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Those of you into music and mp3 probably are familiar
By far the world's largest e-music site, this former internet
music-pioneer, now largely controlled by Universal-Vivendi, has
turned into something pretty close to a virtual image of the 'real
world' music bizz.
It's a thing to hate.
If you ain't got a fast connection, then don't
The ceaseless popping up of ads for anything imaginable (the US
army recruting, just to name one!) will kill you. On cable or
ADSL you can click these away fast enough. Or you can choose to
PAY them away, for $1.99/month ... that's how things are, at mp3.com's
Next there's the ceaseless shouting, pushing, wheeling
and dealing of hundreds, nay thousands, of would-be stars, trying
to get noticed, buying their way up the charts. For mp3.com 'allows'
you to buy 'slots' on often viewed pages. In what they call their
'promo'-auctions ... highest bidder wins ... acts near kill each
other in pursuit of the highest number of plays: they're getting
a lousy $0.005 (half a cent) for each 'qualified play', meanwhile
pointing accusing fingers at suspected gamers ('gangs and schemes'
set up to speed-load as many as possible of your own songs from
as many as different IP-adresses as possible, without any real
listening or playing of course).
Ah well? Record companies have at times been buying back their
own records by the thousands to get some of their acts into the
charts. So what's new ...?
But I found that mp3.com is also place to love.
For one: their streaming technology is top class.
I put up an "artist's page" for the Sound
Chronicles, in order to be able to present a selection of
the pieces in high quality streaming format, which from this here
server simply is not possible.
If you refuse to PAY for their hosting service (which is what
the so called 'Premium Artists' do, $19.99/month) getting started
and putting songs up is a SLOW process, and getting other than
'standard' answers to your questions from technical support may
take several weeks, maybe months; or your question might be ignored
alltogether. But if you can live with that and all goes well...
it's pretty good!
And then there's the possibilty to create CD's with your own artwork,
which you can put up for sale on your page, can be bought on-line
by who ever would want one, at the price you set for it, and which
are manufactured by mp3.com at demand.
If you only sell one, only one will be made.
I recently ordered the Big Block 454's "It's a Nice Hat",
and, yeah, this is a quality product. A great service.
Then, last but not least, there's also the music.
If you ignore those aiming at quick and fast commercial success
(usually meaning: getting signed by a 'real world' major), among
the millions of files stored in mp3.com's databases, there remains
an awful lot that's more than worth being heard.
If you're interested, try Better
More Radio for a selection of more than an hour...
Meet Kendal Zier, a young Canadian, doing his freaky magic mushroom
bedroom psychedelic recordings; the Big Block 454, self-proclaimed
semi-amorphous post-modern / situationist neo-dada musical compositional
construct from Manchester, England; Chris Cutler doing a duet
with a freight train; the French heavy jazzy metal band Tercia,
and many more.
The playlist changes regularly.
Before you can
listen, you have to register with mp3.com, and give them an e-mail
If you don't want to receive their mailings, just give any odd
address, or put some hotmail-type address you create just for
But all of them bangs-bangs of course remain an
Amphibious-site exclusive --> go there, give them try: it's
'You & Me' ! (interactive
flash and mp3).
Thank you, pornolize.com
for our pornofication ... !
Continuing thanks to potatoland's
SHREDDER for shredding us.
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