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SourceAudio’s Sonic Search API is Now Available

SourceAudio's Proprietary "Sonic Search" technology can now power 3rd part sites

SourceAudio's Proprietary "Sonic Search" technology can now power 3rd party sites


Introducing the new Sonic Search API

SourceAudio's proprietary audio-signal-processing and frequency-analysis search technology called "Sonic Search" -- which already comes standard with every site on our network -- has made another huge leap forward just a few months after its initial launch. Companies who want to tap into all of the benefits of audio-initiated music searching can now integrate the best signal-processing technology available into their own stand-alone site via our new Sonic Search API. Through the API your users will be able to search for music on your own website by uploading an mp3, pasting in a SoundCloud URL, or pasting in a YouTube URL and Sonic Search will return results from your music catalog that are musically similar to the track used to initiate the search. It's really that simple.

How does the API work?

SourceAudio's development team has prepared standard API documentation that any web programming team will be able to follow for seamless integration of Sonic Search into your own site. Once the API is integrated SourceAudio will scan and index each track in your music catalog and then you're ready to go.

Why use Sonic Search?

There are several business, user experience and market-driven reasons why Sonic Search is becoming increasingly important in music licensing.

1. We know that more and more music buyers are looking to sonic matching & signal processing search technologies to aid them in their music searches. Metadata is great, but signal processing + metadata is even better and Sonic Search is the solution.

2. In several head-to-head comparisons against similar technologies, SourceAudio has won out every time in both the quality of the results and the overall user experience.

3. SourceAudio built Sonic Search from scratch, wholly owns every piece of it, and has dedicated development experts in-house who continually update, improve, tweak and perfect the algorithms that deliver you the best search results possible. We're dedicated to maintaing the best signal processing tech available anywhere.

How do I get API access?

Getting API access is simple. Just send an email to our sales team at sales[at] or fill out our contact form found here and one of our reps will get back to you right away.


New Feature: YouTube Content ID System Revenue & Reporting Dashboard

SourceAudio makes earning revenue on your music in the YouTube Content ID System easier than ever

SourceAudio makes earning revenue on your music in the YouTube Content ID System easier than ever


SourceAudio already makes participation in the YouTube Content ID system simpler than ever and we've just taken it one step further:  Tap into detailed revenue & performance reporting with our fully-integrated reporting dashboard that's now available to all Admins on the network. With this new reporting dashboard you can have a live look into your total revenue earned to date, the total number of videos you have claimed in the system, your top performing videos & tracks, and detailed monthly revenue reports.

For those of you who are already enrolled in the YouTube Content ID System program through SourceAudio, you can see your reports right now in the new "YouTube Content ID" section of your Admin Panel. You'll have historical performance data in there right now so have a look and pull any reports you need. For those of you who aren't on board with SourceAudio's YouTube Content ID System program you're probably missing out on this great revenue stream for your business. SourceAudio makes file uploading and video claiming easier than ever - just contact Dan or Andrew to let them know you'd like to get started and we'll take it from there. No need to provide updated hard drives or anything on your end - we've got your music files on our cloud servers already so the hard part is already done. We'll sync your music over to the YouTube Content ID System and you can simply sit back and watch your revenue performance through this new dashboard and reporting feature. We know there are several libraries already on board who are earning thousands of dollars each month through this program so if you want in on the action and you'd like to track your performance through this great new reporting tool just let us know and we'll get you all set up!



New Feature: Embedded Track Player

SourceAudio embedded player

Create embedded players with this new simple tool

You can now embed individual tracks from your SourceAudio site on your other sites, blogs, or anywhere that allows embedded content. The embedded player is a great way to promote your music on other sites & blogs while giving users an easy way to click through to your site to discover more music and contact you about licensing. Embedding tracks is currently limited only to admins. Setting up your players and embedding them is simple.

Here's how it works

  1. Go to the track detail page for the track you want to embed in your site or blog by clicking on the track's title.
  2. Below the "License Now" button on the right side of the page you'll see a new "Embed" button - click it to display the player setup tool you see in the screenshot above.
  3. Configure your player by choosing your sharing & download settings for users who see this player embedded on your site or blog; define you player width; select your text, background, and border colors; and click "Copy Embed Code" to finish.
  4. Paste your embed code into your site or blog, save, and finish. Quick tip: Depending on your blog/page editor, you'll usually need to be in HTML or "source" mode for the player to appear properly.

The new SourceAudio embedded player will play in all browsers and is fully HTML 5 compatible so it works well on iOS devices as well.

Check out a few examples of the new player

Here's one with a gray background and blue text:

Here's that same track but with black text and a red background:

Here's one more in blue and red:

What can you expect to see next with these players?

A few enhancements for these players are already in the pipeline:

  1. We're going to extend the ability to embed tracks to all users who have access to your site - not just admins - and you'll be able to make catalogs, labels and albums embeddable/not embeddable through your music access profiles.
  2. Embeddable playlists are coming next.

Enjoy your new embedded players!


