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Tweeting for a track is now a common method of spreading the word about your new song. The service Pay With A Tweet is another service that will help you accomplish this task and spread the word about your music. Learn more here.

Many groups believe that when they get a band manager their days of updating MySpace, show lists and all the other boring things are over. One of the things that many groups don't think of is that while it may seem relieving to hand off this boring work to their manager, your manager should really be trying to make big moves for your band and doing the things that really matter for your group. Everyone has a finite amount of hours they can put into a project and if you are working with a manager, you should take the burdens of small things off their back so they can be free to pursue broad strokes and big moves so that one day you can move out of your mother's basement.
Everyone has been excited about the prospects of increasing sales at shows with the ability to take credit cards. PayPal  has now launched a Mobile Express App for the iPhone which will make checking out at shows way easier. Get the details here. Sizzle Reel from on Vimeo.

In the past we have told you about Headliner FM a website that can help you market to similar groups using social networks.They have put up a great article on how to run a successful campaign using their service. Check it out here.
As you may have heard WordPress recently launched their latest version and with that news came a new theme with a world of possibilities. The Twenty Ten Theme is a diverse and nuanced theme and the blog MakeUseOf has up a fantastic article on why you should keep it and all the potential that it brings. Looks AMAZING!

Cool New DropBox Tricks

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We have talked a lot about what a useful tool DropBox can be for musicians looking to share files. It now looks that they have made this tool even more useful by adding a new useful sharing feature where you can easily share any file on the web, including public folders. They have also enabled a way to share files via email. Which is great for when you are on the go and need to get a file to numerous other people fast.

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We recently, previewed what looks to be a promising iPhone App Builder. With features I have not seen based in any of the competing iPhone Apps builders, SoundAround looks like it will be a great tool for bands in the future. They are also giving away 3 free codes to their service. Simply, Retweet this post and the guys from Sound Around will select 3 people at random to win 3 free months of the service.

More Korg MonoTron Mods

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Concert Listings on Facebook have never been quite what they were on MySpace. Thankfully, BandsInTown a great concert calendar service where you can get alerts automatically from your favorite Last.FM and Pandora groups has now made it much easier to add you concert listing to Facebook and increase show attendances. Check it out here.
It is so exciting all of the new options for artists to make high quality websites. Add Sayvee to that list a new website builder with it's own special features. Check them out.
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In the past we have discussed that you should have already been on Tumblr yesterday. This social network is one of the most powerful music marketing tools today. Lately, I have been doing some experimenting with this tool and have found some little tricks you can use to spread the word about your music.

If you just watched the video you may ask yourself how we lived for so long without a service like Friendly Music. This site makes music licensing super easy and seems to be an AMAZING way to spread your music. Check them out here!

Devote Your Oversharing To One Site

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One of the plagues of social networks is those people who you are interested in who feel the need to tell you every time they go see a movie or eat something that tastes great. Unfortunately, you are interested in this person but not in everything they do. PErhaps you are one of these people when using social networks to promote your music?

If so, there is a smart way to go about your oversharing, keep most of your social networks to strictly interesting announcements. Let your fans know if they want more from you they can go to a site like Tumblr and hear about every time your drummer farts in the van. This also works in vice versa where you can let your fans know that if you seem annoying they can just follow you on Facebook where you keep it strictly business. This will ensure your followers keep up with you and don't ignore your oversharing self.
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The Music Think Tank has long been one of the best websites for musicians looking to learn how to adapt to the fast changing times of this industry. Their posts have always emphasized quality over quantity and now Hypebot will be taking over the curating of the site and we are sure it will be upping the ante of what they have always done. If you aren't checking in on this site on a regular basis you are missing out.
indie-band-survival-guide.jpgWhen we began Musformation, one of the first things we did is set out to see exactly what sort of material was out there for bands in 2010, both in print and online.  One of the first places many people recommended we try is was The Indie Band Survival Guide.  Universally recognized as ground zero for information on getting your group started and becoming successful, the IBSG was definitely an influence on the architecture of this site.  Recently, we sat down with Randy Chertkow, one of the esteemed authors, and got an earful on the music industry, money making opportunities and much more. 
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News came from TechCrunch today that FourSquare adds over 100K users a day. We have been talking about the potential of this social network for bands a great deal lately. The potential to remind fans when you are in their area and show that you are human are limitless. However, if you want to take advantage of the power of this tool you need to let your fans know you are on there. In order to do this you need to sign on to your FourSquare account and then click on the picture of your profile. Copy this URL and paste it to your Twitter, Facebook and as a button on your website and your fans can start finding you on FourSquare and staying in touch with you!

