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November 15th, 2003


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02:05 pm - As long as I'm making altogether too many posts to my journal...
This is making me angry for some reason.

I'll summarize, so you don't need to click the link. CNET.com has acquired part of MP3.com. MP3.com's artist information will not transfer, meaning that as of December 2, 2003, I'll be the only one doing online distribution of my music. This is both blessing and misfortune to me.

MP3.com hasn't really done anything appreciable for me in the last two years. They were fantastic when they started, but as the company got bigger, they started trying to offer too many services. Eventually they were bought out by Vivendi Universal who started cutting the services the company was offering. Unfortunately, they cut mostly the wong things. Those of us not signed to a major label lost a lot of promotional avenues. Britney Spears, David Bowie, Alanis Morisette, and other artists you've heard of received expensive online promotion which they didn't need, and which their fans mostly ignored. Those artists whose sole distribution was through MP3.com were costing the company very little, and (until Vivendi Universal came along) pulling in a fair amount of revenue. If MP3.com had been floating in dangerously shallow waters, Vivendi Universal ran the company straight into the ground.

Being forcibly freed from MP3.com finally puts me into a position where I need to do my own promotion. I should've been doing this all along, but I can't stand advertising. I don't get a choice now, and that's probably for the best. Once I cash my next royalty check, I'm done with them.
Current Mood: gloomygloomy
Current Music: The Laziest Men on Mars -- The Terrible Secret of Space

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From:ribsinbacon
Date:November 15th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Thats what Sacred Potato is for.


Also there are many clone websites that offer the same thing as mp3.com look into them. (heck I know cafepress.com does CD stuffs now)
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From:sacredspud
Date:November 15th, 2003 01:04 pm (UTC)
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I've looked into some of these, and some of them looked good. I'm still not sure about CafePress... They'll do what I need them to do, but it'll be more expensive than I could have it done myself.
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From:agaysexicon
Date:November 15th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Hmm... I don't have any specific ideas for promotions, but thanks to the Reagan administration, I do have ideas on how to FUND promotions, if you're interested.
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From:sacredspud
Date:November 15th, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Actually I've been talking to Kenneth Lay about how to acquire funds, but thanks for offering.
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From:fuzzyinthehead
Date:November 15th, 2003 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Could you send me a copy of that song? It kicks, correction shoves, some major ass.
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From:agaysexicon
Date:November 15th, 2003 07:43 pm (UTC)
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No, it pushes ass. I thought you knew that.
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From:sacredspud
Date:November 15th, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I just discovered The Terrible Secret of Space this morning, and it's one of the most entertaining things I've ever heard. Unfortunately, I can't send anybody anything (just as Ribs about Robot Fucker).

Fortunately though, it's available on MP3.com. There's also an incredibly amusing Flash cartoon, which you oughta check out if you've not seen it.
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