Concerning the Changes to 8tracks

If you have an 8tracks account, you may have got the following message in your email inbox on the 13th:

We’ll no longer stream from 8tracks’ servers to listeners outside the US and Canada; instead, we’ll offer the ability to tune into playlists on the 8tracks website via YouTube video playback. Unfortunately, listeners outside the US and Canada will no longer be able to stream playlists through the 8tracks iOS and Android apps.

Your 8tracks profile and playlists will not be affected and you will continue to be able to stream any playlists with tracks you’ve personally uploaded.

All of your playlists will continue to be accessible to listeners anywhere our content is available around the world. You will still be able to make and share playlists with everyone, however, your personal listening experience may be limited depending on which country you are in.

What does this mean? Well, as you probably know, I have been making wizard rock mixes over on 8tracks as a supplement to this website for a while (and also because I just really like organising things). Here is my 8tracks page, where I have nineteen playlists, the most recent of which is a Valentine’s Day one called ‘let’s not be the last to fall in love‘ (a quote from a song by How Airplanes Fly, but that’s beside the point).

What is my point? Well, if you live in the US or Canada, the changes won’t affect you. I don’t live in the US or Canada, so the only mixes I can listen to without streaming through YouTube are my own — not a good thing when I want to share wizard rock with everyone around the world! The worst of it is, most of the songs in my mixes (and indeed, a lot of wizard rock mixes) are not available on YouTube, which means that they won’t be able to be streamed on 8tracks.

What will I do about this? I don’t know. I could create lyric videos for wrock songs and upload them to YouTube, which I have been considering for a while, but that’s a lot of work and I don’t know whether it’ll be worth it. I could compile zip files of my mixes and let you guys download them, but I don’t really want to give away music that I paid for. I could find an alternative site for user-uploaded mixes, but I don’t know if there is one suitable. I could forget about wrock and concentrate on real life, but I’m think I’m in too deep for that.

One thing I won’t do is take down the mixes I already have on 8tracks, because there probably are still people in the US and Canada who might want to listen to them. I won’t remove the tracklists posted here, either, because then you can compile your own playlists if you want. And I definitely won’t be linking to a free VPN proxy that can make it seem as if you’re listening to 8tracks mixes from the US or Canada (which will give you the proper songs instead of YouTube videos).

Definitely not.

Have a good day.

P.S. In all seriousness, I might try Mixcloud? I’ll let you guys know about it if I do.

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3 thoughts on “Concerning the Changes to 8tracks

  1. I did not get that email, which is quite insulting, so thanks for sharing! I have been experiencing trouble with 8tracks for a while, though. The most important is that whenever I listen to someone’s playlist, it always skips some tracks, about half of them. Not knowing this info, I’d contacted 8tracks a while ago and they told me about geographical restrictions. It’s bullsh*t. I’ll give this a try!

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  2. Have you considered using Last.fm’s playlist function? It’s international, at least, and seems workable, though it won’t necessarily allow previewing the lot.

    If you need and could use an actual host (and have a way of setting up your own playlist script, or installing one you know of, at least), you’re welcome to hop onto my server if you like, and snag a subdomain, or buy your own domain and just use my hosting. I run the fanlisting for fan mixes (http://fan.unfaithful-mirror.net/fanmix) so it would be brilliant to have you as a hostee — let me know what you think? I’ve been lurking here a while, never commented before, but I hope you don’t mind that.

    I have four domains of my own at present:
    — frell-that.com
    — joyunending.net
    — next-crisis.org
    — unfaithful-mirror.net

    The first hosts only Farscape-related websites at present, since that’s where the domain name originated and I adopted it as such from a former owner. The second is my fiction/fanfiction/poetry archive, the domain name a partial quotation from a YA fantasy series quite similar to HP in some ways (Diane Duane’s “Young Wizards”). Third is my primary science/speculative fiction and fantasy website, next-crisis.org, with the domain name drawn from a Battlestar Galactica (2003) quote. Finally, unfaithful-mirror.net is my longest-established (15 years old!) with the most hostees, and the domain name there is adapted from a Massive Attack lyric.

    I’d be willing to make an exception to general type with any of them if you fancied subdomain hosting, provided it didn’t clash directly with an existing subdomain. It won’t affect the amount of space you’d have. I’m hosted by an American friend who has an unlimited Dreamhost package, and I basically have free rein so long as I don’t get involved with spam or abusive things (and I do not count transformative works or filk as any of that). I think you should be able to see my email address from my comment? But if you can’t, you can find pretty much every way to contact me via unfaithful-mirror.net – of course, all this is if you’re actually interested. It’s okay if you’re not. 🙂 I’d like to help, though.

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    • I haven’t a lot to say, so I thought I might as well say it here rather than email you. First off — thank you for your interest! I am a habitual lurker myself, so don’t mind you being a silent reader here. It’s nice to know I have readers, and WP tells me that anyway. I have not tried Last.fm’s playlist function — apparently it’s not working anymore? That’s what Last.fm is telling me.

      At present, the playlists I make are only a bonus for this site — I like to organise things and simply thought it would be a fun idea. I don’t know much about the back end of websites and web building, and I think using a subdomain would be more trouble than it’s worth in my case — that is, just to host a bunch of fanmixes. So I’m going to say no, but thank you very much for your kind offer and I hope to see you around. 🙂

      P.S. I remember getting into the Young Wizards books when I was about eleven or twelve, but never finishing the series because I could never get the books from the library in the right order (that, and a lot of the explanations of magic went over my head). I did love the premise, though, and read ‘So You Want to Be a Wizard’ quite a few times (and got introduced to the name Dairine — definitely the Hermione of Young Wizards!). I called her ‘Die-REEN’ in my head, but have since learnt that it is actually ‘Dair-EEN’. Huh. I may try to read them again — thanks for the reminder!

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