Archive for June, 2009

Ipod - the Best Selling Portable Music Player

Friday, June 19th, 2009
Ajoy D. Saah asked:


An iPod has become the best selling portable music player. Designed and marketed by Apple Inc., its sale has crossed 140 million pieces. This brand enjoys the market share of more than 60% in portable media players category.

There are many portable media players available in the market. Many big corporations world wide have many such products. Then, what is the reason for such a huge popularity of a single product called ipod?

Ease of use has been cited as the chief reason. An end user finds it difficult to accept a product that is complicated to use. He becomes dissatisfied, distraught and ultimately abandons it. Apple accomplished this factor beautifully. Despite new technologies, an ipod is very easy to use. It gives ample satisfaction to an end user.

iTunes software is required for music downloads from iTunes Store. Both are owned by Apple. Present versions support mac and windows computers. You can download pop music, rock or any type of music. It can play all iTunes Store music and other limited external sources.

An iPod can play mp3, AAc, AIFF and Apple Lossless file format and other limited standard file formats. Music files from Napster and MSN can not be played due to digital rights management issues.

Classic, Nano and Touch are main model line ups. Classic is based on hard drive storage and offer capacities ranging from 20 giga bytes to 160 giga bytes. Nano offers storage ranging from 1 to 8 giga bytes. Latest classic and nano models can play video and image files also. Nano and Touch models are based on Flash memory cards.

It has won many awards as Most Innovative Audio Product, Fourth Best Computer Product and Engineering Excellence. An iPod has become most reputed audio product.



iPhone Music Apps

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Neal Hamou asked:


The iPhone application revolution has become the face of new technology in many more ways than one. Whenever a new invention is released, it is often followed by many smaller ’spin-off’ ideas, which accumulate into other new useful releases as well. Most of the time, combining a pre-existing technology to the new invention does the trick.

In this case, the Apple iPhone is the new technology and the other is music. Apple created an amazing phone, a phone that many feel is ahead of its time. The top mobile phones don’t even come close to what the iPhone is capable of. Google has recently released the G1, their answer to the iPhone. Sadly, it is not match. Google has even opened an app development market similar to Apple, but it will not prove to be as successful.Cell phones have been around for well over a decade and music for eons. But put them both together and you have an invention that is undeniably a trademark of the 21st century.

Combine cell phones with music and the internet and you’ve struck gold! This combination is widely being used in ways never before seen. But the iPhone now takes this even one step further. Today, artists can use the iPhone for promoting their music as well as their music videos. But it doesn’t stop there, Artists can not only generate revenue from the sale of a song, but they can create an app that showcases unique content about their music. Dedicated music lovers would purchase the app just because they love the artist so much. And that’s something that has never been done before in history.

Artists are using this revolutionary tool to spread their message, every way imaginable. One up and coming rock band, called Snow Patrol, has created an iPhone application - which showcases the lyrics of their newest album A Hundred Million Suns by sifting through interactive origami-like packages.

Other more established artists such as Nine Inch Nails are releasing iPhone applications, which feature the lead singer Trent Reznor’s hand-picked favorite songs from the last 2 albums jam-packed into one iPhone application.

The list of artists currently taking advantage of this incredible opportunity is quite short today but will be ultimately endless by next year’s end. With every album launch, public relation companies and marketing companies should collaborate to put together an application dedicated to the new album release. There is an unlimited amount of apps they could make if they realize the huge potential in iPhone apps. A study recently surfaced that rated the iPhone as the number one selling mobile phone in the world. The runner up was the razor which held first place for roughly three years. I’m sure we all remember the razor, upon its release it was the thinnist phone on the market. But, times have changed and so has technology. Apple has gone above and beyond the razor, and it is easy to see why the iPhone is regarded as the best in its class.

One website featuring this opportunity is AppCraver.com - the web’s leading iPhone application news and reviews site, dedicated to featuring the best and latest additions to the iPhone application world. AppCraver has some of the best app reviews I have seen on the web. Most other app review sites don’t even write their own reviews, they just pull their information from other sources.



Independents Day: The Rise And Rise Of Independent Music

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Samantha Gilmartin asked:


The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is holding a special event to celebrate 50 years of successful independent music which will include a gig, a five part television series, a one off auction on ebay and the release of a double CD full of “independent” covers. Artists including The Prodigy, The Charlatans and Maximo Park have all given their backing to the cause and plan to donate songs for the album. Songs to be covered include Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, PIL’s Public Image and Ghost Town by The Specials.

