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8D Audio

Posted by Dan
I'm thinking of getting rid of all 8D audio tracks from this site. The reason being because all the 8D audio I've heard sounds just absolutely terrible and I believe it's just a stupid fad. Skilled producers spend hours lovingly crafting fantastic stereo mixes, all for some bozo to come along and put their work through the 8D "algorithm" which makes it sounds as if it's coming through a Leslie rotating speaker.
  Thursday, 24th June, 2021 @ 11:44 pm

To Dipa, the Bug Bounty Hunter

Posted by Dan
This morning you filled out my contact form to inform me that you had discovered an XSS vulnerability in my website and asking me if I operated a reward scheme for anyone who found such bugs. I'm afraid, the answer to that is not at the moment as I am just one guy with very little money and not a corporation with big pockets.

Unfortunately, you didn't leave an email address to contact you when you filled out the contact form and as I had no idea of your intent, I immediately banned your IP address whilst I fixed the problem. (I assume you use a VPN, it seems everyone does these days.) How's anybody going to pay you if they can't contact you?

Anyway, despite me not offering a bounty for such discoveries, I am grateful to you for drawing this to my attention and for the ethical method used by your test.
  Tuesday, 22nd June, 2021 @ 7:03 pm

Goregrind To Be Purged From DigMusic.Online

Posted by Dan
I like a dirty joke or a saucy ditty as much as the next person, but have reached the conclusion that Grindgore and similar genres which set out to shock with extremely offensive album and song titles have no place on this website. The majority of them have little musical value and I don't think it's healthy for anyone to be listening to this stuff. They do not improve the world we live in and therefore, I will be eradicating all extreme filth from this website over the coming month. I may never eradicate such items completely as they are practically ubiquitous on Youtube and my software will keep finding new stuff and adding it. I will endeavour though to filter it out as much as possible. It's one thing for a kid to stumble across a rude song about boobs, quite another to for them to encounter an album obsessed with sexual deviance, torture, rape, mutilation, murder.

Of course, I will still permit "clean" dirty songs. 🙂
  Thursday, 10th June, 2021 @ 8:37 pm

New Autoplaylist Feature

Posted by Dan
I've just added a new feature that turns shelves into shuffled playlists. If you click on an album in one of your shelves and let it pay to completion with the browser window in focus, it will automatically play another random album from the same shelf when it is finished.

Alternatively, if you click on the "Play a random album from all my shelves" link when viewing all your shelves, it will continue to play ad infinitum, random albums from all your shelves.

If the browser tab or browser itself is not in focus, then the new album will not start until you switch focus back to the player.

On a mobile device, although the page will forward to the next album after the current album is finished playing, it will not start playing as automatic playback does not work on most mobile browsers and there's nothing I can do about that.

This feature works quite crudely in that it calculates the album's duration and forwards to the next album when the a number of seconds equalling the duration has passed. If you pause playback for any length of time, the page will still forward to the next album at the time it thought it was supposed to and so if you pause for 5 minutes, you will lose 5 minutes from the end of the album you are playing.

Not only does this new feature work on shelves, but also on scores. If you click on play random on your scores page, it will infinitely play albums with whatever range of scores you have set.

I hope that makes sense to as many people as possible. Please feel free to ask questions either via the guestbook or contact form.

Who needs Spotify, iTunes etc when you have DigMusic.Online and it's completely free? 😎
  Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021 @ 2:24 pm


Posted by Dan
Earlier in my post "New Features on DigMusic" I stated that Youtube actively supresses links in their comments sections. I have just discovered that this is wrong and that you can in fact post links in Youtube comments. This wasn't always the case.
  Tuesday, 1st June, 2021 @ 3:09 pm

Article About DigMusic in my Local Paper, The Basingstoke Gazette.

Posted by Dan

  Tuesday, 1st June, 2021 @ 10:38 am

Disappearing Albums

Posted by Dan
As mentioned in my previous post, albums can and do disappear from DigMusic as a consequence of them disappearing from Youtube. We have just lost around 150,000 albums during a major "stock take".

