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“I’ve Downloaded Your Song. Now What Do I Do?”

I was over at a friend’s house, and she tells me, “Hey, I really like that song. I have downloaded it, but now what do I do?” It just doesn’t occur to someone like me who has been in the tech business for years that there are probably a lot of people that don’t know what to do with a track after they have downloaded it to their computer.

When you buy tracks on iTunes, the process of downloading the track and getting it into iTunes is one seamless/painless step. For other tracks that you get off the internet, you have to do one more thing to get them into iTunes. Well, here’s a quick “how to”. I am using one of my recent freebies as an example.

Let’s say you went to my Bandcamp page and downloaded my free track “Etude No. 1”
(here’s a link http://kellycarpentermusic.bandcamp.com/track/etude-no-1):

This is a free track and it’s one way to get people to enroll in my monthly newsletter. Let’s say you’ve entered the email and zipcode and clicked OK. The following email will show up in your inbox.

Clicking the link will take you back to the BandCamp site with a Download link here:

Once you click download, what happens next depends on whether you’re Mac or Windows and what web browser you’re using. I generally use Chrome (both on Mac and Windows), so the file downloaded gets displayed at the bottom of the Chrome window in either case.

This is helpful to see so you know the name of the file that was downloaded. Next step is to start up or switch to iTunes, and from the File menu, select “Add to Library” or use the keyboard shortcut Command+O (on Mac) or Ctrl+O (on Windows). You will get a file picker dialog, like the following on Mac:

Navigate to your Downloads folder. On Mac, it is located under your name.

If you’re on Windows 7, it is located under Favorites:

In either case, click Open and it’s added to iTunes. You can find it easily by just clicking on at Recently Added in the left-hand navigator:

You may wonder why it takes so many steps to download a track from a website. It doesn’t always. But responsible services like Bandcamp use a “double opt in” method to protect your computer from malware threats. You have to confirm via an email that you really do want the track. A little extra work for a lot of piece of mind.

Now, like I said, purchasing a song from iTunes does all of this in one step. But people who offer free tracks don’t put them on iTunes.

Well, there you go. Pretty simple once you know how!


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Music Apps for Facebook Fan Page (part 1)

These days, there are SO many options for putting your music on a Facebook “fan” page, it is hard to know which one is best. And I’ll tell you that I haven’t figured it out yet. So that means I will probably try all of them, or at least quite a few. Here is a current and partial list of ways to fashion a Facebook music page: Reverbnation, RootMusic, CDBaby, BandCamp, FanBridge/DamnTheRadio, OneSheet, SoundCloud and more…

Why do I want a Facebook page for my music? I would like to make it easy for people to listen to my tracks and buy them.

I have been told that RootMusic is way cool since it gives you a lot of formatting options, especially if you go with a paid plan. The only catch is that you have to put your tracks up on SoundCloud. That would be okay if you could easily buy tracks directly from SoundCloud, but you can’t. Instead, you can link a “buy” button to some other commerce service. Now things are starting to get complicated.

One artist has their “buy” button linked to their BandCamp page. Well, if that’s the case, why not just put the BandCamp page on Facebook? So I decided to try that out for starters while I sort out the rest. And for the first time, I actually have a track for sale on BandCamp. It’s an alternate take of a song called “Waiting” with some forest noises that I produced using a wonderful plug-in called Speakerphone. (Now I’m getting geeky, aren’t I?)

Here is a link (click on the picture) to my Bandcamp Facebook page:

And here is the handy Bandcamp widget:

I can put that just about anywhere, along with its Buy and Share links.

And here is the link to my SoundCloud page (again click on the picture) which also includes the song with a buy button which will take you to the Bandcamp page:

And here is that nice picture of a forest that I got off of stock.xchng. The picture is by Jorge Barco who is a designer in the UK. Click on the picture to get to his site.

Hey, and if you found this information useful in your own endeavors, buy a download of my song. It’s only 50 cents, or name your price if you so choose. Cheers!

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Why DIY Is Facing a Darwin Moment… – from Digital Music News

Reblogging this from Digital Music News. Wow! I haven’t heard of most of these, but I feel under internal pressure (constantly) to check them out whenever I hear about them for the first time. Too crazy!! There are more that aren’t mentioned that I’m looking into: RootMusic (recommended by Ariel and CyberPR), DamnTheRadio (acquired by the folks at FanBridge), and some others that I can’t quite remember. No wonder! Read on…

Why DIY Is Facing a Darwin Moment…

If you’re a musician, you have an interesting issue: too many DIY, direct-to-fan options. The space is just totally overloaded with tools, direct-to-fan platforms, and analytics options… it’s like a supermarket with too many aisles! But can this wildly overcrowded, overlapping marketplace last for long?  Or is the DIY sector headed towards a grim, Darwin moment?

Here are just thirty companies competing in this space.  Some are highly differentiated, most are not.  And, we have a feeling we could easily double this tally.


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