Indie Labels “Revolting” Against eMusic’s Low Prices? – Guest Blog

Indie Labels "Revolting" Against eMusic?

By Nate Anderson

Billboard recently ran a piece discussing a label “revolt” at eMusic, the number two US retailer of downloadable music. According to the article, at least six independent labels are dissatisfied with their eMusic contracts and are considering pulling their catalogs from the service if they don’t get more money per track sold.

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Motown’s Secrets of Success: DIY Style – Guest Blog

Motown's Secrets of Success: DIY Style

By Carla Lynne Hall

Berry Gordy, the founder and CEO of legendary Motown Records developed a simple plan in the early days of his record company:

“I broke down my whole operation into three functions: Create, Make, Sell. I felt any business had to do that. Create something, Make something and then Sell it. Using this phrase as a slogan kept my thinking in focus.”

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10 Innovations in Music Distribution – Guest Blog


10 Innovations in Music Distribution (of all places) has an excellent rundown of the coolest innovations in music distribution being used by music 2.0 artists. Read the full article here:

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Solving the Digital Music Distribution Dilemma – Guest Blog

Solving the Digital Music Distribution Dilemma

By Chris Terschluse

The paid-download world of digital music is a tricky beast to tame.   Artists continue to struggle to generate revenue even though they can easily establish a distribution network via iTunes, eMusic, Amazon,, and so on.

Here lies the problem. Digital distribution is fragmented among only a few big players. Consumers continue to remain loyal to their chosen distribution networks whether it be iTunes or a bitorrent site like Mininova.  When a person hears a new band or song, it is almost instinctual that they Google the name and stumble onto either a MySpace page or an artist website.   Discovery is not the issue.  The issue arises when someone hopes to buy the music, but is forced to search through iTunes, see if the band is available on eMusic, or scour the web for torrent files.   From a user experience perspective, this deters a good amount of the target audience away from seeking out actual copies of the music in exchange for the ability to stream music.

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Better Than Free: Strategies To Create Value & Combat Ubiquitous Free Music – Guest Blog

Better Than Free: Strategies To Create Value & Combat Ubiquitous Free Music

By Kevin Kelly

The internet is a copy machine. At its most foundational level, it copies every action, every character, every thought we make while we ride upon it. In order to send a message from one corner of the internet to another, the protocols of communication demand that the whole message be copied along the way several times. IT companies make a lot of money selling equipment that facilitates this ceaseless copying. Every bit of data ever produced on any computer is copied somewhere. The digital economy is thus run on a river of copies. Unlike the mass-produced reproductions of the machine age, these copies are not just cheap, they are free.

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Corey Smith: Challenging Media Distribution and Music Distribution Challenges – Guest Blog

Challenging Media Distribution and Music Distribution Challenges

By Tim Anderson

Since the 2007 release of In Rainbows it’s become cliche’ to note that artists do not need labels. Often mocked by industry insiders who point out that “Radiohead isn’t Radiohead without the many years of EMI promotion.” That is no doubt true. Yet you cannot claim that major labels record companies have much to do with the success of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (CYHSY) or, more interestingly, in the case of Corey Smith.

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How To Effectively Promote And Sell Your Music on iTunes – Guest Blog

How To Effectively Promote and Sell Your Music on iTunes

By Cameron Mizell

If there’s one small piece of advice I can give other musicians in regards to promoting their music, this is it. This is the one thing I’ve done that has generated more money, reached more fans, and helped me target other types of promotions, all with no cost other than a little thought and time. And that one thing is create iMixes in the iTunes Music Store. I’ll discuss this in three sections: How to make effective playlists, why this works beyond the iTunes store, and how to balance your time between creating and promoting your music.

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