Independents Day marks the anniversary of Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall’s indie label, Island Records. The Jamaican-born label signed giants U2 before selling to Polygram in 1989, a trend which many independent labels followed. Creation and Factory records disappeared in the 1990’s whilst others folded through a calamity of errors from over expansion to cashflow problems.

Independent music is responsible for more than 25% of the UK’s music scene and is claimed to have pioneered the music industry for many years. Alison Wenham, Chairman for AIM stated that [independents] had been “at the forefront of every single new musical movement over the years.”

For proof of this, just take a look at every popular music scene over the last 50 years: There was the DIY punk scene in the seventies, the indie guitar sounds from New Order in the eighties and the massive dance music boom in the nineties.

Today, we are seeing the independent label make a comeback. Domino Records have given us two recent chart toppers; Scottish band, Franz Ferdinand and northerners, Arctic Monkeys. The internet has provided a new platform with which to promote this music. Sites such as Myspace, Youtube and Facebook all promote bands young and old, signed and unsigned for general consumption. These social networking sites have allowed users to access new music much easier than ever before with some 40% of users embedding music within their pages.

Russell Hart, chief executive of Entertainment Media Research added “Social networks are fundamentally changing the way we discover music… the dynamics of democratisation, word of mouth recommendation and instant purchase challenge the established order and offer huge opportunities to forward thinking business.”

Local label, Signature Tune is making the most of these sites and one of their bands, Lakes is reaping the benefits of using an independent label. Scott Byatt, the band’s drummer said “As a band on an independent label, advances in communication and technology mean we can communicate with bands and promoters the world over helping us network and get shows with ease… Our CDs can be bought in many high street stores and our tracks can be downloaded from iTunes, once again without the help of a major.”

Radiohead were perhaps the first big band to see the change in direction and act upon it. After the end of their contract with music giants EMI, the band went solo with the release of their latest album, In Rainbows. The album was released as a digital download in October 2007, allowing customers to pay as much, or as little as they liked for it. The group took ownership of their own songs and released ten tracks online more than one month before the tangible album was released in the shops.

Front man for the band, Thom Yorke noted the growing number of pirate copies of their music being appearing online and in an interview with Wired he said, “every record for the last four - including my solo record - has been leaked. So the idea was like, we’ll leak it then.” Yorke’s attempt to beat the pirates seem to have worked. On average, the electronic download sold for 4 GBP. Not bad considering you could download it for free if you were feeling too tight to pay.

The return to indie worked wonders for Radiohead. Although the downloads from the website, inrabows were not counted in the album charts, the band did manage to create enough hype and speculation around the release of their album that when the CD actually hit the shops, it reached number one in the UK album chart, the United World Chart and the US Billboard 200.

Other groups may do well to take note of this action when considering future releases. Of the music industry, and in particular their ex record label, Yorke added “What we would like is the old EMI back again, the nice genteel arms manufacturers who treated music [as] a nice side project who weren’t too bothered about the shareholders. Ah well, not much chance of that.”

Au contraire, EMI boss, Guy Hands is keen to seize upon the opportunities presented by smaller, independent labels. These labels have always maintained a stronger working relationship with their artists and are much more keen to try their hands at new promotional techniques. With the renaissance of DIY music and bands creating music for music’s sake, independent labels cannot be ignored. EMI declared that they are planning on working like a larger version of the indie label, with many smaller labels working under their umbrella.

So they may be more willing to try new techniques, but the problem of shareholders still remains. Wenham continues, “If you have shareholders to please, inevitably it becomes about making music from the music.” Indie music is very much about the music and as long as the shareholders give the smaller labels a wide berth, we should continue to see more impressive acts pushing the scene forward.



Why You should Consider Selling The iPod Video

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Gregg Hall asked:


If you are looking for a hot product to sell you should take a look at the iPod video. These remarkable devices are selling incredibly well especially when you consider that there hasn’t been any research done prior to releasing it to see if there was even a market for it.

The device is especially popular among teens and professional business people and others who travel extensively. The only downside noticed may be that the screen is easily scratched but protective film covers can be purchased. This is also a good ancillary market for wholesalers looking to benefit from the success of the iPod video.

One of the other reasons for the success of the iPod video is that it is riding on the success of the television and movie industry. The iPod video is being found to help make some television shows and movies. Some shows such as “24″ and “Lost” have also helped the device to be so popular. The iTunes Music Store is also helping to fuel sales with the opportunity to buy episodes of popular TV shoes and more.

