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"And Bandcamp is not alone in realizing that the committed fans want more than single tracks. Topspin Meida"

^^Typoo.

Tony

Yeah, as a user of bandcamp I can attest to its awesomeness for artists. I just started using, and I'm still in the process of uploading all the audio, but their embeddable player is great, doesn't have the same level of branding of other companies and they have a plethora of audio options for downloads.

Last but not least, you can check out your play stats, and then use them to play a game of "defender" based off the arcade classic ;)

http://stem.bandcamp.com/album/vs-them

and you can check out the way the player embeds here

http://stemsounds.com/2009/04/05/bills-bar-show-live-recording/

Tony

Yannick, the GeneralEclectic

Indeed, these days it is harder to find the real gems amongst the new music that has come out, because most music doesn't get a lot of exposure. But the real gems eventually will stick out amongst the rubbish, it only takes longer - too long in fact to make the year-end best-of lists of the critics and blog critics.
A great album is still a great album, even if it's two years old. But most listeners, who unlike me, refuse to be their own A&R people, are not accustomed to the fact yet that in the current climate, great albums can go under the radar for as long as least a year or two. So the singles that the majors release basically do benefit from them being quicker to build up momentum for a single with their big budgets, which enables them to present something as "the latest" (even if it was recorded 3 years ago), whereas for indie artists, it takes time to build up momentum and gain exposure, so that when they finally score a hit single, they might already have worked the album for 3 years, beginning with its digital-only release, then regional club gigs, then placement of songs in films and advertising, then a CD self-release, and if that does well, a video and a national tour to follow.

So the "single release complex" is still working, but the major labels have outsourced the distribution chain to the consumer. That's a cost cutting measure that makes perfect business sense, but I as a customer would like to have the physical single back because of sound quality. And the singles market surely has benefitted from the fact that customers don't need to buy 2 good songs for the price of 10 anymore.

Clearly, it looks like the labels have tried making this cost-cutting measure work for albums as well, but the CD is not dead yet and won't die because it has benefits over digital albums (which not only to this listener are an inferior product) and customers know that.
So I'm somewhat partial to industry people proclaiming the "death of the CD release complex" because they might have an agenda that goes at the cost of the customer who is then offered inferior product, like downloads at a bitrate of 128k, DRM or DangerMouse's blank CDs.

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