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What Artists Should Know About AudioKite


UPDATE: ReverbNation acquired Audiokite in November of 2016, and improved upon it with their new Crowd Review product, which I review here

Has this ever happened to you? You think you’ve written your best song yet, but an offhand remark from a friend plunges you into self-doubt. Wouldn’t it help to have feedback from music fans of your genre who have no incentive to sugar-coat their opinions?

Sure, you say! I’ll just use SoundOut, or ReverbNation Crowd Review (also powered by SoundOut). Unfortunately, my experience with SoundOut, and those of most of the commenters, left a lot to be desired. I’ve also received a mostly useless – but free – focus group from Music Xray, and even repurposed Jango aka Radio Airplay to create my own focus group.

AudioKite has built a better mousetrap. Here’s why:

Amazon Mechanical Turk. Listeners are enlisted from Amazon Mechanical Turk rather than SliceThePie, the listener end of SoundOut. I don’t know the nuts and bolts of the operation, but the end result is that listeners comment coherently and seem to actually listen to the whole song. There’s no sign that anyone is trying to game the system by listening to only the first minute and copy/pasting generic reviews.

I asked Alex of AudioKite to explain how they ensure listeners are actually listening. Here’s what he had to say:

Due to the fact that a fair wage for mTurk workers is based on the amount of time they take to complete a task, and the fact that songs have varying lengths, listen time is a data point that changes from song to song. But despite our minimum listen time requirement of 40 seconds, nearly all respondents listen more than that – exactly 1 minute 44 seconds on average as of this writing. The average listening time for your song was 2 minutes 58 seconds, which is pretty high. We track how long each respondent listens and actually use that data point in your “commercial viability” percentage rating. The thought process here is the better your song is, the more time people will spend listening to it. We also go back and give bonuses to mTurk workers who write long reviews or listen longer.

Genre-targeted reviews. With SoundOut, I felt like a healthy percentage of the listeners simply don’t appreciate my style of music. With AudioKite, you can select from seven genre categories to have your music reviewed by fans of your genre. Currently, the genre categories are a bit broad. Electronic is grouped with Avante-Garde, whatever that means, so I chose Pop/Dance instead. Hopefully that will change as the operation expands.

Pricing. SoundOut starts at $45 for 125 reviews. ReverbNation Crowd Review costs anywhere from $9.95 to $99.95 for 20-200 reviews at various levels of reporting. AudioKite starts at $15 for 50 reviews, which is the sweet spot in my opinion. You can get that down to $10 with a $10 Pro subscription, which includes some extras:

Free response question. The default question listeners are asked to respond to is, “What did you like or dislike about this song?” With a Pro account you can change that to whatever you’d like. The pricing is low enough that you might consider getting several reports over the course of writing and recording a song, adjusting as you go based on listener feedback. In that case, you might ask something like “Is the chorus too long?” or “How would you improve the mix?”

Promotional link. With a Pro account, you can include a link your web site or a destination of your choice, so listeners can hear more if they so desire.

Another big difference between AudioKite and SoundOut is that the reviewers are all located in the US. I asked Alex to clarify:

It was a choice, for a couple of reasons. The first is that in our research before we set this up, musicians were mostly concerned with the opinions of people in the United States when it came to music insight. However, we’ve been getting people asking about Canada and the United Kingdom. As we grow and our understanding of the market develops, expanding internationally is inevitable – it’s definitely something we’re looking at.

The second is that by opening it up to all countries, we would unfortunately and inevitably receive a large number of low-quality responses from click-farm-esque operations in India, China, etc. who try to game mTurk. You mentioned SoundOut before, which uses SliceThePie for their reviews – according to, around 20% of SliceThePie’s traffic comes from Kazakhstan. I don’t know about you, but my band’s marketing efforts aren’t really based around selling to people in Kazakhstan, so why would I want 20% of my responses from there? To ensure high quality responses, we’re keeping responders US-only for now.

One thing remains the same across both services: the reviewers can be brutal!

