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6 Ways for Musicians to Use Snapchat Spectacles

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Even if you're just a casual user of the photo-sharing platform Snapchat, you've probably heard about Spectacles. This special pair of glasses manufactured by Snap Inc., Snapchat's parent company, allows users to snap hands-free with a quick tap. Until recently, these chic gadget accessories were only available from roving bot kiosks, but as of last week, they're now for sale online.

You may already be using Snapchat as a way to share your daily musical activities, but with Spectacles, the possibilities are virtually endless. Here are six ideas to get you started.

4 Ways Artists Can Use the Newly Updated Snapchat to Their Advantage

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Social media announcements have been running rampant over the past month, and all of them contain major implications for people who use the platforms for marketing purposes. Snapchat, still a baby-faced giant in the world of social media, recently launched its Chat 2.0 upgrade, which contains a wide variety of new features such as the auto-advance of stories, audio/video notes, audio/video calls, and over 200 stickers.

Basically, Snapchat’s goal is to become a one-stop shop for all forms of human communication, and its track record thus far is impressive. In case you're still a newbie to Snapchat, here are the major updates you need to know about as an artist.

Snap Your Friends, Snap Your Fans: How to Make the Most of Snapchat as an Artist

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This article originally appeared on The Daily Rind.

 

At this point, the only way you don't know about Snapchat is if you've been literally living under a rock. Even the most off-the-grid among us at least know that Snapchat is a mobile platform that allows users to share perishable photos and video with their friends and followers.

A lot of the time (most of the time?) people just use the medium to share videos of their dog being cute or to broadcast the temperature to the ever-watchful internet; however, some artists have harnessed the power of Snapchat to engage their fans in a powerfully personal way. While consistent posting is always the number-one key to a strong following, there are a few tricks that can help give you an edge.

What Musicians Need to Know About Snapchat's Plans to Enter the Music Industry

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Recently, Snapchat added a new feature to its extensive arsenal of colorful and whimsical tricks: music videos! You can now play music from your iPhone and record a video on Snapchat at the same time, creating fun, 10-second musical snaps to add to your Snapchat story. Previously, this was impossible to do because any music playing on your phone – whether it be iTunes, Spotify, or Pandora – would shut off the instant you started recording on Snapchat. This forced people to play music from an external source, which often distorted its sound and reduced the audio quality of the song. However, with this new feature, now you can create awesome, high-quality music videos to your liking.

The Musician's Guide to Snapchat

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For a working musician, the thought of yet another social media platform may seem exhausting, especially considering that Facebook and Twitter are already pretty time-consuming. While video- and photo-sharing networks like Vine or Snapchat may seem nonessential for musicians, don’t overlook them.