Archive for July, 2009

Ipod as a Music Device for All!

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Roberto Sedycias asked:


iPod is the brand name of a media player that is portable. Since then many generations of iPods have been hitting the shop shelves one after another taking the world by storm - classic, touch, shuffle, mini etc. The latest model stores media on an internal hard drive and like other music players can also provide for external data storage.

Apples iTunes transfers music to the devices. The iPod is a veritable music library. From a CD it can play, burn and rip music as well as transfer photos, games, videos and calendars. The best thing is that the gadget is extremely user friendly and can be operated by young and old. The technical excellence does not surface and complicate matters for the ordinary user. It is the best selling audio player in digital history.

Apple surprised the world of sight and sound with the iPod in 2001. It is a player with the fantastic storage power of 5 GN (gigabytes). After a few generations of iPods there came the one with 160 G.

Both Mac and Windows are operable in iPod, although the latter belongs to the Apple family. What is it that makes iPod peerless? Firstly is the light form - the iPod 80 GB classic is less than 1 inch in depth and feather light - 4.9 ounces. In comparison one of the others in the market are 1.06 inch and 12 ounces with 20GB. Secondly is the extremely sensitive click wheel, which the thumb can easily operate. There are not enough rooms for any buttons. The latest models are dispensing with the wheel and going for multi-touch sensory system.

Apart from the iTunes integration and auto sync, the click wheel and the slim figure, the iPod has other notable features. Up to 40,000 songs can be stored in some models. The song details like name and artist can be typed in the search function. The click wheel helps to locate the number. The songs can be listened to at various speeds - slow, fast and medium without causing distortion. Through a jack it can be connected to the home stereo. There is a preset device for diverse music styles.

The 80-GB can store 100 hours of video and double the number of hours in 160-GB. It can be connected to the home theatre TV to view with sound slides or video on a large screen. The model is able to hold a maximum number of 25,000 photographs. The iPod can operate as a portable hard drive carrying all types of computer files. There is calendar contact syncing and pre-loaded games also. It can be integrated to the car with slight rearrangements, which the car mechanic will not find difficult to handle. New cars support this integration so much so that the device is controlled through a headgear or the controls of the steering wheel.

The story of iPod will be incomplete without mentioning the accessories. This is often referred to as the iPod eco-system. These accessories add extra features like sound recorders, FM radio tuners and cables) that connect to the television. There are also wireless remote controls and earphones.

Despite expensive repairs and early battery deaths people are hooked to it like never before. The 2007 wonder iPod model is the classic marvel that is fitted with audio and video players, photo viewers as well as portable hard-drive. Thus is it is a complete handy media center. The customer can pick either the 80 GB or 160 GB models with colour LSD display. To know, see and hear about tomorrow pick up an iPod today.



4 channels of adding music to iTunes for iPod and iPhone

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
likeachamp asked:


The following article focuses on different channels of listening to music on iPod and iPhone. To enjoy music on iPod and iPhone, you first need to get the music in iPod/iPhone format onto iTunes library and then sync the music to your iPod/iPhone.

Channel 1. Buy music from iTunes Store for iPod/iPhone

To find and buy music from the iTunes Store, just click on the “iTunes Store” link under “Store” in the left column of iTunes. Once in, you’re greeted with the iTunes Store interface, with links on the left-hand side that take you to Music, Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, Audiobooks, and Podcasts. After you’ve chosen a song or album to buy, just click on the “Buy Song” or “Buy Album” button for that selection.



Channel 2. Import your CDs into iTunes for iPod/iPhone

If you own a few CDs, you can import them into iTunes for your iPod/iPhone. Since you’ve already spent money on this music, there’s no reason why you should have to buy it all over again just to get the songs into iTunes. Apple made it simple to rip a CD to your library.



By default, iTunes rips songs to AAC format, and although AAC is a very high-quality format, it isn’t as widely-supported as the ubiquitous MP3 format, which enjoys support from virtually every digital music player known to man, including iPod and iPhone. To ensure greater portability of your music (and prevent you from feeling locked into one product just because you’ve ripped all your music in one format), I suggest ripping your CDs as MP3s. To do so, go to Edit -> Preferences. In the General tab, click the Import Settings… button. In the pop up dialog window of Import Settings, select MP3 Encoder from the Import Using dropdown menu and Higher Quality (192 kbps) from the Setting dropdown.