In the Unites States in particular the iPod is very hot so if you live in the U.S. you have another advantage and should really find a wholesale source so that you can begin capitalizing on this market. There are tons of accessories that make this a very lucrative opportunity. There is no sign of the sales of the devices slowing down and in fact the release of this product is making sales of all iPods increase globally.

The iPod video has been responsible for the lion’s share of all Apple product sales. As a reseller of the products you can piggy back on the success and sell pre-owned iPods or iPod accessories by getting them wholesale and reselling them either on eBay, at local flea markets or on you own online store. With the incredible video features, more memory, better battery life, and the ability to purchase and watch TV shows, movies, and music videos there will be no slowing down in sales for this device for the foreseeable future. I highly suggest that you do not delay in starting to sell these high demand products and I would begin looking for wholesale sources immediately.

A good place to start would be by going online and putting in the term “wholesale iPod” to find all wholesale sources possible for the device as well as accessories. This is how I find wholesalers for any product I am looking for. So start clicking.



Vh1’s Behind the Music Presents: Sound Accounting

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
Greg Suhocki asked:


What do AC/DC, Busta Rhymes, Justin Timberlake, and the Philadilphia Orchestra all have in common? Each has major record company contracts; each incurs costs and revenues, from touring, record sales, and merchandise sales; and each has to deal with Federal and State Tax Regulations. However, the rules do not apply to only celebrities, but also to “weekend” musicians. “Weekend” musicians are tagged as those who usually sign with an independent label. By analyzing different costs, sources of income, and sources of revenue which musicians and record companies accrue, the need for accountants in the music industry can be established and clearly evaluated.

First off, it should be noted that substantial differences exist between major record label companies and privately owned record companies (independent labels). When artists sign contracts with major record companies, commitments include recording six to eight albums. Large record companies, such as Sony, Warner Brothers, Columbia, and Universal, invest millions into the touring, recording, and producing of an artist. This being said, it seems as if the performer is living the dream, which very well may be the case. Yet, artists’ royalties are disbursed after recording costs, advance pay backs, and other expenses have been taken into account. According to music industry lawyer Dan Engel, royalties are based on complex formulas often favoring the company, leading to audit detections of 10%-40% underpay of royalties. This is just one of the many reasons more rising artists are signing with independent labels, calling for a greater number of independent label accountants.

Today, writing and recording professional sounding music does not require a $50,000 lease of a Los Angeles studio. Technology is advancing extremely fast, allowing personal computer software, such as Pro Tools or Tracktion, to generate music identical to million dollar recordings. Home studios are more efficient and accessible, letting musicians to easily promote and sell their music, if not sign with an independent label. Regardless of the label company size, accountants help the touring and recording life of a musician run smoothly.

There are three types of common costs which every music industry, major or independent, must take into account. First and foremost are the recording costs. These usually range from studio rental costs, engineering fees, producer fees, side-musician fees, and the cost of a publishing license. Next are the duplication costs. While duplication costs focus primarily on tracking the quantity of compact discs manufactured, costs for artwork, graphic design, and photo shoots should also be recorded. It is also important to recognize any costs of uploading music to the internet, known as virtual distribution costs (itunes, mp3, cdbaby). Last, but not least, are promotional expenses. Poster costs, radio program fees, and web ads all play a part in promotional outlay. As a side note, music industry accounts often deal with label companies that charge a commission on the sale of a compact disc or purchasable download, instead of charging for recording, duplication, or promotional costs.

An integral part of accounting of musicians includes touring and gigging expenses. Touring is essentially the beating heart of a musician’s work. For this reason it is crucial that music industry accountants focus on tour accounting. Certain cost drivers, such as all road activity (bus and truck miles), need to be estimated via expense receipts. When working with tour accounting it is important to maintain regular correspondence with tour managers and booking agents and to ensure proper “road” cash management by tracking performance income and performance or “gig” deposits.

Income is recorded by music industry accountants from a number of sources. First off, income (for the artist(s)) and revenue (for the label) is accounted for through the sale of the music. The source could be a distribution store or through the internet. Other sources of income include “sync” deals. Through “sync” deals, income and revenue is received because the music was used in television, video games, or movies. Lastly, income and revenue is also accounted for through ticket sales, merchandise sales, and endorsements.

Whether it is a major record label company or an independent company, all music industry accountants partake in similar duties. Accounting for costs, income, and revenue in a musician’s world is fascinating because of the different sources of cash flows. Publishing, recording, merchandising, and touring are the bread and butter of a musician’s way of life. It is up to music industry accountants, better known as “sound accountants,” to organize cash flows and partake in regular correspondence with tour managers and booking agencies to ensure accurate accounting of costs, income, and revenue. No matter the form of entertainment (music, movies, sports, etc.) accountants are always needed to help the show stay on the road.



