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  • Why Soundcloud Promotion?

    Souncloud has been recently becoming a lot more famous. Originally designed for musicians and artists, people not related to music are also joining in on Soundcloud. Artists on other networks such as Bandcamp also tend to use Soundcloud because of its interactive interface and convenience. Soundcloud made a number of announcements in Texas lately.

    Being Pro is a lot cheaper

    Here is great news for creators: It is now a lot easier to recommend premium service because of their simplicity and cheapness. You can also buy third party promotional packages and purchase soundcloud promotion at soundcloudpromotions.com. The Unlimited service that was before for 59 Euros a month now costs only 9 Euros, that too with more stats and uploads.

    Before: Different levels and multiple options, 12 hours of uploads for 9 Euros.

    Now: 3 Euros a month provides you with unlimited downloads. 4 hours of uploads and 9 Euros a month gives you unlimited number of uploads.

    Soundcloud might not be a perfect service but I would surely recommend it to any producer, podcaster and musician.

    However let’s go into the detail of some complaints associated with Soundcloud.

    Criticism over redesign and anti-piracy measures

    Redesign and anti-piracy measures are the two changes in SoundCloud that have triggered frustration in its users. The redesign although attractive, changed location of some of the website’s features and made it difficult for some users. Many users especially the CDM readers got pretty annoyed over this change. Additionally, users have often fallen victim to the automatic algorithms built to combat illegal music uploads. Recently, reports from angry readers who had gotten their own music blocked have increased. The solution to this is simple: make it really, really easy for users and make anti-piracy measures flexible.

    How to balance law and creators

    Soundcloud is lesser to blame because its management is right in trying to encourage music uploads and stay within the shrines of law simultaneously. Another problem is that they also need to make money. The best way for Soundcloud would be to create avenues for balancing out new music creators and law abidance simultaneously.

    How can you contribute to Soundcloud’s future?

    One thing is certain: we are the main revenue source for Soundcloud. The challenges that Soundcloud is facing does not mean that it is willfully neglecting these pro requests. The problem is that changes are definitely difficult to accomplish. It is doing a …

  • Producer born on the bayou

    resha Mabile has sweated through flaring temperatures and temperaments in war ravaged Baghdad, met with high-ranking KGB officials aboard a Russian submarine, chatted with fashionista Donatella Versace in Paris and received correspondence from Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unibomber, among the many international figures that have made their way into her documentaries.

    “Being in Baghdad is easier than speaking in front of people,” the Chicago-based producer, Pierre Part native and 1989 Nicholls graduate told a group gathered at her alma mater Wednesday.

    Speaking as part of the Bonnie J. Bourg lecture series in honor of women in history, Mabile, now in her 30s, described herself as a feminist belonging to a generation that “is truly reaping the benefits of a long and difficult struggle.”

    The women’s movement has been a “huge success,” Mabile said, as women today have “so many options.”

    In May, Mabile traveled to Iraq to make the documentary “After Saddam,” which has aired on the Discovery and Discovery Times channels.

    She recounted certain details of her adventures traveling burqa-clad and in a 20-pound bulletproof vest throughout the male-dominated country.

    Mabile said she was told to sit quietly so as not to incite violence, remain covered at all times. She quickly learned that relaxing after a stressful day with a beer (available only on the black market) could have cost her friend his life.

    In secular Baghdad, however, women were relatively free, she said.

    The women of Iraq, according to Mabile, like the rest of society “could feel freedom in their grasp” in the days following the toppling of the former dictator.

    In May, she said, locals were “very grateful to the Americans” for having ousted Hussein.

    They were “definitely much happier,” she said. Now however, with bombs and casualties mounting every day in Iraq, the situation appears increasingly hopeless.

    Mabile advised aspiring journalists in the crowd that starting out small can mean big career gains in the future.

    It is “so important to actually get bylines at a newspaper,” she said. Good internships, attention to international news and persistence are also essential.

    “As small as an opportunity seems,” it can be good practice, she said.

