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What Artists Should Know About Headliner.fm

Headliner.fm (now CoPromote) is a platform for trading recommendations with other artists on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. You “buy” recommendations using a virtual currency called band bucks, which can be purchased outright for real money or earned by recommending other…

Radio Airplay
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Why I Still Use Jango

Jango offers free Pandora-style internet radio. Type in an artist’s name and it generates a playlist of related songs. Jango Airplay lets artists buy their way into the recommendation engine, promising guaranteed airplay alongside your pick of big names.…

SoundOut
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What Artists Should Know About SoundOut

UPDATE: SoundOut, which fared poorly in this review and my more recent comparison shootout here, closed up shop and is now only available through TuneCore’s Fan Review. ReverbNation acquired Audiokite in November of 2016, and improved upon it with their new…

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My First ReverbNation Street Team Mission

I love ReverbNation. I could write a dozen articles on the various tools they provide for artists. For now I’ll focus on one I just tried for the first time: Street Team Missions. Whenever a fan subscribes to your mailing…

Taxi
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12 Years With Taxi

Taxi is an independent A&R company, connecting musicians with labels, publishers, and music supervisors. On the 1st and 15th of every month, they provide a list of industry opportunities for members to submit songs to. Screeners forward the most…

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The 1-2-3 Music Store

I get at least one phone call per week asking about my experience with the 1-2-3 Music Store, a server script I’ve been running for three years. It allows me to sell mp3 downloads direct from my web site,…

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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…