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  • If you become a Sing.Salon supporter, you are not only helping us to maintain this community website for Smule users—you also gain more and more benefits: an ad-free use of our website, credits for our download service, the ability to check if the people you are following on Smule are following you back, and much more. And we just added a new benefit: Sing.Salon supporters can now create a record in our Featured Singers database:
    ☞ https://sing.salon/featured-singers/
    This was previously available as a separate product, but now we simplified it and all Sing.Salon supporters can create an entry in this database without any additional costs. 
    If you create an entry in this database, it will be shown on the Featured Singers page and as part of our banner rotation throughout the website. Entries in this database usually get hundreds of thousands of views. 

    When Sing.Salon users click on your entry, they see a page where you can tell them a little more about yourself and where they can listen to your favourite Smule performance. And of course they can open your Smule profile to follow you on Smule. 
    How to get featured?
    Make sure you are currently a Sing.Salon supporter Go to the Featured Singers page Click on the button “Add new Singer” Fill out the form: Your Smule name (required) in exactly the same spelling as on Smule Something about yourself (optional) Your location (optional) Featured Song (required). The web URL of a Smule solo or collaboration you took part in. You can use the “Copy Link” function in the Smule app or find the song on smule.com. 
    A proper address looks like this (short version):
    https://www.smule.com/c/1263440572_4466390695
    or this (long version):
    https://www.smule.com/recording/join-me-in-death-lyrics-hayjen/1263440572_4466390695 A profile image (required). Preferably in a square format just as on Smule. If you don’t have an image with a square format, make sure you are in the center of the image.   Submit your entry.  We will check your entry within 24 hours and publish it. 
      Notes:
    You can only create an entry for your own personal Smule account, not other Smule users, Smule groups or anything else. You can only add one entry to the database Your entry remains visible as long as you are a Sing.Salon supporter
    Have you ever wished you could easily check who is following you back on Smule? Well, now you can! We are excited to announce a new service exclusively available to the members of our Sing.Salon community:
    “Who is following me back on Smule?”
    It is as simple as clicking a single button. Our system then downloads the follower and following data for your account from Smule and checks the connections between them. We then create a table you can scroll through to see who is following you back. Additional ordering and filtering options make this process even more convenient. This is how it will look after the data import:

    It works especially well on a desktop browser. If you click on the Smule username, you can open the singer’s Smule profile page. If you are logged in with Smule, you can easily unfollow singers you don’t want to follow anymore.  
    You can order the list by ‘username’ or by ‘last followed’. The first option works well if you look for specific users. The second option is useful to beat singers who use the ‘follow-to-unfollow tactic’. With our service, you can instantly see that they have already unfollowed you again.  
    There are also filters for ‘VIP’ and ‘Partner Artist’ status. Showing only non-VIP members can be useful, because some of those singers might have left Smule for good a long time ago. Using this filter option, such accounts are much easier to find. 
    Try out our service here:
    “Who is following me back on Smule?”
    Keep in mind that there are a few limitations. Regular Sing.Salon members can try out the service with the last 25 singers they followed on Smule. Sing.Salon Supporters get unlimited access and can import all the singers they follow. The time it takes to import the data will depend on the number of singers you follow and who are following you. We don’t recommend using the service if the follower or following list is larger than 20,000 accounts.  
    The imported data is only visible to you and remains available for two weeks. After those two weeks, the data is deleted automatically. You can only start a new import after those two weeks. There are technical reasons for this limit, but most importantly, we don’t think it would be healthy to check these statistics all the time, so we enforce some reasonable limits. 
    After the endless back and forth regarding the profile layout, Smule has finally added a feature that has been requested for years: Playlists. So far, the only way to group your favorite recordings was the Favorites feature. But for many Smule users it wasn’t sufficient. There was no way to create multiple lists or change any privacy options. When you added a song as a favorite, all collaborators were always notified. And many users were even hitting the limit of songs you can mark as favorite, so it became impossible to add more collabs. But now you can finally create and manage multiple playlists with custom privacy options!

    Smule playlists can contain all content types: OCs, solos, duets and group songs. Once you have opened a Smule performance, click the ‘three dots’ menu and select ‘Add to Playlist’. You can either use an existing playlist or create a new one. Your favorites are still there as the default playlist. But now you add many more playlists. So far, the only customization option is the title. You can give your playlist any name that you like. The cover image is taken from the first song and there doesn’t seem to be an option to change the order of the songs in the playlist. 

