you will find a comprehesive
list of MP3 hosting, streaming,
and e-commerce music sites.
They all accept original
music by both underground
& mainstream artists,
and vary from the mega-corporate
to garage operations.
All are worthy of checking
with anything, before
you sign up with any of
these sites: ALWAYS, READ
THE AGREEMENT!!! Most
sites are straight up
& fair-minded but,
there are those few that
will try to pull some
shade. Now get to work
& enjoy. If
you find or operate a
site that you think should
be contained on this list,
THE RECORD INDUSTRY.
Of course we have to list ourselves,
why not? We accept e-mailed submissions
(NO FILE ATTATCHMENTS PLEASE).
If you inform us where we can
hear your music, we will gladly
check it out. Unfortunately, we
cannot accept everyone, so if
we dig it, we will feature you,
no strings attached. Our focus
is quality over quantity. To
submit your original music contact
us. Good luck and thanks.
MP3.com.au is based in Australia
and has a thriving artist community
(via forums, reviews, etc.) along
with a body of decent music. Free
music hosting & distro, stats,
charts. Although they are Aussie-based,
the site is open to all that make
music. Highly recommended. Not
affiliated with MP3.com
that your rccord label made a
million dollar video for your
new single and MTV won't play
it ... you can stream it lo-res
on You Tube. What? You don't have
a big buget video? You only have
some cheap computer effects, a
guitar and a webcam??? No problem,
you can upload that with a shot
at getting just as much attention.
Whoo hoo. The playing field is
SoundClick is billing
itself as the alternative to those
displaced by MP3.com. The site
does garner some pretty good traffic
numbers. Offers a free service
that includes: free artist page,
music hosting & distro, private
band message board, gig calendar
& charts. Free & Premium
payments between retailers and
rights holders, and provides up
to date reports and detailed statements.
Easily track sales and downloads
Allows indies to post and make
their music available to the vast
network of podcasters.
Open to original artists, offers
pages, forums, charts and pays
the artist per download. Also
offers outlet for CD sales.
(The Ultimate Bandlist) is part
of the ArtistDirect Network and
is one of the grandaddys on the
web. The site has been recently
retooled and caters to independent
music even more than it had in
the past. A very worthwhile site
to check out.
long last, we've run across a
social networking site that may
very well dethrone the MySpace
fiasco. Virb offers everything
that you have come to expect from
a artist & fan friendly site,
and does so on it's own merit.
It's clean, intuitive and lite
on SPAM and wanna-be pron stars.
is a very innovative approach
and welcome alternative e-commerce
solution. That flys in the face
of the iTunes giant. At it's base,
it is a music site geared towards
the indepedent musician - but
it is so much more than that.
Our advice? Check it out.
Last.FM is one of standouts in
the next generation of social
networking sites based music playlists.
The service is really picking
up steam and allows indies to
sign up for inclusion in their
music database. Last.fm allows
for streaming, playlists, downloads
and purchase links. Very well
thought out and most definitely
worth a look.
Founded by The
Music Genome Project, Pandora
is a FANTASTIC music discovery
service geared toward the listener.
On the flipside, Pandora allows
artists to send in their original
music for inclusion in the Pandora
database. Very solid and certainly
A very promising community based
on music playlists and social
On of the grand
daddy digital music sites. Originally
formed by disenchanted music heavyweights.
The site and music community surrounding
it our top notch. One of the must
have sites on your list..
The latest take
on social networking. Second Life
is a 3D avatar based world that
has a ever growing community.
You can set up clubs that allow
you to stream dj sets, put on
live shows, etc. If you are old
enough to remember the inital
promise of VRML or the good ol'
days of AlphaWorld ... it looks
like it's time may have finally
come. SecondLife is subscription
based and requires you to rent
parcels of land in order to set
up shop to perform. Note: Labels
are taking notice.
all those living in a box for
the last couple of years ... MySpace
enables you to post your tracks
to stream and/or download , you
can set up networks, post bulletins,
send e-vites, post show dates
and more. Think the old MP3.com
meets Friendster, massive forum
boards and AOL (circa 1996). Very
active and a massive user base.
On the down side: MySpace now
seems to cater to the big acts
that are already omnipresent and
the music landscape is extremely
crowded, while it's membership
continues to bust at the seams.
Bottom line: it is increasingly
becoming more difficult to get
noticed. Regardless of the downside,
MySpace has become the standard
... for now, at least.
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/ Funk / Hip Hop
maestros of DIY guerlla
warfare pull from the
history of funk/soul
& sit next in line
of the family lineage
that began with Louis
Jordon to P-Funk, Al
Green, Prince, Digital
Underground, PE to today's
DIY mavericks have toured
Warped Tour in 2003
& 2004, Expect big
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