E-Commerce: We’re Moving To PayPal Payments

SourceAudio Now Uses PayPal Payments for All E-Commerce Transactions

SourceAudio Now Uses PayPal Payments for All E-Commerce Transactions

We're excited to announce our newest e-commerce upgrade: SourceAudio is moving to PayPal payments for all e-commerce transactions, making deposits from your sales transactions route directly & instantly into your own account. From an overall ease of use and value standpoint, we feel like connecting sellers directly with buyers via PayPal is the best solution. So, effective immediately, all existing e-commerce enabled sites will be migrated over to PayPal's payment system. In terms of the overall user experience, nothing has changed - users will be able to pay with either their credit card or with their PayPal ID.

To connect your PayPal account to your site, we'll need you to provide us with 3 pieces of information:

  1. Your PayPal API username
  2. Your PayPal API password
  3. Your PayPal API signature

For instructions on how to gain access to your PayPal API and password, please follow the step-by-step guide found right here under Option "A".

That's it for now. More updates on embedded players and SEO coming very soon!


Welcome to the SourceAudio Music Licensing Buyer Network!


The Buyer Network is Live, Connecting Buyers and Sellers in the Cloud!

The Buyer Network is Live, Connecting Buyers and Sellers in the Cloud!


Music Sellers: Connect Directly With Dozens of Buyers in the SourceAudio Cloud!

It's finally here! Music sellers can now instantly and seamlessly connect with dozens of music buyers on the SourceAudio network. We're adding new buyers all the time too. Here's what you can expect when you opt into the buyer network:

1. Music buyers will be able to see your presence on the seller network. They'll see your logo, company name, main contact's name, and contact info. They can then preview 5 of your featured tracks and then request access to subscribe to your music.

2. You will get an email notification letting you know that a buyer has requested access to your music. You can see their company name and contact info as well. If you agree to allow them to subscribe, your music, metadata, and all future updates to your own site will sync instantly to their buyer site.

3. Sellers can also view a list of all available buyers on the network. In the same way that buyers can request access to individual libraries, sellers can invite buyers to subscribe to their music. Once an invite is sent, the buyer receives a notification email and can decide to accept the invite and subscribe to the music or they can pass on the invite.

4. Full stats and reporting on a site-by-site basis is fully integrated into the new network. In the existing stats section of all sites, you'll notice a new "Site" selection drop-down. Under that drop-down, you'll see all music buyers subscribing to your music. To see a specific buyer's activity on your music, simply select them from the drop-down and your charts and reporting will update to reflect only that buyer's stats.

On the Other Side: Buyer Sites Look and Work Just Like Seller Sites

SourceAudio music buyer sites look and work just like music seller sites with only one difference - buyers don't upload or manage music and metadata. They simply subscribe to music and metadata from seller sites. Buyers can only see a seller's music if they've been granted access. Sellers can only syndicate their music to a buyer if the buyer has agreed to subscribe. The subscription and syndication experience revolves around a typical invitation/request system so both parties can mutually agree to be connected.

I'm a Music Seller, How Do I Get Started?

Getting started on the buyer network is simple. Just complete these 3 simple steps and you're all ready to go:

1. Choose the catalogs on your site that you want to syndicate. Go to your Admin Panel > Buyer Network > Syndication tab. You'll see a list of the available catalogs and labels on your site that can be syndicated (only "master" versions of catalogs can be syndicated so if you sync or sub-publish other catalogs on SourceAudio you won't be able to offer them in the buyer network). Select the catalogs and labels you want to syndicate and click "Save". Then, toggle over to the "Manage Buyers" tab.

Your Syndication Settings Panel

Your Syndication Settings Panel

2.Turn your visibility toggle "On" or "Off". If it's checked (On) it means all buyers can see you and can request access to your music. If it's not checked (Off) it means that only the specific buyers you have invited will have the opportunity to see and subscribe to your music. They'll get your invites and notifcations as expected but you won't be visible to other buyers in the list.

The List of Active Buyers on the Network Is In Your Admin Panel

The List of Active Buyers on the Network Is In Your Admin Panel

3. Invite buyers to subscribe! That's it. You can run down the list, click the "Send Invite" button to initiate the invitation process, and the buyer will receive the invite via email.

You'll receive a daily notification email that includes all requests, invites, new buyers on the network, and other updates that are relevant to your site. If you don't get an email on any given day it's simply because nobody tried to contact you and no new buyers were added to the network. So, just check your inbox for your daily update and get ready to interact with a ton of new buyers!

I'm a Music Buyer, How Do I Get Started?

Getting started on the buyer network is even simpler:

Select the catalogs you want to subscribe to. Go to your Admin Panel > Subscriptions section. You'll see a list of libraries that are available to you. To request access to new libraries, click the "Subscribe" button. A notification will be sent to that music seller and they can approve or reject the request. To preview tracks from libraries before you request access to their music, click the "Sample Tracks" icon. You'll see that library's 5 most recent featured tracks appear in the list and you can play them right in line. That's it!

You'll also receive a daily update email that includes the following notifications:

  • New invitations from sellers to subscribe
  • Announcements for new music added by sellers you subscribe already to - if they have uploaded new music you will be notified

Enjoy the New Buyer Network!

So go ahead, start sending your invites & requests and keep an eye out for those daily notification emails and enjoy the benefits of the new buyer network!

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