ReverbNation’s New Crowd Review, Reviewed
Which of my unreleased songs will people like? I have no idea. Friends and family aren’t much help either.
Fortunately, I’m able to get unbiased feedback from fans of my genre through ReverbNation’s Crowd Review, which has been completely overhauled since ReverbNation’s acquisition of Audiokite last November.
To call this market research simply “helpful” would be a gross understatement. My last report precipitated a complete overhaul of not just my marketing plan, but my entire album concept.
I’d been in the process of setting up collaborations with some of the better-known synthwave artists. My plan was to put together a bunch of song demos with finished vocals, and have them redo the underlying instrumentals in their own style.
Problem was, I didn’t have any collaborations locked down yet, and I needed material to release on my newly launched Patreon page. That got me wondering what I could do to spruce up one of my demos for release to my patrons. Enter Crowd Review.
To my surprise, the demo — vocals over a drum loop plus four synth tracks — scored the highest by far out of a dozen previous submissions. It ranked in the 89th percentile of all songs analyzed by Crowd Review. 74% of listeners said they would want to hear the song again, versus a 33% average across the platform.
As a result, it was forwarded to ReverbNation’s curation team. I’ll let you know if anything comes of it!
But the real shocker is, it ranked in the 100th percentile for production quality. A demo!
As a direct result of this feedback, I released the song to my patrons virtually as-is. I’m planning to invest a decent chunk of change in a Feature.fm campaign to promote it (and share the results with you). If all goes well, I may just drop the collaboration angle entirely and continue recording songs in the stripped-down style of the demo.
So yeah, helpful.
Crowd Review Pricing
Reviews are currently priced at $0.49 per listener, from $12.25 for a 25-listener report all the way up to $245 for a 500-listener report.
You can also add “advanced insights” for $0.15 per listener each, and get your report in one business day for $0.35 per listener.
You can get 10% off and support the site by using coupon code: AK-PASSIVEPROMOTION
Standard Insight is included in all reports, and kicks off with an overall rating and a concise written summary of what listeners thought of the song. It also tells you:
- How the song rates against others, both overall and in the same genre
- The distribution of ratings (was it mostly 1s and 10s, or do they clump around the average?)
- Whether the comments were positive, neutral, or negative
- Whether or not listeners would want to hear the song again
I won’t go over every metric, but if you’re so inclined, you can download my full report as a PDF here.
The first of the four advanced insights modules, Songwriting Analysis covers both the song itself and the performance, including:
- What well-known artist the song reminds reviewers of
- How the song makes them feel
- The appropriate genre for the song
- Whether the lyrics fit the music
And my favorite, a little spider web of the individual song component ratings:
What I find most useful is that, with the exception of “Artist Name,” these are all things you can go back and fix. Unless your song is already released, why not address the weak areas and resubmit?
Audience Identification provides key information on listener preferences. Are they cat people or dog people? More to the point:
- Where in the US do listeners who like your song live?
- How do they listen to music?
- How many concerts do they attend per year?
- What is their ethnicity?
- What subgenres do they like? (my music seems to resonate with Christian Rockers)
- What is their age and gender?
All useful information for everything from planning a tour to advertising on Facebook.
Production Quality covers the track’s sonic qualities and more, including:
- How engaged were listeners?
- Does your song make them want to dance?
- What sound qualities (deep, punchy, muffled, etc) do listeners associate with your track?
- Is it ready for radio?
- How loud is it compared to other songs on the radio?
It also tells you what type of system (headphones, laptop speakers, etc) reviewers are listening on. 50% of mine were on high-quality headphones, and 23% on high-quality speakers, so the majority are in a good position to actually judge sound quality.
Can your track actually make you money? Commercial Potential has the answers:
- How likely are listeners to purchase or stream your song, or seek out more of them?
- How likely would they be to attend your live show if you were playing in their area?
- Which TV/film genres do they like, and which do they associate with your song?
- What press outlets could they imagine reading about it in?
- Do you have a hit on your hands?
While the summary for my song is rather discouraging, the actual data looks promising! The track beat the average for both “very likely to purchase” (16% vs 13%) and “very likely to stream” (23% vs 13%). To put an even better spin on it, 76% of listeners were at least “somewhat likely” to stream the song on a streaming service.
