Launched! Announcing Byta’s Referral Program

July 14, 2015 Byta Announcements
Byta's Referral Program


Word of mouth, the personal recommendation, has always held an outweighed role in music. We’ve all learnt about new artists, records, labels, met new people and found new jobs via our friends and Byta should be no different.

People talk, and the talk about Byta has been good great though of course everyone should try something new for themselves.

Byta’s referral program is our way of giving each and every person the chance to fully experience Byta, one service built for everyone working in music today.

OK, so how does it work?!

Everyone with a Freelancer Account has their own unique referral code, accessible from the ‘REFER A FRIEND’ button under Contacts.

Anyone signing up or upgrading using a referral code will receive their first month free. The referrer will also receive one month’s discount of 50% for every person who signs up with their code (max 6 months).

Need a code? Tweet us and we’ll sort you out.


Announcing Our Clear And Simple Pricing

June 10, 2015 Byta Announcements
Clearer Pricing


We are very happy to have finally announced our pricing.

As we’re stepping out with our own approach I wanted to personally take this opportunity to give everyone insight into our thinking.

Settling on a pricing structure (and price!) is notoriously difficult though we were clear in knowing what we didn’t want to do.

Byta is a service built for everyone working in music today. In order to be that service we are opposed to the following for obvious reasons:

  • opaque or unpublished pricing
  • signup fees / no self signup
  • forced group pricing (single user pays same price as X users)
  • bandwidth caps
  • watermarking as a required feature

In addition, our free tier is integral to Byta.

For some users it’s the key to an improved receiving experience. Others will also use Byta for quickly sharing their audio when Byta’s additional features aren’t yet required. We welcome all free users, no matter how they choose to use our service.

Lastly, much has been made of the new VAT MOSS legistation introduced earlier this year. Read a good overview from Digital Arts. VAT MOSS is frustrating for anyone dealing directly with UK & European customers online, but as of January 01, 2015 it’s the law.

VAT MOSS can be messy to say the least so we’d like to thank Will Bond for his VAT MOSS Implementation Approach which formed the basis of our solution.

Want to talk pricing or anything else? Get in touch.

Marc Brown

1 Month ‘Till Launch

May 27, 2015 Byta Announcements
Byta 1 Month til Launch


Finally, 1 month until we launch.

Thanks to everyone who’s been using Byta during our beta and preview release.

To show our gratitude, anyone testing our Freelancer account up to launch will get their first month on us, gratis.

This also means you’ve got one month to tell your friends to Sign Up and do the same!

Last but not least, thanks go out for the first wave of music press around our preview release.


Music Week

Great overview of our Free Account by Dotted Music

More to come!




Update – Free Account & Beta Now Open To All

February 16, 2015 Byta Announcements

Heads up, the Byta beta is now open to all, no code required.

Sign Up takes less than 30 seconds and with your free account you’ll be privately sending & receiving audio in less than a minute.

Check our feature list and see just how flexible Byta is compared to your current solution.

To test our paid account (advanced sending features, optional one-click watermarking) click upgrade in app or contact us after registering and we’ll upgrade you.

Learn more about Byta’s unique approach to file formats and metadata here

Thanks for all the great feedback so far, keep it coming!


WAV Goodbye? Byta’s Solution To Our Metadata Problem

December 20, 2014 Byta #Byta101


This post was originally going to be a “meditation on metadata” until we remembered users don’t want explanations, they want things to ‘just work’.

When Byta users upload audio, the artist, track, album and artwork information is pulled directly from their files. From then on our users can be certain the information displayed on screen is the same as embedded in their files.

WAV Goodbye?
Byta supports reading & writing of metadata for the following file formats:

  • ALAC, AIFF, FLAC & WAV aka ‘lossless’
  • MP3 & AAC aka ‘lossy’

Following the same principle, to ‘just work’, we suggest all but our most advanced users will benefit avoiding WAV uploads for the following reasons:

  • WAV files can not hold artwork
  • iTunes doesn’t read or write WAV metadata, instead saving any changes locally, thus causing confusion about which information is actually embedded in a user’s files

Byta supports WAV as a download format (with embedded metadata), ensuring compliance with broadcast submission standards including the BBC’s own guidelines.

Working with lossless audio?
We suggest FLAC or ALAC (Apple Lossless). Both format’s metadata is easily editable, holds artwork and offer much smaller file sizes, all without sacrificing audio quality.

How do you send & receive audio using multiple file formats? Should we be supporting additional file types? Get in touch and let us know.


Byta, The Beta

September 8, 2014 Byta Announcements


Work in music?

Send & receive loads of digital audio?

Then Byta is for you.

We’ve (quietly) launched our beta and are looking for people just like you to test our service.

Email or tweet us @bytafm and help trial Byta before launch.

Get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.


(Marc @viznomics, Pete & Jen @jenpomphrey)