these fast-moving days, a person could be forgiven for thinking that they
don’t really exist unless they have
an internet presence. It appears that every second person has a blog, most of us
have multiple email addresses, and some even live out alternative lives in
role-playing games and other interactive environments such as ‘Second Life’.
I, like many other people, maintain a website. It is largely there to promote my
music but, I have to be honest, if I didn’t have music I’d still find a
reason to have a website.
love the internet. I have been web-enabled since 1995 or thereabouts, and had a
website since around that time. I use the net every
day; as a communication tool, for reading news & other information,
listening to digital radio, shopping, as a problem solver and as a vehicle for
my music. The web - like television, red wine and chocolate - can prove
beneficial when used with care and intelligence.
am always on the lookout for ways to promote my music – the internet has given
me a better chance of being heard in this crazy, chaotic world. I have songs
available for listening/download on a number of sites other than my own, and the
latest corner of the internet universe to which I have appended myself is iTribe.
is a new way for artists to present their music to a wider audience, and allows
punters to purchase your songs if they are so inclined.
iTribe experience is as follows.
Something for nothing
shortly after the release of the SCALA ‘Over The Edge’, I received a letter
telling me that iTribe was offering to host the David Robinson track that had
been included on the CD, waiving the fee normally applied to those entering into
a hosting arrangement. It sounded interesting.
course, life gets in the way and it was some time before I actually got around
to doing anything. In fact, it wasn’t until August of this year that I managed
to get organised.
first thing I did was contact BJ Thomas, who heads up iTribe, and see if the
offer was still there. I was happy to discover that it was. BJ was very helpful
and provided all the information I needed. He was happy to answer all the
questions I posed.
process proved to be, when all was said and done, quite simple. In fact, it was
all managed via the magic of email. I sent some information about myself, a
photo, and the track ‘Better Go’ to iTribe and within a few days my site was
up and running. I got a password so that I could modify and update my
information and, in keeping with my experience thus far, it has been very easy
to make changes.
I am a little anxious about uploading my work to third party sites, and I
imagine that there are lot of others who are similarly wary of this brave new-ish
world. I was happy to read that ‘copyright, ownership and control of the music
remains with the artists at all times’. This is clearly stated in the material
you receive upon signing up for iTribe.
must be independent and unsigned. I suspect that applies to the majority of
readers of this article.
music is made available in the form of MP3 files encoded at CD quality 192 Kbps.
If you can’t do this yourself you can send a CD to iTribe and they will
perform the conversion.
you are fortunate enough to be considered a desirable commodity by listeners,
they will pay to download your music – they will pay 99 cents per song. Once
the nine cent GST component has been removed, iTribe credits the whole of the
remaining amount to artists – there’s no commission, administration charges
etc – quite refreshing in this day and age. Artists will be paid monthly by
iTribe once the total amount payable exceeds $20.
can actually purchase (using PayPal) and download the music direct from your
website via a link provided by iTribe. The link is included at my site – check
for an example. It is fairly easy to insert the small piece of html coding
(supplied by iTribe) into your web page.
what I consider to be a reasonable fee, iTribe offers hosting packages of either
30 or 60 minutes’ music. This means you can make a whole album available for
purchase/download if you desire.
you want to see what an artist’s site looks like, go to http://www.itribe.com.au/artist/drobinson
and have see what I have done.
can choose to leave the service at any time. No hassles; just close the door on
your way out…
has a streaming radio service - you can access and listen to music with the
click of a button. If you are lucky you might even hear one of your own songs
being broadcast… Because iTribe hosts an eclectic group of artists, you never
quite know what is coming next. It adds some interest to boring afternoons spent
at the computer writing study assignments, job applications etc.
presents featured artists on its pages and rotates them often so you might catch
a glimpse of yourself on their home page (www.iTribe.com.au)
from time to time.
are links to other
of the files…
am very happy to be part of iTribe. Not only has it been easy to create my new
page, it is also pretty cool to retain total control over my music and related
information. With other sites there are often delays while photos are vetted,
content is approved etc. Changes to my iTribe site have happened within minutes
of me making them. And, as mentioned earlier, you can pull the pin whenever you
that I am on iTribe, my internet empire has grown a little, and I only hope that
more people will listen to my songs as my music becomes increasingly available.
out iTribe and see if it suits you. Sure, you’ll most likely have to pay to
join, but it just might be just what you’ve been looking for. If you crave
more detail, you can find out more by visiting the iTribe site.
you in cyberspace!
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