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mp3com-helgekrabyethe Musician's Report 2001-2003

In 1999, I started to promote my music on the web. MP3.com was the first, natural place to register on, but I didn't understand that until late 2000. (The image shows my artist page at MP3.com in 2003 - click to enlarge.) MP3.com was the fastest growing music site on the web, with several hundred thousands artists who shared their music and discussed in the forums. At it's most popular, MP3.com delivered over 4 million mp3 formatted audio files to more than 800,000 users each day, and they had 25 million registered users. Listeners and artists were socializing big time. This was many years before the new and popular communities like MySpace, YouTube and Facebook were developed. MP3.com was simply awesome and way ahead of it's time!

As MP3.com offered new features like Pay for Playback, Back the Band, Payola and Auctions for music chart placements, all this developed into a not so healthy culture. Users cheated with arranging massive plays in company building during the night in order to climb the charts faster. Official e-mails with warning were sent out to countless artists. I received one e-mail myself, because I had played my own tracks to increase my plays (shame on me! ;o) MP3.com took big risks and introduced a system were the users could listen to their own CDs on the web - without having to upload the music themselves. If another user had uploaded "Let it Bleed" by the Rolling Stones, and you owned that CD too, MP3.com thought that you should be able to listen to that CD by logging in to your MP3.com account. The Record Companies thought differently. MP3.com lost in court and eventually got bankrupt. Vivendi bought the company, but only two years later, MP3.com was history. The MP3.com that exists today, is only a pale shadow of what it once was. To learn more about MP3.com, Wikipedia has the whole story.

On the following pages, I am sharing the Musician's Report which I wrote between 2000 and 2003 when I was a very active MP3.com artist myself. Some of you may remember this report, since it became quite popular. In 2001, I even composed an electronic track named "Payback for Playback" which describes how the crazy bidding on the auctions for chart positions felt like. Listen:

"Payback for Playback" listen hifi lofi download mp3

There are still tips and experiences from the participating artists that are valuable today, but most of the Musician's Report has cultural and fun value :)

I have many times considered writing a new report about being an independent artist on the web, but I decided (March 2009) that I will not do it. If any conclusion can be made from my previous report (and my experience from being an independent artist on the web between 2001 and now), it must be this: Concentrate on doing what you can best, which is composing and recording great music. Promotion is necessary, and you need to know your audience and make them aware of your music, but spend as much time as you can with your instruments, not in front of your computer trying to become a professional salesman!

OK, below is the Musician's Report from 2001-2003.

- Helge Krabye (March 1, 2009)

violinhow to be successful on Internet as a musician

That's the question many unsigned (and some signed) artists ask themselves these days. From April through August this year I have studied the activities of several musicians on MP3.com, to see what they have done to be successful. I have also registered my own music on several other music sites to compare and learn more. I have spent (too much) money on auctions at MP3.com. I have also spent a lot of quality time communicating with other artists on the web. More than 200 musicians took the special survey which I set up in May, and many have also shared their thoughts about their own success or failures. I have also asked a few key questions to some of the more established and popular artists on the web. You will meet these artists on the following pages.
There are no sponsors behind my report, and I have no commercial banners on my pages. Whenever I am mentioning artists by name, I have tried to include a link to their artist pages or songs to make it easy for you to check them out : ) I have decided not to use artist names, income figures or investments in connection with concrete artist names, even if all this information is already official and visible to anybody who is online and using the tools on the MP3.com and other music sites. But I have kept this information for myself and can document all my stats and figures, if necessary.

I think you will find this research valuable. If you discover errors or incorrect language, don't shoot me, I am any the piano player. Norwegian is my native language, and I have no professional education in understanding statistics or the music market. A good portion of curiosity - and most of all respect for my fellow musicians - has been my motivation.

(Note: the links ans banner below are no longer active. They are displayed in order to show how the report was presented in 2001-2003.)


• Take the new survey for 2003!
You are welcome to take the new Musician's Survey for 2003, if you haven't done so allready. The survey for 2002 has been closed, and you can read the results and compare them with 2001 here.
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... and after taking the survey you may submit your most successful song which will be featured on the popular YOUR MOST SUCCESSFUL SONG radio. You are also encouraged to share ONE of your most effective effords or methods in order to promote your music and reach new fans. - The radio with guidelines is here:

• About the report!
There are no sponsors behind my report. Whenever I am mentioning artists by name, I have tried to include a link to their artist pages or songs to make it easy for you to check them out : ) I have decided not to use names, income figures or investments in connection with concrete artists, even if all this information is already official and visible to anybody who is online and using the tools on the MP3.com and other music sites. But I have kept this information for myself and can document all my stats and figures, if necessary.

