Frequently Asked Questions

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General

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I'm an Artist; what can A Little Bit Weird do for me?

A Little Bit Weird provides artists with a unique alternative to music distribution. We provide a free platform to help you create buzz around your music and build an engaged fanbase. We also offer a slot in our Featured Artists section to artists that we especially like. Featured Artists also get a few tracks on our official A Little Bit Weird Sampler, which is regularly distributed to all users of the site.

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How does A Little Bit Weird work?

  1. Fans check out your Artist Page.
  2. If they want to download your music, all they have to do is complete 2 steps: 1) Like your Facebook page, and 2) Share the download link on Facebook! (In fact, it can be even simpler - you decide whether to require them to Share)
  3. Your new Fan gets your music for free! You get Likes, Shares, and your new fans’ contact information!

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Why would I give music away for Fans instead of money?

If you’re not making a ton of money on album sales, then reaching new fans and having them share your music with friends is probably more important. Not only this, but it’s way easier to get people to listen to music when it’s free. When someone downloads your music for free on A Little Bit Weird, you get their name, e-mail address, and their city/state - plus, they Like you on Facebook and Share your music with their friends! With this information, you can nurture your new fans with amazing music and exciting content over time; and, if you do a good job, they’ll eventually buy your tickets, music, and merch.

But maybe you’re already an established artist who really benefits from album sales. In this case, it might not be in your best interest to use A Little Bit Weird as your main distribution channel. But it still has tremendous marketing value. For example, you could use A Little Bit Weird to make a viral social media splash: cater to your biggest and most attentive fans by allowing only 200 free downloads on a first-come, first-serve basis. These fans will jump at the opportunity to get your music for free, and will be more than happy to click that Share button and tell their friends all about your new music. As a result, thousands of people will see your new album on Facebook, and you’ll have up to 200 new names on your mailing list. I’d call that a successful promotionThis is a simple question of values that you must ask yourself as a musician and as a businessperson. People like free stuff. Would you rather make a quick $5-$10 here and there from the sale of a digital download, or give your music away for free in order to build a loyal fanbase of music lovers who have shown that they are willing to share your content?

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Do I have to pay to sign up for an Artist Page on A Little Bit Weird?

Nope! We decided to embrace our own model and make A Little Bit Weird free! Just as artists give away their music to fans in order to build their fanbase, we give away our platform to artists in order to build our fanbase. Right now, we’re in beta, but pro features are in the works!

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How do I sign up for A Little Bit Weird?

If you’re a musician, all you need in order to get started is a Facebook page and some recordings. If you’re a Fan, all you need to do is visit your favorite Artist’s page and follow the two easy steps to receive your download. No signup required!


Artists

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What if my desired Artist Page URL is already taken?

The world is full of Artists that have the same names. Unfortunately, this means that several Artists may want to have the same Artist Page URL. For this, we have a “first come, first served” policy. Sign up now to secure your URL!

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How do I upload songs to my Artist Page?

Most artists with a Facebook page already have their songs uploaded and organized on SoundCloud. So, instead of asking you to upload music for yet another music player, you simply connect with SoundCloud and select a playlist. And in order for fans to download your music, just upload a .zip file containing your album (and album art, if you want). This will be the file that Fans will receive.

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How do I upload a .zip file to my Artist Page?

PC Users:

  1. Organize all of the songs and album art into a folder.
  2. Select all the files in the folder.
  3. Right-click the selected files, a select ‘Send to ‘Compressed’ .zip Folder’.
  4. Right-click the .zip file, select ‘Rename,’ and name the file as follows: ‘Artist Name - Album Name.zip’
  5. Click the ‘Upload Album .zip’ button (located in the lower panel on your artist page) and select the .zip file that you have just created.

Mac Users:

  1. Organize all of your songs and album art into a folder.
  2. Select all the files in the folder.
  3. Right-click, and select ‘Compress (x) Items.’
  4. Right-click the .zip file, select ‘Get Info,’ and name the file as follows: ‘Artist Name - Album Name.zip’.
  5. Click the ‘Upload Album .zip’ button (located in the lower panel on your artist page) and select the .zip file that you have just created.

