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We all know Google Docs is one of the best ways to share documents with others so that everyone can edit and collaborate on projects. For bands one of the smart things to do is make a Google doc with all of the information people regularly need to access. This is old news for most but what is new news is that you can now upload and share any file on Google Docs. This is great for groups who want to upload regularly used files like press photos, album art or even your music that you can share with everyone who works on your music so you regularly have access to them.
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I constantly hear from friends that you need to put up iTunes exclusive tracks to drive sales. In my eyes this is some of the stupidest conventional wisdom in the music business today. By driving music buyers to purchase your music from iTunes you lose the ability to keep in touch with fans who buy your music and instead give that right to iTunes. Doesn't seem very smart to me. As well, everyone knows iTunes doesn't exactly give you the highest profit share.

This is why I say hell no to giving iTunes exclusive tracks and instead recommend giving them to Bandcamp. Giving the incentive to buy through a store that allows you to keep a fan relationship and get higher profits should be a no-brainer. Teach your fans to stay in touch with you via Bandcamp and you will profit from lasting relationships and higher profits.
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We get the best comments! One of the more astute ones we have have received recently is that the site Uvumi, which we recently profiled, has some shady terms of service. Check out what commenter Musical Watchdog has to say:

"Once again we have a new company that unfortunately has some hostile info in their Terms of Service.

At first it seems the information/songs you provide are revocable at your discretion. However, this flag pops up later which pretty much hands over all power over your uploaded info to Uvumi for eternity. This kind of language is also a red flag in recording contracts.
Perhaps it is the wording, but it sure seems like a blanket license to me:

"Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, you acknowledge and agree that you shall have no ownership or other property interest in your account or ANY OTHER INFORMATION or attributes associated with your account, and you further acknowledge and agree that all rights in and to your account or any other information or attributes associated with your account are and shall FOREVER be owned by and inure to the benefit of Uvumi LLC."

("Notwithstanding anything to the contrary" - means "this new part replaces all the other parts we just said earlier as the rules of the contract")

Then later there is this:

"You agree that you have no right or title in or to any content that appears in the Site or any attributes associated with your account or stored in the Site."

Um...what about YOUR uploaded content stored on the site? Looks as if you just lost it here again... If they aren't talking about your content, then they need to state this. Otherwise it seems like you just handed all your material away."

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It is no secret that Musformation loves SoundCloud, just look through our past articles and watch us talk about our all out love for the service. One of the things that makes us love SoundCloud is they do our job for us and write awesome articles like this one, which explains a couple of ways to use SoundCloud you may have overlooked. It would be very wise for you to read this!

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While we normally mock these types of services and anyone who would pay for them we like to put it out there for anyone who would like to employ them. With that said uSocial is a service where you can pay for Digg cotes so that your new YouTube or an article about your music can go to the top of Digg. A scummy tactic, but if you are one of those people who daydreams about having the access to more eyes and ears and swears this would be your big break, this could be your ticket with a high admission price.

Jango Now Allows Mass Emailing Your Fans

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We got very excited last year when Jango announced they would allow you to email people who became your fan on their service. Already a powerful tool for spreading the word on your music Jango is now allowing a mass email to make this a easy task and fast. This makes telling your fans on Jango about any big news a fast and simple task.

The Nuts And Bolts Of Touring

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We recently discussed that MOG is heating up the streaming music business and making fast friends. Obviously, it would be smart to get your music on there ASAP. TuneCore now offers aggregation to Medianet which will get your music to MOG, iLike and the above pictured sites. Get with it so more people can discover your Music.
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We all know that one of the big concepts to pay attention to in the new music business is to be a human who your fans can bond with. Formspring is a service that can help with this by giving you an embeddable widget for your website where your fans can ask you anything. Fans can ask the questions or you can answer the questions the service gives you. While the service allows aggregation to Twitter and Facebook we may suggest not flooding your feed with this nonsense. Nonsense or not it is a great way to let fans dive deeper into your group.
agegender.pngOne of the sad things about MySpace's death is that as it really went down the tubes they unveiled what is probably their most powerful feature, the Artist Dashboard. Despite MySpace's death spiral the Artist Dashboard can still give you tons of insight as to who your fans are and how you can run your band business more efficiently.