I think you will find this research valuable. If you discover errors or incorrect language, don't shoot me, I am any the piano player. Norwegian is my native language, and I have no professional education in understanding statistics or the music market. A good portion of curiosity - and most of all respect for my fellow musicians - has been my motivation.

Thanks to all you have contributed with valuable info and comments!

- Helge Krabye (December 31, 2002)

• The survey - the results
In May and June 2001 I contacted independent musicians from more than ten different music sites on the web and invited them to take a short survey with 15 questions. 215 musicians took all or part of it. During the summer and autumn of 2002, I set up the same survey again, and both some of the old ones and a lot of new artists (experienced and newbies) participated, all in all more than 380 artists participated in 2002. Below are the results for both years for you to compare (2002 year to the left and 2001 to the right).survey01
1. Almost 3 out of 5 musicians on the web were newcomers in 2001. They may have been artists for many years, but uploading their music and beginning to present themselves on Internet is a new thing. - We see that the number of newcomers were growing in 2002. It is also possible that this survey has appealed more to new artists than to established ones, and in that case the figures can be a little misleading... Now when (2003) we see getting royalties and earning from your music on the web becomes harder, it will be interesting to see if the amount of newcomers will grow or slow down compared to the two last years.survey01
2. Independent musicians are very productive! This is confirmed by the long lists of new songs which pop up on sites like MP3.com, AmpCast and Garageband every day. A few musicians have uploaded their whole catalogue of songs to the web, but there are also artists who give up after trying to get recognized by uploading only a couple of songs. The results for 2001 and 2002 are almost identical. In 2003 we will see more web sites (not only MP3.com) that limit the amount of allowed uploads, and it will be important for artists to select their very best compositions to share with the world
3. Half of the artists have made all their songs available for download. This is both an expression of confidence in the listeners and the belief that music has to be free to get heard on the web (which may or may not be true). - It is my impression that many make their songs downloadable in order to give listeners with slow modems the opportunity to listen in high quality, which is nice!
4. It is no doubt that MP3.com is the most popular web site for independent musicians. I tried real hard to encourage musicians from other sites (especially IUMA and AmpCast) to take the survey, only to discover that most of them also had an artist page at MP3.com! It is not unlikely that the focus on earnings and charts at MP3.com has been attractive to quite many musicians. (When both MP3.com and JavaMusic discontinue royalties January 2003, it will be interesting to see which sites most artists prefer!) - The results for 2002 show an increasing number of artists moving away from MP3.com and landing at AmpCast or JavaMusic. Many artists have expressed that they don't like the increasing commercial side of MP3.com - with popup ads and focus on artist celebrities, and they prefer sites with a different attitude. There are more web sites for artists than my list is covering, but I believe the most important ones are included.
5. Then I wanted to find out which web sites the artists like best, and the stats above confirms that many artists have moved their interest from MP3.com to AmpCast and JavaMusic during 2002
6. In the 2001 survey we saw that half of the artists spent from three to ten (or more) hours each week working with their music web sites. And then the time spent composing the music, is not included! Some artists may have included time they spend listening to other artists, but I consider this as an valuable investment, too. When we take a look at the 2002 results, we see that there is a tendency for artists to spend less time on their artist pages on the web. Messageboards around the web show that there are more frustrated artists now then one to two years ago, and it is likely that they also put less energy into their presence on the web than before.
7. Look at this! 40% of the artists have spent a total of four weeks or more working with their artist pages and promotion trying to become successful on the web. That is more than a whole working month! And when we know that almost 60% of these artists have been present on the web for less than a year, we get the picture... Time is money, right? The results for 2001 and 2002 are almost equal.
8. One out of five artists do not pay for any services or promotion in order to become successful. But we know that membership with a subscription fee is becoming more and more common, even if you don't receive any royalties when your music is played.
- What we can read from the figures here, is that almost 60% of the artists have spent $50-$100 or more on their web activities so far, and the numbers are a little higher for 2002 than it was for 2001. It will be interesting to see how this balance is going to change with the new (not virtual) reality on the web in 2003!
9. 3 out of 5 artists have received nothing or less than $50 as income from their artist pages and presence on the web. - If we compare this to how much time our artists have invested in their web activities (question 6 and 7), we understand who should be credited for the survival of our beloved music site companies ;-) The numbers for 2002 show that the paid out royalties to artists was less in 2002 than 2001.
10. With millions of potential listeneres out there, the important question is: How do you get more people to visit your artist page? From the answers, we see that there is not only one method that works, but several. There are four activities that stand out, and they all have something important in common: personal contact (which is the oposite of spamming) is the key.
11. I would guess that most artists on the web have spent countless hours trying to figure out how they can reach new fans. The answer is not easy. Above are some of the activities our musical friends have found nothing but a waste of time... In the lead are participating in forums and leaving a link in order that other readers will click it... Well, it seems that most of don't ; ) After that comes personal e-mails. You know the kind of message that says "Check out my new track!" Why should we? Why should we expect this track to be so outstanding? This kind of messages to people you don't know, is just like spam, isn't it? - One of the changes from 2001 to 2002 is that many of the socalled rotation stations at MP3.com disappeared because MP3.com banned them. They were a part of the "gaming community", and MP3.com did their best to get rid of this bad habit. (Playing someone's music not because you enjoy it, but because you are helping him to get many plays and high chart positions, is considered gaming and therefore forbidden.