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How do I connect with SoundCloud?
  1. Organize your songs into a ‘Playlist’
  2. Click the ‘SoundCloud Login’ button on your A Little Bit Weird Artist Page.
  3. Fill out your SoundCloud login information in the popup.
  4. Select your Playlist from the dropdown menu.
  5. Click ‘Save’ in your Admin Panel to save your Artist Page. When the page reloads, your player should be visible.

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What type of audio files can be uploaded to my Artist Page for download?

Please submit your album in highest quality .mp3 format along with your album art in a compressed .zip folder.

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What if my music doesn’t have album artwork?

Art is in the eye of the beholder. Go take a photo or draw a nice picture that you feel represents your album!

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What is my username and password?

If you signed up using your email address, then you should have created a password. If you can’t remember your password, you can reset it. If you have signed in using Facebook, just sign in using your Facebook credentials - quick and easy!

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How do I edit my Artist Information and/or Artist name?

Navigate to your Artist Page. If you are currently editing your page (there should be a green button in your Admin Panel that says ‘Save & View), you can simply click on your Artist Name or Album Title in the dark box on the left to edit them. Just make sure you save your page afterwards! Otherwise, click the ‘Edit Info’ button on your admin panel, and adjust the fields to your heart’s desire.

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How do I access information about my fans/download stats?

It’s easy! Navigate to your Artist Page, and you’ll see a statistics pane in the Admin Panel where you can track your success at a glance. To access more in-depth information about all your fans (such as your fans’ full names, email addresses, and locations) just click on the ‘Get Fan Data’ button in your Admin Panel. This also lets you download a spreadsheet (a .csv or Excel file) containing that information. And don’t be a spammer - make sure you use a proper newsletter tool like MailChimp!

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Can I upload my music if I am not the owner of the recordings?

As long as you get permission in writing from the owner of the music, you may upload it to A Little Bit Weird. Please refer to the Terms of Service if you would like more clarification.

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Can I upload recordings of “cover” songs?

As long as you pay the necessary royalties and fees to the appropriate parties, you may upload covers. Please refer to the Terms of Service if you would like more clarification.

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I found my music on A Little Bit Weird, but I never uploaded it. What should I do?

While it is unlikely that this will happen (due to our Facebook validation process), in the event that such a situation arises, please contact us at hello@alittlebitweird.com so we can help you get to the bottom of this ASAP.

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Can I use A Little Bit Weird if I'm signed to a record label?

Absolutely! But you might want to run it by your manager/label first to see if they’re cool with it.

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Where can I find A Little Bit Weird’s legal statement?

Terms of Service


Fans

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I’m a Fan; what can A Little Bit Weird do for me?

We connect fans with music they like by providing a safe, legal, and equally-free alternative to piracy. What’s better than the heart-warming, fuzzy feeling of knowing that you’re helping the bands that you love, without even having to give them your money?

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How can I discover more music on A Little Bit Weird?

Check out the Featured Artists panel on the Home page, and make sure to download the A Little Bit Weird Sampler when you download music from another artist. You can also stay up to date by following us on Facebook , Twitter and by reading our Blog. We’ll make sure to post about bands you'll like!

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How do I 'unzip' the file that I received from A Little Bit Weird?

PC Users:

  1. Right click on the .zip file, select ‘Extract All’.
  2. Browse to the desired destination and click ‘Extract’.

Mac Users:

  1. Double click the .zip file and an uncompressed folder under the same name will appear.

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While I was downloading my music from A Little Bit Weird, my download was interrupted. What do I do?

As long as you’ve completed the two steps, the ‘Download!’ button will always be there for you! If your download was interrupted, all you have to do is click the ‘Download!’ button again. To prevent piracy, our download links only last for 60 seconds. If your link has expired, same deal - just click the 'Download!' button again, and we'll generate a new link for you.

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