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Christopher Joel
Nashville, TN
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I use Chrome on a Mac, no issues reading the feed using Google Reader.
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I was already using Indieonthemove.com, which has a huge venue list and many more users already, when diygigs.com was launched. I had hoped maybe they would have a different set of venues so I could add it as another resource for booking, but I've also noticed it never really took off. @fran: Sometimes, just a resource from one musician to another is good too.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2011 on DIYgigs.com - Should This Site Be Saved? at hypebot
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If the artist could find the songwriter, sure permission would probably be really easy. However, until we go back to mandatory registration for copyright protection, then tracking down those songwriters could be a full-time job in itself.
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What a terrible idea. That will only create more bureaucracy and more opportunities for corruption and misappropriation of funds. We musicians will continue to see less money until accounting practices are made completely transparent by everyone involved. Keep the government out of it; create your own private company to do this same stuff and keep the accounting transparent and above board.
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I'll file this one away for claim chowder later. First, how would iPhones, iPods, etc sync with iTunes if it's not a native Mac app? I've always thought the syncing should be a separate app anyway (hello, iSync?), but how would it work? Second, while there probably are ways to limit access to other browsers, what practical purpose would that serve? I doubt Apple cares that much about Safari's market share to go this far.
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Ridiculous! If it needs to be explained, it isn't effective.
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Is anyone seriously going to attempt to survive SOLELY on payments from streaming services? It's just one stream of income, even if its really small.
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"Both the recording and broadcast radio industries benefit from their current relationship" What's the point of making the change then? The government has no business trying "provide more income" for anyone. If someone can't figure out how to make enough money with their business to stay in business, then they can continue and do it for free or go out of business.
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FYI - that survey is only a study of traffic for AdMob's network. This isn't representative of all mobile traffic. If you're going to add anything to your to-do list, add a mobile-friendly version of your site - one that can be accessed by iPhones, Andriod-based phones, and any of the others. I've yet to see any phone app offered by a band that had any real value.
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I always scroll past the features since they are in my RSS reader anyway. Thanks for asking!
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Just FYI, if you sell your digital tracks with Bandcamp, they give you a UPC code for the album, free. For those interested in printing physical CD's, I found a company here in Nashville, New Life Digital Media (http://newlifedigitalmedia.com), that does packages of 100 discs for as little as $200. If you're only printing discs to give to CD Baby, Pandora, Amazon, and a few promoters, this much cheaper and more professional than copying discs one-at-a-time and printing liner notes on an inkjet. I'm not affiliated with either of these companies, but I am their customer.
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Jack, Pandora isn't asking for the fee. I'd happily pay directly to Pandora to get on their system. The fee is to join Amazon's Advantage Program.
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Hey everyone, I'm an independent rock artist from Nashville, TN. I just released my first EP, Fantasy World, in May and I'm currently scheduling shows. You can find out more about my music at http://christopherjoel.com or connect with me on twitter - @christopherjoel. I'm also currently working on a book for musicians about websites. I get excited by passionate music. I love being in a crowd that's getting swept away by the band on stage. Even more, I get excited when I hear a song idea for the first time and it sounds better than what was in my head! I'll vouch for Owen Kelly too, his blog is good stuff.
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Gregor beat me to it. The digital store is more than adequate for the requirements they listed, so why not modernize and allow digital-only artists to benefit?
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I was just looking into spending my savings to reproduce my CD so I could send it in to Pandora (and a few others) when I read this article. Forget it. I'll wait until I'm actually making money from music to try this mess. It's ironically backwards that a digital radio company requires a physical CD for submission. And can't album art can't be submitted digitally too? It worked fine for me through Tunecore...
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I'm also using Fanbridge. I don't have a huge mailing list, so their free version suits me just fine. I really liked Reverbnation, except their free version is heavily branded with their colors, their logo, etc. Their paid version is nice, except it's for-pay for everyone, even for artists with small mailing lists.
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Did these invitations get handed out already? I was really looking forward to trying it out...
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I'm always trying to find ways to keep up with the things I know I should be doing, if anything so I can kcik my own butt when I don't do them. Obviously, cutting down the time that I spend on business stuff will allow me to spend more time working on my songwriting, vocals, and guitar playing. I'm also interested in seeing how to service compares with Music Arsenal and Artist Data.
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Based on how the labels and radio are feuding over who's going to pay what to whom, I'm thinking this is the future of all radio play. I don't like that, since I'd rather have my stuff played for free (for me and the radio stations), but I can certainly foresee this becoming a more standard thing and payola becoming legalized.
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While I agree that the percentage of Mac users still using anything earlier than 10.4 is probably extremely small, I can't see why Myspace would openly alienate it's users. If it weren't for the fact that people in this industry still consider a Myspace page a necessity, I would drop it and never look back. I'd rather spend my time on my own website and more user-friendly social sites.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2009 on MySpace Forces Mac Users To Uprade OS at hypebot
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If I liked the music, whether the artist is "real" or not is irrelevant to my decision to purchase it. All artists do this to some degree or another. See Bob Dylan - name change, see Shasha Fierce - aka Beyonce, see Marilyn Manson - total persona change for Brian whats-his-name, see any rapper - they all put on a front and usually get arrested trying to prove they are "real". I can see how people would be upset if they thought he was real and not just a character. The question is, does it entertain you?
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2009 on Ronald Jenkees at Music Marketing [dot] com
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