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There are many other subscription music services you may already be subscribed to, like Rhapsody, Napster, and Zune Marketplace, which let you buy or rent tracks. But the songs that come from these stores use a Digital Rights Management (DRM) scheme that is incompatible with iTunes and the iPod/iPhone. In other words, these songs are protected from being played in software and hardware music players that don’t support their particular standard (just like non-iPod music players can’t play most music from the iTunes Music Store). There is software tool called TuneClone Audio Converter that claims to be able to remove DRM from Rhapsody, Napster and Zune Marketplace and convert the DRM protected music to MP3, WAV and unprotected WMA with a virtual CD drive. So if you want to transfer your Rhapsody/Napster/Zune music to iTunes for your iPod/iPhone, you mnay download this piece of software to help you get the music DRM removed and converted to MP3 for a try.



However, the online digital music store eMusic sells DRM-free MP3s, and there are many websites where you can download free and legal MP3s that don’t contain DRM and can be imported into the iPhone easily.

Channel 3. Import MP3s into iTunes for iPod/iPhone

Once you’ve downloaded MP3s onto your computer, it’s easy to import them into iTunes. First make a new playlist by going to the “File” menu and clicking “New Playlist” and naming it anything you like. Select that playlist in iTunes, then drag your MP3s from your hard drive into the right-hand pane. iTunes will start importing your music and populating the playlist with songs. After it’s done, you’re free to play back the songs or sync them to your iPod/iPhone just like all the rest of your library.

Channel 4. Import WMAs into iTunes for iPod/iPhone

Importing unprotected WMA files is just like importing MP3 files, but requires one additional step. With WMA files, iTunes will actually transcode the songs and change the format from WMA to whatever default audio encoder you’ve set in the iTunes Preferences. It’s not necessary to know the difference between WMAs, MP3s, and AACs, but you should know that when you import WMAs, your original files are untouched and a new file is created.

Note: For importing DRM protected WMA files into iTunes, you will need to remove the DRM first. I’ve found TuneClone Audio Converter can also be used to convert DRM protected WMA to MP3. There’s a tutorial on its website that details how to convert protected WMA to MP3 for iPod. I’ve followed it step by step to have a try. It worked great as a whole except that it didn’t preserve the music metadata very well though the tutorial offered a reluctant solution.



A Brief Look at the iPod History and iPod’s iTunes Software

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Alex Rider asked:


Massively popular today, around 20 million iPod’s having been sold between the years of 2001-2005, the look, feel and functionality of this pocket-sized portable hard-drive based audio player continues to improve all the time.

The first release of the iPod by the Apple Corporation was back on the 23rd of October 2001. The initial idea that spawned this revolution in audio players came from someone by the name of Tony Fadell. Before proposing his concept to Apple, Phillips and RealNetworks had been informed yet declined the offer. Apple decided to hire Tony on an independent contractor basis, the iPod suddenly became a reality. The first model initially cost a whopping $400 in the US, far too much for most consumers. Additionally the computer support on offer was poor. Someone called Steve Jobs quickly noticed the lack of support and promised it would be improved on and available soon after the release date. The European market saw the iPod released one month later. US and European sales led to a large 125,000 iPods being sold in 2001. First generation iPods have had their various bugs found and then combated with all manner of updates from then on.

Setbacks were also experienced. Apple Corps who held the Beetles copyrights sued Apple on the grounds of previous iTunes Music Store agreements being infringed upon. It appeared that Apple Computers was only legally able to use the Apple name on items that were musically unrelated. This case was resolved by being settled out of court.

One million iPods had been moved around the world and sold by June 2003. Today it is the largest selling portable hard disk player. The marketing method of this product has played a massive part in the iPod’s success.

Alongside the physical product its self there has been the development of iTunes Software enabling the user to upload photos and music from the Apple site on the internet. iTunes has been called a jukebox since it stores, organizes and plays any of the iPod’s digital video or music files. Another feature is that connection through to the iTunes Music Store is possible, you can therefore look through all the current music, buy and then almost immediately after play whatever takes your fancy.

iTunes is able to work on not only the Mac OS X operating system, but also with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. Version 3 onwards of the iTunes software has become non-workable on Mac OS 9 and Windows 98 or ME. Downloadable for free on the internet, iTunes is installed onto the user’s computer initially, using a CD provided with the machine upon purchase (or links on websites). Once in place all that remains for you to do is connect up your iPod to that computer to enter the world of fast, easy and quality music listening.



