Posts Tagged ‘Itunes’

Gotta be Somebody Ringtone | Nickelback - Gotta be Somebody Ringtone

Monday, December 7th, 2009
Daniel Sitar asked:


Click Here to Download the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone by Nickelback

The Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone by Nickelback is one of the hottest ringtones in North America right now! If you are looking for a new ringtone for your phone, the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone is the perfect choice. Gotta Be Somebody is the first official single to be released from Nickelback’s sixth studio album, Dark Horse. The song has already reached #1 on American iTunes Rock Chart and #3 on the overall top selling songs. It shot to the #1 spot overall on the Canadian iTunes Store. Gotta Be Somebody debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 the chart week of October 18th. It is Nickelback’s highest debut on the chart of their career thus far, and gives the band their sixth top ten Hot 100 hit. The single has peaked at #7 on the Canadian Hot 100 so far.

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Gotta Be Somebody is an awesome new single by Nickelback. The song is currently one of the most popular songs on iTunes and the Gotta Be Somebody music video is one of the hottest clips on YouTube. Gotta Be Somebody has performed well on music charts around the world, including the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. If you want to get the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone for your mobile phone, just click on the link below and sign up. You will instantly be able to download the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone by Nickelback. Don’t wait - click on the link below and sign up to download the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone now:

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Guide : How to Transfer Songs/videos From Ipod to Computer

Sunday, December 6th, 2009
ababa asked:


How To Put the Contents Of Your iPod On Your Computer (Without iTunes) and Not Get Ripped Off By Loser Software…

You’ve probably thought about putting the contents of your iPod onto your computer’s hard drive for safe keeping without using iTunes.A quick search on Google reveals hundreds of downloadable “iPod to computer” programs that claim to do just that. But how do you know which one to use? Our intrepid editors spent a fullmonth testing and reviewing dozens of software to find the right answer.

To test each product, we simply used the software to transfer the contents of different iPods to our computer’s hard drive. This allowed us to easily see if the software worked as claimed. We tested by transfering 1000’s of songs and dozens of different movies. We used the iPhone and 3 different versions of the iPod, the Classic, Nano, and Touch. Our Shocking Discovery.

It seems the greater majority of iPod and iPhone “to computer” software simply does not work as promised. In almost all cases they could not get past the devices security. Most software would save the songs, but when putting them back on the iPod, the device simply would not play them. Another finding of ours was even more disturbing. During our testing we downloaded many different products.

It wasn’t long before we noticed our computers were not running as smoothly as they used to.It seems some of these manufacture’s were including data mining spyware with the software! First they sell you a poor performing product,and then they steal your personal information to sell to advertisers. Maybe for them that’s business, but for us, it’s a huge violation of privacy.

Fortunately, we were able to find a few products that stood out above all the rest. To begin with, these products did not come with any spyware to steal your personal information. Second, no matter what content we tranfered or which model iPod was used, we got 100% success rate transfered to our computer. If you want to transfer your iPhone or iPod’s content to your computer, without getting ripped off, use one of these services.

“Here’s The iPod to Computer Transfer Software You Can Trust…”

Cucusoft iPod to Computer Transfer

The Cucusoft iPod to Computer software was the number one product we tested. The software worked everytime on multiple devices without hang ups. We kept this one personally and now have the contents of multiple iPods on our hard drive ready to go in any mp4 player we like. Operating the software was also very easy, it only took 3 clicks of the mouse to get started. (We really how like it auto scans your device and organizesthe files upon start up.)

Customer service was also very good; with each email sent we got a prompt detailed reply from a friendly representative.

This is our number one choice. For quality, ease of use, and customer service Cucusoft toped them all. If you don’t know which one to buy, get this one…you won’t be disappointed.

Price : $29.95

How To Transfer Songs/Videos/Playlists And More From iPod To Computer ?

1. Download Cucusoft iPod To Computer software

2. Run Cucusoft iPod To Computer software. The software will scan your ipod device automatically.

Check the songs you want to transfer.

3. Click “Start Transfer” to transfer songs to your computer.

4. Choose a method to transfer from ipod to your pc or itunes.  Click “Start Transfer”.

5. That’s it. Enjoy!.

You can get your music files at the output folder.

