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.

Switching out a few gears

Written on December 07, 2012

Hey folks,

We’ve just pushed out a big update today. It’s mostly a rewrite of the backend, so you shouldn’t see a lot of changes. However, this update was in the works for more than six months already, and prevented us from any kind of fast update-pushing, so finally seeing the end of that means we can start working on other, more interesting things again.

So if you have a feature you’ve always wanted to see, we’re listening, on our Github issue tracker or still via Email or IRC. Yes, we already know you guys want stats, and we’d like you to tell us what kind and at which density.

And of course, if you see a bug appear with the update, please let us know as soon as possible.

Come in, we're open!

Written on October 07, 2012

Hi folks,

We’ve put this off long enough, but EqBeats is now Free Software! The code is licenced under the BSD-3 license, and is available to view, reuse, or contribute to, in its GitHub repository.

Moving to GitHub also means we get a bugtracker so direct all your bug reports and feature requests to it here.

Thanks to Nido, Valodim and Igor for answering our call to developers and giving us the push we needed to get rolling again.

Summer-Fall updates; looking for C++ developers

Written on September 23, 2012

Summer has been busier than expected. Unfortunately, the big update isn’t ready yet, but it could be considered mostly done. The good ol’ reliable version still works, so why fix what ain’t broken? (lazy man’s excuse for not doing anything)

Less important: we’ve added OpenSearch support. That means you can easily add EqBeats to your browser’s search engines. And there is this fancy new blog. Hope you like it! There has also been a small change to the youtube uploading system: if your track is unpublished when you upload it, it will be unlisted on youtube.

Also, if any developer wanna help, send us a mail or check the chat (#eqbeats on irc.ponychat.net). We live on UTC+2, if that’s your timezone, that’s perfect; if not, don’t expect to see us at 4 AM UTC. We’re specifically looking for volunteers with some experience with C++, as well as *nix. You needn’t know C++ perfectly, you’ll be here to learn and practice, not to show off fake skills. Still interested? Good!

We're not dead!

Written on July 05, 2012

So, as expected, June has been busy. Still, we’ve improved a few things, including our spam filter. EqBeats now supports module files (MOD, XM, IT, etc…) too.

We’re also preparing a massive update of the software. This is going to take some time though, but the development should be boosted very soon. Expect new features.

Licenses and FLAC/WAV/... support

Written on June 01, 2012

As some of you probably noticed, we’ve added the ability to define licenses.

If you’re an artist, we strongly suggest that you use a Creative Commons license. The copyright (legal default) is way too restrictive. You can define the license you want to use from the account edition page.

Also, you can now upload whatever audio file you want, be it MP3, Vorbis, WAV or FLAC, or even some obscure format. The file will be automatically transcoded to both Vorbis and MP3, and will be available for download too.

Concerning track ordering, this isn’t a crucial feature, so it will have to wait. There may be more important internal updates before. If you really want some feature, feel free to tell us.

Development might have looked slow these last weeks, but don’t fear, we keep working on EqBeats!

4 months and 1000 tracks

Written on April 28, 2012

Today is EqBeats’s 4th monthiversary, but also the day the track counter hit 1000 tracks! Thanks to all our 168 artists :)

Also, we have improved the artist list page. Now it’s much more than a simple list of names.

Avatars And Notifications

Written on April 25, 2012

Hey,

Have some features:

We’ve added avatar support to the profiles. It uses the avatars on gravatar.com. If you already have one there, you don’t have anything to do. Otherwise you can just click the default avatar and be redirected.

Also, EqBeats will now email you when someone posts a comment on one of your track or on your profile page. You can disable this by unchecking “Email notification” in your account edition page.

Youtube integration

Written on April 20, 2012

Hi artists,

We noticed many of you have most of your audience on YouTube. And if you’ve been following us from the start, you’ll know that we don’t like the idea of wasting time making static videos and uploading the same thing several times, in slightly different formats.

So, first, we’d like to point out again that our MP3 files are not re-encoded. They are exactly the MP3s you upload, with fixed tags. And they are hotlinkable. That means we don’t do silly things like redirect you if you follow a direct link to an MP3 without going through our site first. Which also means a direct link to an MP3 here is a pretty decent alternative to Mediafire. Just sayin’.

On to the new things. Today we’re rolling out YouTube integration. You can now link your YouTube account to your EqBeats account. Now, why would you do that you ask? Well, when you’ve uploaded a track on EqBeats, you can now click a button and we’ll take the MP3, the cover art, make a video, and upload it to your youtube account, along with a download link in the description. In ten seconds flat.

To put it bluntly, you can now reach your followers on both YouTube and EqBeats in a single upload, without having to make a video.

And we might do the same thing for SoundCloud if some of you request it. Or another website, if you have suggestions.

Playlists!

Written on April 16, 2012

Hey everyone,

Remember yesterday when we said you’d get playlists within a week? Well, here they are.

To manage your playlists, head to your profile and scroll down; there will be a new section. To add a track to your playlists, go to that track’s page and look for the little playlist icon next to the title.

Here, have an API

Written on April 16, 2012

Hiya!

We thought of the nerds among you, and realized we hadn’t done much for you. So we added a simple JSON API. Hope you like it!

Also, we’re working on playlists. Expect to see those by the end of the week. Or don’t, then you can act all surprised when they come out.

Oh and there's another thing coming that will probably save you both time and bandwidth. Hint: it involves Youtube. Hint 2: probably not in the way you're thinking. It'll take a while though so don't get too excited.

From Categories to Tags

Written on March 01, 2012

Due to some complaints about our categories being too narrow, we decided to replace them with a more generic tag system.

And this is retroactive: the former categories have been replaced with the corresponding tags.

Partnership with Celestia Radio [Updated]

Written on March 01, 2012

Our partnership with Celestia Radio is now official! Check out this post for details.

Any track published on EqBeats will now be available by default for Celestia Radio to air. If you don’t want your tracks to air there, uncheck “Airable” on the track edition panel.

If you have any suggestions, feel free to contact either of us.

Follow Artists and Share Download Links

Written on January 22, 2012

We’ve added yet some more changes to the site! There have been a few appearance changes like the new logo and icons, as well as a few new features. You now have the ability to follow artists and favorite tracks.

In other news, you may have heard of the official shutdown of Megaupload.com. For those of you who used to upload your music there, feel free to use EqBeats for any future songs. If you want to give a direct download to a song, simply add /mp3 at the end of the URL of the track you want to link. You could also right click on the “Download” button and copy the link. Either method will work.

New design

Written on January 12, 2012

u may have noticed we’ve done a little revamping to the site. We’ve redesigned the homepage and track edition page, making things a little easier to navigate.

Feeds and oEmbed have now been added as well as well as rich text support. This allows you to bold, underline, or italicize text. You can do this by using this format: [b]bold[/b], [i]italic[/i], [u]underline[/u].