Coldplay Mp3 Music

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Lissette Robaina asked:


Who in today’s world is not familiar with the Superstar band “Coldplay”. Coldplay is and alternative rock band formed in London England. This band is comprised of vocalist and front man Chris Martin, lead guitarist Johnny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, drummer Will Champion. Coldplay has sold over 35 million albums and are known for their hit singles such as the Grammy- award winning “Clocks”, “Yellow”, “The Scientists”, “Speed of Sound”, and “Viva La Vida”.

 The band’s fourth studio album was released in June 2008, “Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends” Coldplay has been listening to the needs of their fans and aware of revenue pressures. Coldplay is a very people conscious band. They know that due to inflation, some of their own 16 year-old base fans will not be able to afford their CD.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin has rejected commercial selling tactics for his latest album. They have saturated the internet with free downloads of their latest single “Violet Hill” at Coldplay.com, and their entire album at Iheartmusic.com. Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends” album has racked up the biggest and most successful pre-release in iTunes history and is outselling the top 40 bands combined. The title track to Coldplay’s new album had set a new record for the most downloaded album ever. The band is busy already working on their future album which will be ready to be released in 2009, just one year after their last chart-topping mega album “Viva La Vida”



Ipod Video Sales

Sunday, July 26th, 2009
Review Host asked:


The sales of the new iPod video are surprisingly good, taking into account the fact that no research has been made for the customer market and their needs or requirements.

A possible disadvantage for the sales may be the fact that the negative advertising has been made. This negative advertising concerns the vulnerability of the screens, the easy scratching surfaces and other several features. However, the sales are up due to the great success among the teenagers, among very busy people who travel a lot.

Some researches show that instead of the iPod video success and publicity the Amazon online store the most popular iPod is the nano model. However, the sales are ahead expectations and in the case of other stores are outselling the popular iPod nano. These high sales may be due to the high storage capacity, video features and reasonable prices. From this point of view, a selection of users may be made, as the nano edition iPod attracts more MP3 users. Therefore, a new trend and a new profile of user appeared taking into account the high sales for the new video iPod.

Another aspect of the great sales concerns the fact the new iPod video is not a competitor for the TV industry, but more a complementary device. Although the rating of some TV shows or films may lower, the iPod video may also contribute to the fame extend of some TV shows or films. The sales may be also triggered by the trendy urban lifestyle and capacity of influencing the preferences and needs of the others. The fact that the episodes of the TV series such is the case of “Lost” or “Desperate Housewives” may have contributed to the great success and great sales of the new edition of the iPod.

Other sales were going up as they developed from the new edition of the iPod and this is the case of the iTunes Music Store. In this type of store you may buy episodes of the famous TV series, music videos and pictures. The parallel development of two complementary services - the handheld video device and the special store for it - is a great achievement. Besides, the iPod is the best selling music online store and it will probably be the best music video online store. The sales may also rise due to the new available TV series or TV shows of the famous TV Channels.

Taking into account the fact that the iPod is the best seller in the United States, being the most successful music player, it was easy to predict high sales for the new edition, even it is a video iPod. The prices were lower as the lower-cost players were introduced on the market in the last years, but the nano edition has increased the prices. With the new iPod video the price has been pushed beyond the average selling price.

That is why the sales of 100 iPods every minute may seem not surprising at all and sales of 14 millions in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2006 are considered not bad at all for such a company. The sales for the iPod video may also rise together with the spreading worldwide of the popularity of this edition of iPod http://www.reviews7.info .

However, the iPod video doubles the Apple’s sales. The sales were made skyrocket due to the great success of the new iPod video outselling in some cases other types or editions of iPods. Nevertheless, the maximized sales are due to the new video features, longer battery life, more options and more memory space enough for a lot of music, music videos, TV shows and episodes, and even lots of photos for the photo album. These features and improvements make the new iPod video so popular and fashionable. These aspects and others (games, possibility of checking the e-mail, possibility of finding out the time in other cities and other useful features) suit very well the contemporary lifestyle.



Music Products: the Ipod

Friday, July 24th, 2009
Olivia Hunt asked:


The iPod is one of Apple’s most successful products. The latest iPod is available in 30 or 60 GB models and is capable of playing video. The iPod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Computer. Devices in the iPod family are made around a central scroll wheel (except for the iPod shuffle) and provide a simple user interface. The full and half-sized models store media on a built-in hard drive, while the smaller iPod shuffle uses flash memory. Like many digital audio players, iPods can serve as external data storage devices when connected to a computer.