More informations…



Gotta be Somebody Ringtone - Nickelback - Gotta be Somebody Ringtone

Thursday, November 12th, 2009
Jim McEwan asked:


Click Here to Download the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone by Nickelback

The Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone by Nickelback is one of the hottest ringtones in the world. If you are looking for a new ringtone for your phone, the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone is the perfect choice! Gotta Be Somebody is the first official single to be released from Nickelback’s sixth studio album, Dark Horse. The song has already reached #1 on American iTunes Rock Chart and #3 on the overall top selling songs chart. It shot to the #1 spot overall on the Canadian iTunes store upon its release. The single is expected to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 next week.

Click Here & Sign Up to Download the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone

Gotta Be Somebody has become one of the most popular singles in the world. The track is doing well on music charts around the world, including the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and iTunes Top Songs Chart. The track has also topped Canadian and European Charts, making the ringtone very popular in those nations as well as in America. The Gotta Be Somebody music video is one of the hottest clips on YouTube and MTV. If you want to download the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone by Nickelback, click on the link below and sign up. You will instantly be able to download the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone and will also be able to get bonus ringtones of your choice. Click on the link below and sign up now to download the Gotta Be Somebody Ringtone.

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Itunes And Your Business — What You Can Learn From Itunes To Succeed In Your Business

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
Michele PW asked:


I love my iPod.

 

It’s funny because I didn’t think I’d be an iPod person. I got an iPod a few years ago because I wanted to put all those educational audios on it rather than carting around a million CDs. I didn’t think I’d be that interested in the music part.

 

Why? Because I never could get the hang of the whole music thing. I have such eclectic taste that radio never worked well for me — I found myself picking stations not because they played more of what I liked but less of what I didn’t like. I almost never bought records because for the most part I would like one song from a band and that’s it.

 

But that all changed when I started to get ready for my first marathon. I decided maybe I better bring some tunes to keep me motivated. I started going through the CDs my husband had (my hubby has about 400 CDs, the complete opposite of me) and loading songs. And I started downloading those 1 or 2 songs from other bands from iTunes.

 

And now I finally get it. iTunes has allowed me to finally create the mix I want. I mean, I can’t stand country (although I have 3 songs from Faith Hill) and I got a lot of 80s and hair bands (but there’s a lot of bands I can’t stand in those categories who will never be MPW iPod-worthy). My taste ranges from Boomtown Rats to Queen (lots and lots of Queen, they were an exception to the no-album-buying rule, but no “Another Bites the Dust” or “You’re My Best Friend”) to Def Leppard to The Guess Who to George Michaels (gotta love him) to even a Ted Nugent song. (My husband couldn’t believe I put that Ted Nugent song on the iPod. I’ve often thought someone should have a contest, can you guess which Ted Nugent song I have on my iPod? In fact, I think I will have that contest. If you email me the correct answer I’ll send you a digital download of one of my info products. But I digress.)

 

Anyway, so where am I going with all of this? Well, I read an article about how the music industry is having a heck of a time making money now — for a variety of reasons, but one of the main ones is because they can no longer make money the way they used to.

 

You see, as I learned in this article, the music industry is financially based on selling albums, not individual songs. In other words, they make money by cramming albums down buyers’ throats, even if those buyers only wanted 1 or 2 songs. Now with iTunes, buyers buy the songs they want, they’re not forced to buy everything.

 

And the music industry is having some problems adjusting. So that means I’m actually in the majority of music buyers rather than the minority. And that’s why iTunes is making money hand over fist (because they’re allowing buyers to buy how they want, rather than forcing buyers to buy how they want to sell to them) and the record companies still haven’t figure out what hit them.

 

So what does this have to do with you? Well a couple of things. First off, is your business based on a way of doing business that makes more sense for you (the business owner) or your customers? If you aren’t selling your products or services in a way your customers want to buy, you ARE vulnerable. Even if this is the “way it’s done” in your industry, you’re a sitting duck for an Apple to burst on the scene and take it over. (Note, if this is you, there’s a big opportunity here for YOU to be the Apple in your industry.)

 

Second, are there ways you can restructure your products or services to make it a no-brainer to do business with you? Is there an opportunity to sell to your customers the way they want to buy?

 

Remember, buyers always have the power. They can choose to do business with you or not. It’s up to you to decide if you want to make it easy for them or not.



28 Essential Music Sites To Promote Your Music

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
Mark Stone asked:


If you have good music, people will listen and buy your music. But they need to find your music. I’ve done all your homework below and give you the 28 Essential Music Sites To Promote Your Music which will increase your income.

