We’re Officially Part of Matter Three!

We are thrilled to finally announce some big news we’ve had to keep under wraps until recently: CratePlayer has been accepted to join Matter, a first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art startup accelerator dedicated to changing media for good!

Over the next five months, we’ll be working alongside five other awesome media startups advancing our ventures through the discipline of human-centered, prototype-driven design thinking. If things seem quiet over the next few months, fear not! We’re working on the latest, cratest version of our product, and you’ll be the first to know.

Matter truly is a great fit for us and we couldn’t be more excited and grateful, especially to you, our amazing community, without whom this wouldn’t be possible. So an upper case THANK YOU for all your support!

Here’s looking forward to making media that matters with Matter, and stay tuned!

The CratePlayer Crew

We’ve Refreshed Our Look

Introducing Crategories and New Crate Covers

We’ve made some changes to our home page to help you discover the latest and cratest music and videos! You’ll now see featured crates grouped together within crategories. Check back often as we’ll be updating them regularly. We’ve also given crates sleeker, slimmer covers…just in time for summer!


Crate Detail Pages & Related Crates

We’ve moved things around for a cleaner look. Crate titles are now bigger and easier to see in the upper left. We’ve also added a Related Crates feature, which pulls up 5 crates similar to the one you’re viewing. Getting lost in the Cratetrix has never been easier!

We hope you dig the updates and as always, we’d love to hear what you think! If you have any questions, comments or other feedback, please don’t hesitate to send a message to feedback@crateplayer.com.

Here’s to curating a better Internet together,

The CratePlayer Crew

Teleport Your Playlists!
With CratePlayer’s new Playlist Teleportation Technology™, you can now import your YouTube playlists into crates and mix them with music and videos from other websites! 

Watch our Crating 101: Importing YouTube Playlists video tutorial and let the beaming begin!
Here’s to curating a better Internet together,
The CratePlayer Crew

Teleport Your Playlists!

With CratePlayer’s new Playlist Teleportation Technology™, you can now import your YouTube playlists into crates and mix them with music and videos from other websites! 

Watch our Crating 101: Importing YouTube Playlists video tutorial and let the beaming begin!

Here’s to curating a better Internet together,

The CratePlayer Crew

Crating 101

We know you’re already a natural player, but how’s your crate game? 

Making crates is half the fun of CratePlayer, and we thought what better way to show you the ropes than with a crate-based crash course on crate-making! 

With the help of our resident radio personality (and CEO in training), Joe, and new Community Catalyst (and up and coming film and music producer) Trisha, we present our mega meta, hopefully helpful and maybe even entertaining Crating 101!

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The CratePlayer Crew would like to thank you for being among the first to join our community and making our first year fantastic! As we look towards another big year together, we’ve compiled some of 2013’s best along with some exciting updates that are a hint of crate things to come in 2014…

The Best of the Best of 2013

NPR’s Top 10 Dance Tracks Of 2013

Tracks that will make you want to dance, no matter where you are!

TV Moments of 2013

The most epic, shocking, and controversial TV moments of 2013.

Top 10 Sports Moments

The best sports moments of 2013 by TIME magazine.

YouTube’s Top Trending Videos of 2013

The top 10 hottest and most viewed videos on YouTube this year.

The Best of Best of Vines 2013

The best Vine videos of 2013, featuring BatDad & more!

10 Amazing Marriage Proposals in 2013

Get some tissues ready as these clips may turn on the faucets!

Xbox One vs. PS4 Contest Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to Peter Newell who won the grand prize of his choice of an Xbox One! He and his family are happily enjoying their brand new next-gen console this holiday season. Check out Peter’s winning Xbox One crate →

We’d also like to congratulate our runners up, William Daniels, Benjamin Chan, and Tony Paternite! See all Xbox One vs. PS4 contest crates →

News & Updates

Internet Archive Integration

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In addition to YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, and Dailymotion, you now can also crate jaw-dropping collection from the Internet Archive! Read more about our partnership with Internet Archive here →
 

See Who Faved Your Crate

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Ever wonder who your crate’s secret admirers are? Now you know! Usernames of people who faved a crate can now be seen on the upper right-hand side of the crate. Click on their profiles to see what else they’ve loved & find cool new crates!

Craters of the Lost Archive

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Here at Crate Labs, “curation” is more than just a buzzword to us. It’s a tenet of our mission and a pillar of our platform. Everything we do is an investment in making the Internet a more efficient, enjoyable and enlightening place by harnessing and amplifying the power of old-fashioned, hand-crafted curation.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce an exciting step towards fulfilling that ambitious promise via a new partnership with one of the web’s most important custodians and curators: the (one and only) Internet Archive!

Founded in 1996, the Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library dedicated to providing “universal access to all knowledge. It provides permanent storage of and free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books.”  (via Wikipedia) As of today, its collection is topped at a mind boggling 15 petabytes.

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(via Gizmodo)

As astonishing as the Archive’s content is, it faces the same “iceberg” challenges that so much of the web struggles with: a vast library of content beneath the surface, but only a finite number of channels to showcase and surface it.

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That’s where the crates come in! Starting today, you can now use CratePlayer to collect, organize, play, and share the vast majority* of audio and video content from the Archive, just like you can with videos from YouTube or music from SoundCloud. To crate Archive content, just go to a media or collection page on archive.org, click on the “Crate It” browser bookmarklet, and you can start curating a master archival collection of your own. (If you don’t have the bookmarklet, you can get it here.)

Our hope is that (with your help) the outcome of our collaboration is that more of the Internet Archive’s amazing content will get seen, heard, shared and enjoyed through the conduit of curation.