Nowadays in USA, Europe and in the Middle East Apple computer Inc. offers its iPod line of digital music players and all the necessary accessories for Macintosh and Windows users. Since its first appearance in the Middle East this digital music player is becoming more and more popular and its sales are growing up. The iPod is a portable digital music player made by Apple computer Inc., the characteristic feature of which is its Click Wheel that combines a touch-sensitive wheel with several push buttons for one-handed navigation. In October 2005, in the Middle East the Apple Company produced an iPod containing a 2.5-inch color screen that could show album artwork and photos and play video, containing music videos, video pod casts, amateur films, short films and TV shows. Also the iPod line consists of a 30-gigabyte model containing up to 7,500 songs, 25,000 photos or 75 hours of video, and a 60-gigabyte model containing up to 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos or 150 hours of video.

The iPod presents Apple’s Auto-Sync technology that can automatically download digital music, podcasts, photos, audio books, home films, music videos, short films and television shows onto the iPod. Besides, it keeps it in a modern working state no matter whenever it is connected to a Macintosh or Windows computer using universal serial bus (USB). The iPod also features Shuffle Songs, which randomly plays songs in a selected playlist or across the entire library. All iPods work with the Company’s iTunes digital music management software on either a Macintosh or Windows computer. The iPod’s other capabilities include data storage, calendar and contact information possibility, as well as a number of games. The Apple Company Inc. has also entered into unions with most automobile manufacturers to offer an integration of the iPod in some automobiles.

In September 2005, the Company introduced iPod nano in the Middle East, a flash-memory based digital music player. The iPod nano is available in either a 2GB model holding up to 500 songs or 25,000 photos, or a 4GB model holding up to 1,000 songs or 25,000 photos. The iPod nano, which weighs as little as 1.5 ounces and is 27 inches thin, features a color screen and the Company’s patent pending Click Wheel. In January 2005, the Company introduced iPod shuffle in the Middle East, a flash-memory based digital music player, which is based on iPod’s characteristic feature that selects songs from the user’s music library or playlists in a random way. iPod shuffle works with iTunes and its patent-pending AutoFill feature that automatically selects songs to fill iPod shuffle from a user’s music library on their computer. iPod shuffle can also be used as a portable USB flash drive with up to 1GB of storage space. It is available in a 512MB model holding up to 120 songs and a 1GB model holding up to 240 songs.

As of July 2006, the lineup consists of the 5th generation iPod with a video player; the iPod nano with a color screen; and the iPod shuffle. All three models were released in 2005. Discontinued versions include two generations of the iPod mini and four generations of the full-sized iPod. The software that is used for transferring music, photos and videos is called iTunes. As a music jukebox application, iTunes stores a comprehensive library of the user’s music on their computer and can play, burn and rip music from a CD. The most recent version of iTunes has video organization features. The iPod is currently the world’s best-selling digital audio player, and its worldwide mainstream adoption makes it one of the most popular consumer brands. Some of Apple’s design choices and proprietary actions have however led to criticism and legal battles. It is important to note that since the first introduction of the iPod in the Middle East the number of its consumers is growing owing to its innovations and the appearance of the iPod nano and the iPod shuffle. The Apple Company Inc. is spreading much faster in the Middle East than somewhere else. If we compare sale figures in the Middle East to the world we will find out that iPod line of digital music players dominates and its number of sales makes the third part of all sales.

Besides, Arab Business Machine that markets Apple’s products in the Middle East will have a major presence at GITEX 2005. Located at Hall 4, visitors to the Apple booth will have the opportunity to learn more about computing and entertainment technology from Apple. The company will be showcasing everything from the iPod range to iLife and XServe. The exhibit will also have the latest iMacs and iBooks on display, providing GITEX visitors with an opportunity to get a feel for Apple’s products. “We will also be releasing the market’s most powerful iPod Speaker/Dock, Altec Lansing’s New inMotion iM7 Portable Speaker System at GITEX 2005. The success of the growing iPod range in the Middle East will be continued by the new Altec Lansing speaker dock will definitely catch the attention of iPod users and music fans across the region,” said Elias Abou-Rustom of ABM.



Ipod for Audio Books

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Suzie Goldie asked:


is a music and movies player, but people can listen to audiobooks and other spoken-work content, while commuting, jogging or exercising. Audiobooks are either complete or abridged recordings of books, which are read out loud and recorded. Sometimes the author himself reads the book, like Bill Clinton’s My Life, and the late Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Others are read by famous actors, like John Lithgow’s reading of Michael Crichton’s Disclosure and Joe Mantegna’s readings of Robert B. Parker’s mysteries.