The sites below are broken down into categories to help target your music exposure needs.

Artists Bare Essentials

1. GoDaddy.com - Every band or artist needs their own website URL. There is so much you can do with it (I will cover it in a future post) to compliment your marketing efforts that it is well worth the $8.99 a year. GoDaddy is the best company for URLs with great customer service and cheat prices. I have used this company numerous times.

2. BandZoogle.com - This is a website that have band/artist templates for your music. You do not have to know how to build websites. They have it all for you. You can even sell your own music on the site among other services.

3. Bravenet.com - This company offers many free services and premium services that can help you build your marketing efforts. Most importantly, they have many interactive tools you can add to your own site or add to your social networks. It has a FREE email list tool to start collecting your fans emails. This tool is invaluable and I will post about the importance of email lists in the future. I have used this company numerous times.

4. FanBridge.com - This is an artist-specific company that helps build your fan base with email list tools. There is a free service and premium service. Use the coupon code MARKSTONE for a free upgrade.

Getting Your Music On iTunes & Other Sites

1. Tunecore.com - This is the premiere site to get your music on iTunes, Amazon and other valuable sites. Tunecore has just merged services with Amazon and will now print your CDs and open up merch stores for your music. This service will start on July 1st. But for now, get your music on iTunes. Over 70% of people use iTunes for their digital downloads than other sites. I personally know unsigned bands that make over $5,000 a month off iTunes alone. There is an annual fee for each album you download. But you get to keep 100% of your royalties while other sites take a percentage. You can also get 30% OFF your fee’s by using the code beheard30.

Social Networks

1. MySpace.com - This has been the mecca for all bands and artists. MySpace even has its own label called MySpace Records. They sign artists in all genres and they usually sign bands that create a big buzz on their site. Registration is free.

2. Purevolume.com - This site has better streaming features than MySpace (MS streams have ads and randomly don’t work). This site is free to register and includes all genres but mostly caters to rock bands. They actively scout good music on their site to feature on their front page. This site gets over 10,000 visitors a day. There are social networking features available as well.

3. Twitter.com - This is the latest social networking phenomenon. Fans can see what the band and each individual member are doing throughout the day. Direct fan-to-band interaction takes place which is HUGE in building a core fan base. This is free to register and is a must in any musicians marketing plan. I will post about Twitter and your music marketing plan soon.

4. iLike.com - This site helps announce any new songs, new shows, new blogs or new pictures that you post up. Anyone who has iTunes (which is about 70% of the music population) get automatic updates on their iTunes player if they have your music in their iTunes. iLike has a sidebar that you can download attaches to your iTunes. Once you register for iLike, tell your fans about the sidebar so they can stay up-to-date on your bands every move.

5. Lastfm.com - This is another site that intergrates with your iTunes player. When you open a free account and download the Last.fm Scrobbler, everything you play gets registered by Last.fm. They use all that data from everyone’s iTune players to give you top played lists and stats on your songs. This is a good tool to see what songs are most popular on your albums. You might think you know what song is your most popular but Last.fm will tell you what your fans listen to the most.

6. Facebook.com - This is largest social network site in the world (2nd in the U.S. behind MySpace). It is starting to improve its music applications so this is definitely a site that you need to register for.

Artist Press Kits

1. SonicBids.com - This site offers EPKs (electronic press kits) for artists but also helps “book and license your music,” according to their site. I have never used their services but I know it is very reputable in the music industry.

2. PowerPressKits.com - Again, I have never used this company but they offer free press kit building. They even have different templates for you to use.

Websites For Your Music Reviews

1. AbsolutePunk.net - This website caters to anything in the rock genre and will cover hip-hop/rap. The crowd here can be tough on artists but getting any exposure on this site helps. The staff is rather huge so it is easy to get one or more of them to respond to your emails. If you have the stomach, get your music reviewed on this site. Music industry people are on this site multiple times a day.

2. Pitchfork.com - This site is the mecca for indie/singer/songwriter music. The owner was even listed as one of the Top 200 most influential people by Time Magazine. Again, this crowd can be tough.

3. PunkNews.com - This site caters to the true punk crowd and, again, can be a tough crowd. If you’re a punk band and what street cred, get posted/reviewed on this site.