    Playlists can be private or public and you can switch at any time between the two options. So you can finally add collabs to a playlist that no one else can see but you! Yes!

    Here are a few ideas for playlists:
    Songs grouped by music genre (e.g. musical, hard-rock) Songs grouped by language Songs grouped by type (e.g. all group songs) Songs from a specific group Songs with a specific duet partner Songs grouped by playback occasion (e.g. ‘jogging’, ‘dinner music’) Songs grouped by presentation style (e.g. cosplay) What kind of playlists will you create? Let us know in the comments! 
    If you download your favorite Smule audio performances, you can give them any filename you want. But you probably have noticed that the appearance of your downloads in a media player app is far from ideal. There is no proper song title, no artist’s name, and no cover image. So, in this article I explain how you can manually add this kind of data on Windows and Mac OS without any additional software. 
    Adding meta tags to Smule audio songs on Mac OS
    On Mac OS, almost anyone already uses the Music app (previously called iTunes) to manage their music. And luckily, the Music app allows us to easily add music meta tags and images to songs in our library. And by the way: This data will also be used if you sync your library with your iPhone or iPad. So if you go through the Music app, the appearance of your songs on your mobile device will also improve. 
    After you downloaded a song from Smule, for example using the Sing.Salon Downloader, open the Music app and drag the m4a audio file on the app logo. If the Music app is set up as default playback app, a double-click on the audio file will do the same. This is how the song will likely look:

    This is of course far from ideal. So let’s fix it! Click on the three dots and choose “Get Info” or (depending on your language) press command + I on your keyboard. Now fill in the necessary information. 
    Replace the title “ver:1” with the actual song title. Add the information about the artists. You could add the original artists and/or the ones who took part in the Smule performance. This will allow you to easily find songs with certain Smule artists in the future.  You should also always add an “Album” name. You could add a name like “Smule”, so all your Smule performances are accessible as one album, but of course you can create other albums as well, e.g. something like “Favorite Smule Christmas Songs”. 
    Much better already! Now let’s also add a cover image! Click on the Artwork tab. Make sure you have a square image ready to represent the song. This could be the original artwork for the single/album or the cover image that appears on Smule. Just drag that image from the Finder onto the Music app Artwork tab. If the image you want to use is on a website, you can also directly drag the image from the browser window over to the Music app. 
    If you download the songs through Sing.Salon, we show you the Smule cover image on our website for seven days. You can drag the image from there onto the Music app. Alternatively, you can use a web service like this one. Paste the URL of your Smule performance in the input field and the click “Get Open Graph status”. The website will then show you the Smule cover image, so you can easily download it or drag it onto Music app. 
    And now our Smule audio song appears like that:

    Adding meta tags to Smule audio songs on Windows (10+)
    If you haven’t already, move your downloaded audio file(s) into the music directory of your account. Open the Groove Music app or just double-click the Smule audio song if Groove Music is set up as your default audio player. Your screen should now look similar to this:

    The Smule song appears as part of an “unknown album” by an “unknown artist”. Let’s fix that! Make a right-click on the song and choose “Edit Info” as shown here:

    A dialog window will pop up and you can add various information about the song. 

    Replace the title “ver:1” with the actual song title. Add the information about the artists. You could add the original artists and/or the ones who took part in the Smule performance. This will allow you to easily find songs with certain Smule artists in the future.  You should also always add an “Album” name. You could add a name like “Smule”, so all your Smule performances are accessible as one album, but of course you can create other albums as well, e.g. something like “Favorite Smule Christmas Songs”.  Your song should now look like this:

    The last step is to add a cover image. Make sure you have a square image ready to represent the song. This could be the original artwork for the single/album or the cover image that appears on Smule. Save that square picture somewhere on your computer where you can easily find it. Now click on the pencil that appears over the empty cover image and select the cover image from your computer. 
    If you download the songs through Sing.Salon, we show you the Smule cover image on our website for seven days. You can save the cover image from there to your computer. Alternatively, you can use a web service like this one. Paste the URL of your Smule performance in the input field and the click “Get Open Graph status”. The website will then show you the Smule cover image and you can save it to your computer from there. 

