Posts Tagged ‘iTunes’

Do you really listen to full albums?

May 20, 2013

poodle DJ with headphones and 4 turntables

I used to love listening to complete albums – a set of songs meant to be listened to together and in a specific order. I hadn’t thought about that for a while until I saw this NPR blog post which asks,

When was the last time you really listened to an album all the way through, from start to finish without interruption?

And my answer, I’m ashamed to say, is a long, long time ago. Not only would I listen to an album all the way through way back then, but I would listen again and again, not only to those that I fell in love with at first listen, but also to those that didn’t grab me right away. And many of those non-grabbers grew on me with multiple listenings.

Now, I listen to single songs, jumping from iTunes to YouTube, in between answering emails and doing a million other non-musical things. If I can give my full attention for an extended period of time to a movie or a concert, why not an album?

What about you? Do you ever listen to a full album, start to finish?

See the full NPR post:

Major label artist makes 8 cents for every iTunes download

November 9, 2011

…according to federal court documents filed by attorneys for Chuck D.

Found on Digital Music News. Read the full article and see a similar chart for ringtones here.

How much do musicians make online?

October 28, 2011

How much money do musicians really get paid in this new digital marketplace? Is it enough to live on? How many CDs would you have to sell to earn a living? How many iTunes downloads would you have to sell every month? How about albums or downloads on CD Baby, how about Spotify?

Someone has taken the time and the considerable effort to research this and present it in a stiking visual way. In addition they are making available all the numbers in a spreadsheet arrangement here. To see a sharper (readable) graphic image, click here for the original post.

Note: these figures do not include publishing royalties (paid to composers of songs). The full spreadsheet of data does though. You can see all the numbers and sources here:

The day Steve Jobs dissed Derek Sivers

November 12, 2010
Steve Jobs announces iTunes in 2003

Steve Jobs announces iTunes in 2003

I have to share this amazing story. In his recent post, Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, recounts how 2003 was a huge turning point for independent artists.

Read it here.


In May 2003, Apple invited me to their headquarters to discuss getting CD Baby’s catalog into the iTunes Music Store.

iTunes had just launched two weeks before, with only some music from the major labels. Many of us in the music biz were not sure this idea was going to work.
Especially those who had seen companies like eMusic do this exact same model for years without big success.

I flew to Cupertino thinking I’d be meeting with one of their marketing or tech people. When I arrived, I found out that about a hundred people from small record labels and distributors had also been invited.

We all went into a little presentation room, not knowing what to expect.

Then out comes Steve Jobs. Whoa! Wow.

He was in full persuasive presentation mode. Trying to convince all of us to give Apple our entire catalog of music. Talking about iTunes success so far, and all the reasons we should work with them.

He really made a point of saying, “We want the iTunes Music Store to have every piece of music ever recorded. Even if it’s discontinued or not selling much, we want it all.”

This was huge to me, because until 2003, independent musicians were always denied access to the big outlets. For Apple to sell all music, not just artists who had signed their rights away to a corporation, this was amazing!

Read the rest here.

Spending too much time entering data online

August 28, 2009

Derek Sivers latest blog post is like a dream come true. Well, it hasn’t come to fruition yet, but he lays out a plan for a more efficient, effective paradigm for musicians’ online presence. Let’s hope his old company, Host Baby, follows through with his plan.

His main contention is that indie musicians should not have to enter the same data over and over again into multiple web sites (their own site, MySpace, Facebook, etc). For one thing, it’s way too time intensive. I’m talking about uploading photos and mp3 files, entering upcoming venues and dates, etc.

Instead, he asserts that we should enter the data once in our own .com homepage website. Ultimately we have no control over MySpace and the others; including whether or not they even stay in business.

The exciting part of his vision is that the company that hosts your band’s web site should take care of copying all your updates from your web site to the various other online places you want to be (MySpace, Facebook, iTunes, etc.) The next step would be to make it so that any site (with your permission) can automatically pull the information.

Read more here.

Sell 1,000 singles a week on iTunes

September 11, 2008

It sounds like hype, but it’s not mine. I ran across this headline in Disk Maker’s current newsletter.

Read it for yourself and let me know if you think it’s for real or just an attention getting headline with no substance behind it. I tend to believe the facts as presented, but what I’m wondering is whether it can be done again by another band.

Written by my new guru, Ariel Hyatt.