    Emilie Bahr can be reached at 448-7646 or by e-mail at emilie.bahr@dailycomet.com.April 01. 2015 12:08PM

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  • Council again wrong on bids

     

    Lafourche Parish Councilman Phillip Gouaux is hopping mad over the way five of his fellow-councilmen handled awarding a contract and he is right to be angry.

    The council requested bids from three firms for work on two Community Development Block Grant projects. Two of those firms returned bids, Bordelon, Foreman and Associates in Houma and South Central Planning and Development Commission in Gray.

    Bordelon’s bid came in at $33,700 and South Central’s came in at $27,200. That’s a nearly 24 percent difference between the two bids, but the council gave the work to Bordelon.

    Both firms agree that either one can do the work. What is at issue here is not the competence of the two companies, but the way in which the council doles out public work.

    Clearly, the Parish Council has a duty to the taxpayers of Lafourche Parish to spend their money wisely and only when necessary.

    Spending an extra $6,500 on a professional services contract might be understandable if one of the firms were less qualified in some way. Instead, it assessed both firms on a variety of areas – including whether each is owned by a minority or a woman. (Why that quality would make a firm more qualified is unknown.)

    Bordelon ended up with a score of 93.1, and South Central got a 90. Bordelon won out on the question of ownership, but South Central had higher scores in the other categories, except education, where the two firms each scored 15 points. On federal bids, companies get points added for advanced degrees. That would have given South Central a score of 95, and Bordelon’s would have remained at 93.1. The parish does not distinguish between undergraduate and graduate degrees.

    This whole flap is not the first time the council has run into trouble awarding public contracts.

    Within months of taking office, the Council Five fired the local company that had been performing the parish’s yearly audit and hired a higher-priced accounting firm from outside the parish.

    Eventually, the council was forced by the state Legislative Auditor’s Office to change firms, hiring the firm that turned in the middle bid.

    This council’s battles against good government and common sense are well documented. This seems like just the latest case of the council putting other concerns ahead of the public it was elected to serve.

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  • Event should teach a lesson

    April 01. 2015 12:08PM

    Event should teach a lesson

    Wednesday was a gut-wrenching news day as we saw on television or read news stories about the shocking killings of four American contractors and five American soldiers as the bloodshed in Iraq continued.

    The four contractors were traveling in Fallujah when their two SUVs were ambushed by rebel forces.

    Their charred and mutilated bodies were pulled from the vehicles, further desecrated and dragged through the streets by a cheering horde.

    In the same area, a small bomb exploded under an armored personnel carrier, killing five U.S. soldiers.

    Together, the killings made Wednesday the deadliest for Americans in Iraq since Jan. 8, according to a report by The Associated Press.

    The bodies of two of the four contractors were eventually strung up and hung from a bridge over the Euphrates river. Elsewhere in town, body parts were tied to bricks and tossed over electrical wires.

    Summing up the shock of most Americans, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, “It is offensive, it is despicable the way these individuals have been treated.”

    Although the actions the crowds took against the Americans were horrific, it was good to see President Bush’s resolve reflected in McClellan’s words. He said the best way to honor the men who died would be for the United States to move ahead with its mission of building a viable democracy in Iraq.

    The entire event also allows the American public to draw important distinctions between Bush and his predecessor.

    In the early days of the Clinton administration, as U.S. forces floundered in Somalia with no set focus or goal set by Washington, a helicopter full of troops crashed.

    In a similar scene to the one that happened Wednesday, the bodies of the American service people were dragged through the streets and mutilated.

    In the Somalia incident, the disaster and abuse of the bodies highlighted a flawed foreign policy that seemed to think about strategy only after troops had been sent into harm’s way.

    Wednesday’s incident, on the other hand, underlines the fact that there are still forces loyal to Saddam Hussein and devoted to mayhem and destroying Iraq’s chances at building a representative government.

    It is painful to watch our fellow Americans being treated as they were Wednesday. It is even more painful to see the ever-increasing list of those who have lost their lives in Iraq.

    But with a …