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239 points by aabergkvist on Apr 20, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 40 comments

Would be nice to:

1) show something happen in the UI straight after clicking play - there might be several seconds latency before it starts streaming now

2) pause any currently playing track after clicking "Play" on another track, so you don't get a soundclash

1.) I think we have to upgrade the storage server.. 2.) Yes, straight to the roadmap.

Thank you!

1) still add a loading indicator of some sort. Even if you upgrade your storage server, that does not affect the browsing user's connection =)

(we're still not all on broadband)

There's more royalty-free music at Incompetech:


Load of media resource [...]/bensound-jazzyfrenchy.mp3?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio failed.

Sounds interesting...

Could you add more context to this? I am unsure of what you are saying, but am interested in what you may be trying to communicate.

Sorry - I should have been a bit clearer.

I was experiencing some errors on the website (i.e. songs not playing and showing a red x). When I looked into the browser console, I saw, among an error and some warnings, this URL. I shortened it a bit, because HN automatically translates URLs into proper links, which might or might not be a good idea here.

tangentially related: everything I've ever made I've released under CC BY

https://pastebin.com/vv2AMmCN contains a list of all the different soundcloid accounts I've created over the years so there's a bunch of random crap to dig through if the interest exists

Our curator (martin) just went mental.

THANK YOU! This is great, how can we credit you properly?

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/akxuta1k9zoinot/AADCg4PLOzS2dN0DM... https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wulw9zt74kpjlet/AAA1om6Odmxwk0GAa... https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vi1se7z3ljvgt0f/AAAK9AJhtuD8hVvWo...

there may be some redundancy across all these but there's more music that I made throughout the years stored in those as well. Note that the quality may very severely because those contain the music that I made when I first started 14 years ago as well. but either way there's a lot more there if your curator is willing to dig.

you can just credit me as "ozmodic" :)

Just a quick poking around I notice that many of the songs either don't have a license or have a "non-commercial" license. I did find at least a bit that's licensed under "CY-BY" but from the random smattering I sampled, it seems like the majority might not be.

Was the intent that all of the music listed there be released under a "CC-BY" license?

interesting, it was my intent to release everything under CC-BY but I suppose some of the earlier music that I made as well as stuff uploaded from mobile just used the default "all rights reserved" setting. So to clarify, yes it was my intent to release everything under CC-BY. i would prefer my music to be free as long as I get attribution.

Thanks so much.

Uncaught (in promise) TypeError: Cannot read property 'type' of undefined at value (index.build.js?_v=a7a2d7259113c491b649f58a7c951217:29)

Also playback and download links are 404ing when hitting dropboxusercontent.com URLs

Thanks, Checking!

Very cool resource! It looks a little spartan now but hopefully this is just the beginning.

For other folks looking for free/libre music, here are a few other resources I found:

* Starfrosch https://starfrosch.com/

* CCTrax https://cctrax.com/

* Free Music Archive http://freemusicarchive.org/

If you will look inside files taken from http://cchound.com you will see that original files itself taken directly from http://freemusicarchive.org/ ;-)

A nice UX treatment, if your service can handle it, is to start pre-loading on hover over the play button, that way the song is ready to play when the user clicks. It may seem like a minor thing, but it makes a big difference in usability, and your current design is sparce enough, with enough space that you would likely not get many false loads.

With SoundCloud in the financial trouble it is in, and sites trying to use their API without paying, you could have a very good resource here.

Have you got any plans regarding an api?

It's added:


Thanks for the feedback, if you have a specific use-case in mind API-wise, please don't hesitate one second to contact me @aabergkvist (twitter)

The URL outputs differently depending on how I pull them from our hosting it seems! Both formats work on all download links though. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

I just uploaded 810MB (66 songs) of CC-BY licensed music (mostly instrumental electronic) I've created over the last 5 years to archive.org https://archive.org/details/MelodyAyresGriffiths

Thanks so much for sharing! Will have a listen!

Cool project. One note, if someone presses play on a different track, the currently playing track should be paused.

Yea, that is definitely on the roadmap!

Amazing. Been looking for something like this to use as background music for youtube videos. Much appreciated.

Shameless plug for Fang Chia!

Would love to offer you some of our material. All of it is CC-BY-SA. If interested let me know and I can send download codes!


Hi, how would you show the necessary attribution if you are making a video? Caption or perhaps credits at the end?

The credit should in most cases be placed in the description! We're working on a guide to help you figure it out more easily, until then the link to the CC description is all we can offer unfortunately.

I would find this rather useful, but as vanzorn pointed out, you appear to have a few errors in your JS and URLs.

We're re-uploading to a different source as we speak, please bear with us!

Digitalocean saves the day, URL's will be fully functional in 10 minutes!

Looks like it's working now - nice recovery!

Nice work, and thanks for the resource :)

hmm i wonder if anyone from DO reading this might be able to help you stand this up for free? :)

This is absolutely dope. Thank you!

I'm loving this stuff... awesome tracks from some really amazing people.

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