What I thought was the “hit single” from my upcoming EP scored a mere 5.4 out of 10, so I tried again with another track, which managed a 6.3. At that point, I was officially addicted, so I tried a third song, which scored a 6.0.

Here’s my highest scoring track and how it fared:

AudioKite elements

AudioKite Purchase

AudioKite Average

AudioKite Word Cloud

Some sample responses at both ends of the cruelty spectrum:

“I immediately thought of Napoleon Dynamite when I heard the beginning of the song. After it progressed, I couldn’t really take it seriously. I felt like it would be on an SNL skit.”

“Really don’t like the fluctuations in the singer’s voice. I don’t know if that was auto-tuning, but it just makes it sound whiny at those parts. Lyrics were on the poor side of mediocre, beat was generic synth-pop. Overall quite uninspired.”

“I like electronic music, and this song has a nice upbeat feeling to it! I also like the lyrics and the vocalist’s delivery; his voice works very well with the notes in the instrumental, and it all blends together nicely.”

“Felt familiar enough to what’s on the radio now, but also had enough distinction and character to break it out of the run-of-the-mill radio mode. It’s hard to imagine getting tired of hearing this on the radio, because it both calms and makes happy at the same time.”

Check out the entire report here.

Bottom line, I’m impressed. And hooked.

This is the best market research for musicians I’ve seen yet. I like the service so much that I asked for an affiliate link, which Alex was gracious enough to provide. You can support this site and get a 10% discount when you use coupon code AK-PASSIVEPROMOTION.

I’ll close with my favorite reviewer comment:

“I want to say this is the third Color Theory song I’ve heard thanks to AudioKite? I really loved the lyrics, they painted such a great picture in my mind. At this rate I might just end up a Color Theory fan despite my initial misgivings.”

Have you tried AudioKite? What did you think? Any other options out there beyond SoundOut? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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  • Reply
    Bryan Joseph
    April 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Another gem of a post! Thanks Brian!

    • Reply
      Brian Hazard
      April 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks Bryan! Let me know if you give it a shot.

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    John Burroughs
    April 25, 2014 at 7:46 am

    So… why let offhand remarks from a friend send you plunging into self-doubt when you can pay for deliberate self-doubt-provoking remarks?

    • Reply
      Brian Hazard
      April 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Ha! Exactly. But once you hear the same gut-wrenching comment a dozen times, much of the doubt is eliminated.

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    r0ise (@r0ise)
    April 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Some of the first comments were a little bit cruel IMHO… anyway, those services seems like a great option 🙂

    • Reply
      Brian Hazard
      April 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

      The comments I picked were definitely at the extreme ends of the spectrum. If you review the report (link above), you’ll see that most fall somewhere in the middle. I scored worst on my vocals (um, ouch), and highest on sound quality (one would hope, as I’m a mastering engineer by day).

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    TONY WINDLE (@Keytar_Tony)
    April 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the article and promo code! I’m testing it out. I’ll share my results as well…

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      April 30, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      I look forward to your impressions Tony!

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    Tony Windle
    May 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Hi – as mentioned above, here is my report. I should not have entered a dance remix as many of the listeners did not understand that the tune is designed for the dance floor, not for kickback listening. The comments at the bottom do not match the overall score of 68%, and thats good news, because most are positive. via

    If you want to listen to the tune I submitted, here is the link:

    thanks again for enlightening me to this service!!

    • Reply
      Brian Hazard
      May 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Okay, wow. This is a fantastic track!

      That’s the best score I’ve seen so far, and I’m sure Alex from AudioKite would agree it’s a high one. While I think you might have scored even higher with a radio edit, it seems most of the listeners had the patience to hold out for the meat of the track.

      Interesting that you scored particularly high on the east coast!

      Quite a contrast with my reports, in many areas. This is good stuff!

      Thanks for sharing!

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        Tony Windle
        May 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm

        thank you – yes, Alex wrote me and stated my 7.2 is very high in comparison to other tracks. He also mentioned that my song element scores were also unusually high. This makes me feel great because I have invested a lot of money & resources on this EP, hiring the right producer was key. I am finally recording an album of music that I want to hear – (no more smooth jazz!) – so this has been very encouraging, to say the least!
        I added another track to the service, a chill ballad – I’d be curious how it works. Thanks so much for the discount code, and your blog. I’ve learned a lot from this website!

        if I may, here is the link to the ballad. (the EP will be released in July):

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          Brian Hazard
          May 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

          You may! 😉 Beautiful track!

