In February, 2012, I will post an article/review about online musician services. I've looked at a few of them myself, but it would be impossible for me to check out all of them, so…
I need your input. If you're a musician or band using an online music service, I want your feedback. (I'm looking for the input of real, working musicians and not ads from the services themselves.) I will integrate the best comments that I get here, on Twitter, on FaceBook, etc. and will disseminate your links and social media contacts via my 17,000 followers on Twitter and this blog. (It's called reciprocity and it really works.) Please comment on this post!
What do I mean by “online musician services”? I'm talking about any web service that allows a musician, band or songwriter to input music (songs, pieces, movements, etc.) with basic information — title, composer/song-writer, musician/band, release date, price, and possibly more — and publish them for the online world to see. (I hesitate to list examples, but must to help you know what I'm talking about.) Examples of what I'm talking about are ReverbNation, BandCamp, VibeDeck, CD Baby, and many more. Many of these services offer other musician resources and that's fine, but not essential.
What I'm not talking about are services like SoundCloud. While it's a service that I already use, it's not set up as a sales tool and — for better or for worse — that's part of what I need.
Did you catch that I want your input, musicians?
Here's the “requirements” of an online musician service for the purposes of my February post, in summary:
- musicians can upload their songs for playback and keep the rights to them
- musicians can input basic information about the song including at least title, composer, who performed it, release date and price
- musicians can then either allow for the song to be streamed or purchased
And as you can imagine, I have my own motives. I need a new online service. [At the time of this post, my old storefront was going away. Since it no longer exists, I've removed the broken link.] Please comment here or contact me via my social media connections (listed in the right-hand sidebar).