Now there’s a real alternative to SoundCloud

Over the last few weeks I’ve talked a lot about the issues I’m having with SoundCloud and I think it’s only fair to say that I’m not the only one too. Add to that the current rumours around a possible purchase by Spotify, which could generate some serious changes, if indeed it does go ahead.

I’ve also posted about a few of the possible alternatives to SoundCloud, but one that I haven’t really talked about in detail is Orfium. I’ve been watching Orfium for a while now. Looking at what they’re doing and where they seem to be going, and I’ve been very hopeful about their direction. So just the other week I decided to get in touch with them and have a serious chat about what they were about and about their proposition for a community like ours in the mobile music world.

I have to start by saying that I was more than pleasantly surprised. In fact I’d go as far as saying I was really impressed with not only what they’re doing, but also with what they’ve got planned too. On top of that, Orfium was actually very easy to talk to (not so with all services in this space), and also very open to ideas.

So now seems like a good time to talk in more detail about what Orfium has to offer for the mobile music community and why I think that it looks like one of the best options for mobile music people to switch to. Let’s start with why Orfium is worth taking a look at in the first instance. The simplest start point here is to check out this comparison:


Now of course you can argue that Orfium is a lot smaller than SoundCloud is right now and that without a significant user base there isn’t going to be the same level of community and possible interaction. True, I won’t argue with you there, but without people moving over to Orfium, or at the very least giving it a try that’s always going to be the case. Which is why I’ve now set up on Orfium, and as soon as they’ve got their groups functionality I’ll get a group set up for mobile music. Yes, that’s right, they’re implementing groups! One of the most recent issues that we’ve all had with SoundCloud, the removal of groups, is not going to be a problem with Orfium!

Now that’s got to be a good reason to take a look. But there’s more, lots more. Let’s take this one feature at a time and make a detailed comparison.

But before we move on let’s dwell for a moment on that issue of user base. Whilst it’s true that Orfium is just starting out and that we, as a community, should get behind them (in my view). It’s also fair to say that from a monetisation perspective their user base is not an issue. If, for example, you take YouTube monetisation then this is not restricted by Orfium’s size at all. It’s worth remembering that.

Let’s move on and take a look at some of the areas where Orfium really excels:

80% artist pay out
This is about as high as it gets and I don’t think that you can argue with it really, especially when you look at what others have to offer.

Remix monetisation
This is an unusual feature, but quite welcome I think, and one that will make sense and be useful to a lot of readers.

Distribution terms
It’s up to you the artist, you choose, free or priced all within the same platform without having to add links to out where you can buy the track. I like this a lot, and for me personally it works just the way I want.

Rights management
Now this is probably one of the most interesting parts of the platform. Orfium is actually is a digital rights platform built to facilitate a social network for musicians. This makes Orfium a real choice for someone looking not only to get their work heard, but also to get paid for it fairly. That’s a very powerful feature in my book. Add to that non-exclusive publishing, micro-licensing, sync-licensing and creative commons licensing service options. It all adds up to a very powerful service for hosting your music. Add to that the current issues in the world of licensing and it really is a better way forward.

So what else? There’s more …
For now Orfium has no iOS or Android apps. When I say for now I mean for now. Orfium has these in their plan and their working toward getting these out there and into the hands of users.

But it doesn’t stop there at all. There’s plenty more coming too. But that’s for another day, as I can’t tell you everything that Orfium are doing or have planned. But let me sum up by saying that I think that what they’re doing and where they’re going is right for musicians, iOS, mobile or otherwise and I think that it adds up to a real alternative that we should all take a look at and think very seriously about moving to.

To finish off it’s worth mentioning that Orfium offers unlimited free hosting, and they have special accounts for record labels and distributors (add to that they’re working on special accounts for publishers and curators). Orfium only take a percentage of revenue when the music actually generates revenue, meaning there are no upfront costs (as well as no long-term contracts).

In my view Orfium is a real alternative to SoundCloud and they’re moving forward with new features that truly serve the artist community. Go try it and tell me what you think.


Sharing options coming to Figure …

I’m a big fan of figure and so it’s great to see it get developed in new ways. I think that the sharing options you can see here are going to be great fun to use to.

So when is it coming? Well, this is what Kalle says …

Figure on the app store:


Something new from Intermorphic: Wotja: Text to Tunes & Music – Easily Make, Share & Play a Fun Music Greeting!

The guys from Intermorphic never sit still. Now they’ve brought us Wotja, something quite different from Mixtikl and Noatikl, something fun and with a broad audience I think.

Here’s what they say about it:

Feel like making a tune or a melody? As a new kind of “inmo” musical instrument, enter text and let Wotja create one for you – no musical knowledge is required, and you can have hours of fun! Share your tune and message by tweeting, emailing, facebooking or even instant messaging it as a “wotja URL”.

Each tune is generated from the first 101 characters you enter, and these can be in any language (and even include Emoji), meaning lots of room for fun – so experiment away. See what tune you get when you enter a name, greeting, message, website address, equation, numbers, emoji or a lyric, poem or haiku etc. The creative and possibilities are endless.

There is also a wide range of options for you to personalize your creation, such as selecting the sounds, fx, backing and colours you want it to use, as well as whether you want it just to play as music or to also be read out (text to speech [TTS]).

It’s simple and free to use – so download it now!

Key Screen = Personalise:

  • Select a Player (sounds – 22 at launch) and set its level and Echo and Reverb levels
  • Select a Backing track (beats or ambiences – 12 at launch) and set its level
  • Choose to have the text spoken, and select the locale (e.g. accent), pitch, rate and level
  • Select the display Theme colour, Style and Animation
  • Set the Tempo and Root

Key Screen = Refine:

  • Choose the type of Echo and Reverb you want to use
  • Set the Speech style : Speak, Sing or Chant
  • Change how the Tune is phased and if you want Wotja to Improvise after the tune is played

* Playback requires a user to have Wotja installed.
** It is your choice if you decide to share a wotja, so make sure you don’t infringe the copyright of others.

Wotja creation and Wotja URL sharing are ad-supported.

More info, user guide etc:

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Your App review or rating:
• If you wish to have a personal response to any feedback or problem then please do submit it via the wotja contact form or support@wotja.com. Thank you so much for your support and reviews! Tim & Pete

Wotja is free on the app store, give it a go …