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Last Build Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 09:00:24 +0100

 



We're Back Baby!
We're Back Baby!
We're back baby! We're really sorry that things seemed to have stalled here at acaTunes over the past couple of months. Freddie & Mike had some family things going on and everything sort of grinded to a halt.

Well no more! We're back and we're pumped! We've got a ton of new albums to load into the system, lots of great stuff coming. WOO HOO!!!



acaTunes Sells 5000th Track!
acaTunes Sells 5000th Track!
We're really pumped to say that we just sold our 5000th track to Jennifer de la Fuente of Rancho Cordova, CA! Congrats to Jennifer and the acaTunes Staff!!



Album Art Being Added
Album Art Being Added
Starting with Duwende's awesome "Collective", we're now adding the album art to all MP3's as they're added to our system. We will also go back and jam the album art into the existing tracks on the site. Enjoy the art!



Winners of 2007 acaTunes Awards Announced
Winners of 2007 acaTunes Awards Announced
We've listened to all the collegiate tracks we have that were released in 2007 and we've come up with our top 15 favorites! We're proud to announce the winners of the 2007 acaTunes Awards and you can see the list on the 2007 Awards page. Congratulations to all the winners! We love you all!!!



How Do I Login Now?
How Do I Login Now?
You might have noticed (if you're not already logged into the website) that the login box on the homepage has disappeared! OH NO!!! It's okay, it's cool, we've just moved it. Look up at the top-right of the page! You see that little LOGIN link? That's it! No need to waste all kinds of space on a login box...we just make one appear when you want to login. Click the LOGIN link and you'll see. Heee....



The acaTunes Awards 2007
The acaTunes Awards 2007
We are very proud to announce our latest addition to the site The acaTunes Awards! The Awards recognize the very best in recorded a cappella. Check out The acaTunes Awards page for more info and make sure you're submitting your albums for consideration!



New Player For Preview Clips
New Player For Preview Clips
There's nothing I hate more than popup windows! We were playing preview clips of songs in a popup window (for various technical reasons), but I've just replaced this whole scheme with a spiffy new flash player. You can see it all over the site, try it! Very nifty! By the way, we just hit 100,000 plays of preview clips on the website since our launch last August. How cool is that?!



Changes to Album View and Search Pages
Changes to Album View and Search Pages
We're making lots of changes and enhancements to the pages on the website. We've just made some big changes to the Album View page and to the Search page. It might not look too different on the Album View page, but there's a lot going on in the background that has changed. The first thing you might notice is that the Album View page loads a bit faster than before (techie explanation: we've switched from Prototype/Scriptaculous to the slimmer jQuery for our AJAX calls). We've also gotten rid of the popup window needed for playing Preview Clips.

The Search Page has been changed a bit too. You can now see some cool lists that are generated on the fly, based on information in our catalog. Click on one of the links in a list to see the search results of that link. Pretty neat stuff, eh?

All of these changes have been made to get ready for some really big changes coming in the next week or so. Keep checking back in with us and let us know what you think!!



acaTunes Sells 2000th Track!
acaTunes Sells 2000th Track!
Well, it took us about 7 months to sell our first 1000 tracks, and then only 4 months to sell our next thousand! We're working out butts off, here in acaTunes-land. We hope you guys are digging the site and all the great music. We'll check in with you again when we hit our 5000th track sold! Special prize to the lucky buyer!



New Vodcast: Wes Carroll on Drums
New Vodcast: Wes Carroll on Drums
We're very proud to announce that the first episode of Wes Carroll on Drums is now available! Sign up for the this bi-monthly video-podcast, exclusively at acaTunes! Twice a month, you will automatically receive a video that will teach you the art of mouthdrumming (a.k.a. vocal percussion). Wes is the master. He is the vocal percussionist for the legendary House Jacks. You can check out the sample clip and sign up on the Wes Carroll on Drums page.



The live audio from this year's NCHSA still has not arrived.
The live audio from this year's NCHSA still has not arrived.
We just wanted to let everyone know that we still have not received the audio from this year's NCHSA competitions. We're very sorry you were told that the audio would be here, but we don't have it. We wish we knew where it was too...



acaTunes Sells 1000th Track!
acaTunes Sells 1000th Track!
acaTunes SELLS 1000th TRACK! A couple weeks ago, we sold our 1000th track to David Knight of Benicia, CA. He purchased 8 Days by The Bobs. As a gift from acaTunes, we have given him 25 free acaBucks and a limited-edition acaTunes baseball cap. This is a great milestone for us and we expect the next milestone to come even faster than this one!



