Music Think Tank

Half A Million Downloads & 500,000 Dilemmas

RingtoneEarlier, Musician Wages posted about how he was building a career as a songwriter. On Music Think Tank, he talks about his experiences as he continues on his songwriting journey and what happened when he created a side project that took off. Read the post on MTT to see what happened and after reading, think about what you would do in a similar situation.

“This is essentially a story about a side project that took off.  And it’s about the state of the music industry today.  And it’s about fart jokes.  Well, not fart jokes, but whatever the musical equivalent of fart jokes is. Which is: Ringtones.”

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  1. Looks like the websites where the songwriter put up his ringtones for free do not provide an exit scenario for “free”. Their goal is not to earn money for the songwriter but for themselves by using the songwriter’s free work as a bait for visitors. Having your downloads distributed there sounds like paying the rent for a way overpriced apartment. And since no songwriter (and maybe not even the download site) really knows the price he could sensibly pay to the download site for their services, it’s near impossible to estimate which of the competing websites / schemes brings in the highest sustainable revenue for the songwriter without trying out different options first, at the risk of saturating your own market with free product. The technical providers win again, like the shovel makers in the day of the gold rush.

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