Indie Music Available Digitally

“The Orchard is seeking to make money by purchasing music from small independent and foreign labels, and then distributing it to digital music services. In most music stores, CD’s of, say, Chinese or Kenyan pop music would be consigned to the world-music bin as a good will gesture. But the economics of online stores is changing the financial calculations of the music business, making it profitable to sell a relatively small number of copies of a song, as long as a compact disc is not manufactured and distributed.

“So instead of trying to sell millions of copies of hundreds of albums, the standard music industry strategy, the Orchard hopes to sell hundreds of copies of thousands of albums. In that way, the company is anticipating that sales will follow a pattern known as ‘the long tail,’ in which a large number of only marginally popular items can eventually produce significant revenue.”

Robert Levine. Buying Music From Anywhere and Selling It for Play on the Internet. The New York Times. Jan. 9, 2006.

See also:

Organization: Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) (“IODA is the industry-leading digital distribution company for the global independent music community.”)

Brian Garrity. Digital Music Enjoys a Dream Week. Jan. 8, 2006. (“There was so much legitimate downloading in the final week of 2005 that it recalled the impossible tallies research firms used in the late 1990s to dazzle venture capitalists and scare the daylights out of major-label executives.”)

CopyCense™: K. Matthew Dames on the intersection of business, law and technology. A business venture of Seso Digital LLC.

Written by sesomedia

01/11/2006 at 08:49

Posted in Web & Online

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