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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!


Another Great Update: Improved Email Formatting!

This is the new email format your clients will see when you send them music!

We'll keep this update nice and short but we thought it was worth sharing: We just launched the new email design and layout this morning. All emails sent through your SourceAudio site will appear in your clients' email bodies just like the image above. It's a much cleaner layout PLUS we've embedded the album art when tracks and albums are sent, and playlist art when sending a playlist*. You still have the opportunity to add your own custom message to each outgoing email so nothing there has changed. For those of you with custom email formatting turned on (you know who you are), you'll want to disable your custom formatting to take advantage of this new, clean, much improved email format. Enjoy and send away!

Custom email format tool path: Dashboard > Email Format (turn the custom format switch to "off" at the top to use this new layout!).

•One small note about images in emails: Web-based email clients (Gmail, Yahoo, MSN etc.) often strip images out of emails and there's not much that can be done about it. To reveal the album/playlist art you can click "display images" when you open the email. Email applications like Outlook, Apple Mail etc. should display the images nicely by default.


SourceAudio Launches Sonic Search – The Music Search Revolution Has Begun!

SourceAudio's new SonicSearch technology enables users to search for music for license by uploading audio files to find similar results


SonicSearch is here and it's now available on all SourceAudio network sites!

SourceAudio is proud to announce the release of Sonic Search, a technology which will radically reshape the way music is searched and discovered.  Developed entirely in-house, Sonic Search allows users to upload any audio file and return results that are musically similar to the song the user has uploaded.

Here's how SonicSearch works:

  • Every song in the SourceAudio cloud is analyzed by SonicSearch to generate a unique fingerprint for that song based on the instruments used and specific musical indicators
  • When you upload a song to find a similar result, the uploaded file goes through the same process and is compared with our SonicSearch index to find your matches
  • Matches are rated and ranked by their similarity to your uploaded track and can be further refined with filters or keyword searches
  • Quick tip: Drag & drop also works for quick and easy uploading...give it a shot!

Co-Founder and CEO Geoffrey Grotz comments “Search, particularly in the world of sync licensing, has relied entirely on metadata...which has been a below average experience at best.  By analyzing the signal a musical piece generates we’re able to find similar signals and when combined with metadata refinement the results are absolutely astounding.”

Sonic Search initially will launch across the 208 SourceAudio member sites which include  industry leading music labels, ad agencies, broadcast and production companies.  Additionally, Sonic Search can be integrated into proprietary and other 3rd party music search and delivery systems.

For site owners and admins: To enable or disable SonicSearch on your site, just go to your Admin Panel > Edit Site Settings > Search and set your preference on or off.

One final thought: SonicSearch will continually be improved upon and new releases will be made available on a regular basis. You'll notice the already high-quality matches get even better and better over time. We're never done making this the best platform available anywhere!


Another Huge Release: Full Width Layout + Another Big Announcement Coming Very Soon!

Do you use iTunes everyday? Ever use Spotify? Then you're going to love this latest release that's now available to everyone. Introducing our new "Liquid Layout", a full-screen version of your SourceAudio site that stretches from edge to edge in your browser and optimizes for every user's resolution. Here's what's new in this release and here's how it all works:

1. New "Liquid" full-width site layout.

We are extremely proud to offer a new, full-browser-width experience for all sites on the network - think iTunes on this one. Users with nice, big widescreen monitors will be able to view your site in a full-screen mode that adapts to and optimizes for all screen resolutions. To enable the new "liquid layout" on your site, simply to go your Appearance editor under Edit Site Settings in your Admin Panel and you can enable this new option as your default site view for all users. To preview your site in the new liquid layout mode, go to your main tracks page and hit "shift + alt + L" on your keyboard. You can toggle between the two views with this keyboard command to determine if you'd like to adopt this new optimized layout across your site.

SourceAudio's new "Liquid" full-width browser layout

2. Drag & drop playlist and cue sheet management.

You'll notice that as you navigate your site and scroll down the page your playlists module to the left will never scroll out of view. We did this in order to support our new drag & drop playlist and cue sheet management feature. You can now click on tracks and drag them into your playlists and cue sheets. You can also select more than one track at a time and drag batches of tracks at once into playlists. Albums work in the same way as well. This is really going to speed up playlist & cue sheet management and we're excited to make it available to you now! Check out how it works in the short video below (go full screen, it's way better than viewing this in its native size).

3. Multiple track selection & download capability.

Tracks can now be selected by clicking on any empty space around the text in a single line listing. You can also select more than one track at a time by holding down 'shift' or 'ctrl' (PC)/'command' (Mac). Once you start selecting tracks you'll notice a "Download Selected" button appear on the bottom left. This new feature allows you and your users to quickly select and download multiple tracks at once without having to create a playlist or download one at a time. You can also see this feature in action in the video above.

Stay tuned...there are some more very big announcements coming right around the corner! The first one is called "Sonic Search" and it's going to be awesome!!

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