4. Stereogum.com - This site caters to the singer/songwriter/indie band crowd.

5. BrooklynVegan.com - This site caters to the NYC music fan. Covers more than music and even has a Sirius satellite radio show.

6. TheDailyChorus.com - A smaller blog that has a lot of music industry attention. This blog covers music mostly in the rock genre from hardcore, emo, indie, punk and “scene” music.

7. GlobalGrind.com - This caters to the hip-hop culture and is more of a social network for hip-hop artists and fans. There are unsigned hip-hop features.

Sell Your Merchandise Online

1. BigCartel.com - This is a very popular e-commerce site that will sell your music merchandise (T-shirts, etc.) on their site and handle all the payments for you. You simply collect the orders and ship them out. This gives you full control of the shipping process. You can create a store or use one of their templates.

2. DistrictLines.com - This site not only makes custom stores for some artists but they print your merchandise as well. They cater to bands in the rock genre but also have pop-culture icons as clients.

Companies That Make Your Merch (CDs, Tshirts, etc.)

1. Discmakers.com - This company is one of the kings in the CD duplication business. Their rates are very competitive and they also do a lot more than just CDs. You can get your Tshirts, stickers, buttons and a host of other things printed.

2. DistrictLines.com - They will not only make custom merch stores for you but they will also handle your printing needs.

Other Merchandise Companies

1. LoudBytes.com - This site allows you to purchase download cards, stickers or buttons with a code on each. This code can be redeemed on their site for your music. You can sell these items at shows without ordering physical CDs. You sell the cards to your fans and they will download your music off LoudBytes. They even have hangtags for your Tshirts. If you have physical CDs and want to sell a couple of B-sides, this is the most economical way to sell a song or two.

2. Dropcards.com - This is also a download card website that embeds a code into each card.

Music Discovery Blogs

1. Kings Of A&R.com - This site is heavily scouted by music industry people. This site covers all genres of music and if you feel like your music is good enough to be featured on the site, email Dean, the owner of the site.

2. TheDailyChorus.com - Another music discovery site that is scouted by the music industry. This site mainly covers music in the rock genre. The staff of this site is a lot bigger than KOAR so it’s easier to get the staffs attention.

I will explore many of these sites in greater detail to show you how you can improve your music marketing plan to obtain new fans which will increase your revenue.

Did I miss any valuable sites? Leave a comment and let me know or email me at:  markstone424@gmail.com!



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.



Monetizing Your Digital Record Label (Part One)

Sunday, July 19th, 2009
Da Architec asked:


We know selling music online gives us the control over our music. But selling music online is no easy task. Selling music on CD, directly to the consumer (out the trunk) maybe a littler easier to move, that’s if your music is good and if you have good salesmanship skills.

 

With all the digital music distributors and resellers online, it almost impossible to know where to place your music. Some promise they can place your music on iTunes, and then you have a distributor like Ioda. That can place your music on over 300 plus, online and mobile music and video content providers.

 

This does not mean your going to sell music. You will be placing it with hundreds, maybe thousands of other musicians and artist doing the same thing. That means more competition.

 

Ok, my point here is we know times are tight, it cost to produces and promote a record for resale. You have to convince the fan to purchase your music, and its not easy. Please go to http://www.thedigitalrecordlabel.com/  and sign up your email, or get the RSS feed to view our blog and upcoming articles about the music business.

 

If your looking to getting funds to produce a record, or looking to make legitimate money with your web presences. I’ve included a few resources to help monetize your digital record label. I use these for my business, and they work.

 

Sellaband is a music social network that can turns your fans and listeners of bands into their producers, asking them to invest in a band or artist they support so that they will be able to get a recording opportunity. Every single investor that supports a successful band will take home a small cut of the profits made by them. Artists not only get financial support but also share 50% of the ad revenue coming from the free downloads of their music.

YouLicense is an online music licensing marketplace”, it is worth a try. They license your music to films, television, commercials, websites etc. and take only 9% commission for the service.

Rumblefish licenses your music to film, TV, video games, advertising and marketing campaigns, podcasts, video blogs, background usage etc. Non-exclusive licensing agreement, 1-year term, you retain full ownership to your songs and you get 50% of the net licensing fees.

 Make Money from Free Ads

There are hundreds of websites that offer you the opportunity to make money by place ads on your website. But which are the best sites to earn income from. How do they pay? How long does it take to get my money?

If you have these questions in your mind, that cool, it’s expected. I will list a few websites that are legit, and will pay you by check or online.

How would I get paid online?  Well I use paypal.com. Paypal is a free online payment system, like a merchant account, that allows he user to send or receive money online. You can auction and accept donations as well. The thing I like about paypal is you can invoice payments via email. Also a lot of affiliate programs send payments via paypal; the money goes straight into your account.

 

How do I make money from free Ads?

Well first you will need to overstand a little about HTML codes, its not hard at all, you just have to basically copy and paste codes in you website or blog. But these ads can be place as banners, skyscrapers, block ads, etc. Some pay per click, some pay by impressions, some are videos, etc.

Since we are music related we will stay on the path, but not all ads will be exactly music related.

 

If you’re looking for an easy way to keep track of your fans, by email and text, I recommend you use Fanbridge.com. You can sign up for free. What I like about Fanbridgeb is you can send out text and emails to your contacts from your computer or blackberry. It’s very easy to use, and you can make money as an affiliate. I know. I use Fanbridge for my business.

 

MusicSubmit - These guys have a number of services for independent musicians. Internet promotions, Radio promotions, tour promotions, etc. You can also make money as an affiliate by placing an ad on your website or in your email.

 

Bidvertiser - Place a Referral button or a text link on your site and you will start to earn money when a user clicks on your button or link and signs as an advertiser or a publisher. When a user signs as an advertiser and first spends $10, they will credit your account with $5. When that same advertiser spends $50, you will be credited with an additional $20.

 To Be Continued



 

 

 

 



1,000,000 CDs For Sale By Unsigned Musician To Make Music History

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Deron Feivel asked:


Recording artist Terrance Day is in the process of breaking a new record (no pun intended). His goal is to sell 1,000,000 copies of the new independent CD “A Simple Life”. This is being done through his own popular web site MakeMusicHistory.com

He is offering free permanent web exposure to each “Official Sponsor” and “Supporter”. The site steadily receives more web site visitors each day. Terrance said, “traffic is coming in from all over the world every hour”.

Individuals, families, businesses owners, and organizations can be part of making music history! Everyone who supports this effort with a CD purchase receives a permanent place on the web site. Their name and link are added to the “Official Sponsor” or “Supporter” page online. During the official launch this week, MakeMusicHistory.com has received more than 92,000 unique visitors.

“The web site was developed over a period of a few months”, said Terrance. He has been making his own web sites since 2000 after he left his last corporate job as a Tech Recruiter. This web site seems to be destined to be his most popular web site so far.

“Clear Channel owns all the major radio stations and venues. Most musicians aren’t aware that few people control so much of what we hear” says Susan Tedeschi, a Berklee College of Music graduate from Massachusetts. It may be true that most independent Artists like Terrance Day won’t receive major airplay in the US. However, new emerging talent can still be heard through an online presence. This has been proven with independent music sales through CD Baby, iTunes, and other online music stores.

The CD “A Simple Life” can be previewed and ordered online for $4 and additional copies are only 99 cents (plus shipping & handling) at http://www.makemusichistory.com! “Official Sponsors” and “Supporters” also get a free digital copy of the CD, free ringtones featuring samples off the CD, plus more. A portion of sales will be donated to a non-profit organization called “Christian Children’s Fund”.

Terrance wrote 10 songs in 10 days from Nov. 1 to Nov. 11 in 2003. Those songs are included on the CD “A Simple Life”. After 4 years of recording and music production, he hopes to make a healthy impact on his audience. Songs on this new CD feature original Rock and Country music, with Alternative and Pop influences. The lyrics share positive messages with colorful imagination, faith, and life experiences. The CD was released last month on his own independent record label called “3000 Records”.

Previously, Terrance Day has toured around the USA several times since 1999. During the last tour in 2003 he drove a 1973 Plymouth Fury station wagon nicknamed the “Superwagon” from Michigan to Texas and many other states! He likes to write music that inspires people and share the music with as many people as humanly possible! He is available for booking at venues like coffee shops, churches, restaurants, bars, house concerts, or even as an opener for bigger acts. The next tour will begin this December, and continue well into 2008.

While selling 1,000,000 CDs is a major challenge, he remains focused on the goal. MakeMusicHistory.com was created so people who support independent music could help make music history! He confidently shares his goal with just about everyone he connects with. Terrance smiled as he said, “Even if I meet 1% of my goal, that would still be quite significant! You never know ’til you try.”