If you are a touring band keeping up with communication can be hell. With lapsing phone charges, dead batteries there can be many pains with getting in touch with a group, especially when situations are emergencies. As you can see in the above video, Google Voice can make these pains much easier in a variety of ways. It is now available to anyone living in the US and looks like it will make phone calls a lot easier.

The man, the myth, the lunatic, Andrew W.K. talks about the music industry, image and the effects of music.   

TuneCore Now Aggregating To Spotify

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Yesterday ,we posted about TuneCore's new found speediness in aggregating to iTunes but that was only half the story. They also announced they are now aggregating to Spotify, which is great news for anyone looking to get their music to what promises to be one of the biggest music services in the coming months when it hits the states.

Flavors.Me Is An Easy Website Builder

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Band websites can be a pain to build, Thankfully has built a great looking site builder for anyone who just wants to bounce their fans to the various social networks they use. Not to mention it looks extremely easy to use and features a very good looking SoundCloud integration.

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It is no secret that online radio is one of the best ways to promote your music. With services like Pandora, Last.FM, Jango, Blip.FM and other services not only can you get your music before the ears of listeners who like the type of music you make, but you can also get paid for your plays as you begin to dominate the online radio airwaves.

It all comes down to this. As you come down to entering the studio and then recording your songs you are now tasked with one of the most difficult balancing acts ever known to man (ok... well maybe to musicians). We have written countless articles on how to avoid many of the pitfalls many musicians fall into when they go to capture their material. Read on and make something great for us all to hear.

With everyday, as the gatekeepers die and the major labels lose power it becomes more and more about just having a great song. This being the case you better start brushing up on your skills! We have assembled a lot of advice and tools for you to use to write better songs on the other side of this link.

When trying to break your music out of your circle of friends and out to the whole world, you are inevitably going to have to take on the hat of doing some publicity for your own music. As you begin to take on this large task there is numerous bits of advice that you may have overlooked on how to do this effectively. We have assembled numerous articles on how to take over the world of music and get it out there.

Now that you actually have songs recorded you need to get them out to the world to be heard. With every day that passes more and more amazing tools become available for artists to do this without the help of a label. We keep an up to date guide of everything you could ever want to know about what you should do in order to make the right choice on how to get your music out to the world.

Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, YouTube all become more and more important everyday (well maybe not Myspace, but contrary to much chatter it is still important to know the most up to date ways to make Myspace feed your other pages). We keep musicians up to date with the most current ways to use all of these social networks to promote your music. If you are not reading our guides to social networks you are missing out on the crucial knowledge of how to promote your music with the most up to date techniques.

What separates the winners and losers is how well you handle playing live and then getting your show on the road. Playing live and touring may seem easy but there are countless pitfalls that one can encounted over time. We show you all the new tricks of the trade as well as wise advice that has been passed down over the years.

Managing a group of people and keeping everyone on the same page and motivated is one of the biggest make or break factors of any sucessful group. There are many emerging tools that can make this easier and we sort through them, all the while dispensing valuable advice on how to deal with your members with minimal chaos.

Getting covered by blogs is fast becoming one of the things that everyone wants to figure out. Sadly, there is not a lot of information out there on how to do just this. We have quite a few articles with the techniques we use to get the bands we work with on to some of the top blogs out there.