As the beginning of the semester starts to get chaotic, I find myself sitting here wondering what is next on my to-do list and how I am going to finish it. In the background one of my new favorite bands, Holy Hail, is playing and I realize something about the way I listen to music. I always listen to music while I am working on my computer, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t often listen to a compact disc I own, the radio is rarely on, and my iTunes account is not open. When IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m online, I listen to music on Myspace.
I am currently on my Myspace listening to one of my favorite bands that is on my friends list. I do not own their CD, nor do I have plans to purchase it. It is just nice to log on and visit their account to listen to music. I do occasionally buy some artists music online or at Target or Circuit City, but for the most part, I tend listen to the list of songs on their Myspace page. I also like to find new artists through popular blogs and websites such as Perez Hilton, Pink is the New Blog, Pure Volume, and Pitchfork. From there, I search for their official website or Myspace to listen for more. After that, I decided if there music is worth purchasing or if I would just listen to them occasionally. I would say I purchase only 25% of the time.
I know that the music industry has lost considerable amounts of money in the past due to online file sharing and downloading music illegally. What about myspace and pure volume that let you listen to almost whole CDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for free at any time? For me that is just as good as having the CD. Yes, there are some people who buy the music from these artists, while others just log on and listen for a good break.
The Internet can be used as a great promotional tool for musicians, but
it can also hinder album sales. Do artists who want to get heard put there music online or try to pitch it to radio stations? Does anyone listen to the radio anymore? What are the other ways for
artists to get their music out there? I believe that artists should carefully consider how much of their music they put online; perhaps they should give the audience a little taste that leaves them