Every listener is required to write a review. I counted, and yep, there are 100. Surprisingly, none of them are generic or vague. It’s obvious that every reviewer actually listened to the song. Even the mean ones were insightful:
Reviews are color coded red for negative (1-4 rating) and green for neutral or positive (5-10). You can sort by rating, listener age, or comment length. If you click the down arrow, you can see the reviewer’s full responses (truncated in the screenshot below):
It’s gratifying when someone really gets what you’re trying to say:
Crowd Review Conclusion
Crowd Review is hands-down the best market research for musicians yet.
It’s everything that Audiokite was and more.
My impression is based on not just one report, but also on another rather lukewarm 200-listener report on this admittedly quirky song (download the full PDF here):
Crowd Review is, at least for now, the only game in town. SoundOut, which fared poorly in my review here and my more recent comparison shootout here, closed up shop and is now only available through TuneCore’s Fan Review.
There is one addition I’d like to see to Crowd Review: how do listeners rate the well-known artist they think I sound like?
In other words, if they say I sound like A Flock of Seagulls, what do they think of A Flock of Seagulls? If they hate the band, I can’t reasonably expect them to like my track, so I’ll take their feedback with a grain of salt.
I also wonder if it might be possible to restrict the reviewer pool based on demographics, to target, say, males 35-54. Or better yet, males 35-54 who primarily listen on Spotify, live in California, and prefer sci-fi.
In other words, what do people who look like my super fans, or like me, think? That would be some precious intel.
Have you tried the new Crowd Review? Share your experience in the comments!
Thanks Brian for a great review. I was excited enough to sign up almost immediately but was brought to an abrupt halt when I read the T&C’s which I strongly suggest your readers do also.
Warning: I, like most people, usually skip the terms/conditions/privacy side of services on the assumption that they would be reasonably fair and accept that, with social media (for instance), what choice do I have anyway! But when it comes to your own creative output and ownership and control thereof its a different matter entirely.
Having flicked through a very long (they have linked sub headings) [email protected] page/s a number of pretty scary items caught my eye;
They ask you to sign away a number of natural copyright rights including.
Royalty’s – Publishing/mechanical
Rights to create derivative works
Applicable everywhere in the “universe”
Applicable in perpetuity even after you have left the service ( they have your song/s)
I am no longer going to use this service as this reads more like a record contract (albeit one sided) and seems a bit much for the services for which it is intended. I do not feel inclined to spend hours analysing this legal document but to me it does not seem fair and reasonable.
Maybe it’s just me being paranoid (again) Ricky Sax https://soundcloud.com/rickysax
Thanks for letting me know Ricky!
That does sound scary, and I of course skip the T&Cs, in part just because I trust Alex and the guys at ReverbNation after so many years.
Regardless of what rights you’re technically signing away, I can’t imagine what they would actually use our music for beyond gathering reviews.
My guess is it’s sort of a boilerplate license, that wasn’t worth paying the lawyers extra for to narrow down to an appropriate scope.
Been very curious about this for some time, but it seems like I’ll have to try it out now. Thanks for the quality review =)
My pleasure! I use it every month for every new song.
Very comprehensive review Brian. Thank-you for this. I’m an old AudioKite users and I’ve just ordered up my first review through RN.
Glad you found it useful!
Hello Brian, thanks for sharing your experience. I’ve been looking for a service like this for quite a while so I was really curious to try it out which I did it a couple of weeks ago, I went with the lowest tier of 25 reviews. It took about a week for the result to appear and I was really glad getting a total average of 8.0 which also granted me a crowd pick slot. The reviews seemed legit as far as I could tell. Reading through their comments I could clearly see people actually listened to the track so based on that I can really recommend the service.
I have one question. Assuming that you got a crowd pick, did it give you any significant amount of listeners anywhere else like on Spotify or Apple Music? Or perhaps more traffic of any kind or another benefit? My slot is scheduled to January 2019 so I was curious about what to expect from it. I would also like to add that I wasn’t a previous user of ReverbNation and I haven’t done much more than sending the track for review.
Thanks again for a very informative blog, keep it up!
Congratulations on a great song, and a great question!
I was a featured artist beginning July 24, and looking at my ReverbNation play stats, I had 8 plays that day, versus just a couple of plays most days before that. Afterwards, maybe a few plays a day.
So for me it was negligible.
I mean, it’s a cool idea to promote both the artist and ReverbNation, assuming the artist brags about the feature on socials. But I didn’t bother. In my experience, ReverbNation is mostly other musicians, and not the best place to try to pick up new fans.
