Friday, May 18, 2007

The future model of selling music?

The ever changing digital music scene is always an interesting one to watch. The success of iTunes, the way the music charts now include digitally sold music, and all the statistics proving the drop in physical CD sales vs music sold online - is more than enough to make people sit up and take note.

There is a new model being used to sell downloads which is quite interesting in comparison to itunes. There are a few places doing this, and more are jumping on the bandwagon. The music initially is free, and the more popular it gets the more it starts to cost. Nice and simple. This is focused more on emerging artists looking to get their music out there, and also make some money from it.

Amie St and CD Baby are good examples of these. CD baby has even partnered up with the major players meaning the music can be sold through the likes of itunes etc. This is all DRM free music, which means it can be played on any device.

All good news for indie artists. Hopefully one day we will reach a stage when music that is considered 'pop or popular' will actually be what people want to listen to!

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