FAQ (Spring ’08)
We’ve got big changes rolling out over the next few weeks so maintaining a real FAQ page is going to be messy. Instead, we’ve put together this informal FAQ on the blog.
Is Mixwit a music company?
Not really. Mixwit is primarily a media mash-up platform. We just started with mixtapes because it was fun. We’re now working on photo and video based widgets, as well as our core application which should be out by summer.
Why doesn’t Mixwit show a list of most popular mixes? What about ratings and comments?
We’ll soon show how many times a mix has been played and favorited. We’re not going to show a “most popular” list since we can’t guarantee that the source files for popular mixes will always be available. We also don’t want this limitation to cause you to get stuck with negative ratings/comments.
Where does the music come from?
Currently we’re using two music search services, Seeqpod and Skreemr, to allow users to discover mp3 files that are publicly available on the internet. Our Mixmaker application allows people to save a list of bookmarks to those tracks. The files stay in their original location.
How come I can’t find a particular song when I search?
Seeqpod and Skreemr only provide the URLs for stuff that can they can find. If that song isn’t on the internet where anyone can play it, then it won’t show up in their search results.
Sometimes the music file doesn’t play. What happened?
Either the server hosting the file is down, or the file isn’t available anymore. We don’t save websites or files, so we have no control over this problem.
How do I upload music for my mix?
Sorry, we can’t provide information on how to upload/download music at this time…
How do I favorite a mix?
If you’re signed in, you’ll see a star next to the title of every mix. Click the star. It will turn gold indicating that you’ve marked the mix as a favorite. That’s it!
Why do I have to sign-in / sign-up to favorite a mixtape?
If you’re an anonymous guest, how do we know it’s *your* favorite? You have to be signed-in simply so we know it’s you!
How do I favorite a person?
We’ll be setting up friend/fan/follow features very soon so you can either follow or friend other people.
Can I see who has favorited my mix?
We don’t have plans to show who has favorited each mix, but we will soon start to display your fans (i.e. people following you).
I want to mark a mix as private or public (or friends only)?
We’re currently working on these options. We want users to be able to identify content as private, friends-only, and public.
How do I change the size of my mixtape?
The mixtape is actually fully scalable, we just haven’t made it easy yet (i.e. not hand-editing the embed code).
For coders: you need to change the sizes in two places: in the <div> tag and the <embed> tag. Look for the following:
- <div style=”width: 430px; height: 350px;
- <embed width=”426″ height=”327″
Notice that the div area is slightly larger than the embed. The <div> tag manages the page area around the mixtape and the <embed> code is for the mixtape itself. Just play with these settings. Say you want a 300px wide widget you use the following formula to calculate the height:
300 * .767 = 230
So now you have a size of 300×230.
When will Mixwit be adding in new music features? What are they?
We’ll continue to roll-out bug-fixes and updates to the mixtapes. Autoplay, shuffle, looping, tags/categories, and a playlist display are all planned. We also want to work on stuff for DJs and blogger
How do I delete my mixtape off of MySpace, Blogger, etc.
Mixwit mixtapes are embedded by the use of embed code, much like youtube videos. Therefore, the way you delete the mixtape is you delete the code. For example, if you embedded your mixtape in the “about me” section on MySpace, you would need to edit your profile and delete the code in the about me section. If you’re having trouble finding it do a search (ctrl-f) for “mixwit” and you’ll see our block of code. Just highlight the whole block and delete it. Your mixtape will no longer appear on your profile.