The possibilities are truly as expansive as the Archive itself, but here are a few show-crates we’ve put together that illustrate the amazing array of content that awaits you:

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Amazing Archival Commodore 64 Gameplay

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Uber Cool Obscure German Minimal Techno

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Long Lost Christmas Cartoons

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The Crateful Dead, LIVE (it had to be pun, forgive us! :)

As with any new integration, some metadata may get messy and some things are bound to break. So kindly mind the gap, and if you encounter any bugs or issues, please let us know at feedback@crateplayer.com. We’d also welcome your suggestions and ideas for future features, partnerships and endeavors.

We hope you share our excitement about our new alliance with the Archive and can’t wait to see what you crate!

Here’s to curating a better Internet together,

Joe & The Crate Labs Crew

P.S. The Internet Archive was recently the unfortunate victim of a fire and they are currently fundraising to pay for repairs of the damages. You can help support and restore this amazing organization by making a donation here.

* audio: MP3 format, video MPEG4 / h.264 formats. In general, you can crate archive content that has an HTTPS link in the left column.

UPDATE:We’ve received a bunch of awesome entries and have decided to extend the contest deadline to December 16, 2013! This will give you more time to join, rake in more “faves,” and increase your chances of winning!
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The battle between the Xbox One and the PS4 is about to go down! Gamers everywhere are anticipating the release of both consoles this month, but the real question is, which system has your support?

This month, CratePlayer wants to know which console you think will reign supreme, for a chance to win—you’ve guessed it—your choice of an Xbox One or a PS4!

Here’s how to play: 


Sign up at CratePlayer and make a crate of your favorite Xbox or PlayStation-related media (e.g. gameplays, reviews, machinima, ads, game soundtrack, etc). In the description area, explain why Xbox One or PS4 is your console of choice.


Tag your crate “xboxonevsps4” for it to be considered an entry to the contest. 


Share your crate on Facebook and Twitter and tag @CratePlayer. 

(Tip: Check out our Xbox/PS4 Crate to get ideas for your crate. You can add media directly to your crate using the little share arrows next to each media item.) 
The winning crate will be selected based on total number of “favorites” on CratePlayer, so get your friends to sign up and fav your crate!*

Entries must be posted and final number of “favorites” will be counted by noon, 12:00PM PST, on Sunday, December 15, 2013, and the winner will be notified on Monday, December 16, 2013, via e-mail.
Winners will receive:**

First Place - An Xbox One or a PS4 gaming console (winner gets to choose)
3 Runners Up - One (1) PS4 or Xbox One game of their choice

Please note that we will only be shipping prizes to U.S. residents. Contestants must be 18 or over. 

For any questions, feel free to contact info@crateplayer.com.

Good luck and game on!

The CratePlayer Crew

*To prevent fraud, we only will consider “favorites” from verified e-mail accounts or accounts linked to Facebook or Google.
**In case of shortage in supply of the prizes, winners may have to wait until the prizes become available for purchase by CratePlayer. We will duly notify the winners when their prizes are ready to be shipped or picked up.

UPDATE:We’ve received a bunch of awesome entries and have decided to extend the contest deadline to December 16, 2013! This will give you more time to join, rake in more “faves,” and increase your chances of winning!

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The battle between the Xbox One and the PS4 is about to go down! Gamers everywhere are anticipating the release of both consoles this month, but the real question is, which system has your support?

This month, CratePlayer wants to know which console you think will reign supreme, for a chance to win—you’ve guessed it—your choice of an Xbox One or a PS4!

Here’s how to play:

  1. Sign up at CratePlayer and make a crate of your favorite Xbox or PlayStation-related media (e.g. gameplays, reviews, machinima, ads, game soundtrack, etc). In the description area, explain why Xbox One or PS4 is your console of choice.

  2. Tag your crate “xboxonevsps4” for it to be considered an entry to the contest.

  3. Share your crate on Facebook and Twitter and tag @CratePlayer.

(Tip: Check out our Xbox/PS4 Crate to get ideas for your crate. You can add media directly to your crate using the little share arrows next to each media item.) 

The winning crate will be selected based on total number of “favorites” on CratePlayer, so get your friends to sign up and fav your crate!*

Entries must be posted and final number of “favorites” will be counted by noon, 12:00PM PST, on Sunday, December 15, 2013, and the winner will be notified on Monday, December 16, 2013, via e-mail.

Winners will receive:**

First Place - An Xbox One or a PS4 gaming console (winner gets to choose)

3 Runners Up - One (1) PS4 or Xbox One game of their choice

Please note that we will only be shipping prizes to U.S. residents. Contestants must be 18 or over.

For any questions, feel free to contact info@crateplayer.com.

Good luck and game on!

The CratePlayer Crew

*To prevent fraud, we only will consider “favorites” from verified e-mail accounts or accounts linked to Facebook or Google.

**In case of shortage in supply of the prizes, winners may have to wait until the prizes become available for purchase by CratePlayer. We will duly notify the winners when their prizes are ready to be shipped or picked up.

Halloween is here and our evil twin, CrateSlayer, is on the hunt for some scary-good crates! 
Sign up at CratePlayer and make a Halloween-themed crate by October 31st. If CrateSlayer ”favs” it, you’ll come away with something better than a tooth cavity (from all that Halloween candy): a $10 Amazon gift card! We have 13 gift cards to give away, so it’s time to tap into the dark side of your cratetivity!

Halloween is here and our evil twin, CrateSlayer, is on the hunt for some scary-good crates!

Sign up at CratePlayer and make a Halloween-themed crate by October 31st. If CrateSlayer ”favs” it, you’ll come away with something better than a tooth cavity (from all that Halloween candy): a $10 Amazon gift card! We have 13 gift cards to give away, so it’s time to tap into the dark side of your cratetivity!