Where would you say, now 3 yrs later, the best place is to pick up fans? Not crowd reviews? I have 4 songs on YouTube but no one knows who I am and trying to save money on advertising. I suppose with YT one needs to advertise to in a way get enough YT feedback about your music via the YT analytics and whether or not you get positive comments, likes, and subscribers. I have since 10-13-21 25 subscribers and about 4 previous, so 21. With YouTube you have to have the courage to put your music out there but make big mistakes if you end up a flop in public. At YT it seems it’s hard to rise above if you’re unknown, but with Reverb and your being a featured artist and no real basic results of many fans, wow! I’m also thinking of Drooble, but I wonder with Drooble in some ways… by visiting their site, that members are all other musicians where with Drooble it is kind of like playing at coffeehouse open mics. At least at open mics there are some outside general public people. I found open mics were mainly musicians and their loved ones supporting them and they’re all empathetic to anyone who goes on stage, so it’s kind of an illusion of popularity when I received the handshakes, hugs, some even in tears… and once I got a standing ovation that I never saw happen at open mics… but still I feel Drooble would be the same thing, a standing ovation from a lonely hearts club. Is that what you found with Drooble, and with RN’s Crowd Review?
Crowd Review and Droobe Reviews are for market research, not to acquire new fans. The rest of this site is devoted to that, so look around and see which approaches resonate with you!
If you decide you want to focus on growing your YouTube channel, it’ll take time, dedication, and a plan. You’ll most likely also want to experiment with ads.
It all depends on your goals and your definition of success.
Hi Brian… I’d like to alert you to the fact that there’s a new kid in town regarding crowd sourced reviews… you might want to check this out… https://drooble.com/reviews
Thanks Stanfield! I actually had a pretty in-depth conversation with the Drooble team over email, and they interviewed me for their blog. They mentioned their Reviews Marketplace, but I thought it was just individual people trading reviews. I’ll take another look!
Hi Standfield! Now 2 yrs later how did it turn out with Drooble?
I’d be surprised if people are still receiving notifications for comments over a year old, but fingers crossed!
You Brian make sense in so many ways! I have to laugh at myself as I was totally forgetting about the time frame of things even though I mentioned the time span since their comment wow! I also ignored the actual date of your article, but your writing is so good there is a universal and time defying element to it too… of your many talents!
That’s very kind of you Michael! Some of my older articles are still the most popular.
I just used Reverbnation for a crowd review and I think it was somewhat helpful (depends a bit on a question I’ve got at the end). I bought 50 reviews plus paid extra for a “production”-specific report ($25 + $12.50). My music’s pretty niche-y so I didn’t really care about the reviews – many were quite positive, some were fairly negative. Again, I found this part completely irrelevant (I wouldn’t have paid for that part of the service but for the fact that you have no choice) – my guess would be that 5 reviewers, at most, would fall anywhere close to my target audience. What I really cared about was the production comments – specifically, how is the tonal balance of the song – is there too much high end, low end, loudness, etc. This is where I don’t fully trust my ears. And where I don’t fully trust any one person’s opinion. The song is a work-in-progress from a mixing standpoint. [Brian was very helpful in pointing out that my original mix was horrific – it was! – from a tonal balance standpoint.] I’ve fixed a lot of those issues by educating myself on all of the truly silly things I was doing wrong, and posting updated versions on a home recording website’s forum to get (free) input from knowledgeable folks on how to improve it incrementally, which has been really helpful. But I digress. So, I figured the mix was ready for an interim crowd review. The overall production quality and “radio readiness” were both (rated) at 50%, which means right in the middle of all of the songs that get reviewed. (Not surprising, really – actually, a bit more positive than I expected.) But, given that 50% rating, I was somewhat surprised with the responses to: “Compared to songs you hear on the radio, how does the sound quality of this song compare in general?” 74% said “same”, 12% said “higher”, and 14% said “lower.” So, there’s a fairly considerable inconsistency here: How can your “radio readiness” score be 50%, while 86% of these same reviewers are saying your song is at least the same or better than a typical song you’d hear on the radio in terms of production quality? So, I’m not sure how to interpret these two findings – they should be much closer together (if not almost the same).
So, to my real question… what is the profile of the average reviewer on Reverbnation? Generic music listener? Songwriter/musician? Non-music fan just trying to make a few nickels? Mix of all three? Knowing this makes a big difference in how you interpret the results.
I would use RN again, I just wish I didn’t have to pay for the general reviews which, for my purposes, are meaningless. And it would be nice to know the typical profile of the reviewers.