    That’s it! Now your Smule audio songs will appear properly with title and cover image on Windows! And not just in the Groove app! The information is saved within the audio file and will also be shown in the Windows Explorer and other apps. 
    Smule rolled out a couple new features during the last weeks and as usual, iOS users get to use them first. But those features are also confusing many Smule users. So, this article explains how they work. 
    New song parts – Listening
    The ability to separate songs into different parts (e.g. intro, verse, chorus …) has existed for some time and is used to assign audio and video effects in the Style Studio app. But now these song parts are also shown on the Smule app itself. You see them as color stripes at the bottom of the player window. 

    You can use the color coding do directly jump to the chorus for example. Smule also has a feature to just play one part continuously, which might be active without users actually wanting it. To change the behaviour and to toggle between playing everything or just a single part, press this button:

    Smule will remember the setting you chose for other songs you open. 
    New song parts – Joining. (“Moments”)
    The new song separation can also be used to only join parts of a song. Smule calls this “Moments” now. When you start joining a song and you see a note with three stripes before joining, you can click it and swipe left or right to select just a part of a song. This works for both audio and video joins. Group collabs are also supported, but the OC itself must cover the entire song. 

    New Snap Filters
    Smule now also makes “Face FX” filters available, which are provided in partnership with Snap, the company behind Snapchat. These filters are not an option you can use for all joins or OCs. They are tied to certain styles. But you can easily recognize styles with face filters, since the Snapchat ghost symbol will appear once you selected a style that contains face filters. 

    Depending on the filter, there can be more options for the face filters within the style. Just like on Snapchat, these filters are dynamically applied to your face, not just the entire video. Keep in mind that these filters have to be chosen in advance. You won’t be able to turn them off or switch to a different style on the review screen. 

    If you used our Smule downloader service over the last weeks, you might have noticed some problems here and there. But I am happy to say that since November 12, 2020, we now have a completely new downloader service, which works better than ever. But first some back-story …
    I started Sing.Salon in 2016 as a community website for Smule users. Until then, Smule singers would connect through Facebook and Line groups, but I do not think that one endless chat is a good way to help other users and engage in fruitful discussions. So I started a dedicated website just for Smule users. The site was always run as a personal side-project. The goal was to provide helpful information around Smule and a forum for discussions so that Smule users could share their experience and help each other. 
    A download service was later added and it quickly became one of the most-used sections of the website. In fact, with hundreds of thousands of users it became almost too popular! Two problems arose:
    The website became hard to manage. If there were problems or changes on Smule’s end, the download service could fail and thousands of Sing.Salon members a day were unhappy and were flooding the website with complaints. For a personal side-project, that became too much work to handle.  You might not know it, but Smule doesn’t officially support services like ours. In fact, if an external service creates thousands of requests a day to Smule’s servers, Smule can identify these connections and shut them down permanently. And that is exactly what happened.  Because of both of these problems, the download service as it was running the last years couldn’t be continued anymore. It came down to two choices: I considered shutting down the download service and with that, maybe even the entire website. Of course that would solve the problems around handling the support of the website and its tens of thousands of users. 
    Another option was to actually put more work into the site and raise it to the level of a professional service. And that’s the step I took now. 

    Screenshot of the new Sing.Salon downloader service
    Our current download service is completely new. It was created again from scratch and many aspects were improved in the new version. It is now much more reliable and convenient. Instead of just processing the downloads on-the-fly and then discarding the data, your download requests are now stored for seven days on our server. This gives us the chance to monitor if the service is working correctly and we can investigate potential problems. 
    The download requests to Smule are now distributed around the globe using a professional web crawling service. This makes the service faster, more reliable and future-proof. But this comes at a price. Sing.Salon now needs to pay considerable monthly fees to use this external service and that’s why the free use of our service — while still possible — is not unlimited anymore. You get a certain amount of download credits you can use within every week. If you want to download more songs, you need to become a Sing.Salon supporter. Then you can download up to several thousand songs within the one-year subscription period. And you are also supporting this website, so that we can keep it going and improve and extend it further in the future.  
    By the way: using our download service also means your songs can get featured on our site. Popular downloads of the last seven days are featured on our site and shown to thousands of Sing.Salon members. (Private songs are excluded from this.)
    This is something Smule users have requested for years: you now have granular control over the type of events you receive push notifications for. So for example: you can turn off the hundreds of OC invite notifications you receive when you follow many people, but still get alerted if someone sends you a message or invites you to a Live Jam. 

    You can find the new options under “Push Notifications” on the settings page when you run the latest version of Smule. This was rolled out to both the Apple and the Android version.