12. The answers to this question clearly show that even if you compose the most fascinating music on earth, the earth will know listen to it if they don't know about it... Many musicians also seem to envy other artists who are more successful. We also see that the average musician on the web has too little knowledge of what works and what don't when they try to promote their music. Quite a few musicians also feel that uploading music and understanding all the technical issues are frustrating. - One artist felt the problem is his music ; ) There are no big changes from 2001 to 2002 in the results above, but there are a growing number of artists who feel that they have spent too much time compared to what they get back.
13. Being a music artist is not cheap, and as we see, almost half of them spend more than 1.000 dollars each year on instruments, travels and administration in order to keep it going. When we compare this with the answers to the next question, we discover that...
14. ...55% of the artists had practically no income from their artist career in 2001, and even less in 2002. Only 7% (4% in 2002) had their main income from making and playing music. - Because this survey obviously has appealed more to new artists than established artists, these figures are not very surprising. But it's a fact that quite many musicians want to be able to live by their music. That is their dream... But reality is different.
15. The last question in this survey is about the future. The majority of our artists look at the future as something bright and promising. But one third seems to be more skeptical... The results from 2002 are almost identical to those from 2001. With the many negative changes on the web that came at the end of 2002, I think we will see some quite different results in the survey next year!

(The survey of 2003 was never put on the web, so there are no results (Editor's note March 2009):

In the next chapter, we will take a look at the most popular and professional web sites for musicians on the web.

• Which web sites are best for promoting your music?
In 2000 and 2001, new music web sites were popping up every other month. In 2002 the typical was that many of these music sites were forced to surrender to a new owner or even close down. I know there are more web sites for artists out there than I am aware of, so feel free to contact me if I forgot any important sites! I have no guarantees that all the links below are active, but we can always hope... The links usually point to my artist page on the web site in order that you can see how I have chosen to present myself and my music there. I have put the web site names in the order I would suggest them to a new artist looking for places to start. It is time consuming to register and upload images and song files, so remember that it is more important to choose a couple of main sites and present yourself properly there than uploading one song and be more or less invisible at many web sites ;)

SoundClick has long experience and a good reputation among artists on the web, and it has become one of the most visited independent music sites in 2003. You may choose between a free service where you can upload as many songs as you want in 128 kbps mp3 format. For USD 9.95 a month you can have a VIP account where you may upload mp3 files in 320 kbps and also use Flash on your artist page. SoundClick also developed a cool Flash player where both your music and images are displayed (on Windows only, unfortunately). Click here to read more

GarageBand was closed in February 2002 but reopened in May the same year and is back in business stronger and better than ever! It is a different (in a positive way) web site where you have an artist page, upload your own music and get quality reviews from other artists (The chairman of garageband.com's Advisory Board is Sir George Martin, the man who signed The Beatles and produced all of their records.) Before you can upload a new song, you must listen to and review songs from other artists to earn enough upload credits. You may also choose to pay USD 19.95 in order to upload a new song. You will then get valuable reviews of your own song, and the points they give you will decide which chart position your song will get. I have uploaded three of my best tracks myself, but none of them had enough rave reviews to become visible in any chart. I have to admit that this reduced my motivation to spend more time reviewing other artists music...A new service at Garageband.com is to get a professional review of your song from an expert in the music business. It will cost you USD 49.95, and you may choose between a "brutally honest" or a "gentle criticism" review ;) - The strong focus on music (and not profit) makes garageband.com one of the most interesting music web sites today, and absolutely the best good looking! However, prepare yourself to spend many hours listening to other artists, if you want your own song to get reviews and points as well. Update December 2003: Garageband now offers a service where you may upload and keep as many songs as possible, without having to earn upload credits through listening and reviewing other artist's music first. The service is rather expensive, though. Check it out