Nothing can be done out this. I could force DigMusic to download the mp3 for every album on here, but that would be illegal and would likely get DigMusic shut down.

The answer is simple. If you like something on here that much, make sure you have it added to a shelf, make sure you have commented on it and scored it to help you remember it if it becomes unavailable in the future. If and when it does, then you will have a record of what you've lost and in most cases, you will be able to actually go and buy it online.
  Tuesday, 1st June, 2021 @ 10:30 am

New Features on DigMusic

Posted by Dan
I've been tinkering with a lot of things under the bonnet, mostly small tweaks here and there that would probably go unnoticed. Blogposts, can now have a title, whih makes sense. I don't know why I didn't include that to begin with!

Blogwall posts and comments now automatically convert any links included in them into hyperlinks - unlike Youtube which actively supresses links posted in comments.

A lot of the other tinkering has been to do with site security and database integrity.

Albums which have been posted to Youtube will regularly disappear for one reason or another, so those changes need to be reflected on DigMusic as well so as to minimise the incidents of "video unavailable". This means that periodically , DigMusic needs to check every Album in its database to see whether it is still valid. This process runs constantly and takes a week or so to check every album.

There are also "full albums" that have been picked up by our algorithms, which are not full albums at all. They may be just a single track. Because of this, we are currently weeding out any albums with a duration of under 6 minutes. This cuts out a lot of chaff whilst allowing for say a four track EP with 2 minutes songs.

The next feature that will be added to the site over the next day of two, will be the ability to add other members to your contacts list. This will enable you to quickly recommend any album to any other member by use of a drop down list of contacts. It will also form the basis of an advanced internal messaging system, which will be the next logical step.
  Tuesday, 1st June, 2021 @ 10:16 am

Posted by Dan
Re: "Check out Robes of Snow"
There are four or five different albums by them when I search. I've had a listen to these two.
The first of the to is quite mellow in a tortured way. The second is more contrasted, ranging from Ambient to Death Metal. Both quite enjoyable in their own way. Thanks.

Robes of Snow - The Frozen Choir

Robes of Snow - Ostara's Lake

  Tuesday, 25th May, 2021 @ 11:54 pm

Posted by Dan
Re: "Check out The 4 Skins"
I did. I Like the musicianship - fantastic guitar playing and drumming. The vocals are a little aggressive in an almost comical way. Trying to work out if the singer is serious or tongue in cheek. Whatever, I'm getting in to it now, so it's a good recommendation. Cheers.

4 SKINS - The Return 2010 [FULL ALBUM]

4 Skins - Live And Loud!! (Full Album)
  Tuesday, 25th May, 2021 @ 11:13 pm

Posted by TINA70
Check out The 4 Skins
  Saturday, 22nd May, 2021 @ 10:32 am

Posted by TINA70
Check out Robes of Snow
  Saturday, 22nd May, 2021 @ 10:15 am

Posted by Dan
Any album that appears in search results will now have a thumbs up 👍 after the title if it's already in your shelves.

  Friday, 21st May, 2021 @ 4:48 pm

Posted by Dan
I have just made it so that when you are looking at your own or someone else's Scores page, only albums that have been added to their shelves will be shown.

You are free to score as many albums as you like. This helps serve as a guide to yourself, should you encounter the album again and also other people. They will only show up on your scores page however if you add them to a shelf. This help keeps the clutter down on the scores pages and ensures you only see what you want to see. If you had marked 20,000 albums, your scores page would be a more difficult to read if it also included non shelf albums that you'd scored.

I've also re-worked the Diggers page. It now only shows Diggers who have created shelves and added albums to them. It also shows them in descending order from most albums on shelves to least. This provides a competitive element and pointless ranking system by which Diggers can measure their commitedness to Digging against each other!