An Introduction To Audio Boo

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We all love music discovery sites, especially ones that don't have the same old tired artists on there. Uvumi is a new site where groups can upload their music and all sorts of bells and whistles that can help them be found by new potential fans. With the ability to make electronic press kits and other cool tools it looks to be a great site to put your music on.
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If you are the type of band who prides yourself on your live show one of the most obvious things to do is to allow fans to tape your live show. Surprisingly, it seems to be a shocking thing when bands actually allow this. Drugged out hippie rock sophomore slumpers, MGMT, recently made the decision to make taping section at their shows in order to encourage this activity. In an age where groups are trying to get everyone to share their content as much as possible, encouraging fans to tape and then post your concerts seems like an obvious move. Giving fans the hint to do so will only spread the word about your awesome live show. Don't follow the dinosaurs of this industry, encourage live taping.
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We discuss blogging and getting covered on blogs every week and it is nice to see that someone else is bringing some great content to the discourse. MicControl are discussing the blogging side of music all week long and it looks to have some solid content waiting for your eyes. Check it here.
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We all know that tiered bundles help sell records and earn you the adoration of your loving fans. Bandcamp has now made it easier to offer these to your fans enabling multiple packages to be set up on one album. To add them to an album simply hit edit on your current album. The future keep getting brighter in Bandcampland.
home_logo.jpgAfter an auspicious beginning where their first release just happened to be Peter Bjorn and John's Writer's Block, the independent label Almost Gold Recordings has turned nearly everything they've touched into, well, gold.  Some of the other amazing artists the label has already worked with include Black Kids, Harlem Shakes, Does It Offend You, Yeah? and Calvin Harris.  Considering all that, it only makes sense that Almost Gold would have some of the best A&R reps in the business.  Both friendly and insightful, Achal Dhillon is a gentleman well versed in the savviest details of the industry while still not coming across as the typical, disingenuous A&R creep.  We recently spoke with Achal in what turned out to be one of our best and most relevant interviews on the music industry yet.  
00-rza-as_bobby_digital_in_stereo-front.jpgThe Music Think Tank has up a fantastic article on your digital strategy. A concept many artists are still trying to grasp. This article gives a great big picture of many concepts we discuss on this site daily and some great new insights and details as to how you can be better at your Internet existance.
gigamesh.jpgRemixing has become an increasingly important part of the culture of electronic music and many of the hottest tracks burning up the Hype Machine charts are now remixes (often completely eclipsing their original counterparts).  One of the hottest new reximers we've been taking notice of is Minnesota's own Gigamesh.  With his synth-heavy and often disco-infused touches, he's been gaining some serious attention for his amazing work on Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me" and Classisx's "I'll Get You".  Whether you're already a seasoned pro or just looking to get into remixes to help promote some of your own original tunes, Gigamesh is an artist you'll want to keep an eye on.
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Selling merch online is one of the most important ways to fund your music. Handling the sales can be a cumbersome pain without customized storefronts and software. BigCartel is one of the best and esteemed sites on the net that can help you easily manage all of your merch selling needs. With a tiered pricing plan that involves monthly payments ($9.99 or $19.99), they make it easy to make your store work with as little problems as possible. Check them out and start selling your merch to those far away fans.
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Remember those days when tons of terrible bands would spam the hell out of you on MySpace and make you never want to listen to them by annoying you with countless friend requests? Remember when you used to do this to people and you would wonder why having 789479847398 friends on Myspace still meant no one cared about your music? Well now you can bring those dark days to Facebook with Facebook Wizard, a spamming software sure to help you spam the hell out of everyone and earn you the ire and disgust of people all across the Internet. You can do this for just $99 as well! Seriously though, if promoting like this is your thing, supposedly this software works. Just don't send me a friend request.
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It is no secret that online radio is one of the best ways to promote your music. With services like Pandora, Last.FM, Jango, Blip.FM and other services not only can you get your music before the ears of listeners who like the type of music you make, but you can also get paid for your plays as you begin to dominate the online radio airwaves.






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