Announcing Generic Links

August 8, 2017 Byta Announcements, Features
byta generic links

 

Byta’s genius comes from the fact anyone can send & receive digital audio any way they want. Any combination of single tracks and/or albums, in any file format with share settings Senders control.

Currently users Share directly to others via our in-app Share page or via our Mailchimp integration. That really isn’t ANY way they want now is it?

In reality HOW people share is as different as WHAT they share, which is why we are launching Generic Links.

From today everyone from the smallest of artists to the biggest companies in the world can create a Generic Link. Easily shareable in email or via messaging services – iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Skype, etc.

No matter what’s being shared – mixes direct from the studio or albums requiring the tightest security possible, they all come in one simple shareable link.

Generic Links: Better For Both Senders & Receivers

We’ve been pretty clear about our reasoning behind Byta’s Short Message. That’s why Generic Links are also the perfect solution for users looking to Share additional details along with their link.

Lastly, Generic Links greatly benefit recipients. Receiving multiple links from different services based on sender’s file type and security preference is all too common and causes confusion. Byta’s Generic Links however, behave in exactly the same way every time, irrespective of security preferences and share settings.

Generic Links are live for all accounts.

Byta, one service built for everyone working in music today.

Announcing Teams Free Accounts + Team Restrictions

May 6, 2017 Byta Announcements, Features
Teams Free and Restrictions
Teams Free Account

Byta is unique in allowing our users to both send & receive from their own personal account.

Team Accounts enable users to upload and share audio between groups of individual users of any size – from 2 to 200, and beyond.

As more and more companies move to Teams we’re meeting users with different needs. For example those who only upload or just login for listening purposes, instead of actively Sharing.

This is why today we are launching Teams Free Accounts together with Team Restrictions.

Byta’s Teams Free is exactly as it sounds, a Free version of the Team Account for users who don’t need to Share.

Team Restrictions

As Teams get larger communication about which albums or tracks are for sharing and in what format becomes even more complex.

Internal Listening, the simple act of listening to new records and new mixes is equally complex for larger Teams.

Now with the click of a button uploaders and Admins may “Prevent Sharing” on any Card as well as apply any Restrictions they would normally add to a Share.

No more swapping Dropbox or Box links, downloading WAVs then importing to iTunes. No more internal Sharing of watermark links via email. No more external Sharing of records too early by mistake.

Teams Free and Team Restrictions – cleaner, faster and more secure Internal Listening.

Teams Free Account upgrades are available on request. Contact us to learn more.

Byta Loves Mailchimp – Integration Update & New Features

August 2, 2016 Byta Announcements, Features
Byta Loves Mailchimp

 

We’ve kept quiet about our Mailchimp Integration since launching it in beta.

Still, Byta is the only service offering senders complete control over the look and feel of their mailouts while maintaining security.

Now finally the last set of changes we have been dying to make are live:

  • Byta reconfirms embedded audio and API connection when previewing from Mailchimp
  • One click importing of your Mailchimp Lists into Byta
  • Email confirmation when adding or editing your Mailchimp API

These improvements and new features ensure securely sharing Byta audio in Mailchimp campaigns is as easy as possible.

Sending is only half of the story

We listen to recipients and consider all features from their point of view. We also educate senders on what recipients want, or more importantly what they don’t want!

Take PR mailouts. Traditionally announcements are sent in Mailchimp and a secure audio link in an email following from another service. More work for the sender, two differently styled emails for the recipient.

Sharing Byta audio in Mailchimp means less email and more consistent styling, which makes reading and clicking to listen is as simple as possible. When receiving 100s of emails a day those numbers add up.

Not to mention recipients have the option to receive audio direct to their own Free Account on web and on iOS.

With that we’re confident is saying Byta’s Mailchimp Integration is the best experience for recipients we’ve ever seen.

Understanding Byta’s Short Message

May 11, 2016 Byta Features
Byta's short message

 

“any chance we could get an extension on the 140 character limit in the message or is that kept minimal for a reason?”

– Byta’s first piece of user feedback

 

Yes, Byta messages are short for a reason.

Recipients repeat the same frustrations to us and it’s never a lack of words in emails.

In fact the opposite is true, they want a short message with a clear link to stream or download.

Notifications vs Conversations
Byta’s announcement emails are notifications the sender has shared audio with you. Same as Facebook, Soundcloud, WeTransfer or any other service highlighting an event and prompting you to take action.

As recipients sign up to receive to their own Free Byta Account they’ll be seeing your messages not only on email but also in their browser. Our upcoming iOS app makes listening even easier though messages will be displayed across even smaller screens. Plus, as users opt for push notifications reliance on email notifications decreases even further.