Usually, these are read by professional readers whose purpose is to make a book sound as compelling as it is on paper. After purchasing CD audiobooks, you can import them into iTunes and listen on your iPod like other digital audio. The Ipod audio books from the iTunes Music Store or Audible.com are created as one or two files lasting ten hours each, making them easier to listen and manage in your iTunes Library.

Buying audio books on-line

It is good to know your options as these can be expensive, costing more than paper books. Audible.com provides the same quality of audio book content that the iTunes Music Store sells, apart from Audible’s broader selection of non-book audio programs and its monthly subscription that includes either one book a month for $15 or any two Ipod audio books for $22 a month.

You can only buy individual titles from the iTunes Music Store. Fans of audiobooks will view this as a great deal; you spend more than that for most individual audiobooks on CD or from the iTunes Music Store. Yet, if you only want single audiobook without a monthly subscription, check both places: on some books, the iTunes Music Store is much cheaper than Audible.

You can rip audiobooks from CDs to use in iTunes and iPod. For maximum benefit, you have to choose a format for importing, join tracks on the CD, and make the files able to be bookmarked. When you sync audio books to your iPod, they appear in one of two places. If they are bookmarked, they appear in the Music > Audiobooks menu automatically, though they are not in that genre. They also show up by genre, artist or “song”. If they cannot be bookmarked, you will have to search for them from these latter menus.

You play Ipod audio books like other audio files, but bookmarked audio books give you an extra advantage. This is going to the iPod’s Settings menu and selecting Audio books which let you choose a different speed for the playback or change the speed of a droll or hyper reader: Faster or Slower. The played file’s speed changes, not the voice. The distortion noticed is not a problem.

This change can also be made as you’re listening to Ipod audio books. After they start playing, press the Select button thrice. Run your finger around the scroll wheel clockwise to make it ‘Faster’; scroll the other way to return to ‘Normal’, or to change it to ‘Slower’.

What Is DRM?

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
John Roberts asked:


DRM stands for Digital Rights Management, or as some people call it, Digital Restrictions Management. Put simply, DRM consists of various restrictions applied in music or video files, so their use (such as playback) can be controlled by a third party, usually the company holding the copyright for a song or movie. DRM is not just a copyright protection technique but a whole set of technologies that aim to implement the DRM strategy each distributor of digital content specifies. As an example, DRM can verify that the user that bought an audio file is actually the same user playing the file. DRM technology can also be used to limit the number of PCs a file can be played on. The major disadvantage of DRM is that these restrictions are not always clear when a user buys a digital product.

Which Multimedia Formats Support DRM?

If you’re expecting to see MP3 in this list, guess again. Due to it’s open nature, the MP3 standard is unable to support DRM. Furthermore, there is no centralized coordination in the development and evolution of the MP3 format so don’t expect digital music stores to offer songs in the MP3 format.

Advanced Audio Coding: The AAC format, used by iTunes and iPod, is based on Apple’s QuickTime. It was originally designed as a replacement of the MP3, and can actually compress files better than the MP3 format can.

Windows Media Audio: WMA is a closed-source standard of digital music. It was designed to compete with the MP3 but in reality, it’s actually AAC’s main competitor, especially with regards to DRM support and buying music online. The latest version of WMA offers similar quality to that of AAC and better than that of MP3 files. This means that much smaller files can have CD quality. WMA is based on the ADvanced System Format (ASF) which can integrate different streams of audio and video as long as they belong to the Windows Media family.

RealNetworks & Sony: Both of these companies offer music download services. Real mostly uses the AAC format with the Helix DRM system, while Sony uses the OpenMG DRM system on ATRAC3 files. It is expected that Sony will support other music formats in the future.

Limitations of iTunes and iPod

Finally, here are certain things that you should know about iTunes DRM:

1. Music you buy from iTunes can only be played on an iPod.

2. Files from iTunes can be played on an unlimited number of iPods.

3. iTunes allows you to download each song you buy only once and of course, you’re not allowed to re-sell that song.

4. An iPod can also store and play non-DRM music files.

5. Any certified .m4p files can only be copied/played on 5 authorized computers.

6. Music you buy from iTunes can be copied to a CD without any DRM limitations.

7. A playlist consisting of songs you bought from iTunes can only be turned into a CD 7 times (you can make 7 CD copies of the list).

