Google’s new streaming service may be a mouthful to say — “Google Play Music All Access” — but it’s making music discovery, streaming, storage, and sharing extremely simple for Android users.
If you’re a CD Baby artists who’s already selling your music on Google Play Music — and IF you’ve set your distribution level to “Download and Streaming Sites” — we’ll make sure your music is also available for streaming through their All Access service.
If your distribution level is set at “Download Services,” your music will ONLY be available for purchase through Google Play Music, but NOT available for streaming through Google Play Music All Access. To check your distribution level settings, click HERE.
How does Google Play Music All Access work?
“All Access” is essentially a premium add-on to Google Play Music’s free standard offering. Read more »
Without naming names, I’d like to tell you a story about something that unfolded yesterday on Facebook.
A certain band got a somewhat unfavorable review from a local publication. The band members’ feelings, understandably, were hurt; they’d worked hard writing, rehearsing, recording, and mixing an album they were proud of — and they expected the whole world to love it too. One music critic, however, didn’t love it. And it was his job to say so in print.
While we’ve argued in the past that posting a link to a negative review on social media can be a good way for bands to blow off steam (and let your FANS do the trash-talking), this band went and did something we would never recommend; they did the trash-talking themselves, insulting the ears, taste, and discernment of that critic, and concluding with an F-bomb aimed at the publication.
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Summer’s coming, and whether you’re hitting the road for a tour, planning some hometown shows, or just playing your friend’s BBQ, you’re bound to be surrounded by potential fans.
Want to make sure everyone goes home with your music? Swap out the hand-stamp at the entrance with a stack of CD Baby download wristbands, and everyone will head home wearing a code (along with your full-color album art and info) that gives them a free download of your latest album or single.
Through the end of June, you can pick up these unique promo items at a 50% discount and start slappin’ ‘em on every wrist you see. Just use promo code WRISTBAND at checkout and you’ll get half off your purchase (through June 30th).
Ready to enter the promotional apparel market? Click here to use download wristbands at your next concert.
Earlier today, Apple announced that it will be launching a streaming radio service called iTunes Radio as part of their new iOS7 — coming this fall.
iTunes Radio will employ iTunes’ existing “Genius” feature (which analyzes your listening habits and the tracks in your music library to offer custom recommendations) — but it will take the “Genius” technology to the next level, accessing iTunes’ entire catalog of over 26 million tracks.
iTunes Radio will behave similarly to Pandora, allowing you to create customized stations, then serving up tracks it thinks you’ll enjoy. Like Pandora, iTunes Radio will ask you for feedback (in the form of a thumbs up or down), and provide a link to a music store (umm… iTunes!) to purchase a download. It will also allow you to skip songs.
The service will be free for folk in the US (with ads), though subscribers to iTunes Match will be able to hear iTunes Radio without advertisements.
Lastly, if you’re a CD Baby artist currently on selling iTunes, you can trust that CD Baby is doing everything possible to make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity. (More details as we get them).
What do you think? Will iTunes Radio be a “Pandora-killer?” Will you use it? How will this change the way artists promote their music? Let us know in the comments section below.
Paul Resnikoff from Digital Music News summarizes those expectations in his article “The 7 Attributes of Younger Music Fans.”
Check out Paul’s article for the full details — but if you want bullet-points, here they are…
Millennial music fans:
1. probably won’t “buy” your music — because they think music should be free. But if they DO buy your music, it’s a gesture of extreme support and gratitude.
2. crave “intimate glimpses into the mundane daily activities of their favorite celebrities,” according to MTV’s Allison Hillhouse.
3. want to feel involved in the creation, branding, and taste-making process.
4. need frequent interaction on a number of social platforms.
5. prefer “zero distance” between artist and fan. They want constant access — and intimate details.
When you’ve played a great show and created lots of memorable moments on stage, your fans are going to want to take a piece of that concert experience home with them.
Selling merch is not only a great source of income for independent musicians, but also one of the best ways to make a more personal connection with your fans.
CD Baby partners with Audiolife to offer an affordable merch solution for independent artists
CD Baby is excited to announce our new partnership with Audiolife, a company that makes custom apparel and promo items for bands.
CD Baby members can now work with Audiolife’s expert reps to create a line of products to sell at shows, for promotion, and online.
Audiolife has worked with thousands of artists, including folks like Paul McCartney, The Lumineers, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Amanda Palmer, the Beastie Boys, and many more! They guarantee quick turnaround and high-quality print on all their items.
“All things must pass / All things must pass away,” George Harrison once sang. And while that may be true for all of us in a final, existential sense, not every band’s days need to be so shortly numbered. Some band breakups CAN be avoided — though if you’re like me, you’ll probably learn a few of these lessons the hard way.
Here are 7 tips to help you keep your band together
1. Sign a band agreement —
What is each member’s role? How do you split profits and ownership of publishing rights, trademarks, etc? What are your goals and expectations? What happens if someone leaves the band? How do you dismiss someone from the band?
Get all of this stuff out of the way up-front so you can move forward within a framework Read more »