Some are calling this chart the death of the music industry. Maybe we are just returning to global sales figures that make more sense. After all, we all know the major labels were raping our wallets with Compact Disc prices right? If these figures dip below 5 Billion then we can have a death march.
“It makes me laugh!!! Copyright may have constitutional protection, but at the end of the day, the Internet is kicking the music industries monopolistic ass.” – JoeJoe
Last September I discussed Amazon’s Createspace which allowed you to print on-demand CDs and sell them at Amazon.com. There is another player in this space that recently caught my eye called Audiolife. It takes the Createspace model further by also giving you print on-demand merchandise and gives you a portable (embeddable) shop you can place anywhere around the net. You can also sell downloads and buy CDs and merch at a discounted price to sell at shows. The best part of Audiolife is that there are no up-front costs.
“The overarching goal of Audiolife’s trailblazing technology is to give artists an opportunity to generate streamlined revenue without incurring thousands of dollars in up-front costs. By designing and creating a front-end that is both user-friendly and relevant to the changing dynamics of consumer behavior, while providing resources to support a virtual storefront with back-end manufacturing and distribution capabilities, Audiolife has truly created a service that provides a 360º solution.” – audiolife.com