It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Written on December 31, 2015

As announced a few months ago, EqBeats has gone into archival mode. We’re no longer accepting new tracks or collecting comments and statistics on existing tracks. All of the songs, playlists, user profiles remain online, and will remain so indefinitely.

Again, the reason behind this move is that both of us have lost interest in maintaining EqBeats, and with the rise of other platforms run by people who are far more involved in the community than we were, retiring was the most sensible option.

Your data is still yours of course so if you’d like some or all of your tracks taken down, please email us at contact@eqbeats.org and we’ll do it, no questions asked. You can also download an archive of all of your tracks, along with all the statistics we’ve been collecting on them. We also have a tool in the works to help you migrate to Pony.fm, look for it sometime in the next few weeks.

We’re very thankful for every single one of you, those of you who trusted us with your creations, those of you who regularily came back to check the newest uploads, those of you who built exciting things on top of our API. Thank you so much for being with us. Until next time.

Sunsetting EqBeats

Written by codl on August 07, 2015

We’re shutting down. EqBeats has always been a two-person show and neither of us is willing to keep maintaining EqBeats, and while it’s been running fine unsupervised for the last year or so, it still costs money to run every month, and we’re not comfortable letting it run completely unmoderated.

What is going to happen

On December 28th, 2015, EqBeats will stop accepting new tracks, new comments, sign-ups, and will stop collecting statistics on tracks. We’re going into archive mode. Everything will stay online indefinitely, every track will still be available for playback and for download, we won’t break any links.

What you should do about it

You’re probably planning to move to another service. Tell us what kind of exporting tools you would like. An archive file with all your tracks? Batch upload to SoundCloud? To Pony.fm? To another service? Let us know and we’ll do what we can.

You can email us at contact@eqbeats.org, hop into our IRC channel, #eqbeats on irc.ponychat.net, or you can tweet me @codl.

Discontinuing YouTube integration

Written by codl on April 20, 2015

As the YouTube API that we were using to provide automatic YouTube uploads has been shut down, we are discontinuing the YouTube upload feature.

If you have linked your YouTube and EqBeat accounts in the past, our access to your YouTube account should have been revoked automatically, but if you wish you may check your Google permissions and make sure that EqBeats is not in that list.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

The longest, softest fall.

Written by codl on April 18, 2014

Two years ago, I was contacted by a fellow developer named fmang, on the basis that we were both French and bronies and that we should totally do a project together. So after a bit of soul-searching, we decided that hosting music on YouTube was really stupid and inconvenient, and we set out to revolutionize the brony music scene by building a music hosting site. Within a week, a domain name was acquired, EqBeats was born and already enjoying success. Development was quick, popularity was rising massively and a handful of big names eventually came to trust us, bringing with them a constant flow of users. All in all, a pretty successful start.


Now, this sounds like the intro to a big change announcement, doesn’t it? You’d expect something like “Now after over two years of loyal service, we’ve been acquired by Everfree Network” or “Sadly, our bandwidth costs have gone through the roof and we must now shut down. Sorry!” But this is nothing so spectacular, and we have been hinting at it for a very long time. It’s about time we make an public statement:

EqBeats has fallen out of development.

To be blunt, we’ve both lost interest in EqBeats, in brony music, and in MLP in general. We’ve had our fun, then we moved on.

What does this mean? What’s going to happen now?

For users: Nothing much. EqBeats is still up, still being maintained, we’ll still fix any bugs you report. It won’t get any new features, but it’s not going away.

For developers: We need you! Looking for an open source project to contribute to? Ever wished you could be the project leader of a website about ponies? Maybe being a maintainer is your one true calling? We’d like to extend an invitation to come chat with us in #eqbeats on irc.ponychat.net (webchat) or hit us up at contact@eqbeats.org, we’ll be happy to talk.

Windows Phone app.

Written on February 20, 2013

Hey all,

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There is now an EqBeats app for Windows Phone 7 and 8! It’s free, get it here.

Many thanks to Connorcpu for making this app.

More new stuff.

Written by codl on January 15, 2013

Hello all!

We’ve just pushed some updates to the website a few days ago.

Detailed statistics

Took us long enough, but here it is, a day by day report of views, plays, and downloads; as well as a report of referrers (where did visitors click through to your track).

Of course this is still a very new feature, so we only have statistics going back about a month, and there will be discrepancies between it and the plain old hit counter.

More audio formats

We now transcode every upload to two more codecs:

  • AAC, for the sake of iDevices
  • Opus

Now I’m fairly sure most of you haven’t heard of Opus, so let me tell you about it. It is a fairly new codec (July 2012), worked upon by the Xiph.Org foundation, Skype/Microsoft, Mozilla and others, with the ambition to be efficient at pretty much any bitrate. And, surprisingly enough, it meets its goal, all the while being better than every other codec at most bitrates.

Most importantly, it is an open, royalty-free standard, so those of you who care about software patents should already be smiling, and those of you who don’t should probably go read up on them.

Sadly, it’s still not widely supported, but if you’re using Firefox, you’re already listening to it.

We have tinkered with our encoding settings so that those two codecs (as well as Vorbis) are comfortably streamable on a slow internet connection, while still remaining very close to the original uploaded file. But, we’re not sound engineers or anything, and thus we would appreciate your feedback on this.

On this note, we’d like to stress once again that uploading lossless files is always the better option. While we do accept most formats imaginable, transcoding from MP3 or other lossy formats to yet another lossy format will incur more loss than transcoding from FLAC or WAV or ALAC to a lossy format.

Happy everything

In other news, we’re in 2013 now apparently?

Happy new year, folks. Hope your year was as fascinating and fulfilling as it could have been, and that the new one will be too.

With the new year comes another milestone: EqBeats is now one year old! Thanks to all of you for trusting us with your music and making EqBeats into the sizeable repository that it is now.