Sell Downloads: Why it Works

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
Lisa Cremer asked:


There has been a lot of buzz about the freeconomy. As a results, you might wonder whether it still makes sense to sell downloads or other kinds of digital content. I feel it does, here are some arguments.

Why online content can be sold

The free philosophy is based on the idea that somewhere at the end of the line, you are going to sell something. This can be premium content just as well.

Micropayments are becoming more popular.

Today, people more often buy digital goods. Such as iTunes music, H&M clothing in the Sims game, or Radiohead’s latest album In Rainbows.

Google Adwords doesn’t work so well for smaller, specialized sites. However, it’s harder to get a free version of specialized content than of popular music, so buying this kind of content makes more sense.

Many people are starting to **** advertising more than paying a small fee.

People who like your work won’t mind supporting you a little.



Selling content does not mean a subscription based model



Maybe you’re thinking: selling content, is that not something The Wall Street Journal once tried (and failed)?

Well, yes and no. They used a subscription based model. I feel this probably isn’t the easiest way to sell content.

A subscription model creates quite a high barrier for a consumer to give buying content a try (lets say $30 a month).

That is why I feel that it is very important to try and make this barrier considerably lower. A consumer pays per post, I suggest a model where a blog posts about eigth articles for free and sells two special articles for a small amount, such as $0.50.

The barriers to buy content then are:



Do I get value for my money?

Since there are eight free articles available, a consumer can alreay see if he values the blog’s expertise.

Do I waste my money?

Since the purchase price is low (in our example $0.50 instead of $30) this risk is not so great.



Is buying content easy?

Credit card purchases are often experienced as quite difficult. However, buying content is quite easy with PayPal and Checkout, and it’s very easy with the Oronjo wallet.

How easy is it to find a new alternative?

This greatly depends of the (specialized) expertise of the blog and is correlated with the costs of content / ease of transaction (meaning: the lower the fee and the easier the transaction, the less likely a customer is to start searching for a free alternative).

 

In short

It is not a question whether  it makes sense to sell downloads or other kinds of digital content. It is a question of how. Experiments in the future we either too soon or did not use the right approach.

Fortunately, new services are arriving, which will prove that selling downloads makes a lot of sense, even in the freeconomy.

 

Lisa Cremer is marketing manager at Oronjo.com, a free service to sell downloads.



The History of the Digital Music Revolution

Sunday, June 14th, 2009
Richard Adams asked:


Most of us, when we were kids, listened to the radio to hear the latest, greatest songs in the music world. We listened eagerly for something new, something original, something our buddies hadnt heard before, and when a song made its way into our collective conscience, we would wait for hours for our favorite DJ to play the song for us, sometimes even for days, just so we could hit the record button and get the thing on tape.

At the time, the record companies knew we were taping our favorite music, but they didnt really care, because the quality of the recording was low and the DJ would more often than not talk over the first and last five seconds of the thing, making it worthless as something to swap or sell. Mix tapes were a personal thing, but they couldnt really compare to the real thing  an LP, or, in later years, a compact disc.

But just as happens with every great hole in supply, eventually technological advances catch up with demand. And so it was that the publics desire for quality (free) music created the double cassette recorder, which made it possible for us to copy our mix tapes for our friends. The record companies tried to ban these devices, claiming they would lead to the end of the music industry. But they didnt&

Then video cassette recorders came along, allowing us to record our favorite music videos from MTV and play them endlessly. The music companies didnt like this either, and tried to get VCRs banned, claiming they would ruin the music industry. But they didnt&

Then along came Compact Discs, which allowed a cleaner recording to audio cassette, and late down the line, CD burners, which allowed people to copy CDs directly. Later still came DVD, and satellite radio. Everywhere you looked, someone was using new technology to make access to music easier, and everywhere that happened, the music industry tried (timidly) to put a stop to it. And then came Napster.

The online music world has led a fraught and tumultuous existence over the past decade. As early as 1996, pioneer internet users were passing around copies of their favorite music using chat servers and email, with equipment and formats that sometimes took as long as a full day just to download one song. But it was Shawn Fannings Napster program that, in 1999, brought the ability to download music freely to every net user.