          Smart of you to hire a producer. Too many people, myself included, insist on doing everything themselves. I could’ve saved a lot of time by learning from a pro from the start!

          • Tony Windle
            May 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

            Thanks for the kind words!
            Yes – it was a good move, but an incredibly expensive decision. That said: one good sync license could pay off the entire budget!
            I just got word today that Beatport approved the track as well as Pandora. SiriusXM will be the most difficult. Extremely excited about Beatport as it’s curated, thus, lots of good company surrounding the music.
            My advice to anyone wanting to make a pro album – hire a legit team: producer, PR, and consultants. It’s worth it. I’m fortunate to have a distribution deal with The Orchard, which has helped open many doors – but, my knuckles are bloody from knocking on so many of them!!

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          Alex from Audiokite
          May 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

          Hey Tony, congrats on Beatport & Pandora, that’s awesome! Again, really nice job on your track.

          Knocking on doors is for sure the right way to go about it – this article wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t knocked on Brian’s! It sounds like you have the right formula for success, and we all look forward to watching your career flourish.

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          Bob D
          May 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

          Out of curiosity how long did it take Pandora to approve your tracks? I submitted my music somewhat recently and I was wondering about the timeline. Thanks!

          • Brian Hazard
            May 19, 2014 at 11:14 am

            They’ve opened up the requirements quite a bit since I last submitted, so I’d imagine they have quite a backlog. I honestly can’t remember how long it took last time. Weeks?

          • Bob D
            May 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

            Thanks Brian, I figured it would take awhile now that the requirements were reduced.

          • Tony Windle
            May 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm

            Hi Bob!
            I didn’t know they reduced the requirements – I’m surprised they did, as curated experiences seem to be the next wave. (Unless they plan to have dedicated independent artist channels?)
            IMHO, One of the issues with all of the platforms is that more bad music is pushing down good music, thus requiring promotional commerce to dig out a hole to be heard, just like terrestrial radio. (Another topic, right!!) I digress…
            That said, my older contempo-jazz stuff was added years ago and it only took about a month from soup to nuts. Pandora approved my song ‘Fragments’ almost 3-months ago, with great fanfare from their ‘congrats’ email. It has yet to go live…

          • Brian Hazard
            May 20, 2014 at 5:05 pm

            My “opened up the requirements” comment was in regard to them no longer requiring a physical CD on sale at Amazon. Digital-only submissions are now allowed.

          • Tony W
            May 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm

            ah – that’s right. one needed a physical CD prior. Its good that the requirement still consists of music that distributed through an e-tailer. I’d be curious to know how they choose the music, however. I know a few people who have made excellent music, but cannot get approved on Pandora. Oddly, I’ve never Googled that…

  • Reply
    Tony Windle
    May 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I really think more artists should use AudioKite as I am gaining some valuable feedback. One needs to remember to not allow the crowd to dictate your art, especially if you are only querying only 100 folks. I plan to use the large pool on my next test. Here is the link for the results of my chill ballad ‘Beauty.’ – scored a little lower than ‘Fragments’, but I really got a kick out of the comments. The comments, IMHO, are the most valuable aspect for gleaning hints for flushing out the kinks…

    the tunes are all on Soundcloud – search self.same

    thanks again for the awesome post!

    • Reply
      Brian Hazard
      May 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Good stuff Tony!

      Still a good score. And I agree, the comments are key. Some can be disregarded, but some are very insightful, with suggestions that are relatively easy to implement.

      I’ll be curious to hear how a larger sample size changes the experience for you. I’ve only tried 100 listeners so far.

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    Cruz Folmli
    August 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Hey Brian! Just started following you recently! Thanks so much for your reviews you posted on SoundOut and AudioKite. I use TuneCore and they provide a service by SoundOut so having read your blog, I decided to try AudioKite instead!