Where is the Music Industry Heading?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
Josh Lipovetsky asked:


Where has the music industry been in the past few years? Even worse, where is it headed? Every year, sales seem to keep slipping, and more artists are losing motivation. What can we do as consumers? For one, we can write articles and act to help generate a movement, and make people aware of the problem. We can also buy more CDs, especially now that certain retailers are selling for below $10. If you prefer to download digitally, that can be done as well. Throughout the article, you can find various resources which will help consumers do their part to save the music industry.

Our economy is consumer driven, and we are in quite a recession. Therefore, all types of industries are going south; music being one of the many. So the first thing we can do to help is spread the word. Why should we care about saving the music industry? For one, we don’t want new artists like Soulja Boy gaining confidence in their “singing” abilities. Music is also one of our main productivity and confidence boosters. If we didn’t have good music, how much tougher would it be to get things done? Lastly, most independent music artists don’t rake in enough money to make a living, and they will be stuck there until they get discovered. With the current state of the music industry, it looks like we will be dealing with situations like these for a long time. Only the consumer can do something about it.

There are many places where we can go to purchase music, so don’t just think that you’re limited to a small amount of record stores or online shops. Here is a compiled list of some of the places where you can go to buy/sample/obtain music to help support the crippled industry.

Online Stores:

New Retail Music

www.amazon.com

www.buy.com

www.circuitcity.com

www.bestbuy.com

www.deepdiscount.com

www.barnesandnoble.com

www.tower.com

www.cduniverse.com

Sell/Buy Used Music

www.secondspin.com

www.spun.com

www.wherehouse.com

www.cashforcds.com

Digital Subscription Services/Online Music

www.itunes.com

www.rhapsody.com

www.napster.com

www.emusic.com

Other/Social Networking

www.last.fm

www.imeem.com

www.seeqpod.com

www.pandora.com

As you can see, there are so many ways that consumers can get out and support their favorite artists, or just discover new ones. As a Rhapsody subscriber, getting a very large selection of music for the price of 1 album every month is a great deal. It lets you discover new music, listen to the old classics, and even some exotic world music when you are in the mood for it. New services like Imeem and Last.fm let you connect with others who like the same music as you, and Pandora uses the Music Genome Project to find other music that you may like. So now you have no excuses not to get out there and do some good for the music industry today.



iPhone Apps for Radio Stations

Monday, June 1st, 2009
Christopher Stolee asked:


The business of radio has been in some turmoil even before the economic downturn of 2008-2009. There’s a lot of consolidation, competition, and less advertising to go around. Add in satellite radio and internet radio to the mix with earthbound stations and the pie seems to be getting cut up into more pieces. The Radio industry will have to look to new technologies and innovation to get healthy again. iPhone applications are one of these new innovations to watch for.

Radio is moving in a new direction with streaming audio on iPhone apps. The mother of all radio iPhone apps would be Clear Channel’s “I Heart Radio” application, which feeds off of Clear Channel’s “I Heart Radio online streaming website of 750+ radio stations. Last count showed 150+ stations streaming via I Heart Radio on the iPhone. But streaming individual stations on a giant aggregator app like this can sometimes be slow with lengthy buffering times.

Another option is for a radio station, either land based or online or satellite to have its own dedicated iphone app. Why be one of hundreds or thousands of radio stations on someone else’s app when you can have your own custom Streaming Radio iPhone app with its own icon on your listener’s iPhone screen? Your radio station gets one step closer to your audience, and your listeners have direct icon access to your streaming broadcast! Add advertising to your Radio Station iPhone app for increased revenue and social networking features to build your listener community.

A recent count in the iTunes App Store showed over 40 radio stations of all kinds with their own iPhone apps for streaming their broadcasts. From large organizations like Public Radio to smaller niche online stations like Classical Philippines Radio, streaming broadcasts via iPhone apps.

The cost to develop a streaming radio app is very reasonable if the station already has an MP3 or other compatible stream. A basic streaming radio app can cost as low as $1200.00 with optional upgraded features possible, or the app can be upgraded at a later date. The initial development cost can be offset by adding advertising, sponsorships, selling playlist music through iTunes, and more.

Will iPhone applications turn the radio industry around? Not by themselves, but this new technology should be seriously considered by any radio station that’s seeking to position themselves for the new era of broadcasting.