Playlists and artist browse pages now feature new sort options to help users discover the best content on the site.The scoring algorithm will continue to be tweaked until there is a good balance between surfacing quality content and promoting new tracks.
New features to aid in navigation and discovery will continue to be rolled out this month.
Today we're introducing account integration with Google's federated login system. If your existing Kiwi6 account uses a Gmail address, you'll begin being able to use Google's one-click system to login immediately. Just look for the button that looks like this:
We also sped up some of our backend systems to improve website performance. On average, this has improved response times from the website by about 25% on average.
A misconfiguration caused some incoming emails to be severely delayed for the past 3 weeks. We are now processing support emails in the order that they were received, but response times will be longer than usual until the backlog has been cleared.
We recently rolled out a new playback experience on Kiwi6, one which puts the media player at the bottom of the screen. In addition to reducing clutter on pages with multiple playable songs, this makes the behavior more consistent across the site and lays the groundwork for more features. As a bonus, we've added back the volume slider that went missing when we rolled out the new Kiwi6 in August of last year.
We also added back the old Embed code for users who prefer that version.
You may have noticed our new embeddable music player has changed. It now looks like this:
We've updated it to prevent some problems with the older embed codes, namely playback problems that manifest when a file is loadbalanced from one server to another.
What's more, using this new code allows bugfixes to be automatically applied when we make them, without you having to go back and update your embed code.
We're going to continue adding new features to the embed code in the near future, so stay tuned for updates!
While we receive many submissions to the Kiwi6 directory, only a small number are approved each day. There's a lot of great music out there, but many submissions need work! Today, let's focus on why most music is rejected, with specific examples.
- Using all caps in text. Don't use all caps anywhere. It is annoying and unprofessional.
- Misspelling every single word. Spelling and grammar counts. Proofread. If your work is not in English, it's OK to include non-English text, but you need English too.
- Unsubstantiated claims. Ex: "Im An Artistic Genius...", "We are the greatest R&B hip hop artists in the world". Be factual in your descriptions; we don't go along with unknowns claiming to be world famous. This is mostly seen in artist bios.
- Abusing Tags. Do not tag your song "britney spears" if it has nothing to do with Britney Spears. Using bad tags is actually likely to lower your rankings, because it causes people to behave differently from songs with correct tags.
The above list precludes things like intentional misbehavior (copyright infringement, joke submissions, spamming), which we get a good deal of as well, but hopefully this list will help those of you who are having a hard time getting accepted and honestly wondering why.