    Such an awesome service! And yes as you said, some of the comments can be a bit brutal! But hey that’s what we sign up for!

    I was pretty happy with my score, considering it was a christian acoustic style song and it’s not exactly professionally mastered or anything! I used your promo code too to wipe off some $$ thanks!

    If I’m allowed, here’s my report:

    And my song:

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    Brian Hazard
    August 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    You are absolutely allowed! Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on your scores!

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    Gareth Symons
    October 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Hi great post, but puzzled by Audiokite as it is asking for money before I upload which is the opposite to Soundout, and had I not read this post, I would have dismissed it out of hand as to risky. Just a point that I will forward to Audiokite and also that perhaps they need to explain more about the process than they do, seeing as it omits the part about your actual music!! I will likely try both sites soon enough.

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      Brian Hazard
      October 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      They are actually right in the middle of a relaunch. The new version has a guided tour that explains everything.

      IMHO it makes sense to upload after you pay, because 1) why take peoples’ music if they might not use the service?, and 2) people might worry what could happen with their already uploaded music if they back out of the transaction.

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        Gareth Symons
        October 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        Yes fair point actually as I put two tracks on soundout and THEN read this blog so I was close to just deleting them as it’s all about the reports. But I have that option to delete. It feels uncomfortable to pay almost right off the bat as almost all other internet sites allow uploads and then ask for money to improve this and that, it’s like they are violating some unwritten internet rule of the way things are done if you get me? I will use these services though as my track Bite the Rope is topping the “hot” wall on Emeraz at the moment but not a single comment:(

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          Brian Hazard
          October 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm

          I’ve never heard of Emeraz, but congratulations!

          Seems to me that lots of sites ask you to buy credits first, and then apply those credits to purchase things. I dunno… didn’t bother me. 🙂

          • Gareth Symons
            October 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm

            Yeh it’s like being top of the class for having the best homework book cover or something, but it’s a start ha ha! They’re based in Ireland, and are more like Soundcloud et al than Soundout/Audiokite, so not really in competition, but over 700 plays and no comments is a bit frustrating, even some brutal ones would be something!!
            As an aside I once spent a few long weeks over a decade ago on (the daddy of them all?) listening and commenting on other artists songs with the dual purpose of making money (over £250 in the end) and getting my songs up the genre charts, I had to wade through some baaad music, you didn’t have to comment but I often did, it was quite exciting seeing my songs rise up the charts, but nothing beyond fun, money and sleep deprivation was gained! I’ll post my reports when I take the plunge. Ta Ta for now 🙂

  • Reply
    Brian Hazard
    October 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I made a lot more money from than I do today from Pandora, Spotify, et al. Those were the days!

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    December 26, 2014 at 10:31 am

    sorry for the blank comment up there my computer had a brain fart or something…. but i just purchased 3 songs for feedback ill let you know how it goes

    • Reply
      Brian Hazard
      December 30, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      No worries Rob! I deleted the blank comment.

      I look forward to hearing about your reviews!

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    bud elkin
    January 9, 2015 at 6:58 am

    although we write different genres, you blog is full of great insite!

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    February 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Hmmm this is interesting. I’ve never heard of it. I think it could be definitely beneficial for those artists who are not quite well established yet.

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    Gareth Symons
    March 20, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Ok I got my report(s) from Audiokite submitted the song Bite The Rope

    Both for 150 reviews each, first under the Indie/Alternative genre ( ) then a week or so later under Metal/Hard Rock genre ( ).
    I too got broadly simliar scores 5.8 and 6.0 respectively, but a couple of reviewers said they had heard the song before, so I input all the data into Excel (which is a useful feature having the review data in CSV format) and searched for duplicate user references. I eventually found 28% of the reviewers reviewed the song in both categories.
    I thought the chances of finding the same reviewer twice would be pretty low and not over a quarter of all reviews, I question the number of reviewers that Audiokite have access too, and suspect that it is not enough?
    I noted how the two time reviewers voted the second time and I noted the majority of scores remained the same with the rest a slight bias to wards an increased score.
    Brian were you able to compare your similar scores in different genres to see if there were duplicate reviewers? Given that your genres chosen are more popular you may not find a correlation?

