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Ronald Mooij

Giving away music for free, may well be a marketing tool, but having it taken away for free without your permission is certainly not, it is plain old theft, and intermediaries that are making your music available for free without your permission make money of it!


it depends what you define as "giving away." the lines get a little blurred in a time when there is so much music streaming going on, although there's no arguing that selling a cd or download is far more profitable than someone streaming your music. my advice is to give away a downloadable track or two for promotional purposes, but not the entire ep or album. i've noticed on spotify that many new releases will let you stream a track or two from a new album, but that's all until X number of weeks have passed and your sales have bottomed out. it's a good policy if your band is already well-known, but with a newer artist i'd probably allow more streaming than that because the immediate goal is to establish their name with the public.


Stupid idea, but if you can spread it everywhere, it might be real communism. For instance, I could come to car dealer and take a car promising I will once come to rally or other type of the show so he can earn some money from selling beer there. Lets distribute movies free, why to fight people that try to record a movie in the cinema. We could also get some electricity free. Or better, lets make a trend to come to the restaurant to eat for free, we could tell so many friends that your pub serves great meals, could not not we? Great. I really don't understand the way of today's thinking. Everything for free. Stop it people, or we'll cry a lot within few years.
Music is an art (or I hope it is yet) and should stay that way. You can feel true emotions of the real musician, share them with him, be amazed of his way of thinking etc. This cannot happen with any of those "pop" or other TV stars cooked overnight somewhere in marketing department. Those pop (hip-hop or other) stars are just products making money. The way you suggest is the last steps to kill any pure emotions in the music. It would become pure business, because and of course, there are many "musicians" that better sell themselves then play any instrument or that are kind of "exceptional". So stop this way of thinking. This is damned direction...

Gary Shiebler

I would never expect an artist to give me a painting for free....


I belonged to a website called MyFamily that allowed a free limited version, and a more extensive version with more storage for a fee. They are going out of business and shutting their website down. Why? Because the vast majority of subscribers never moved over to the paying group! They had lots of "fans", but not enough paying fans. When they tried to introduce a few ads to generate some revenue, customers rebelled. Why? When people get stuff for free, why would they pay for it? Streaming services are great, but they need to become or remain paying services at some early point after the recommended sample taste. People do not value what they don't pay for. After years of this "publicity" becoming the norm in the music business, we are to the point where many people believe that offering music for free is just fine and can lead to actual money(like this blog). They have become conditioned to believing music should be free, and getting to the payment part is a distant destination for artists. I'm pretty sure that the music industry executives are not working for free! Artists have always been taken advantage of by the business side, and this is nothing new. But what is new is the scale and speed at which this can be done in the electronic world.

A Facebook User

This is a tired, Freehadist Mind Set, that has been around for over a decade. The proliferation of "legitimate" free music, mostly sub-standard material, has cast a dark shadow over working musicians, half of which we've lost over the past ten years.

This isn't new thinking, the revolution's over, actually it never was a revolution. It was a con.

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