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What Artists Should Know About Stereofame

I’ve written “what artists should know” articles on Last.fm, Jango, and thesixtyone, but after months of casual participation, I can’t seem to get anywhere on Stereofame. Rather than bore you with my less than noteworthy experience, I turned to…

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What Artists Should Know About thesixtyone

In January 2010, thesixtyone unveiled a complete redesign, eliminating the social aspects of the site. Predictably, long-time users revolted and eventually left. This article and the comments that follow provide a brief history of the rise and fall of…

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What Artists Should Know About Last.fm

On the surface, Last.fm and Pandora seem redundant. Both recommend new music based on your current favorites, and allow you to influence their suggestions by approving or disapproving of each song as it plays. But while Pandora suggests songs…

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Final Thoughts on OurStage

My heartfelt thanks once more to everyone who supported me in the finals at OurStage! Now that I’ve been through the entire process from song submission through final judging, I’ve got some suggestions for the site. Its stated goals…

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OurStage: A New Kind of Popularity Contest?

OurStage is one of a growing number of Darwinistic web sites that strive to highlight the best new music. Using two patent pending algorithms, it ranks songs based on listener feedback. Artists compete for a monthly $5,000 grand prize…

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Pandora and the Future of Radio

Pandora Radio is a fun and unique way to discover your next favorite song. If you haven’t tried it before, you’re in for a treat (assuming you live in the United States – as of this writing, the music…