No minimum acaBucks required!
No minimum acaBucks required!
We know you've been asking for it and now it's here! Due to the fees associated with running credit card purchases, we USED to require that you purchase a minimum of 10 acaBucks at one time. You can now purchase ANY amount of acaBucks that you wish. We've had to split our payment processing into two different systems though. If you purchase 10 or more acaBucks at once, it will use the credit card info you've stored with our website (as before). If you want fewer than 10 acaBucks, your purchase will be handled through PayPal. This also answers those requests from our users to be able to use PayPal money for acaBucks purchases.



Buy 10 acaBucks, get The Bobs for FREE!
Buy 10 acaBucks, get The Bobs for FREE!
We are feeling the "holiday spirit" in a big way this year and have decided to giveaway one kick-ass holiday track to anyone who purchases 10 or more acaBucks at a time. When you purchase 10 or more acaBucks, the new track by The Bobs, 8 Days, will be automatically placed in your My Purchases box on the My Account page. This offer will last from now until the end of 2006.



New expanded website layout
New expanded website layout
We've expanded the layout of the entire website, giving us a little more breathing room on each page.



Mike's acaTunes Blog
Mike's acaTunes Blog
Mike, acaTunes Co-Founder, has an acaTunes Blog now. This is his place to tell everyone about stuff he's doing for acaTunes, more about our Anti-DRM feelings, and the music industry in general. Check it out now!



Be the next acaTunes Featured Artist!
Be the next acaTunes Featured Artist!
acaTunes has now received over 100 albums for sale on the website and we've actually reached the point where they're almost coming in faster than we can load them!

We're getting enough visits to the site and selling enough tracks that we can see the obvious effectiveness of the Featured Artist Ad on our front page.

Mike and Freddie have decided, as an incentive to get groups to sign up even more quickly, to offer a full month of the Featured Artist spot to the group who submits acaTunes' 200th album. The Featured Artist ad shows up on our frontpage of acaTunes to all visitors and will link to your group profile or one of your albums.

Go to the Submit Music Page to download our Artist Agreement, and send it in along with a copy of each of your albums (even those old out-of-print things you thought would never make you money again). We'll count them in the order they are received, and when the 200th album arrives, that group will get the spot for a month!

And as added incentive, we expect to hit the 200th album within the next month, so the winning group will get the Featured Ad spot during the Holiday Season, the biggest shopping time of the year.

Don't wait; send in your albums today!



Fixed Safari Bug
Fixed Safari Bug
One of our awesome users, D. Snyder (no, not Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister), pointed out a nasty problem with not being able to save your credit card info using the Safari browser. I've fixed the problem and all is well again in Safari-land. Ok, no excuses! Buy some acaBucks and grab some awesome a cappella now!!



acaTunes partners with Acappella U
acaTunes partners with Acappella U
We're proud to announce our new partnership with the Acappella U podcast. Joey C, the host and producer of Acappella U has been producing one heck of a collegiate a cappella podcast for the past year. Now that the podcast has gone with a paid-subscription model, acaTunes is excited to be hosting and selling subscriptions for them, as well as handling all the licensing of the songs.

The subscriptions are available for 5 acaBucks per month, as well as a free version which is available through the iTunes podcast directory. There are three episodes per month, with 3 songs per episode. You get 15 collegiate a cappella songs per month for only 5 acaBucks! What a deal!



Everyone Gets To Listen
Everyone Gets To Listen
We decided that everyone should be able to listen to previews of tracks, whether or not you're logged in. Listen away!



Giftcards Are Here!
Giftcards Are Here!
Giftcards are here! If you got a free acaBuck or purchased a giftcard, redeem it on the My Account page. You can purchase acaTunes giftcards at events like the East Coast A Cappella Summit, NCHSA, and other a cappella concerts.



User Reviews!
User Reviews!
User Reviews! Tell everyone what you think about an album. Go! Do it now!



RSS Feeds
RSS Feeds
Subscribe to our new RSS Feeds and find out what's new and what's cool on acaTunes.



Tons of music
Tons of music
We're loading in TONS of music. We've got over 2000 albums here in the queue being loaded in. It will take some time, but they'll all be here soon.



acaTunes launches!!!!
acaTunes launches!!!!
acaTunes launches!!!