    I also got some strange reviews that didn’t seem to sit well with indie/alt or metal/hard rock for instance under Metal/Hard Rock, mostly a dislike for distortion and some aged sounding reviewers. But I got some really spot on ones too, picking out the likes of Soundgarden, Kyuss, Filter and even Ozzy which fit my tastes and or influences and some really encouraging one who really loved it!
    Also some odd juxtaposition of “feeling” words from some reviewers such as “hypnotised” but also “disinterested” with a few others being similar.
    Overall it confirmed the marmite nature of the song (loud ,very heavy, but with relatively tuneful vocals and a strong tune) so glad to have tried Audiokite.

    • Reply
      Audiokite Research
      March 24, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Gareth! Alex here, wanted to clear up the confusion –

      We obfuscate the last five digits of our Worker IDs in your CSV data to further protect their privacy; if you’ll notice, all of the IDs end with XXXXX (for example, AL56RWY5XXXXX). So when you looked at the IDs to compare crossover responses in your reports, you were only looking at the first 9 digits, which can be the same across multiple users / user IDs.

      Regardless, I wanted to find the real number of crossover between your two reports, so we looked into it. Out of your 300 listeners across both reports, there were 255 unique listeners, which means there was a 15% crossover between genres.

      Given that the genres were closely related, and the reports were likely run at similar times, it would explain the discrepancy.

      If we ran your report at a different time, it would likely reach an even more diverse audience, and we’d be happy to do that for you.

      Glad to hear you found value in your report!

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    Brian Hazard
    March 24, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing your results Gareth, and for the great analysis!

    I did in fact submit one song in two genres (pop and electronic, if memory serves) and there was some overlap. Just like with your song, the scores were quite similar. The fact that the same reviewers take songs in multiple genres doesn’t bother me. I guess the moral of the story is, don’t bother submitting the same song to multiple genres. Just pick the one that’s most appropriate and roll with it.

    Glad it was a positive experience overall! I like the song btw, especially the vocals!

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    March 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I found Audiokite a while ago. I submitted a song to see if it was any good and I was quite disappointed (…and a bit depressed…) with the results. I thought it would get better results…but it showed me what I have to improve and that’s precious in my opinion.

    Here’s the report:

    And the song:

    • Reply
      Brian Hazard
      April 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Been there Hugo!

      Well, at least you’ve got some guidance. It seems listeners weren’t happy with the vocal, so now you know where to focus next time!

      Thanks for sharing your results!

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    Gareth Symons
    March 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks guys! I had only taken the percentage from 150 not 300, doh! So that tallies up. Brian/Alex I am more interested with numbers of reviewers available to Audiokite users (or at least the number Amazon say they have access too?) than the reviewer cross pollination itself. Would it be possible to see the crossover percentage for Brian’s song?
    Alex yes I would like, for my research, to run a further report now for the same unaltered song (in Hard Rock/Metal), are you offering or do I submit the usual way? It would be interesting to see how opinions change, if at all on 2nd or 3rd listen, especially if there are further duplicate reviewers. I will separately in the next week submit an altered version of the song with some of the improvements suggested by reviewers to see how opinions change again.
    Also Alex what scope is there for greater definition of genre such as Hard Rock (or renamed as Rock/Hard Rock) and Metal being separate?
    I really appreciate the replies guys, hope to hear from you soon.

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    May 14, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Audiokite Brian and great Color theory track by the way (the best revenge), I really enjoyed it, had a bit of a pet shop boys feel to me, maybe I’m just old. I found out about it through a forum post on one of my Berklee Music Business classes and decided since I had tried Reverbnations crowd review that I would try the same track on Audiokite.

