Downloadable Music From Indie Artists – Should You Allow Free Downloads of Your Music?

As an independent artist trying to gain exposure for your project, create some awareness and enthusiasm for your band, but also trying to make a living with your music at the same time you may wonder — Is it is a good idea to provide a free download of one of your songs online for fans and/or potential fans?

There are a couple different patterns of thought on this throughout the music industry. To some it still remains a controversial issue, others may tell you it is a no-brainer. Here is a brief summary of the pros and cons to allowing at least one of your songs from a full length or EP-CD, or a single to be downloaded online for free.

Pros to Allowing a Free Download:

* You are giving your current fan base a way to interact and spread the word about your music
* You are offering a gift of appreciation to your current fans
* You are providing an enticement for current fans and potential fans to purchase the entire album once they have had a taste of your single
* It can be a great promotional tool. You can get setup with promotional postcards to give away at shows which have a promotional code. The fan is directed to a website where they punch in the code and get their free download. This way they really feel like they are getting something of value for free.

Sure, you can always offer fully streaming music which allows fans to listen to entire songs without downloading it to their hard-drive or iPod, which will entice them but by giving them a free download you are actually offering them more of a token of appreciation and you are opening a lot of doors with new fans. Whether you know it or not, no matter how encrypted or non-downloadable you think a track may be, it does not take someone who is very tech-savvy to be able to clip it anyway.

Cons to Allowing a Free Download:

* You are losing revenue for each free download
* You are losing potential revenue for each person the original person who downloaded your song shares the file with.
* That’s about the only con —-

So you have to weigh the two to figure out if it makes sense to offer a free song download. Obviously it does not make sense to offer an entire record for free download. Kind of defeats the purpose of trying to sell records, or does it?

I believe the greater majority of music industry labels, managers, and publicists, will tell you that it probably can’t hurt to offer a free download once in a while. You may want to offer it on a limited basis in the course of initial promotion so that you do not lose revenue on a consistent basis. The choice is ultimately yours of course – but again – once in a while should not hurt sales and could potentially increase them in the long run.

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Everyone Is Downloading Music

Making music downloads legal seems to be the perfect solution to stopping music piracy, which really encompasses downloading music for than anything else. Many people like to download music because it is easy and the quality is of decent quality but most people are concerned about doing it illegally. Here are some reasons why downloading music makes sense. 1. You are able to listen to music for free before purchasing the entire CD. 2. You can are able to listen to new artists.

Just a couple of years ago people were able to download, share and upload music on the original Napster site for free, this was the controversy to the record companies and artists if this was legal. The big popularity of music downloads started with Napster which was initial company which allowed you to download software to share, upload or download music without paying for it. This was revolutionary and showed the power of the internet.

Since Napster has been closed down and not allowed to give out free music and other similar websites have been closed most have been re-invented to provide legal music downloads. When illegal downloading started artists and companies were outraged about this, and they were especially angry with Napster, Napster allowed multiple number of people to connect to each others computer and download and share music without paying for it.

Many companies were worried about the loss of profits from music fans downloading the music instead of going to stores and purchasing the entire CD, so many bands, record companies have tried to enact laws about people downloading from free music sites. When downloading music and you see that you can download music and it has the same quality as buying the CD and easier it makes sense to most people to sit in front of their computer and download the music.

Well, free downloads brought down Napster and they’re illegal – why even risk it. There are sites that offer free music downloads you just need to find them. Napster now offers music at a price. There are many other sites that offer the same deals. You can download many different types of music from ITunes. The cost of this is fairly inexpensive and you do not need to join a club. You can also download videos to view on your video ipod.

When downloading be careful of viruses and or spyware, these programs are usually embedding in the file itself and when you open it or unzip the file your system becomes infected. Look on the internet for reputable music download sites. Another point to remember is that these download site can now record your IP Address. By doing this that can find out what provider is using the range of IPs and once found they can get the records and find out which IP address is assigned to whom. If caught you might have to pay a fine or you could be sent to prison. Think twice before downloading illegally.

Free Classical Music

Classical music is not as popular as light music so its demand is perhaps not as high as its supply. There are many classical music enthusiasts, composers and producers who offer free downloads of classical music from their websites. So there are many kinds of free classical music downloads available on net. You can download classical pieces of music produced by great artists like Pachelbel, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, and Bach. The music may have been performed on a variety of musical instruments like piano, harp, flute and violin. You can also discover a number of original music composers of classical instrumental pieces, like the Brobdignagian Bards, Ryan Farrish, Bassic, Paul Spaeth, and a variety of classical music groups.

The first step in getting free classical music is to first identify which genre of classical music and which composer’s music you wish to download. It is better to prepare a list of your favorite music pieces instead of making random selections, which you may not like later on and which may have to be deleted.

Having prepared the list of the pieces of your choice, it is when you start searching the Internet to download them that you find that what you really like may not be easily available on the Net.

If you are lucky enough to find some pieces available for free downloads, their sound quality may not be up to the mark. Some of these files may be plagiarized and or may even carry viruses. These can damage the smooth functioning of your computer. The free offers are often irresistible, but the fact is that nothing really comes free. Your free classical music downloads might come with nasty advertisements and pop-ups or other forcible downloads.

In view of the above facts it is advisable to carefully read the description of the piece of music before you download it. Besides, there are certain technical points that should be borne in mind in connection with the music download. You should preferably have the Windows Media Player of Version 7 or higher to play the music that you may have downloaded. You may also have to be bound by a license agreement before you are allowed to download.