Advantages for sharing music recordings on private networks versus public

Sometimes when playing an open mic, you’ll get asked if you have a website or other public forum where your music is available.  While some eager beavers will rush to publish anything and everything, me, me, me, others might realize they’re doing this more as a hobby or at least what you call still in relatively early stages.  Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect from both public and private networks to share your recordings.

Public Places

This could be posting your music on your own website or other publicly available mediums.  Some of the benefits you get:

  • Larger audience: Anyone using the Internet.
  • Sales: From your own website, you can also sell your music.
  • Referrals: Have a public place to refer others from shows or performances.

That said, some of the disadvantages:

  • More people needed for recordings: While you can record your tunes with just yourself and your preferred instrument, the reality is most songs are significantly enhanced with having a few other instruments playing along, such as drums, bongo’s, keyboard or piano, more guitars and so on.  Doing this takes time, much longer than the initial writing and recording your own initial version.
  • Time consuming: Especially if in more of what you could call a hobby mode.   Sure, if you’re playing professionally no problem, in fact you’ll probably have others take care of the website and other distribution for you.  If you’re just getting started or playing as a hobby, you already have a full time job and being able to write and record initial versions is challenging enough.
  • Too early: It can be premature, walk before you run sort of concept.  No need to go gonzo with your very first song and recording.   Baby steps.  Sometimes you learn little tricks that can radically alter a song but this type of learning doesn’t come overnight.  It’s playing it more than few times, making little adjustments here, there, getting feedback and so on.

Private Networks

While having a place in the general public can be helpful for more established or professional musicians to market or promote their music, for those playing music as a hobby or playing tunes that are still in what you could call a development stage, private networks can be more appropriate.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • Quality feedback: You know whom you’re sharing your songs with.  Likewise they know where you’re coming from and can add appropriate feedback.
  • Sharing initial versions: No need to have a full band behind you for every brand new song or recording you’ve done.   When sharing on public network, you’re essentially competing with other songs that do have the more complete arrangement.  On a private network, the competition (for the lack of a better word), are most likely other tunes that are also done with a minimal setup.
  • Go fast: Write a song one day, tweak or fine tune it, record the following day and share with others as soon as recording.
  • More songs: With being able to go fast, you can try out not just an initial 5-10 for an album, but can try doing 20, 30, 50 or more.  While it seems like a ton, just recording one new tune a week can start to add up.  Virtually impossible to do with more people.

Benefits from using Odysen to share your recordings

A few of the benefits you get from using an Odysen solution for your music:

How to upload, share and play music recordings from your network.
  • Create multiple networks for different audiences.   This could be one for people you regularly play with and others for different groups of friends.
  • Upload new recordings to the Audio application.  Once uploaded, you can import a single or a collection from one network to another.  Others can listen to a collection in a slideshow on continuous play, helpful to listen to a larger quantity of songs while doing something else.
  • Include complimentary content in the other applications, such as websites for reference, blogs from other musicians, schedule events and more.
  • Automatically stay informed of new tunes from others or comments on yours by adding a newsletter to the network.  You’ll receive a email summary of any new content or comments added.
  • Get started and invite others for free using the Basic plan, allowing you to create multiple networks, using the applications and have initial storage for your tunes.

Learn more about having your own network for your music recordings, including application examples, benefits, FAQs and other relevant blog articles.

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Founder and CEO of Odysen, involved with different writing and music freelancing activities, and have previously worked for larger technology businesses in the US, Europe and Asia.