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.

©2009 Ken Cavalier All Rights Reserved Worldwide

Is it Possible to Download Music Legally Anymore?

Throughout the past few years downloading music on the internet
has increased in popularity. At the same time though, it has
become illegal through many companies to download music as
musicians and artists have been losing money on their CD sales.
With many people being sued in the past couple years for
downloading music, is it really possible to download music
legally anymore? If so, at what price will it cost you to
download music?

As music sites such as Napster and Kazaa and many more have
attempted to create sites to download music for free, they have
just increased the problem that much more. Some of the users of
these programs have learned the hard way that music does not
come free, as they were sued for illegally downloading music.

Today there are many sites in which you can download music at
where they claim it is 100% legal. The latest music file
formats used are Windows® Media (WMA), Advanced Acoustic Coding
(AAC) and Atrac 3, and are very popular as it increases the
sound quality making it closer to an actual CD bought in stores.

Another great advantage is that many sites such as
SonicSelector Service on MSN allow you to preview the music
before buying it. Many sites today also offer a three-day trial
of their music downloading site, and then after that you will
have to begin paying a monthly fee. So it is possible to
download music legally online, but at what cost? offers unlimited music for a price of $9.95 per
month and then you also have to install the software from their
site. The downloaded music is non-burnable and once your
subscription runs out you no longer have access to any of your
songs. Rhapsody at also charges $9.95 per month for
non-burnable music, but instead of downloading the music you
download a music player that gives you access to the songs.

Now you can download music and you know the basic price per
month for non-burnable songs. However, most people download
music so that they can burn their favorite CD with a variety of
songs. Transferring these songs onto a CD or a personal MP3
player will cost you even more. Many sites offer packages for
songs capable of burning as oppose to a set price per song.

For example, Pressplay offers 5 burnable songs for $5.95, 10
burnable songs for $9.95, 20 burnable songs for $18.95, and then
on top of those prices you are still required to pay the monthly
fee to use the program. MusicNet offers a package for $17.95 a
month that comes with unlimited downloading music and 10
burnable songs.

There are other sites such as that is priced at
99 cents to download a song and there is no monthly fee, but you
must own a Mac in order to do this. Sites such as,, and all offer free music to
download and burn. The catch is that these sites offer a
majority of unknown artists and songs.

With the exception of the last few sites I have mentioned, you
will find a relatively large selection of music to choose from
in all of these sites. Not one of the sites offers less than
300,000 songs to choose from with all of the biggest names in
the music industry such as Eminem, Britney Spears, and even
oldies such as Elvis, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra.

There are websites out there that are 100% legal for you to
download music at. The question now is how much money are you
willing to pay to download all of the hottest songs today, and
are you willing to pay extra to put those songs onto a CD?

Free PSP Music Downloads – How to Avoid The 3 Critical Errors Many Make

Are you enjoying your PSP?

Well, the great thing is that there are a heap of other great uses for your new hand-held game system – including you can get music and movie downloads for your PSP, online. As exciting as this is, there are some risks!! Here are 3 common worries that PSP owners can run into when downloading music for their PSP.

* Is the site offering music for you to download to your PSP, a reputable one? If you have to pay for the music you want to download to your PSP, do THEY actually pay for the music rights YOU then buy off them? You definitely do not want to end up downloading music you have no legal rights to! So this is an important consideration. Also, if you get a membership, will the site actually be there the next time try to login?

* Are the PSP music downloads of good quality? Quality means that the music plays well and is bug and virus free. Problems with quality can be an even bigger concern on sites offering free music! Unfortunately, there are only a few places online to gain quality PSP music downloads.

* It can take a huge amount of time to find music downloads suitable for PSP – especially free music. It can be faster and safer to join a membership site. One advantage to joining a reputable membership site is that you can gain access to a larger library of music, (and also videos, and movies – which are basically free if you join for the music!)… and they offer higher quality music downloads for PSP.

These all mean that with any PSP music download site, you want to take a look to ensure that you will receive all you are bargaining for. Perform due diligence!

The good news is

These list of problems may sound like an ad for the Sony store!! But, the good news is that there are reputable sites that offer better deals than you can get from Sony. The trick is to find out which ones you can trust – then all these problems can go away.