Kiwi6 Updates

Improved Song Embedding

By admin on February 01, 2013 02:07

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!

How Not to Submit a Song

By admin on December 21, 2012 16:34

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.

Changes to Song Rankings

By admin on November 18, 2012 16:25

We've updated our song rankings to consider more aspects of a song's popularity.

In our old model, we mostly considered only the number and quality of upvotes received and a few other metrics. Not only was this easy to game, it tended to unfairly favor songs that had been on the site longer. We also felt that it didn't accurately consider things like how likely people were to share or download a track.

In the new system, the rankings will converge toward an ordering that is independent of the age of a song.

Our hot right now list has also been updated to feature songs that are less likely to be on our top songs list to add some dynamism. However the most important variable in ranking highly is still having many listeners and upvotes over the previous 7 days.

Top songs will still be ranked by historical popularity, but it's possible for a relatively new song to rank highly if it becomes explosively popular.

We hope this change is positive for both our listeners and artists!

Fixes to Kiwi6 - August 23, 2012

By admin on August 23, 2012 03:05

  • Fixed: Some low-severity security issues.
  • Fixed: Pagination in playlists browser is missing.
  • Added: Redirects for many old URLs should be working properly now.
  • Fixed: In File Manager, all files check the 'private' checkbox when selected.
  • Fixed: Commenting can cause an error.
  • Added: Users will get an email when a DMCA complaint is received against their account.

Fixes to Beta - July 17, 2012

By admin on July 17, 2012 03:06

  • Fixed: Some low-severity security issues.
  • Fixed: Error when adding tags using unicode characters (and other miscellaneous encoding issues).
  • Fixed: Debug code showing up in Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed: Clicking "Use the new Kiwi6" on the welcome page causes an error.
  • Fixed: Weird browser message when un-favoriting a song from the song page.
  • Fixed: Navigating to the page of a deleted file shows an error.
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