Musicians who offer select MP3s for free?

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  1. cwright macrumors 6502a

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    I'm writing a paper on file sharing and its effects on album sales, and I'm looking for examples that support the fact that file sharing increases sales.

    I know I've seen articles about musicians who believe this and offer MP3s on their websites for free, in order to get free publicity, but I can't remember any of the band names, and haven't had any luck on Google yet.

    If anyone could give me some bands/musicians to work with, I'd greatly appreciate it!
     
  2. nitynate macrumors 6502a

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    Check out PureVolume

    They have a lot of artists that would support your opinion and have free downloads.
     
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    Amiina are one. You can download all their music off their myspace, although they have only recorded one song so far. In fact, there are thousands of groups on myspace offering this...
     
  5. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Every one of these 81 artists agreed to let Apple make their songs free for a week. Since their other music is sold commercially, they presumably agreed to the giveaway as a way to promote themselves, thinking that the advertising would lead to increased sales overall. I count 333 artists who have done this with the iTunes Store this over the past 3 years.

    Note that the songs were temporarily free, but will subject to the iTunes DRM, whereas a free MP3 on the artist's own site would probably be freely distributable.
     
  6. Macaddicttt macrumors 6502a

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    Harvey Danger released a whole album for free online. Sorry, but that's the only band I can think of right now.
     
  7. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Weird Al has made a couple of his songs free and stuck the music videos for White and Nerdy on Youtube, see this ArsTechnica article for more information.
     
  8. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Labels big and small routinely drop and MP3 or three for just about every "artist" these days. Sometimes it's a simple download link on myspace etc., sometimes it's by way of street team "leaks".
     
  9. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    Alternative Tentacles has tons (and I mean TONS) of free mp3s on their site. They're a record label that promotes a lot of "spoken word" artists (including founder Jello Biafra), but they also have a really good roster of punk and underground rock bands. I discovered one of my favorite bands through the free mp3s on the site... and have purchased all of their albums as a result.
     
  10. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    And that's not even to scratch the surface of the world of bands that allow you to tape shows and trade at will...
     
  11. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    One word


    Dispatch

    Their entire career was launched by P2P



    Damn, that is an annoying flash overkill website....
     
  12. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a

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    check out sonicbids.com, or myspace. I'm on both and give away some mp3s.
     
  13. Phat Elvis macrumors 6502

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    Didn't Wilco release Yankee Foxtrot online for free? Or was that just a streaming audio file?
     
  14. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    Possibly the most high-profile case of a band giving away a whole album was when Billy Corgan decided to give away a whole load of new Smashing Pumpkins material just after they disbanded, rather than let the record company cash-in on it.
     
  15. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Greenhaven have MP3s on their site.
    See sig. for link
     
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    check sig (JjR) for my bands 2 free song downloads. more are to come soon.

    warning; recording done via internal mic of a macbook in a tin shed :p
     
  17. bartelby macrumors Core

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    And it's a fine album too!!
     
  18. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Yeah, MySpace is the place to look. A band called Dopamine on there, they gave away free CDs a Lostprophets gig and said you could download some more stuff on their MySpace... So I did... It's ace!
     
  19. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    If you find musicians who do that, you also have to find them stating that they do it because they believe file sharing (I assume you're meaning the illegal kind) increases sale. Distributing free MP3 samples on a website and illegal filesharing isn't the same, in the same way that giving out free food samples in a grocery store and shop lifting isn't the same.

    I'm not necessarily saying that file sharing doesn't increase sales, just that the existance of bands with free samples doesn't really do anything to support that theory.

    I know at least two mostly-amateur-but-wanna-go-pro bands that have free samples on their web-sites. Diamond and Elias Jung.
     
  20. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    And if you hear a new band and like what a band does, then you're all the more likely to buy some of their stuff in future, or go to a show.

    As long as people don't start to expect all music to cost them nothing (and I can think of several of my friends who haven't paid for music in years and have tens of gigabytes of music they really like) then it's fine. It relies on people having the maturity to remember how much it costs to get music out there at all, paying for the stuff that they really value, and supporting live music. I also have a problem with copying music from bands that aren't on major labels. At that level, most of these people really need to sell their recordings or they never get enough finance to make any more

    There's another site that I post on where people generally give each other the mp3s of music that they already own on vinyl. That's what I'm really interested in these days: mp3 or AAC for portability/backup and vinyl for proper listening at home.
     
  21. Chacala_Nayarit macrumors 6502

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    DJ Madsen on "The God Who Wasn't There" CD soundtrack has all the songs for download at 192Kbps mp3: http://thegodmovie.com/cd.php

    Awesome soundtrack! :)
     

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