Thanks for sharing your experience David!
Personally, I wouldn’t trust production comments from Crowd Review listeners. As you’ve noted, the feedback ambiguous at best.
I believe they use Amazon Mechanical Turk, so you’re getting generic music listeners out to make a few pennies — NOT ReverbNation users.
Right now I’m testing Drooble Review Marketplace, where actual musicians review your tracks. Unless something goes terribly wrong, I’ll write about it soon.
So far their production advice has been all over the place. The difference is, they offer very specific technical suggestions. Some clearly don’t know what they’re talking about, but others are helpful or at least interesting.
Oh, good, I’m trying Drooble too, so I’ll let you know how that goes as well. Interestingly, if anything, the fact that Drooble reviewers are musicians makes me less likely to consider the results. Still, I’m curious, so I’ll see what they have to say. [Unfortunately, after I paid for the review and did research inside the site, I discovered that the likelihood of a single reviewer being even remotely familiar with my genre of music is roughly zero. So, this will likely be a one-and-done.]
The average music buyer/listener is not a musician/engineer; in fact, only a very small percentage know anything meaningful about the technical side of the business. So, the musicians’ views might be interesting, but… they don’t really matter that much – they’re not representative of your target audience. In my view, the most valuable comments you’re going to get regarding your production are from the “average” listener – someone who doesn’t know or care about how the song was made.
Although the production comments from RN are… questionable… at least it gives you some idea of where the production stands. In my case, knowing that somewhere between 50% and 84% thought the production was in the vicinity of radio-quality (even if it’s not!) is helpful information… even if it’s murky and incomplete. It’s something.
The biggest problem with the crowd review sites is that unless your music is somewhere in the fat part of the fairway within the handful of genres they offer, the feedback is worthless because the reviewers are not familiar with your genre and not in your target market. [The White Stripes’ debut, for example, would have been utterly savaged in the “Alternative” section.] Having said that, I think these sites do offer potentially valuable feedback if you fit neatly into one of the genres and/or your objective is to produce something that will appeal to the mainstream.
We’ll have to agree to disagree on the relative merits of feedback from musicians. I feel like, in most cases, it’s more valuable than feedback from the general public — especially if they’re reviewing a work-in-progress.
As for your genre, I’d argue your music is more accessible than you think. Not to mention, there are synthwave musicians on the site!
While I agree that I’m not reliably reaching my target audience through ReverbNation, I’ve had plenty of reviewers say they love the song enough to look me up outside the platform.
Regardless, I still think it’s valuable to compare the relative scores of songs to see which to push and which to relegate to the album.
Hi David! What happened with Drooble now 2 yrs later?
Just finished a crowd review and it is being considered for curation. Can you provide an update on how things went for you?
Oh yeah! Thanks for reminding me. Nothing ever happened on the curation, but I’ve been featured on the homepage three times now, and none of them moved the needle in any noticeable way.
I was very impressed with how in-depth the crowd review is (being new to Reverbnation) and didn’t fare too badly with an average of 7.1 (much better than I have got on SubmitHub!). I am giving their video ad placed on websites a try at the moment… we shall see! Although Ricky’s comment about the terms & conditions has me worried now!!!
But it all goes back to the same debate we have on all the methods you have covered – that none of them seem to bring actual, real, returning fans and followers, unless it is a matter of being very, very patient?
I’ve had a couple of 8.1 scoring songs get completely snubbed on SubmitHub. I guess it has more to do with how well your song suits their purposes, than simply how good it is.
As for video ad campaigns, they’re unlikely to yield any long-term benefit unless you have a way to reach back out to the people that responded positively. With a Facebook video views ad, you can retarget people who viewed a given percentage of the video. That’s probably a better option than having a video embedded on various music sites with no return path.
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I got a 5.4 on my most recent song, but 1 person rated it a 10. My real question is how to measure commercial viability? What’s a good % of people to buy a song for it to be sellable?
My songs are very unique, and don’t easily fit into generic situations, but may have niche appeal. Still working on that song, but wondering if i should be striving for a 7.5/10, or maximizing the # of 10s and people likely to buy it
I wouldn’t make much of one high or low score. Just being a straight shooter here, 5.4 is a low score. Unless you picked a diametrically opposed genre or there was some other top-level mistake, it doesn’t sound like this particular song is an ideal vehicle to grow your fanbase. I’d set it aside for an album or ditch it completely. An opportunity for it will surely emerge, even if it’s just an incentive for die hard fans.