    Crowd Review Score 7.8 – 20 reviews – all Genres
    Audio Kite Score 7.0 – 100 reviews – Folk


    A lot of the Audiokite folks did not leave remarks? I thought this would be mandatory, I guess if it was I might get some pissy remarks or lower scores. Overall the remarks were actually really helpful and It gives me some great ammo if I re-record this track which I should someday. And of course there were some pretty shitty remarks lol and a lot of abundant sunshine as well. I have a hard time deciding the genre of my music its somewhere in folk/roots/adult contemporary I think but I got some remarks about it not belong in the Folk genre that I picked.

    Crowd Review

    Everyone remarked and they were very similar to the Audiokite remarks. I wonder if I scored higher on crowd review because I chose all genres or because I only had 20 reviews (20 of the better ones i guess 😉

    All of the Audiokite demographics are very useful and Crowd review had nothing at all except for comments.

    Here is the track:

    • Reply
      Brian Hazard
      May 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks for sharing your results Rollie!

      I don’t know if you’ve checked out the new Audiokite reports, but now you can match a listener’s scores to their remarks. It’s a nice way to gauge whether or not they should be taken seriously!

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    S A R A H B R O W N (@SarahBrownWorld)
    June 23, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Hey Brian,

    Thank you for this article. I was looking for a crowd review service and tried an AudioKite report after reading your advice and I’m pretty darn happy with the result. I’m off to read some more of your blogs 🙂 Thanks again!


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    Yves Schelpe
    March 11, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Hey Brian,

    Thanks for the elaborate review and introduction to AudioKite! I wrote an elaborate answer on my blog/website [ ] but, TL;DR here are my results:

    1 — “Never Look Back ft. Ellia Bikser” [ open report: | stream track: ]
    Scoring a 7.0 on average, 96th percentile*, +0.6% from the AudiKite average.

    2 — “Not What I Expected ft. Fallon Nieves” [ open report: | stream track: ]
    Scoring a 6.5 on average, 71st percentile*, +0.1% from the AudiKite average.

    3 — “Wild Ride ft. Miss FD” [ open report: | stream track: ]
    Scoring a 6.2 on average, 49th percentile*, -0.2% from the AudiKite average.

    TLD;DR opinion: “I like the idea, but in all fairness, it’s something I wouldn’t recommend to bands just starting out or finding their way. Conventions are there to be broken, conforming is not for the arts. However as label owner, or if you’re really curious and have enough spare time/money then these tools could potentially be interesting.. if and only if the sample size of your survey is big enough, and that’s costly.”

    Read more here:

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      Brian Hazard
      March 11, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks for sharing all this Yves! I really enjoyed your article and your perspective.

      First off, huge congrats for scoring in the 96th percentile! Great songs.

      What I gather from the article is that you think Audiokite is great for gauging commercial potential, but that it’s not as useful if you’re just making art for art’s sake.

      I actually find it very useful regardless, to help make my music the best it can be. For best results, you need to submit songs before they’re finalized. I’ve submitted works in progress, and changed course in response to Audiokite feedback.

      Even if it’s too late for that, it’s helpful to know which of your songs is strongest. It can help in working out a track sequence or deciding which tracks to cut from an album.

      Finally, since we both seem to agree that the comments are the most useful, I disagree that 50 listeners isn’t enough. I’m generally able to spot patterns within the first dozen or so comments. No statistical significance required!

      As for contradictory feedback, I’m working on a review of SubmitHub. In the process, I’m receiving lots of similarly contradictory feedback from music bloggers! Some real head-scratchers, just like with Audiokite, SoundOut, etc. It’s a strong argument for arts education in our schools. 😉

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        March 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

        I just checked out SubmitHub and the entire concept sounds extremely promising. I really like the idea and the exposure to blogs is crucial for any new band and this seems to promise at least somewhat of a listen and I like the stats next to each blog etc. Seems very well thought out.

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          Brian Hazard
          March 12, 2016 at 10:10 am

          I agree! I love it so far. Look for my review and results next week!

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    Martin Edwards
    September 4, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I used Crowd Reviews with Reverbnation and to be honest all it told me was that I wasn’t mainstream. Something I already knew. However, it did start me thinking about why I put my music out there in the first place. In my case it was to be creative, not to be rich and famous (but I’d be lying if I said I would turn that down). That sort of market research is great if you want to write hit singles, and want to know where you are going wrong; but the danger is that it in the race to the bottom creativity is stifled. But that’s just my opinion and you can have that one for free 😀

    • Reply
      Brian Hazard
      September 8, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks for the freebie Martin!

