Another music site to play with: 8tracks.com.
This Internet radio lets you create eight-song playlists from your collection, publish them on the site or a personal webpage. You can share them with friends through Facebook. You can add descriptions and art. It’s legal. The licensing fees have been paid.
Time magazine named 8tracks to its list of the 50 Best Websites of 2011.
David Porter, a veteran of the online music world, founded the company in 2006. The site launched in 2008.
According to its vision statement: “8tracks believes handcrafted music programming trumps algorithms. Think radio in the 1970s, mixtapes in the 1980s, and DJ culture of the 1990s through today. DJs share their talent in taste making, providing exposure for artists. Listeners get a unique blend of word-of-mouth sharing and radio programming — long the trusted means for music discovery — on a global scale.”
Peter Kafka in Business Insider called it “our favorite new service” shortly after the site launched.
Here’s one mix we loved http://8tracks.com/maystephen/la-enorme-distancia.
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