What the heck is alonetone?

alonetone is a place for small label, do-it-yourself and everyday musicians and bands to upload their music and freely share it on the internets.

If you make music (and own the rights to it) then this site is built for you.

So, it's a website for musicians?

Yup!

There are all sorts of music making folks here - from rock bands to electronic musicians to trained classical artists to your guitar strumming next door neighbor.

Can I join and upload mp3s here?

We would be honored. Go sign up.

I don't get it: Why alonetone?

You are right, there are plenty of websites for musicians to upload their music. Why alonetone?

Well, most of the 'free' services you'll run into elsewhere run ads, are funded by investors, owned by media conglomerates. In general, they are hoping making money off of your "content"...erm...music.

Most music communities are overly obsessed with genres and popularity — we're not turned on by that either! Time for something new, don't you think?

alonetone was started to provide a non-commercial alternative. Something useful, something different, something that the musicians can feel like they own.

Beyond that, we want to do it right. Clean, only the essentials. Not too dorked-out. Easy to get around.

Wow, no company! So who makes alonetone?

alonetone is conceived and built by Sudara

The visual look and feel (layout, navigation, icons) is designed by Samo..

The forums are moderated by Sudara, Another Cultural Landslide and Montgomeru

After our initial launch in 2008 most features were inspired, recommended by, and build to please alonetoners who spoke up and helped by providing their valuable feedback in email conversations with Sudara or via the alonetone forums

How long will it be free?

As long as alonetone exists.

Can I sell my music here?

Nope.

alonetone is for people who want to give our music away, share it freely. There are many places where you can try and sell your tunes (Bandcamp) if you want to take a crack at it.

So, I can upload my music and give it away?

Yeah, that's the most important bit, but there is more.

Track who is listening to your music (and from where). Put your music on any website, and we handle all of the traffic. Upload it once here, use it wherever you want.

Anywho, nothing to lose, so stop reading, take 45 seconds and sign up.

Isn't this costing you money? Are you bad at business?

There are some costs, primarily the storage and server costs, which are currently around $200 a month.

I pay these out of pocket for a few reasons: I want to promote independent music and display the wonderful amazing fact that the music distribution model has changed. One average person can singlehandedly float hundreds of musicians, thousands of mp3s and hundreds of thousands of downloads. Incredible - it points to pretty crazy and amazing future world of music.

Oh yeah, and with current industry turbulence, I want to make sure the average kid and professional has access to free online distribution. They deserve it, and it costs next to nothing.

If you want to contribute towards storage and server costs, you can donate one-time or monthly.

What if the site explodes in popularity?

That would be a good problem to have, now wouldn't it!

Seriously, though: In the event that the I can no longer afford to singlehandedly keep alonetone up, the popularity of the site and the sheer volume of users needed to produce the cost would likely ensure that it would be kept afloat by other like-minded do good-ers.

I have no current intention to pollute the site with advertising. That would be a sad, sad day.

How is the site built?

With love.

No, I'm a programmer, dummy. Gimme the specs!

alonetone is about 4000 lines of rails code and about the same amount of javascript and css.

Is the code open source?

You bet your sweet programming butt it is. It is available via git at the alonetone git repository

We are open-minded to pull requests and contributions. Go ahead and email me if you are interested.