In short, too much text in an announcement email means information could be overlooked.

Notifications, no matter how long or short the message, are not the best place for detailed information. Conversations via personal email, message, phone or face to face, will always be more effective.

Mailchimp = Total Control
Mailing list emails are equally as important as notifications and conversations which is why Byta integrates directly with Mailchimp. We are the only service offering senders complete control over the style and length of their mailouts across whole campagins, instead of announcements via one service and shared audio via another.

Artist Account Pricing & Launch

April 20, 2016 Byta Announcements
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We announced our Artist Account Beta quickly after launch and highlighted some artist feedback soon after. Since then we’ve released features for PRs and larger groups of users.

We’re back focusing on artists and those who work closely with them, studio people, managers, a&r, etc.

Part of the magic is all different types of users think Byta was built especially for their own needs. In fact around our Team Account announcement most users signing up were not labels or larger companies but artists and studio people, desparate for an alternative to dropbox, wetransfer or private soundcloud links.

That wasn’t an anomaly, our user base has been like that all along. The largest and most respected labels in the world share upcoming releases alongside artists and studio people swapping mixes of their unfinished work.

Byta is for everyone working with music today but until now our pricing focused on the heaviest users. Our Artist Account pricing will make Byta even more inclusive:

$15 USD
£10 GBP
€15 EUR

Check our Pricing and Features pages for more details.

In the meantime there’s still about 6 weeks to go until launch so get your first month free by joining the beta.

Team Accounts: Share, Forward, Collaborate

January 13, 2016 Byta Announcements
Team Account

 

Team Accounts are launching in March, compare pricing.

In our post announcing Teams we explained why current sharing options for groups (of any size) are woefully inadequate, for everyone from A&R departments, to small labels and promotion companies.

Pricing and features are important though Byta’s Team Accounts are about saving everyone time. Specifically time wasted deciding who’s responsible for sharing an album or track with the intended recipient(s). Then all the back and forth on which service is right for sharing in the correct format and required security settings.

Teams Benefit Everyone

Groups of users, of any size and configuration, can access and Share audio from across their whole team, direct from their own personal accounts. Byta’s unique Forward (FWD) feature enables Team members to Forward audio to others outside their team with Share settings they control.

Projects involve a web of interconnected people all over the world making their own unique contribution. Teams offer a uniquely fast, efficient and flexible way to collaborate while allowing all users complete control over their own work.

This ensures each and every recipient can listen in the cleanest and simplest way, the beginning of any successful record.

Artist Beta Feedback: Byta’s 3 Key Features

November 12, 2015 Byta Features
Artist Beta Feedback

 

Our Artist Account beta is a great opportunity to learn why more and more artists are using Byta to send & receive their digital audio.

Clearly there is growing disillusionment with private sharing via “social” audio platforms such as Soundcloud or Bandcamp. More surprising are those who, until recently, still shared tracks as email attachments or used generic ‘file sharing’ services lacking streaming support.

Everyone from Free Account users to those who’ve joined our Artist Beta, repeately highlight three ways Byta improves their experience of exchanging audio.

Audio Quality

This is frustration number one for obvious reasons. Artists are stuck in the middle when privately sharing their audio online. Generic file sharing services don’t offer streaming while social audio platforms offer only poor quality streams.

Byta streams audio at 320kbps (compared to Soundcloud and Bandcamp at 128kbps) which Spotify somewhat oddly refers to as ‘extreme’ quality.

We have been exploring losssless streaming though at this time 320k is the best balance of quality vs user experience.

WAV Support

Byta supports multiple file formats including the reading and writing of WAV metadata, ensuring the information you see on your screen is exactly what is embedded in your files.

Byta’s Free Account is the perfect solution to quickly swap tracks or review multiple edits and mixes. Stream audio from your own account and avoid the ‘click through/download/unzip/import to itunes/play’ routine we have become accustomed to.

We support both WAVE and BWF, read more on the Gearslutz forum.

Security

Artists are very focused on security, just not in the same way a label might be. They are most concerned with ensuring their unfinised audio reaches the intended recipient only, in the format they intended, and preventing sharing on.

Byta’s Account Detect offers all users the flexability to decide the level of security that is right for them. Even our Free Account offers stream only sharing, with 7D expiry familiar to users of services such as WeTransfer.

Get in touch to join Byta’s Artist Account beta and lend your voice to how we improve Byta for artists.