Napster provided the means for anyone to log in anonymously, search for their favored songs across millions of users hard drives, and download those songs quickly and simply. The fact that any internet newbie could master Napster in minutes added greatly to its early success, but it was mass collectors, largely operating from university and college computers, who turned the system into one of the biggest buzz-makers in computing history.

What Napster did was create a huge central directory of every song owned by users on their system. If you wanted to get a copy of I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow, you would just type the band and song name into Napster, hit search, and you would be presented with a long list of matches. You then just selected the one you wanted to download, and it would **** down on to your drive.

Of course, when people find a loophole that allows them to get something for nothing, they do often tend to go overboard, and thats exactly what the community of Napster users did en masse. Instead of just finding the music they needed, users were soon downloading everything they could find, hoarding songs and albums that they had little interest in, just so they could say they had them. It was not uncommon for college students to use multiple computers at their school to download thousands of songs on to CD in a few hours, most of which would never actually be listened to. This, obviously, annoyed the hell out of the record companies in ways that double cassette recorders never could.

While Napster made it clear to users that its service was designed to help users find legal music downloads, it also made little effort to stop people from trafficking in pirated material through its system, which led the body that represents the record companies politically, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to take legal action against the company, effectively charging it with mass piracy and the loss of tens of millions of dollars in sales.

Interestingly, rather than kill music downloading completely, the court action had the opposite effect, spreading word of Napster across the globe like wildfire, which saw millions of new users sign up even as the creators of the program were fighting to keep the system from closure. So many people had become addicted to music file-sharing that the prospect of life without Napster seemed a punishment few could take, and so those with the skills began coding Napster alternative programs.

Gnutella was an early variant, created by Nullsoft (the company behind the hugely successful WinAmp music software), and though they quickly took the program off the market, hackers and crackers were soon ripping Gnutella to pieces and reconstructing it to suit their needs. Morpheus was soon on the scene, and as Napster began to cooperate with the record companies by filtering out popular song titles from the system, the new program rapidly grew.

But Napsters shift towards cooperation was not enough for the giant music conglomerates, who threw up hurdle after hurdle designed to take Napster out of business. Even heavy metal group Metallica joined the fray, launching their own lawsuit and earning the rage of many of their fans in the process. Lawyers for the file-sharing software company made the all-too valid point that, if Napster was in any way responsible for the actions of copyright violators, so too were the phone companies that provided the phone lines upon which the music was being shared. They claimed that the ISPs were just as liable as they were, because they didnt actually house any illegal files on their servers, rather they simply facilitated the searching of said files on other peoples computers.

We may never know if the judge hearing that particular legal case understood the difference, or merely figured that while Napster wasnt breaking the law per se, they were acting against the spirit of the law, but either way, the judge told the company in July 2001 that if it couldnt stop illegal files from being passed through its service, it would have to shut its doors. And thats what it did, after a judge stopped record company Bertelsman, who had invested heavily in Napster in an effort to legitimize the company, from taking it over.

Since Napster shut its doors, the company has since reemerged as a legitimate music download source, albeit with far less success than it enjoyed in the early days, and literally dozens of illegal file sharing programs have taken its place to fill the free music download void. These, such as WinMX, BitLord, Kazaa, Morpheus, BearShare, Aimster, Napigator, AudioGalaxy, and Limewire, run the gamut from useful to useless, but they all share a common element  they take the stance that, if theyre not hosting pirated music, they have nothing to do with those using their systems that do. Translated: Use at your own risk.



Promote Music Online 101

Sunday, June 14th, 2009
Jane Worthington asked:


You are a musician with a brilliant new sound. The world is waiting to hear from you but how do you make sure that happens today instead of five years down the road? Trying out for and making American Idol is always an option if you believe your voice is your what is going to help you make it big. If you are more of an instrumental kind of person, or simply have no interest in a reality television show, then you need to try another route. You should use the internet to your advantage and make sure that everyone hears about your amazing talents through cyberspace!

The internet is an incredibly valuable tool through which you can promote music. Not just anyone’s music; however, YOUR music. The first step is to set up a website on which people can learn about you and your music, listen to a few sample tunes, and know where they can go see you perform live. You can also send your site to radio stations to see if any would be interested in playing your tunes or putting a link to your website on their websites. You also need to contact online music retailers such as iTunes, Rhapsody, and others so that they can also sell your music for you.

In order learn how to promote your music effectively, you need to be prepared to put in several hours of hard work. There are proven methods that have worked for other musicians so in order to have a high success rate, you need to learn from their mistakes. A solid website that is full of information about yourself, your projects, your goals, and your appearances is key in being picked up by a radio station. It is good to remember that it is all right, even necessary, to start at the bottom. Try talking to larger college radio stations in hopes that they will agree to play your music. Many of these deejays graduate and pursue careers in radio after college is finished. If you keep up your correspondence, you might have finally made it onto commercial radio!

