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Good call. btw: http://www.1119732.net/
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I'm a big fan of Bandcamp's product, despite the fact that (disclaimer) we partly compete with them with our Bandzoogle store features. I think the major grudge that some people hold against their latest announcements is that they built their customer base of tens of thousands around a VC-money-fueled free service, offering little transparency as to how they would end up monetizing (probably wasn't clear to the founders either, as they got started). Only after people had invested time and resources in building and promoting their Bandcamp page do they find out how much it will cost them. The freemium revenue model that they announced seems reasonable and responsible, but it means that they now charge users for something that they offered for free before. From experience, this is always much harder to do, than, say, developing new features and offering those at a premium (not free). "Do we exist in a web community, founded on a type of "magical thinking," that would deny Bandcamp this attempt to generate more revenue and stay afloat?" Maybe yes for some people who would rather have a full column of ads for "sexy singles in your area", next to their tracks and artwork, rather than pay for a simple and elegant service. When building their online presence, artists need to figure out what will work for them in terms of features, but also in terms of how the cost will be structured. Services like Bandzoogle and Tunecore, for example are a fixed cost (per month, or per release, with no % of sales). Bandcamp is freemium with variable revenue-share (and now, premium services). SoundCloud is freemium with premium levels of membership. MySpace and Facebook are free services, but ad-supported, etc... endless topics for Hypebot articles ;)
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"Um, you are young aren't you?" Kyle, don't let anyone ever tell you that's a bad thing, especially in your role ;)
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Hehe... Dave from SoundCloud insists that http://soundcloud.com/search?q[fulltext]=polka We stand corrected.
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There are many, many examples of artists that are adapting and making a good living in these Internet days. Y'all go read this interview for yet one more example: http://thequietus.com/articles/04851-kristin-hersh-interview-crooked True, it's really hard to "make it" out there, but there is a future for rock and for music. It's not a future made of 100 Fleetwood Macs, it's a future made of 100,000 Kristins.
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I gotta say, back in the days when I was young, careless and poor, there are not many shows I would have attended if it hadn't been for casual file sharing among friends. Made more sense to discover the music for free, and then happily pay for the live, scarce, experience... Maybe people won't go to LiveNation shows because, well, they haven't heard the music.
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(typo in your e-mail address). Chris and I will do our best to help.
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There: http://www.bandzoogle.com (Look at me, I bring real value already !)
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http://www.peltorkid.co.uk/ One of the first things I bought after we had our daughter... not sure if that's good parenting, or bad.
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Just wish my turntable would scrobble to http://www.last.fm/user/davduf
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I myself almost never buy music anymore (free streams, mostly, + some mp3s, my own rips and friends'). Except that maybe once every 2 months I'll buy 3 or 4 vinyl LPs of albums that I know I absolutely love, and that have been on contant rotation for a while (or sometimes old favorites). I do that mostly because I want a keepsake of the music I really enjoy, a small but quality collection that I know my daughter will check out 15 years from now and (hopefully) remember just how cool her old man is. I also find that the ritual of having to stand up, pull the disc out of the sleeve, put it on the turntable, align the cartridge, etc. and then listen to all of A-side, without skipping tracks, I find that this ritual is a great balance with the mega-shuffle-playlist-internet-radio-millions-of-tracks-in-the-cloud way of listening to music that has taken control of the rest of my life...
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