Music Online Records
|Type of site||Music|
|Created by||Andre Luis de Andrade|
|Launched||18 April 1998|
|Alexa rank||69,596 (27 September 2012)|
Music Online Records is one of the oldest and biggest music portals in Brazil. It has been online since April 18, 1998. The headquarters is in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, at the São Francisco neighborhood.
The portal started as a hobby of the web developer Andre Luis de Andrade, and his interest was to work with the music in all forms, helping artists to display their music. It is one of the first projects around the world to have focus in music working for free (it is even older than MySpace).
In the beginning, the site was developed in pure HTML, hosted in free servers like Geocities, Tripod.com and Xoom (web hosting). Since year 2000, when the site bought the domain www.musiconline.com.br and started the new automated services, it has been offering for free the opportunity to bands, artists and composers sign in the VIP AREA to register his/her job. The systems was developed (and continue at this way) using PHP and MySQL.
Between 2000 and 2006, the Music Online Records got a good place in Brazilian internet with excellent classification at iBest Award, the biggest award in Brazilian internet. In 2001, 2002 and 2006, the portal got the TOP3, in 2002, 2003 and 2004 got the TOP5 and in 2000 and 2005 got the TOP10. In all these years, the site competes against big projects in Brazil, like MTV Brasil and the singers Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil. Since this time, some versions can be viewed at the Way Back Machine  .
In 2006, the project improved the offer of music content, creating more VIP Services and increasing the database with Artists, Lyrics, Chords, Music Radios, Music Videos, Artists Pictures and a lot of contents in this way.
Until 2011, the website was walking alone, with no big partnerships helping to maintain the dream of its project. In that year, the portal started a partnership with XPG, a free site and blog creation portal, but they have special partnerships, like Music Online Records. In the same time the goal of 100,000 users registered was achieved and the URL changed to www.musiconline.xpg.com.br (but, maintain the domain informed below).
Nowadays, the Music Online Records portal has a respected place in their niche, improving the visits for 1.5 million unique visitors per month (50 thousand per day) and is working a lot to improve the quantity of followers on pages in the social networking sites (Facebook, Orkut, Linked In and Twitter). The content was increased too and compounded for 10 another websites (Grátis Música, Ouvir Músicas Grátis and others), and some of them provide part of the content of the portal (include Online Games channel).
As of September 27, 2012, the portal contains: 110,000 artists, 110,000 users registered, 1,7 million lyrics, 189 thousand chords, 5,000 playlist radios, 60,000 artists pictures, 3,000 garage bands and a complete channels with shows, music news. It’s included a million of musics to be listened online and online music videos from YouTube API and other partners.
The planning for next years are continue increasing the content and discussing more about music to improve the quality of the songs. Another ideas, includes real world projects to helping people to developing yourselves.
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