. After searching on the site for any information, I found a small message on their blog. It reads:
"So we pushed some changes to the site last night, one of which was the removal of Network Tracks. After talking with some DJs today, we wanted to offer a bit of the reasoning behind this decision.
Network Tracks was originally offered as a way to save you time when creating mixes, basically an express route to grab music that you already own. Our new iTunes Uploader provides a much better way to do this (dragging and dropping songs and playlists directly from iTunes), and has the added bonus of removing arcane restrictions on how you can access the mix. Now you can listen to any mix you create - with full-length tracks - right at the time of publication. We’ve also begun working directly with independent artists and labels to create a new public “library” of content for mix-making. All of which means: simplified mix creation, better content, and no more 30-second clips. :-)
You can grab the iTunes Uploader here. Right now it’s Mac only, but we’ll be launching a Windows version in early 2011..."
The sheer amount of feedback forced 8tracks to respond with another comment.
"We’d like to thank everyone for the thoughtful, passionate feedback on the recent changes. It’s definitely appreciated. We completely understand your disappointment in our removal of Network Tracks, and we didn’t come to this decision easily. It’s painful for us to take away a useful feature. That said, besides site simplification, there were a number of background issues contributing to the decision to remove Network Tracks. We’re developing a new public “library” of content (similar to Network Tracks, but with no restrictions) through direct deals with independent artists, labels and aggregators, and we’re also looking to provide a way for 8tracks DJs to add songs to their mixes directly from sites like Tumblr, Posterous and SoundCloud (where they may have already uploaded music). We’ll keep you informed on new developments. We’re working hard to make sure we’ll be around for years to come, and we hope you’ll stick with us."
The decision has made many avid music fans frusterated, confused, and struggling to find some sort of closure.
What does this have to do with Humpday Covers? Well in response, I decided to make a playlist titled ""Covers for an End: a lament for 8tracks Network tracks". The playlist took over an hour to get on to 8tracks because of the new set-up. We shall all see how this change pans out over time!
However, please enjoy this massive set of covers for this Wednesday's Humpday Covers piece.
- The Time's They Are A-Changin'-Heart And Soul (Bob Dylan Cover/Parody) - Beach Boys Album: Unsurpassed Masters Volume 10 (Disc 4) - The Alternate 'Beach Boys Party'Year: 1965
- A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee Album: Learning To BendYear: 2008
- Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke cover) - Colin Meloy Album: Sings Sam CookeYear: 2008
- (Just Like) Starting Over (John Lennon Cover) - The Flaming Lips Album: Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur [Disc 2]Year: 2007
- The One I Love (REM cover) - Sufjan Stevens Album: Live at SXSW 2004Year: 2004
- Plenty is Never Enough - The Shins Album: Score! 20 years of merge records: the covers!Year: 2009
- Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover) - Patti Smith Album: TwelveYear: 2007
- Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones cover) - The Who Album: Odds & SodsYear: 1998
- You Really Got A Hold On Me (Miracles cover) - The Beatles Album: Stars of '63 Radio Show 10.24.63
- Born On A Train (Magnetic Fields Cover) - The Arcade Fire Album: Live on KCRW - Jan. 17th, 2005Year: 2005
- Positively 4th Street (Bob Dylan Cover) - I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business Album: Listen To Bob Dylan: A Tribute (Disc 2)Year: 2005
- Simple Twist of Fate (Bob Dylan Cover) - Jeff Tweedy Album: I'm Not ThereYear: 2007
- Further On (Up The Road) - Johnny Cash Album: American V: A Hundred HighwaysYear: 2006
- Mr. Grieves (Pixies Cover) - TV on the Radio