Just recorded a new mixtape? Want to know where to upload it for people to hear for free?
While uploading your mixtape online isn't a guaranteed way to have people hear it, it does have a few uses:
- Hosting. If you don't have your own website (which you should), you can often upload your mixtape to these sites for free and you'll have somewhere to refer people to.
- Potential exposure. While not guaranteed, if your music gets featured, the website it's featured on will help push it more, meaning more people will download your songs.
With that in mind, here are 10 of the best sites you can upload the rap mixtape you make for free.
Note: Please do your own research on these websites as well, as sites can become more and less effective over time.
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MixtapeFactory.com is a simple site where you can go to listen to, upload, and download mixtapes for free.
The site features both major and independent artists, which means there are plenty of opportunities to discover new music and gain attention for your own mixtape.
Create an account with MixtapeFactory.com to get yourself up and running.
Uploading your mixtape to DatPiff is free for DJs and artists alike. It's one of the most popular mixtape sites out there, and uploading to other sites sometimes requires that you first upload to DatPiff. In other words, getting your mixtape on this site should be top priority.
Their registration process is a little more involved, but it's mostly for security reasons. After creating an account, you will need to fill out a short form letting the site know who you are. This approval process is used to filter out spam and bots, but it may be several hours or several days before you hear back.
After you've been approved, you can click on the “Upload Mixtape” button to get your compilation out into the world.
OFFTHEAVE.COM allows both signed and independent artist to download, stream and upload mixtapes entirely for free.
As with many of the other sites on this list, you will first need to register for a free account before you can start uploading.
Spinrilla is another great place to upload your mixtape to. Not surprisingly, you'll need to create an account before you can start uploading.
What's unique about Spinrilla is that they have a mobile app, both for Apple and Android. This should translate into more exposure for your mixtape, since users can stream music on the fly wherever they go – as long as they have their device with them.
indy.LiveMixtapes.com should definitely be on your radar if you're looking to get your mixtape out there. The registration process is simple enough, but you will need to fill out an application form before you can upload a mixtape, so their approval process is considered somewhat difficult.
Ultimately, if you can get your mixtape on their site, it will have been worth the effort. If you happen to have a bit of money, you can also pay a DJ to upload your mixtape, but that's kind of beyond the scope of this guide.
24/7Mixtapes is another site you can upload your mixtape to for free.
Their registration process requires that you get a verification code sent to your smartphone, and confirm on-site.
And while the service can be used for free, your uploads will be capped unless you upgrade to their monthly or yearly plan for roughly $10 per month.
iLLmixtapes lets you submit a mixtape without having to register a new account with them. Although mixtapes cannot be uploaded directly to their site, you can give a link to a pre-existing mixtape. They also provide you with a link to a site you can upload your content to, so no issues if you haven't uploaded your music elsewhere yet.
iLLmixtapes is a Hip Hop site first and foremost, and allows users to download and listen to mixtapes for free without creating an account.
NoiseTrade is a free platform for both artists and fans, not exclusively for mixtapes, but nevertheless a good place you can go to upload your content.
There are some other advantages that make this site worth looking into. By making your music available for free, you can collect email addresses, postal codes, and other data about your fans. If you're planning a tour, this is valuable information to have.
Fans can also leave a tip and share music with their friends, which can help good music spread fast.
SoundCloud is not exclusively for mixtapes, but is still a popular site for artists, and you can upload quite a bit of music (two hours) before you need to upgrade to a paid account.
SoundCloud is also a social network of sorts, so you can connect with other artists and promote your work as you see fit. Just avoid being overly self-promotional, or you will be ignored.
It's easy to overlook a site like YouTube when you're thinking about where to upload your mixtape to, but there is plenty of audio content on YouTube, and there aren't a lot of limitations in terms of length or file size.
As with SoundCloud, YouTube lets you interact with other users, and you can also get listeners to subscribe to your channel, which gives you an opportunity to engage your followers when you have a new release.
As you're starting to find out, there are no shortage of sites that you can upload your mixtape to – both free and paid. If you're willing to do the work of uploading and promoting, you can get a lot of attention for your best-of compilations.
Free services are really great, especially the ones mentioned here, but in some cases it may be worth paying a little bit of money to have your mixtapes up on popular sites. It just depends on what your goals are. You be the judge.