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