At AmpCast your fans may stream your songs, purchase your songs (pay pr. download) and buy your professional looking CDs (which cost nothing to make!). The agreement between you and Ampcast goes like this: "AmpCast will pay the Artist 50% of the selling price for each download purchased. Visitors to the Ampcast.com web site will be able to download each song multiple times, however, only one download will count towards the Ampcash royalty payment." You will also receive $5 for each artist you recruit to become a registered artist there! AmpCast has a feature where artists may listen to each other and rate each others songs once (the rating will influence the chart positions). AmpCast used to pay you $0.05 for each song a visitor downloaded from your artist page, but from May 6 2002, they changed to a pay-per-download system ($0.50 to $1 for each song). By doing this, I belive they have taken the right step into future music distribution on the web - and they also avoids gaming (when artists organize download or music streaming in order to improve their stats). One big advantage with AmpCast is that you can upload your music with higher resolution than mp3.com, up to 320 kbps which helps when the files are converted to CD audio! When your music files are streamed at 128 kbps, they simply sound stunning! You can also ship them a CD-R with your original, uncompressed audio files for professional audio quality on your AmpCast CDs! There is an annual fee of $75 to be registered at AmpCast which may sound steep, but with all their services and the opportunity to sell both single tracks and CDs, it's a fair fee. Their CD program is worth the annual fee in itself! I haven't done much to spread the word about my music at AmpCast, but still several of my tunes have climbed the charts (one even to No. 1) and attracted many listeners. From my first year at AmpCast, I acchieved 1.000 downloads and earned $50 from these. The evolutionary change to pay-per-download stopped my earnings at AmpCast, and only two listeners have purchased a download from my artist page. It is also clear that the number of visitors to AmpCast is quite low, and you shouldn't expect too much if you register with them and upload your music there. However, AmpCast is a nice, professional web site with a friendly artist community.

Interconnected is a great, new web site and artist service hosted in Europe. You can register four types of accounts for your at ic-musicmedia.com. While the free account is limited to 10 songs and 1 video-upload, the artist 100-500 packages offer more space on their servers, and their servers are fast. The packages cost about USD 10, 15 or 20 pr. month. You may upload mp3 files with 192 kbps encoding. Interconnected also allow deep linking which means that you may put a link on your own homepage and stream songs directly without logging in at Interconnected. - There are still no active charts at Interconnected, and the site has a low rate of visitors and listeners compared the more established web sites for independent artists. Click on this to see my artist page:

ElectronicScene is a quite new web site for music artists making electronic music. They have several great programs or packages from free (one track at 128kbps) to $40 monthly (300 tracks at 320kbps), a CD program with real RedBook audio files, active discussion groups and more. Mac users should use Netscape instead of Explorer. Uploading images and mp3 files goes smoothly.

TAXI is different from most other music sites. They will not allow you to upload and store all your music on their site. Taxi is the Independent A&R Vehicle connecting unsigned artists, bands and songwriters with major record labels, publishers, and film & TV music supervisors. For many years, they have been doing what MP3.com/EYM are starting to do right now: creating opportunities for your music to be used in films and tv. You have to pay $299 for one year membership to use the services of Taxi, and for each song you submit, there is a $5 fee. This sounds expensive, but the strength of Taxi is their experience and contact waiting the music industry. You pay for a professional service where people (not automated e-mail scripts) are serving you. So... if your main goal is to get your music into movies or on television, the Taxi staff knows how to help. - I haven't registered with TAXI yet, because I have spent all my money on one horse - MP3.com/Enableyourmusic.com - but I haven't received any licensing offers from them so far and might jump over to TAXI when the next registration fee at MP3.com/Enableyourmusic is due in February.