      I’m sure you’re correct in regard to overall scores. Still, you might get lucky and find people who connect with what you’re doing, and comment accordingly.

      If you’re all the way over in the “art is totally subjective” camp, then of course market research doesn’t make any sense.

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      Ana Lete
      December 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Martin, I definitely agree! I used Audiokite, and while I did get a few helpful responses, it already confirmed what I already know — that my music is weird and experimental and out there. It made me realize that I write songs for me and I am completely ok with that. 🙂

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    May 17, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Hey Brian,

    Thanks for yet another great article! I just noticed when I clicked your AudioKite link its set to go through to Reverbnation. Thought I would let you know, in case you don’t already. I was hoping to use your affiliate link for Audiokite to sign up.

    • Reply
      Brian Hazard
      May 17, 2017 at 8:59 am

      That’s correct Dave! ReverbNation bought Audiokite, and replaced Crowd Review with it AND made a ton of improvements. I’m hoping to review it in the next few days! The link should still work for you.

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    June 21, 2017 at 8:03 am

    The song sounds fine for internet radio. Who would want to be on the radio anyway. Most songs through the radio are squashed and unlistenable to me. I prefer getting the actual recording anyway. All you really would have to do in your case is A/B your song next to Katy Perry or Taylor Swift and there you go. (For EDM/ Dance Pop)
    By the way I did like your song its just hard to hold up artists like you next to the aforementioned pop singers above.

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      Brian Hazard
      June 22, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Different radio stations process their signal differently, but generally not in a flattering way. My track would certainly stand up to Katy Perry from a purely technical perspective, after they both went through the ringer like that!

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    August 24, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Sooo…I’m about to release my first album and went ahead and splurged on ReverbNation’s crowd review to help me see if there were any clear singles, title tracks or throw aways. I “bought” 25 reviews for all 12 tracks. 10/12 got 7.5 – 7.8 and the lowest was 7.1. Everything came back in this category which makes me question the legitimacy…are people actually listening and bother or is it just kind of like sure whatever? …or is the album gonna be THAT GREAT? 🙂 Thoughts on this?

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      Brian Hazard
      August 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      It sounds to me like the album is going to be THAT GREAT!

      Is there anything in the written reviews that might suggest they didn’t actually listen? How far are they making it through the track?

      All signs point to yes.

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    Rick Vines
    January 11, 2018 at 9:09 am

    I’ve used AudioKite and it is interesting yet confusing. There are so many responses with conflicting datapoints. Like over rating 10. How likely would you be to recommend to a friend. Not Likely. I’m not sure I know how to act on the data.

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      Brian Hazard
      January 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      I mainly look at the overall score, and try to pick up on any recurring themes in the comments.

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    TL Skyward
    March 29, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I’m a 53 year old ex heavy metal musician so needless to say I’m not really in to your style of music. However: I did listen to your song. It’s structured very well. It’s a catchy melody and you change things up when they needed changing up. It’s not the best song in the world but it’s better than some on the radio. I think they shit on you a little with your vocal rating. You’re not going to give Poveratti a run for his money or anything but you’re better than 5.7. I’ve heard 5.7. Trust me you’re better.

    I can hear auto tune or some sort of software involved. I don’t know if you intended it to be noticeable but it is. Probably only to people like us. Don’t get me wrong. I have Melodyne installed on my own computer. I have no problem with pitch correction. My problem is with hearing it. And that’s the only negative thing I have to say about your song. Best of luck

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      Brian Hazard
      March 29, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      I appreciate the analysis! Since I posted this article (5 years ago) I’ve been getting better vocal scores, since AudioKite was bought by ReverbNation and is now relabeled as their Crowd Review service. I’ve also been much more selective about when to correct pitch and by how much. I’d like to think I’m getting better at singing, but that’s up for debate!

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