As for whether you should strive for a high average or maximizing 10s, I don’t think we have much control over that! But I’d go for the latter – hit it out of the park within your niche, rather than trying to be safe and bland.
Thanks for your in-depth reviews regarding ReverbNation. I tried the service out and have to say, the overall user experience is not great in my opinion. Could we get in touch about some additional questions I had over email?
You’re referring to ReverbNation as a whole, and not just Crowd Review? I confess I haven’t kept up with them the last couple of years.
You can shoot me an email at [email protected] if your questions aren’t appropriate in the comments of a relevant post, but I’m not in a position to help artists one-on-one with their promotional campaigns. Occasionally I consult on an hourly basis, but I don’t actively seek out that sort of work.
Hi Brian! Sorry my original comment was too verbose, a bad habit of mine. I feel the brief following is also important for the musicians seeking Reverb’s Crowd Review service to know. I couldn’t get the Crowd Review from Reverb Nation without joining. I joined for free as I don’t want to have monthly bills auto-withdrawn from my bank account, even the lower level at $12.95 a month, and just for one review in the Gold category which I think is $100 for 100 reviews but not sure. Also Reverb Nation does not let you know that until AFTER you join, AFTER you write your profile, AFTER you upload your profile picture, and AFTER you upload your song to be critiqued, read their rules and how-to etc. My song was only 45.5Mb, a 4 minute audio track only song, and took about a minute to upload. AFTER the fact they warn it’s “too big”, is STILL BEING KEPT IN FILE, and can’t be critiqued unless you are a paid member only. WHAT?!! I wonder what they really do with with your TOO BIG 4 minute song if you do like I did, right away cancel your membership. That was a big red flag to me too! THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS AT REVERB NATION IF ALL YOU WANT IS A CROWD REVIEW OF ONE SONG! I don’t think that is fair. I then feel they must have a lot of other tricks! They claim they are a charitable organization! Wow! No article I found so far about Reverb’s Crowd Review service has warned about that! That’s even after I was a good customer and paid in full right away for my $1,000 guitar, so multiple red flags for me.
Unless something changed recently, you don’t need a paid account for Crowd Review. I always upload as 320 kbps mp3, which is way smaller. I think over a certain size you can’t post them on your profile, but you can submit them for review.
That said, it’s been many, many years since I signed up and I’m sure things have changed.
Thanks very much for taking the time! I’ll try again as you say Reverb is now the only one if you want a large number for feedback. I also want a cross-section of industry pros and general listeners, not one engineer or musician who reviews, or 24 individuals… I read a lot of bad reports of Reverb not doing as the AudioKite company they had bought. AudioKite had US people responding as what I read customers received very poorly written responses or responses not relevant… a lot of language gap variations. I thought I’d get the Gold level. It is the way I described and once you have done a lot you then realize you can’t get critiques with the Free level you have to subscribe. I just hope it’s not a hassle to unsubscribe or a trick to get another month subscription, so then at the Gold level they say minimum of $100 but in reality it’s plus $12.95 times two probably because they’ll get another month’s subscription in one way or another… but maybe not. They might even rule that you can’t get the gold level without subscribing at the “Premium” level. I forgot how much that costs. They say they do charitable things but they don’t act philanthropic. Maybe it’s easy to cancel, although I also customers expressing problems with credit cards in the area of security where hackers got into their bank accounts. Something is better than nothing at this point. I hope I helped viewers here and should come back to let others know what happened at RN… if that’s what this is here. If not I fully understand. Oh, and your music and top notch animation, amazing film editing… is phenomenal! You are some kind of a veritable genius, a powerhouse!
I’m not familiar with the different levels, but I’m pretty sure those distinctions are separate from Crowd Review. I don’t pay any sort of monthly fee and I can submit songs for 25-200 reviews (just checked). If you’re not benefitting from any of their other options, I’d cancel.
Thanks for the kind words!
Hi! I thought to really help I should not leave things incomplete about Reverb Nation (RN) Crowd Review. I seriously feel I need an objective review of my song, my digital “debut” to the cyber world. I have now learned RN is basically the only crowd review left in 2021, so back I went. Why no other services? Surfing the issue… over time I noticed a pattern where if a musician got a good report they liked the service, and if not, they hated it. The fewest were objective. Maybe that pattern caused the crowd feedback services to disappear. What remain are individual services: sound engineers, seasoned musicians, music industry pros… something I didn’t want. Musicians with bad crowd reviews definitely had an issue and posted quotes of atrocious responses, obvious examples.
