SoundCloud vs ReverbNation vs Last.fm vs DarwinBeats

Apr 2nd 2015 by Iain Alexander
Music listening

By now we’ve all heard of sites like SoundCloud, ReverbNation and Last.fm but what are the differences between these platforms for artists? After trying out each of these sites’ features, and listening to other users’ feedback, we have come up with the most prevalent pros and cons about these competing platforms.

 

Last.fm

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Last.fm has been around for more than 10 years and helps listeners discover new music from all over the world. It’s got a lot of features, and gives artists and labels a social network to build their subscriber base. The platform runs an impressive events listings service which contains a large database of concerts. It’s also got some cool sections like ‘Hyped Tracks’ boosting popular music, along with its own playlist features to bring a personalized experience to listeners.

Here are some of the pros and cons:

Pros

– In-depth event listings
– Huge database of music
– User accounts with lots of listing options
– You can watch music videos through the Muzu player
– Top charts for different countries
– Group discussions for members
– Highlighted musicians
– Smart playlist functions
– An android music app

Cons

– Heavy ad placements throughout the site and on account pages
– The search functions at times bring conflicting results
– You can’t listen to music without being signed in
– It’s not as visually appealing or easy to use as other platforms

ReverbNation

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ReverbNation has established itself as the ‘career focus’ portal for music artists. It’s got a lot of native platform features to help singers and bands build their public image and create engagement with the fans. It also has some great add-on value for people looking to go premium with sitebuilders and a press release distribution service.

Pros

– Highlights up and coming artists
– Well designed with social features and business tools
– Detailed membership profiles including press archives
– Provides artists with job opportunities
– Add-on functions like building a pro site for a monthly fee

Cons

– No comment function on tracks, only profiles
– Limits on free accounts for artists including fan capping
– Website is geared towards premium products

SoundCloud

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SoundCloud has been making a big impact in recent years because of the share functions it has, and the way it makes music accessible to listeners. It provides artists a simple yet effective way of making their music streamable to anyone browsing the site.

Here are some of the pros and cons:

Pros

– Music can be embedded on external websites
– Member profiles allow artists to sell music directly through streams
– Playlists and tracks are well archived with a strong search function
– Great track comments feature

Cons

– No content space to upload blogs, announcements
– No event listings
– Limited free music hosting space
– Promotional options only accessible to paid subscribers
– No revenue share options on basic accounts

DarwinBeats

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In 2015 DarwinBeats is going to be your go-to destination for building your fan base. Here’s what we’ve got lined up for artists, and what makes us unique:

We’ve built a platform that supports creators and listeners to share tracks where the best music gets ranked higher based on community feedback. We’re giving artists a completely free-to-use platform where they can access new fans and understand how their music engages at an emotional level. Our ‘natural selection’ algorithm is going to boost music that inspires listeners while providing all new tracks an equal chance at getting heard.

What we want to do is to help artists figure out how their music is being received by their audience, and give our listeners the chance to voice their opinions through our voting and commenting features. The artists with the most popular music will move up the ranks, while tracks with less engagement from the community won’t feature as prominently.

For the bands and singers out there developing music, and launching EPs, we’re here to help you gauge the interest, and improve your creativity so that you can get a stronger connection with your fan base. We want you to succeed, and the best way for artists to do that is to make great music that people love!

With that said, the platforms mentioned above, as well as other social and music networks are great places for artists on DarwinBeats to boost their exposure. That’s why we encourage our artists to include links on other public profiles, to let their fans vote for them on DarwinBeats!

The more engagement and positive feedback you gain on DarwinBeats, the higher your music will go, and with that, the potential to attract not only more fans, but managers, talent scouts and industry pros that can help you get to where you want to be.

We’re very excited to bring you this community and we really appreciate all the support you have shown us as we work on being as valuable to you as we possibly can.

Sign up today with a free account and start building your music career today. If you’ve got any questions don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’ve got ideas on how we can improve the interface let us know! Good luck with your music!

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  • Sherry-Lynn Lee

    To be fair, Darwin Beats should have its pros and cons listed just like everything else.
    Does it provide any revenue stream for the artist?
    Is it easily shareable?
    Is it also a platform like reverb or is it more like soundcloud, focused on the music?
    The only pro I can get from reading this is “we have a cool algorithm”. It doesn’t even describe how that algorithm is any different from other similar ones on SongStage etc.