In the near future, I will be introducing a game that Diggers can play.

  Friday, 21st May, 2021 @ 3:40 pm

Posted by Dan
This morning, I introduced red stars. The difference between the spinning gold stars and the 3d spinning red ones is that the gold stars represent an individual's score for an album. When you see red stars, that is the average between all the votes for that album. This afternoon, I've taken a break from coding and have been using the site. Adding notes and scores to albums in my collection.

I lmost forgot to mention when you are looking at the shelves and scores pages, if a track has any comments, you can mouse over the little icons just below the album thumbnail and get a preview of comments on that album. There are separate icons for your comments and the comments of others,

  Thursday, 20th May, 2021 @ 3:02 pm

Posted by Dan
Have just added 1500 or so audiobooks to the database. Technically not music I know, but everyone likes a good book now and then. I'm sure the quality of them will vary greatly. Of course, I will go through as many as I can and put any good ones on a shelf.

  Wednesday, 19th May, 2021 @ 2:32 pm

Posted by Dan
I think I've completed the scoring system for now.
You can score an album between 1 and 10.
You can change your score at any time.
When you are logged in, for any album that've scored, you will see a number of stars above or below it corresponding to your score.
You can score any album without it being on your shelf, but albums that are not in your shelves will not show up in your My Scores page.
Users who are not logged in will see scores which are an average of all the users who have scored the same album.
In future I will probably make it so that logged in users can see the average scores for an album as well as their own.

Another new feature you may have noticed is that if a description, which often includes the track list, is available for an album, it will pop up on the left of the screen when you move your mouse over the album cover icon.

Bit of a bummer - I restarted the database a couple of days ago when I was only a few thousand pages into remaking the 50,000 or so full album pages. As a consequence, my page making program lost contact with the database server and as there was no resistance so to speak, it finished around 50,000 in a minute flat and filled them with nothing! Doh. I am currently remaking those pages and it should be 2 or 3 days before we are back up to the full quota of full album pages. That being said, all 587,000 odd of the albums on here are still accessible using the search feature.

  Wednesday, 19th May, 2021 @ 12:58 pm

Posted by Dan
I was going to build the Direct Messaging system next, but since there are so few of us here at the moment, I've decided on adding a feature which lets you score albums. This will ensure that when you have a lot of albums on a lot of shelves like me, you will be able to find your absolute favourites across all shelves at the click of a mouse.

  Saturday, 15th May, 2021 @ 7:04 pm

Posted by Dan
I have just added another feature. The ability to optionally search descriptions. These often include listings of tracks, musicians, producers, studios etc so it's a great facility for music geeks.

It's also great for finding songs or even unusual cover versions you've never heard before. For instance, I just searched the descriptions for "Space Oddity" and it looks as though I've found a whole bunch of albums with cover versions of it on them.

  Saturday, 15th May, 2021 @ 5:56 pm

Posted by Dan
Have just completed adding the feature that lets you edit or delete your own comments.
I think my labours deserve a nice picture. Let's see what I can find.

  Saturday, 15th May, 2021 @ 1:23 pm

Posted by Dan
As promised, I have now added the ability to add a picture (either gif, jpg or png) to each Blogwall post.

First make the post, then add the picture to it. Simples.

  Wednesday, 12th May, 2021 @ 1:05 am

Posted by Dan
With the addition of this new Blogwall feature, Digmusic.Online is now officially a Social Networking website.

At the moment, it is very simple. You can post to your own or anyone else's Blogwall and you can delete any message on your own Blogwall or messages you have posted on other Digger's Blogwalls.

In the near future, I will be adding the facility to add a picture (subject to approval) to each post and also the ability to edit your own posts after having made them.

Also, coming in the next week will be a Direct Messaging system which will allow Digger's to send private messages to each other.

  Tuesday, 11th May, 2021 @ 7:36 pm

Posted by Dan
Hello World!

  Tuesday, 11th May, 2021 @ 5:42 pm