8. You are not allowed to convert a song to a different music format.



iPod Video Sales: The Facts

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
John Pawlett asked:


The sales of the new iPod video are surprisingly good, taking into account the fact that no research has been made for the customer market and their needs or requirements.

A possible disadvantage for the sales may be the fact that the negative advertising has been made. This negative advertising concerns the vulnerability of the screens, the easy scratching surfaces and other several features. However, the sales are up due to the great success among the teenagers, among very busy people who travel a lot.

Some researches show that instead of the iPod video success and publicity the Amazon online store the most popular iPod is the nano model. However, the sales are ahead expectations and in the case of other stores are outselling the popular iPod nano.

These high sales may be due to the high storage capacity, video features and reasonable prices. From this point of view, a selection of users may be made, as the nano edition iPod attracts more MP3 users. Therefore, a new trend and a new profile of user appeared taking into account the high sales for the new video iPod.

Another aspect of the great sales concerns the fact the new iPod video is not a competitor for the TV industry, but more a complementary device. Although the rating of some TV shows or films may lower, the iPod video may also contribute to the fame extend of some TV shows or films. The sales may be also triggered by the trendy urban lifestyle and capacity of influencing the preferences and needs of the others.

The fact that the episodes of the TV series such is the case of Lost or Desperate Housewives may have contributed to the great success and great sales of the new edition of the iPod.

Other sales were going up as they developed from the new edition of the iPod and this is the case of the iTunes Music Store. In this type of store you may buy episodes of the famous TV series, music videos and pictures. The parallel development of two complementary services the handheld video device and the special store for it - is a great achievement.

Besides, the iPod is the best selling music online store and it will probably be the best music video online store. The sales may also rise due to the new available TV series or TV shows of the famous TV Channels.

Taking into account the fact that the iPod is the best seller in the United States, being the most successful music player, it was easy to predict high sales for the new edition, even it is a video iPod.

The prices were lower as the lower-cost players were introduced on the market in the last years, but the nano edition has increased the prices. With the new iPod video the price has been pushed beyond the average selling price.

That is why the sales of 100 iPods every minute may seem not surprising at all and sales of 14 millions in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2006 are considered not bad at all for such a company. The sales for the iPod video may also rise together with the spreading worldwide of the popularity of this edition of iPod.

However, the iPod video doubles the Apple’s sales. The sales were made skyrocket due to the great success of the new iPod video outselling in some cases other types or editions of iPods.

Nevertheless, the maximized sales are due to the new video features, longer battery life, more options and more memory space enough for a lot of music, music videos, TV shows and episodes, and even lots of photos for the photo album.

These features and improvements make the new iPod video so popular and fashionable. These aspects and others (games, possibility of checking the e-mail, possibility of finding out the time in other cities and other useful features) suit very well the contemporary lifestyle.



Music Distribution Companies For the Independent Music Artist

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
Marius van Dyk asked:


Online music distribution has come a long way since the early days of the web. In this article I briefly introduce you to music distribution companies and the services they offer you as an independent music artist.

Digital music distribution over the web now makes it possible to get your music into the main online music retailers and marketplaces such as…

iTunes Rhapsody Napster MusicNet eMusic Sony Connect GroupieTunes / imvu / SonicTap Amazon MP3 Lala.com ShockHound Amie Street LimeWire Store

Now, you don’t want to try and submit to each of these stores individually and for this reason I suggest you make use of the services offered by web music distribution companies.

These services will get your music into the main online music retailers marketplaces for a fee and/or a commission. This saves you a lot of hassle and time because it streamlines the process of digital music distribution for you.

TuneCore, ReverbNation, Nimbit and CD Baby are a few examples of web music distribution companies you can choose between. These companies all offer music distribution for independent artists with slight differences in how they charge and operate.

I recommend Tunecore to the independent artists I work with as I’ve found it to be a reliable service at a good price, and it has a great team of people behind it. It has never been easier to get your music distributed at a low cost than right now so when you are ready I suggest you take a look at the services I mentioned in this article.

Remember however that having music on iTunes doesn’t mean you’ll sell music on iTunes, in other words…

…just because you can make your music available doesn’t mean people will find it and buy. You have to direct people to your music and ask them to buy through your promotion efforts on your web site and social network profiles such as MySpace, Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check out the links to further articles in my bio below should you want to find out more about how to get your music distributed through the main online music retailers such as iTunes and Amazon MP3.