Try promoting your music through every avenue but make sure you utilize the internet. It will prove to be your most effective marketing tool!



Promoting With Itunes Made Easy

Sunday, June 14th, 2009
Marlon Sanders asked:


Copyright (c) 2008 Marlon Sanders

I can’t really explain why.

But to date I’ve done almost nothing to promote on iTunes. But that’s changing NOW! Why? Because I realized how stupid simple and easy it is to upload your podcast or audio to iTunes.

a. It’s a total no-brainer.

b. It’s free.

c. It’s easy

So why wouldn’t you do it?

Step 1: Download iTunes from iTunes.com if you don’t have it. Hey, it’s free. You can’t beat that.

Step 2: Install. This is a piece of cake.

Step 3: Go to the iTunes store.

This is the tricky part. You must first click on “iTunes store” in the left margin before you can find the “submit a podcast” link.

Step 4: Click podcasts on the left.

Step 5: Scroll to the bottom on the left and you’ll see “submit podcast.”

If you don’t have an Apple account for the iTunes store, you’ll need to create one. It’s free.

Step 6: Enter the RSS feed URL your podcast is on.

If you use a Wordpress blog, you’ll already have an RSS feed. All you do is copy the URL and paste it into the space provided. I tried the Atom feed URL created by Blogger and it seemed to work fine also.

It’s that simple and easy!

Really, a lot of people use iTunes. It’s free to put your podcasts or audios on there. Why wouldn’t you? It doesn’t take much time at all. Now, you have to save your audio in the right format but the new software programs make this easy.

The other issue with podcasts is recording one to begin with.

You need a computer, a mike and software.

Some people create podcasts using a headset with a mike. To start with, that’s fine. Later, you’ll want to invest a full-blown solution. This will probably cost you $500 total for a mike, mike stand and USB audio capture sound card.

The sound cards that come built into computers aren’t high quality and will produce noise on the recording. The USB external sound card plugs right into your computer. And you plug the mike into it. Presto. Chango! You have a great sound.

For software, a lot of people on Mac computers start with Garage Band. On PC’s, most podcasters use the free Audacity software, although Sound Forge is an excellent paid alternative.

You may also want some royalty free music for your intro and exit. If you search Google for “pod safe music,” you’ll find plenty of free and low-cost options.

Think about this: Your friends use iTunes. Your family uses iTunes. Almost everyone you run into uses iTunes. Why not put your podcasts on there for free and promote your products or yourself?

Even if you don’t have anything to sell, you can build your exposure, create credibility and build a mailing list to use when you do have a product or service to sell.



Get Set Go With Free Music Downloads!

Saturday, June 13th, 2009
Jacob Marshal asked:


Offering young consumers an easy- to-use alternative to pirated music sites is compelling. Still, given the fragmentation of the digital music business - there are hundreds of them who are willing to offer cost-free music. Analysts believed that this new offering would help further booming of the music industry.

While the music industry for years thought of offering free music downloads, rampant online piracy has created the need to experiment with new digital business models. The growth of online advertising has encouraged industry executives, and the advertisers are supporting music services so as to win consumer acceptance, while still the record companies and artists are still compensating somewhere down the line.

Few service providers are currently in a position to provide the large audiences the variety that all the music addicts would love to, with the power of advertising revenue by their side. This is certainly being pitched as a challenge to the piracy world and probably an answer to the world of piracy. It was a very memorable moment or, at least, for the sake of true music lovers when different companies decided to offer downloadable music.

After more than a decade of neither publicly affirming nor denying, music buffs have finally gone online and are engaged in downloading movies, songs, etc. One can also download music tracks of your choice and save on the desktop or for that matter our mobile. Apple brands iPod, in conjunction with iTunes, its music web site, has given a facility on the internet where iPod users can purchase and download songs for less than $1 per song. Any artist can have an online presence, promote their music to an audience of millions, and let consumers download their music to their hearts’ content. Music download sites include over 5,00,000 digital music downloads. eMusic is one such site where you can get 50 free music downloads just for the beginners. Downloading music is simple and easy. One just needs to know few basic process and can get started.

You could listen to your favorite music tracks or download the songs of your choice to your handset and drive away your blues. Download your favorite soundtracks and enjoy listening music tracks on go!