I decided if I purchase 100 reviews there would be hopefully enough conscientious reviews. It must be hard from the reviewer’s standpoint if they aren’t paid much for their response. Maybe a majority live in developing nations, either/or maybe only responses by the dozen pay enough, which would make even the concept of crowd review service an oxymoron, another reason for so many services disappearing, feedback for the naive. If it were fruitful there would be a plethora of services. In addition… maybe artists don’t want to face potential realities of failure, or that crowd feedback is inherently an oxymoron. It would have been $94 for 100 but thanks to the author’s discount here it was $84. If I recall, reviews can take up to a week, or maybe it was 10 days, which you aren’t told that in advance. I looked now 2 days later thinking at least some of the 100 reviewers might have listened, and nothing. I don’t know RN’s process or their reviewer recruitment criteria. To get a crowd review you have to join, and they aren’t up front about that nor how long it takes to get your reviews. I joined, but I was previously wrong… first month for paid subscription is free. If you want a free version I recall I did a lot of starting my account, bio, photo etc then found out I had to get a paid subscription in order to get a crowd review, not good etiquette. I paid $84 right away and no receipt, so do a screen shot. RN was nice about answering my questions, and 2 days later they also said, “The Gold/Silver/Bronze tier system of our Crowd Reviews was discontinued in 2016. Since then we offer advanced insights a la carte.” I found what appear to be nice opportunities. I wanted to submit to radio stations in Folk Music genre and a search led to about a dozen open to RN musicians, nice! I hope I have helped in some small way! Thanks Brian Hazard and other commenters!!
They hire listeners through Amazon Mechanical Turk, so they do get paid, but not much. You’ll be notified when all 100 reviews are in, which shouldn’t take more than a few days. You can’t monitor progress during the review period. Again, you don’t need a paid subscription for Crowd Review. I don’t have one, and I can still get reviews.
Thanks so much for taking the time for your helpful advice. I first clicked to join for free and when I wanted to purchase a crowd review the notice came that you can’t unless you subscribe, that free users could not get crowd reviews. I wonder if you joined before some rule was applied and so you can have a free subscription and get reviews. Either that or how recent was your last crowd review?
It’s been a couple years. June of 2019. But I can still start a new one, and I’m definitely not paying for anything!
Hey Michael, would love to chat about this in some detail, as I’m researching this feedback process with artists and talking with them about their findings. Your detailed post was pretty helpful. Any way we could get in touch?
Brian, thanks for your amazing work here.
So I just used this service and am sad to report that Reverbnation clearly copied & pasted / used bot accounts to fill up my reviews. Many have identical wording or simply make no sense at all. It seems like the service has declined since this review.
My feedback is to STAY AWAY from Reverbnation. Trying to get a refund now as the data is useless.
I was going to ask for a copy of your report, but I see you already emailed it to me!
It appears Amazon Mechanical Turk isn’t being well policed by ReverbNation. I’m afraid I have to concur with your advice to stay away for now.
My last affiliate payout was only a few bucks, so I don’t think many people are using it anyway, at least as a result of my writings. I’ll reach out and let them know about your experience right now.
Thank You. I am happy I read through all of your comments until the very end. After many years, I will soon be releasing an new album of 9 original songs.
Although this seemed promising at first, now I am thoroughly convinced I will not use Crowd Review because of a) the used bot accounts Patrick mentioned make the reviews meaningless, and most disturbing b) The nefarious T’s and C’s first noted by Ricky Sax concerning copyright transfer of rights.
No matter how benignly I may actually “have a gut feeling” that any service would not actually use my music for beyond gathering reviews (and mind you, I’ve had a Reverbnation profile since 2011, although I’ve been inactive for years on it), I’m sorry; what is written in T’s and C’s for me always trumps any intuitive feeling I may have about any service.
However, Brian I was only introduced to you recently through a CD Baby article, but I applaud you for your helpful content.
A client of mine recently ran a song we worked on together through Crowd Review, and many of the comments were suspicious. Maybe it’s Amazon’s fault since they come through Mechanical Turk, but I’m tending to agree that it’s getting less and less useful.
Unfortunately Drooble has been down on and off for the past month or so. I generally find their reviews to be superior and their users to be more musically literate, but the site being up is kind of a prerequisite.