PeopleSound is one of Europe's biggest and most professional music sites. You have to sign up by mailing or faxing in a form sheet and a CD with your music. They want your music in CD quality, even if listeners can stream in low bitrates from their site. Visitors can listen (in RealAudio format) for free, but you will get paid (50% royalty minus $2 production costs) whenever someone orders your audio CD (which PeopleSound will produce with non compressed audio). PeopleSound will also look for licensing opportunities for your music. I haven' registered with Peoplesound yet, but I will do later this autumn.

IUMA was the first web site to offer services to unsigned musicians and composers. They had some problems in the winter of 2001, but now they are active again and have close contact with the professional music business. IUMA has a good reputation both among musicians and record companies. It is possible that IUMA and Vitaminic will melt into one web site later, but you can still register your music at both sites without paying any fee. - I have uploaded several tracks to IUMA, and I have used the message boards to make people aware of my existence, but so far only a handful of listeners have found their way to my terrific artist page ; ) I think my low profile on IUMA makes it difficult to be discovered...

Zonk Music is a new web site (founded by the experienced and gifted artist Bjørn Lynne) where you may sell your music albums (not single tracks) and get 60% of the income. When a listener purchases a music album from Zonk Music, he gets a link to download the whole album as a collection of mp3 files (192 kbps). He can then listen to the music from his mp3 player or burn a normal audio-CD from the mp3 files. A great feature is that the downloadable album package also contains high resolution images of the cover artwork, so he can print the cover artwork himself. Zonk Music has developed the idea of "netCD" further, and signing up is free. However, only high quality music albums are accepted, and you shouldn't take it for granted that your music will be accepted.

StarPolish is an interesting web site (which has joined forces with Napster) - they allow you to upload three mp3 songs and one for each CD you want to sell through them. They say about themselves: "We are dedicated to educating and empowering artists, with an emphasis on artist advocacy and artist development. We are also committed to supporting the arts by rewarding and highlighting the most hardworking and deserving artists. StarPolish is a collaborative effort between artists and music industry professionals." You will find valuable resources for musicians, and the whole layout and atmosphere of this web community is just great : ) If you think you can represent yourself through three of your best songs, it's absolutely worth it registering with starpolish.com. There are no registration fee, and they will not pay you when people listen to your music. They just want to help you getting known!

Indie Connection used to be (before 2003) an online directory created to promote unsigned and independent musicians. Artists were given free web pages listing a photo, bio, links, and a music clip. I was a featured artist on this music site in October 2002 - my page there was later deleted, for a reason I don't know... Update November 2003: Indie Connections do NOT accept submissions from new artists at this time. They have changed their purpose and is now a web radio for selected artists with high quality music. To qualify, you also need to make rock, pop or hiphop music. No ambient, world fusion or experimental stuff here ;) (So, that's why my page was deleted...) Indie-Connection is a free service, and they ask for your financial help through PayPal.

BeSonic is one of the fastest growing communities and web sites for artists, performers, and musicians. Musicians can set up their own web page, upload images and songs (may take one week or more to be approved) in mp3 format, and visitors can rate them, e-mail them and collect their songs in personal playlists or custom made CDs (same quality as mp3 CDs only). They also have charts, but they sometimes take for ever to load... When people download your song, you collect points: Free download gives you 1200 points while a paid Download gives you 3600 points. The more points you earn, the higher your song gets in the charts. BeSonic changed their system in the end of 2001 and now only allows you to keep three songs on your page unless you pay for a special PAS service.

Audio Surge used to offer artists a free artist page with your image and one mp3 file which visitors can stream or download. AudioSurge will also create a professional interactive fan-club for you or your band, free of charge. Once you create an account you will also be able to stream and download free mp3s from other artists, and post
comments and ratings about them. You will even be able to use this account to sell your downloadable music, and buy other music and comedy mp3s at BuyDigitalMusic.com. If you are an active user of AudioSurge, you will earn audiopoints and various prizes. - My impression is that AudioSurge is a professional site, but the amount of artists and users is not that impressive, yet... Update Novemeber 2003: It seems that AudioSurge has changed their business and now only consentrate on getting record deals for selected artists. My page and music has been deleted, without any reason as far as I know:

LoudENERGY.com is still active, but somehow changed. My artist page were deleted there, for a reason i don't know. Well, loudEnergy.com claimed to be the first web site to offer both signed and unsigned artists 100% of the profit generated from their music sales. For unsigned artists loudENERGY.com is building a community focused on continual and broad based artist development. The company has signed several producers to act as the foundation of its artist development efforts. loudENERGY.com is offering the first 1,000 unsigned artists that register with the site a guaranteed producer review of at least one song. Each artist is allowed to upload three songs in mp3 format, an artist image and other info. - When I registered and uploaded my tracks, I had no problems, and the site seems to be professional in every way.

