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The future is bright

alonetone is a growing independent music platform, providing free services for musicians wanting to host and distribute their music in a non-commercial easy-to-use environment.

alonetone was launched in January 2008 and as of June 2009 hosts over 8000 songs from 800 musicians and has delivered over 500,000 mp3s to real listeners.

alonetone is always looking for more development love

Have ruby and/or javascript skills? Help us build the best music platform, period.

Warm the hearts of musicians world wide by working on an app that provides musicians with a home, a connection to each other, to their listeners, and to a source of inspiration.

Or get jiggy with our build-to-order API and do something crazy and exciting.

Bug reporting

We use lighthouse to submit bugs and keep track of our work.

The goal?

To create and run the best online home a musician could want to have, providing them with the tools they need to reach their listeners and network with other artists, without the umbrella of a corporation.

How do we reach this goal?

  • It must be easy to use, straightforward, intuitive, and consistent (grandma-friendly)
  • It must be attractive to look at
  • It provides musicians with practical, useful and inspiring tools and services
  • It provides listeners and first time site visitors with a 'hook' into their first taste of alonetone music and helps them explore the site in an intelligent and guided way
  • It encourages artist exploration and the feeling to stick around
  • It does not overwhelm folks with TMI (too much information) or TMO (too many options) or TMF (too many features)

For more info, visit the alonetone faq

Current feature set

Really, only the very basics are implemented.

  • Unlimited mp3 uploads for musicians
  • Creation of playlists / albums
  • MP3 streaming and download
  • Artist browsing
  • Tracking of listens and providing useful feedback and statistics to artists
  • Commenting system
  • Feeds for iTunes podcasts and offsite flash players

Current tech

  • Rails 2.3
  • Rspec
  • jQuery and LowPro
  • SoundManager 2 (for flash mp3 playback)
  • SASS (the cool stylesheet thing from the haml folks)

Want to join forces?

First of all, talk to Sudara by emailing Sudara at alonetone com.

Secondly, sign up for an account and start digging in.

Thirdly, fork away on github.

Playing with alonetone on localhost

This is not a task for Rails newbees.

I've had multiple requests asking me to walk folks through setting up alonetone locally. Unless you have some experience with rails, it's just not going to be worth it unless you have a lot of time to invest.

If you do want to get jiggy and setup alonetone locally, the best thing to do is to contact me first, as things are ever-changing.

alonetone uses 6 config files:

  alonetone.yml (contains the application "secret" and app-specific settings)
  amazon_s3.yml (used in production, by default development mode runs with :file_system storage)
  defensio.yml (spam protection, ignored in development)
  facebooker.yml (for facebook app, ignore this in general for now)
  newrelic.yml (for performance tracking)

These files will be created for you the first time you run any rake task.

Gem installation

You'll need some gems, at least:

  aws-s3 (if you use Amazon S3 to store files)
  rubyzip (for extracting mp3s from zip files)
  mocha (for rspec)

You can install all of the gem dependencies using one of three ways:

  1. Bundler

    If you have the Bundler gem installed, you can install all of the dependencies like so:

    bundle update

  2. Rake

    Otherwise, you can install all the required gems using the following command:

    rake gems:install

    NOTE: On a Windows install using InstantRails with Rails 2.2.2 and RubyGems 1.3, an error such as 'uninitialized constant ApplicationController::ALONETONE' might present itself when using the 'rake gems:install' command. However, I found that if you install all of the gems manually that you can ignore this error message.

  3. Manual installation

    If you have troubles with the above, you can also install them manually:

    sudo gem install rmagick haml json ruby-mp3info aws-s3 rubyzip mocha

    You may need to install imagemagick before rmagick. If you are using Ubuntu you can run 'sudo apt-get install imagemagick libmagick9-dev'. If you are on a Mac, you can 'sudo port install imagemagick'.

Database setup

Then, you can create a development database, run all migrations and load some bootstrap data with:

  rake db:remake

Logging in

After the bootstrap data is loaded, you can login using the test account (username=test, password=test).

You will see session and current_user information at the end of each page after login. You can turn it off by changing show_debug_info to false in alonetone.yml.

After login, click on the "Upload" button to upload your first mp3.


The alonetone source code is released under the MIT license.

"alonetone", "" and the alonetone logo are copyright Sudara Williams 2008 and may not be used without permission.