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Napster, iRadio, Satellite Radio - Great For Indie Artists

Napster_To_GoThe explosion of portable music subscription offerings is good news for home recording studio musicians and indie labels.Napster To Go, XM and Sirius satellite radio, iRadio, and MusicGremlin are all included.

An iPod owner buys music he or she already knows. A music subscriber pays for a "celestial jukebox" encompassing all existing music, removing the cost of experimentation. On-demand genre and mood-based playlists are not bound by radio rotation requirements, and are able to dig deeper into less mainstream music. Listeners get the benefit of discovering new artists they like.

Motorola iRadioI was blown away by six new bands I had never heard of within the first few weeks of using Rhapsody (an online music subscription service) as a RealNetworks employee.

With the launch of portable music subscription services, such as iRadio, Napster To Go, and MusicGremlin, and satellite radio, many more consumers will discover new music in the same way.

That's great for independent music; crank up your home recording stuio and record away!


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Mike,

Rhapsody is probably the greatest tool for discovering new bands. I've been hooked on it for almost two years now.

I know a girl (http://www.jenwoodhouse.com) who just released an album on her own and she's about to get her songs featured on Rhapsody.

Speaking of which, how would one go about featuring their music on Rhapsody?

Best,
Marc

Thanks, Marc. I completely agree. I've tried many of the online music subscription services (MusicNow, MusicMatch, Launch), and Rhapsody was by far the best. I'm not using it now, but might have to reconsider (though the Apple Shuffle has been wooing me lately).

Rhapsody doesn't seem to solicit independent work (popular content is what generates subscriptions, after all), but perhaps there's a channel through which she found an inroad? If you talk to Jen, please ask her what she did, and keep us posted..! I just emailed Rhapsody asking them about independent submissions.

I do know that independent artists can submit their music to the Apple iTunes store:

https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZLabel.woa/wa/apply

Let's see what we can find out.

-Mike

Mike,

Launchcast is a pretty cool application for indie bands also. They have a radio station devoted to strictly indie bands, but also you can select your favorite bands and they will play other bands that you may not have heard of based on your music tastes.

Steven,
Yahoo Launch is a great service! I've used it before, but had not been aware of the Indie station -- thanks for the tip!

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