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David Dufresne
Montreal, QC
CEO @Bandzoogle, Founder @Backfed
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Hey Craig, Onesheet is one of our next priorities, so it should be ready soon. We will definitely integrate some BZ features into Onesheet but it remains to be determined what will be free vs. premium. Thanks.
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Yup. That's our main focus and project. I'll email you right away. Thx!
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"all the listen/buy/download options are on one page a-la bandcamp" We have that now. You can sell or give digital downloads, and sell your physical CDs and merch, using our native music and store features. We use Paypal to process payments. And we take a commission on your sales of exactly 0%. We also have options for other file formats and we're launching more commerce features soon. We also let you embed or integrate with other players or stores if that's what you want. So that might have been what you saw. Sometimes our users need to do that because of label or distributor contracts, or to integrate with a fulfillment partner, and we make it as easy as we can. Bottom line, you can move to Bandzoogle today ;-)
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Good point and I thought we had updated it a while ago. I'll check with my design team right away. Thanks!
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We keep the new ones in the first few 2-3 pages of the theme picker. There's only a handful of new ones for now, but we'll add quite a few more in the next days. I have a very low opinion of the current options on the market for responsive mobile sites when it comes to musician websites, so we're working hard to get it right and do a better job. Responsive designs shouldn't have to be bland and boring... Our templates and features right now are mobile friendly, in that they should render and work on modern smart phones and tablets (the music players play and everything is functional). Our biggest project right now is a completely new design system that will enable new kinds of layouts in the themes (side-bars, custom footers, different headers, etc.) and it will include responsive options for themes. Coming soon.
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It really isn't. (Did you try it?)
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Yup. We were deploying some new code that gave our servers the hiccups for a few minutes. All good now...
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The "not-being-able-to-login-to-a-service-with-FB" problem actually caused me a significant waste of time and "shit-I-cant-access-info-I-should-100%-own" situation today, via AirBNB. Be careful, startups and users, about only providing user registration through FB/Goog/Twitter. Email+pass is the only option you control.
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Hey Tim, ideally I'd remove auto-play off from all your pages. Having a music or video player auto-start on the MUSIC page could be seen as less of an offence (because, hey, you clicked on Music, so here it is), but I still think you should let people click "play" themselves.
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Dude... 2003. And it was a beauty: http://bit.ly/15DaHcQ
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Woot! Good job Bruce, and team. Would love to see more of our peers (music tech companies) support Hypebot. Amazing resource for our ecosystem.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2013 on Celebrating Hypebot's 9th Anniversary! at hypebot
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That said... Youtube = Google, so maybe Google can be somewhere near that position...
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"One problem For me - Streaming would have a negative revenue impact on their download businesses so why would they push streaming?" True and that's definitely one main reason why we haven't seen it yet. Solveig's comment above says it. Apple is being patient and will launch a service once it sees that there's risk of a critical mass leaving the "iTunes-iDevice" for Spotify and others, and impacting their download sales revenues and competitive position. Google is nowhere near that position, but it's Google... and Android.
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Hey Jed, I'm no expert, but I assume the economics would be similar to the deals that rights holders have in place with Spotify and others, and based on pay per stream fees, independent of wether the service is free, freemium or paid. The main difference is that the app would be pre-installed (part of the iPod feature) and iTunes or Play users automatically signed up. Maybe in Android's case some carriers would bundle a monthly sub. You're right that maybe in that situation the deal with rights holders would be different. I'm surprised we haven't seen more packages like Muve Music, so I don't know if it's a success story for all stakeholders.
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Have you ever used a search box on a band's website? (I haven't, and I visit a lot of them). Can you see (with Google Analytics) how many people actually used it on yours? I'll bet it's a very small number. If you have clean navigation and well defined sections, a search box is just clutter and can distract from actually useful calls-to-action. (ie. if a visitor is looking to buy a track, they'll click on "store", not search for it). Dave is actually working on a post about this topic just now. IMHO search boxes are important for big retail websites, or document heavy sites (think a newspaper's site, or a government website, or a huge blog), but for bands websites, nope.
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"cough" "cough"... Bandzoogle
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"We feel the metric of success should be based on how many people are listening to your music over a period of years, as opposed to looking at how many units are shipping in one week." Explains well the biggest paradigm shift that is so hard for so many people to understand.
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Aw shucks. Thanks dude. You're going to motivate me to tweet better and more often. For music folks our @Bandzoogle account has LOTS more relevant content than my feeble tweets, and I gotta say, y'all should follow @dave_cool, our Director of Artists Relations, the one real real music industry genius we have on the team. Thanks again.
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Great reporting !
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Great post. 2 actors matter in the music "economy": artists and fans. I'm not clear which is the most important. (but if you're talking about music and money, I would say the fan is the most important).
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I've heard really good things about the ReverbNation Site Builder ;)
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Oh definitely there should be a "contact us" section with those details... The focus here was the home page, but yes, "contact" should be a clear menu item.
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Edgar, I'm copy-pasting a comment I made on the MTT post: To estimate in the total cost of owning your website, few things you need to factor in: How much of your time do you need to spend, researching, learning, building, etc. (and what's your hourly rate ? and cost of opportunity vs. practicing, songwriting, etc.). Do you need to hire a designer, or developer ? Do you need to buy a theme ? Do you need to buy a domain ? Do you need to pay for hosting ? How much ? Do you need to host your media (music, videos) somewhere else ? Do they provide embeddable players ? Are they free ? Do you need to sign up for a mailing list service ? Is it free ? Do you need to sign-up for a different service to commerce-enable your website ? Is it free ? Commission-based ? Do those different services you signed up for provide support ? At what cost ? Can you update and modify your website yourself, at no expense ? I'm probably missing a few elements ... great idea for a blog post if someone want to do the work and guesstimate the dollar numbers ;-) I'm not saying you can't build an excellent band website using free or mostly free tools, but you do need to look at the Total Cost of Ownership before you make a decision, and probably spend more time and/or money than you'd think.
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2012 on Your Website Should Not Be Your Blog at hypebot
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"That pedicab driver smells awfully nice".
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2012 on Shit People Don't Say At SXSW [VIDEO] at hypebot
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