Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Why a CD is still a good idea, part of Selling Music: MP3s, Streams, and CDs.
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…Everybody knows that the CD has died, replaced by a digital…world where files and streams are the main methods of music discovery.…The only problem with that statement is that the CD is not yet deceased by…a long shot and still a real tool in the belt of artisan bands everywhere.…Last year, there were nearly 200 million units…sold in the United States alone, that were counted.…And CD sales account for about half of the global recorded music income.…Let me give you four reasons as proof as to why the CD still matters.…You need a CD to get reviewed.…
Here's a major issue that most digital proponents forget.…If you don't have a CD, you can't get reviewed.…Reviewers just don't take digital only…releases seriously, especially for newer artists.…And unless, a writer has a bright and shiny…disk in his hands, the release just doesn't count.…No disk, no review.…Believe it or not, this also applies to bloggers who review…music, even though they apply their trade in the virtual world.…A CD makes you viable.…Downloads and streams are great, but at least for the forseeable future,…
Next he moves into the digital realm, giving an overview of the digital music services and players available. Bobby shows how giving away some of your music can actually lead to more sales, and how to set the price point for your music. He discusses the importance of metadata and registering your songs with performance rights organizations to ensure you get paid when your music is played on the radio, TV, or the Internet. Finally, Bobby wraps up by explaining how to submit your music to the largest online services, including Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes.