Downloadable Music From Indie Artists – Should You Allow Free Downloads of Your Music?

As an independent artist trying to gain exposure for your project, create some awareness and enthusiasm for your band, but also trying to make a living with your music at the same time you may wonder — Is it is a good idea to provide a free download of one of your songs online for fans and/or potential fans?

There are a couple different patterns of thought on this throughout the music industry. To some it still remains a controversial issue, others may tell you it is a no-brainer. Here is a brief summary of the pros and cons to allowing at least one of your songs from a full length or EP-CD, or a single to be downloaded online for free.

Pros to Allowing a Free Download:

* You are giving your current fan base a way to interact and spread the word about your music
* You are offering a gift of appreciation to your current fans
* You are providing an enticement for current fans and potential fans to purchase the entire album once they have had a taste of your single
* It can be a great promotional tool. You can get setup with promotional postcards to give away at shows which have a promotional code. The fan is directed to a website where they punch in the code and get their free download. This way they really feel like they are getting something of value for free.

Sure, you can always offer fully streaming music which allows fans to listen to entire songs without downloading it to their hard-drive or iPod, which will entice them but by giving them a free download you are actually offering them more of a token of appreciation and you are opening a lot of doors with new fans. Whether you know it or not, no matter how encrypted or non-downloadable you think a track may be, it does not take someone who is very tech-savvy to be able to clip it anyway.

Cons to Allowing a Free Download:

* You are losing revenue for each free download
* You are losing potential revenue for each person the original person who downloaded your song shares the file with.
* That’s about the only con —-

So you have to weigh the two to figure out if it makes sense to offer a free song download. Obviously it does not make sense to offer an entire record for free download. Kind of defeats the purpose of trying to sell records, or does it?

I believe the greater majority of music industry labels, managers, and publicists, will tell you that it probably can’t hurt to offer a free download once in a while. You may want to offer it on a limited basis in the course of initial promotion so that you do not lose revenue on a consistent basis. The choice is ultimately yours of course – but again – once in a while should not hurt sales and could potentially increase them in the long run.

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How To Download Free Zune Music With Little Cost

Zune – The latest craze among the music lovers. Though it was launched only in the last November, Zune has become the passion of entertainment lovers. Zune is the music device that plays music and videos, displays images and shares files wirelessly with other Zunes. Even though it is a recent launch, Microsoft’s Zune is giving a serious competition to Apple’s iPod which is currently dominating the digital audio player market.

Though the device comes with a good number of songs, videos, and images, every one of us wants to feed Zune to have a good music library with them. You have two options to download Zune music.

The first method is from Zune Marketplace, which offers over 3 million songs and one has to pay per song/download which comes to around $0.99 per song. Finally, it could turn to be a huge bill for music lovers. If one signs the “Zune Pass”, then he/she needs to pay $14.99 per month as subscription fees. The disadvantage of this method is songs downloaded under this service can only be burned to CD for an extra fee, and unburned songs become unplayable when the subscription lapses. So Zune Marketplace turns to be a huge disappointment for music fanatics.

The second and the most recommended method is to enjoy free zune music download from membership sites. These Zune music download sites let you download unlimited numbers of free zune movies, zune music and videos for a one time charge or on a yearly basis. So with the zune download membership sites, one can avail unlimited free movies, TV shows, music videos, MP3 music, sporting events, games, eBooks, software, programs, and many more with just under $40 for life time.

Who would prefer to listen their favorite songs with per download fees? Every one of us would love to access fast and free zune music downloads with just a one time charge and turn the zune into favorite music library.

Online Educational Games: How to Find Quality Games

Online computer games are now fun items for kids and growing children. However in many instances adults are not spared from this game mania too. Educational games are quality games, which are widely prescribed by teachers and educators for kids for their quality entertainment and utility support qualities for mainstream education curriculum. These educational games are available online also and these online games for their easy accessibility have earned wide popularity all over the world since last 5 years. While kids can spend quality time while playing these games, parents and teachers may enjoy the easy access of their wards into the realm of digital technology and acquiring mastery over the computer control.

While we all know the functionality of educational games and their comparatively easy availability via internet, it is equally intricate to know the ways to find them. Online search is a generic terms because it is not possible to know the quality of games and their efficiency level until we know some of the basic details of these games.

Online educational games are available for different levels; in kids category it is available for different age ranges of kids starting from toddlers to students appearing for high school standard. The uniqueness of these games is that these games are available with different functionalities and special emphasis on different qualities of an individual. For example, memory games are meant for enhancing memory power, puzzle games improves analytical ability of an individual and vocabulary games helps in improving vocabulary and command over language and expression.

The best way to know about quality online games is to read the reviews of different forums. These virtual walls of these forums contain different users’ experience about different games and these experiences can work as wonderful resources for tracing quality educational games from online source. Accordingly the URLs can be chosen.

It is always wise to get subscription with reputable gaming websites. Although free games are widely available, sometimes the quality content of these websites are not updated at regular basis thus the games may not provide unique experience for the users. The websites where the access to quality educational games are provided against reasonable subscriptions are one of the best resources for finding quality educational games.These websites, in order to retain their subscribers, always put special focus on incorporating new games and new attractions and allow their subscribers to avail the facilities.

There are multiple educational sites that have provision for accessing quality educational games for their subscribers. Some of these websites offer trail offer for 10-15 days. Before going for a subscription, it is suggested to avail the trial offer to judge the quality and level of the games offered by the said website to be at the safer side of the deal.