Vitaminic is a music web site which has given me mixed feelings. Uploaded mp3 files are converted to Realaudio (which doesn't sound good in low bitrates). Visitors are allowed to download your free tracks, or you may register the tracks in the Vitaminic Music Club where members pay the annual subscription $69.99 and are allowed to download any tracks registered in the club. - Vitaminic purchased IUMA in 2001, so maybe we can expect to see some improvements? Vitaminic has local offices in several European countries which makes it possible for you to reach more geographical orientated listeners (your intelligent techno might get very popular in France, because listeners there will apprechiate your fine art better than the Americans ; ) Vitaminic collect their income from a special Subscription service, and when their subsribers listen to your music, you will get 50% of the net income it generates. So far, my music has created absolutely no income at Vitaminic.com. Now when AmpCast is trying to get $1 pr. download, it will be interesting to see if music subscription is just a bad idea or if it belongs to the future...

Update November 2003: Broadband Talent net is closed. When they were active, they were helping new artists and music companies with an "industry strength" online presence, and you can upload two images and three mp3 tracks. If you want to sell any of your tracks s secure digital downloads, you have to pay a fee of $20 and up. But that includes copyrighting and other advantages. Before I can view my artist page and start selling music from their site, I have to mail a signed part of the contract. Security and professional service is just what we want! I have just recently registered with them, so come back for more info. Uploading mp3 files and images was very fast and problem free. (No links)

MusicBuilder is another place where artists can promote their music. Membership is free. You can let your songs be free, or you can sell them from $0.79 and up. I have experienced that their servers can be closed over the weekend, but this might be just temporarily. Uploading and getting new songs on the air, is fast and easy. The community of musicians at MusicBuilder.com is growing.

SoundBuzz is concentrating focus on the Asian-Pacific markets and offers music from local and international music labels through various distribution channels - TV, radio, Internet, wireless devices. You can choose to upload samples or full tracks, and it is your decision whether they will be free or not. - I found their user interface difficult to use, and I had problems when I filled out my artist info and tried to submit this field. Later, my artist page there was deleted.

Artistopia is a new and promising web site with recourses for artists, and they say about themselves: "Artistopia is quickly becoming the place for the music artist, independent, songwriter, musician or singer to be seen and heard by the music industry. Artistopia's mission is ultimately twofold and designed to benefit both sides of the equation, the artist and the music industry. First, to streamline the artist's induction into the music industry by providing all the neccessary tools and resources to create the needed professional approach and industry wisdom. Second, to provide the music industry with a standard submission process based on the artist's career credentials, professional approach, and business knowledge backed by a proper feedback model from the industry to the artist. Try it for free!" - You may upload your own mp3 files and set up an artist page. You may try their services for 90 days for free, and then there is a fee which must be paid for a year ahead. I have not been able to find out how big the fee is, but I will update this info later. - Visit Artistopia here

TONOS is a music services and artist communities for artists seeking opportunities for their music. For $99.95 pr. year you may artcase your music to producers and talent scouts. TONOs present licensing opportunities as well as contests. You will get expert tips and professional advice for promoting your music better. My Tonos is your personal artist area and headquarter where you organize your images, mp3 files and info about yourself. - My impression is that TONOS is promising more than they kan keep when they try to convince artists that they will get great opportunities through their service. There have been some protests against TONOS and their service, and one of their employees sent out e-mails with warnings to other artists in the summer of 2002.

Amazon Music Network is a new service from the amazing Amazon.com. You can set up your personal artist page there and point to your artist picture with a link to your home page. You can upload mp3 songs (my uploading has failed the first three times I tried but worked when I tried one year later...), but be aware that by doing that you allow amazon.com to use your music on their web site, for promotion and on any CDs they burn. You will not get paid anything when someone listens to or downloads your music, but they have a system where people can donate money as a gift to you (by using their credit card at amazon.com). It is too early to judge their service. Don't expect too much of their service, there is no response when sending e-mails to their support division... - In the summer of 2002 my little artist page was suddenly up and running, but I believe nobody knows about it ;)

• The complete list (today, probably not tomorrow ;)
http://www.javamusic.com (not active)
http://www.mp3.com (killed by Vivendi 12-02-2003)






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