GarageBand

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Not strictly a music library but if you are a composer and/or songwriter, please leave your comments and experiences with this company. We want to hear the good as well as the bad! Below is some general information but we make no guarantee of accuracy. Check with the company for all details. Please contact us for any corrections.

URL: http://www.garageband.com
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5 Replies to “GarageBand”

  1. Garageband was a brilliant site when it started and had an active, enthusiastic community. The idea behind the site was to review and rate other’s music in return for reviews and ratings of your own. They had fairly strict guidelines for the review process – i.e. no blatant cut-and-paste nonsense, no thoughtless “this sucks” or “this rules” comments, a minimum word requirement and encouragement to address as many elements of the track as possible. There is a chart for tracks that are being actively reviewed, and the idea was that this would be regularly checked out by elusive A & R execs.

    To keep the review process in check, they also set up an optional review rating process: if your track receives a review, you have the option of checking and rating someone else’s review of a different track first and flag anything inappropriate. This means that every user has a review rating as well as a track rating – obviously those with higher review ratings get taken more seriously. There are different membership levels ranging from free (which means that you have to write a certain number of reviews before you can get any of your own material reviewed and eligible for the charts, and each track earns review privileges this way. Silver and gold memberships entitle you to varying numbers of instant uploads and unlock more features on the site.

    When it all started it got a lot of very good publicity in magazines like Sound on Sound, and everyone who joined the site was very enamoured with the process. It was a great way to get impartial feedback on your music – often very carefully considered and and well written – and to listen to a huge range of music that you wouldn’t otherwise have heard.

    The downfall of the site was its initial strength: the very intricate and carefully devised review system. The novelty wore off very quickly – it was all too complicated and time consuming, so the number of people joining and uploading tracks dwindled and the quality of the reviews is now mostly abysmal. It’s a shame really – could have been a valuable tool for independent and DIY musicians but in the end it was simply overambitious.

    1. I agree wholeheartedly with your remarks. It was great in the early days, then it changed. Of course, now the site is dead.

      I received a notice recently that GB was basically closing down and they were transferring everything to another site. I tired to follow their directions, b ut the Ilike site has a really horrible UI and I lost patience with the whole process.

      Here’s the email I received:
      “It’s been over ten years since we started helping discover independent music on the ol’ interwebs. Things have changed a lot since then. Most of those changes have been good and some of them have been bad. Some changes are just bitter-sweet.

      It’s with this bitter-sweetness that we are announcing today that Garageband.com will be discontinued as of July 15th, 2010.

      The landscape of how music is discovered and delivered has changed drastically over the last decade and we are proud to have been a huge part of that change — first with Garageband.com and then with iLike.com and beyond. Sadly, that landscape will not include Garageband.com anymore.

      Link your account to iLike: (action required)
      If you want to continue to make your music available for streaming or download on iLike.com and the iLike application on Facebook, please go to iLike.com and login with your Garageband username and password by July 15th, 2010. This will automatically link your account to iLike so we can port your music, profile photo, and biography to iLike.com.

      Finally, if you have recently made a purchase on Garageband.com and would like a refund, please email [email protected] to request a refund. Valid refund requests must be received no later than July 31st, 2010.

      Sincerely,

      The Garageband and iLike team”

  2. I used it for awhile as a place to host my mp3’s. I don’t think that anyone has ever had a placement by using them. Works similar to Soundclick.com.

  3. Actually, I believe that GarageBand is more like an iTunes for musicians, coupled with a rather quirky internal `rating system’ where other members (mostly musicians) rate your songs. Woo hoo…your song ends up with 4.5 out of 5 stars, but there’s no ceremony…or award…or anything. Oh yeah…you get some bragging rights.

    No licensing opportunities that I’m aware of…you simply sell mp3 downloads.

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