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jason on 12/02/2009 at 08:43AM

What's New? Tagging and more!

We're testing out some new features and slight changes to the FMA this week, please try them out and let us know what you think!

+ The big #1 is Tagging. Any registered user can tag a track, artist, or album. This will help create community-generated tag pages like this one for Banjo and this one for Baltimore

+ you might notice your tags popping up in the Recent Activity Feed on the homepage, along with recent user-generated blog posts, mixes, and comments. Soon, these feeds will also be available on your own profile, as well as on Artist, Curator, and Label pages to track discussion and help users collaborate

+ We've tweaked the FMA's Mix Creation and Blog Management -- try it out!

+ Smoother uploading, more intuitive Edit pages, more dynamic label pages w/ Fans & Comments (here are some examples)

+ more Stats: Starting this week, we're keeping a download count for each track, and we're working on more comprehensive statistics and charts.

+ You may have already noticed our embeddable player, and .zip downloads for Albums and Mixes. Huge thanks to our friends at Cuban Council and tireless developer Mark for helping make these site improvements this far.

We all share high expectations and big goals for this project, and your feedback is our guide. Please let us know what you think of these changes by leaving a comment or by emailing One of our next steps is a message board, where we'll be able to discuss site improvements, share free legal music resources, and bring our broad userbase together to discuss a range of topics. Read more about what's in store on our new donate page, where you can help the Free Music Archive reach its full potential.



akrde on 12/03/09 at 10:29AM
Great new features, will definitely try them out next time. Keep up the good work...
jason on 12/03/09 at 11:19AM
thanks akrde! We're still testing some of these out and tweaking them (as you may have noticed) so stay tuned...
akrde on 12/03/09 at 04:29PM
Recent activiy feed is great, but a "View All" button would be great here (and on all the other pages where you want to show activity feeds) to see the feed history.
akrde on 12/03/09 at 04:55PM
And another idea: let us browse by labels too! And a "Add to Mix" button on tracks would be nice... ;-)
jason on 12/04/09 at 08:41PM
hey akrde -- great ideas!

We're working on a View All for recent activity, looking forward to expanding that so that -- for example -- you can go to an atist page and see what mixes they're on, blog posts that mention the artist, users who've favorited one of their tracks but may not be an all out Fan, etc

Browse by Labels is on the way, so is Browse By Venue

keep those ideas comin'
jason on 12/04/09 at 08:43PM
and we're thinking of an all-out overhaul of the in-page player to include a youtube style Add-To-Mix, as well as the oft-requested time bar so that you can scroll/fast-forward/rewind using the in-page player
akrde on 12/04/09 at 09:13PM
Cool! You should make this blog post (or a similar one for collecting ideas) more prominent on the FMA main page. I'm sure that other users have great ideas for site improvements too...
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