Teams Preview – Forward (FWD)

October 21, 2015 Byta Announcements, Features
Teams Preview - Forward

 

So far we’ve focused on how Byta is improving the exchange of digital audio for individual users, PRs and Artists to name a few. Even our unique approach to pricing is user focused.

As we move towards launching our Team Accounts we’re shifting the discussion to how Byta improves collaboration for groups of individual users.

The status quo of audio sharing for organisations is archaic and unimaginative. Keeping audio “secure” usually involves anyone and everyone logging in to share from one central account or handing over contact lists for audio to be shared on their behalf. Both ridiculous and infuriating at the same time.

Who really wants to work like that? Time for change.

Byta’s Team Accounts link individuals together with shared storage. Users still send and receive from their own personal account yet have access to audio others on their team have uploaded.

So where does that leave those who collaborate and share audio from many different partners or teams?

Byta’s Forward (FWD) feature is the solution to your problems

Forward (FWD) enables Team Account users to forward audio to another user’s media while setting sharing restrictions in the process. That user will then be able to share the audio to their contacts, subject to the preset sharing restrictions, just as if they had uploaded the audio themselves.

The result is cleaner collaboration for all. Labels and other organisations can better control access to audio while partners such as PRs can keep autonomy over their own contacts and workflow.

Forward (FWD) is in beta. Get in touch to test. Team Accounts launching in the coming months.

Join Our Artist Account Beta

September 15, 2015 Byta Announcements
Artist Account

 

Since launching in July, I always seem to be reminding people we’re not a “promo service” or “only for label people” or, or, or….

We want you all to know Byta is one service built for everyone working in music, so today we’re announcing our Artist Account beta.

Somehow we’ve been trained to accept audio sharing as a chaotic mix of services and tools, loosely chosen by job, format and security requirements. In fact we are all connected, sharing the same basic need – to send & receive digital audio in clean and simple way, no matter what role we play.

We feel artists and everyone working alongside them – producers, engineers, managers, and A&Rs have been neglected. Stuck with free tools which weren’t designed for their needs, or forced to consider over-priced services with features they’d never use.

Yeah Yeah, Got It. How Do I Join The Beta?!

All you need to do is sign up for the Free Account then email us to request an upgrade to the Artist beta. Assuming you fit the profile “creators and those working alongside them” we’ll upgrade you right away.

The Artist Account is a lighter weight version of our Freelancer Account, so no contacts tagging, Forward (FWD), watermarking or Mailchimp Integration which most won’t need day to day anyway. Compare Accounts in more detail on our Features page.

Doing studio based work? We’re REALLY interested in hearing from you, especially your experience working with WAVEs and BWFs.

Read more about Byta’s Unique Approach to File Formats & Metadata.

Keep in touch and tell us what you think. Is there a feature you need we’re missing? Think we can reduce your number of clicks somewhere? Let us know

We are excited about taking this next step towards Byta truly being one service built for everyone working in music today.

Marc Brown
@viznomics

Announcing Byta’s Mailchimp Integration

September 2, 2015 Byta Announcements, Features
Mailchimp Integration

 

When we talk to Byta’s different user groups, themes start to develop.

For example, PRs all over the world express the same frustration. They feel it’s impossible to get music and information out to their contacts in a simple, efficient and consistent way, for each and every campaign.

Generally, this is because they need to jump between multiple services to share music, depending on the level of security each label (or release) is working with. Worse still, some are forced to submit their contact lists to labels for direct delivery to media. We are specifically addressing this issue with our Forward (FWD) feature.

Still, it’s easy to forget all this chaos impacts recipients most.

Those in the media receive so much music from so many different sources, clicking through to multiple services is confusing, if not infuriating. So much so we’ve been told over and over it has a direct impact on recipients’ listening habits.

We are committed to helping PRs win back control over how they work while giving recipients the same control over how they receive. Now it’s time to take that further.

Mailchimp For Mailouts / Byta For Music

Now with Byta’s Mailchimp Integration senders only need Mailchimp for mailing lists and Byta for audio.

The benefits are clear:

  • one contact list to manage
  • uniformity of design across all mailouts
  • share audio in any format and with any security settings

The result is a consistently clean & simple user experience for recipients.

Best part is the integration takes seconds to set up. Adding audio to your mailout is as simple as pasting a little code, as you would a Soundcloud embed or social links.

Read more on Mailchimp’s Byta Integration page or Byta – Mailchimp.

For full instructions read our Mailchimp Integration article in Byta’s Knowledge Base.

Already a user? Log in and add your Mailchimp API Key on your settings page to get started.