Originally Posted by fitseries3
you know.... ticket sales and memorabilia make bands more money these days than the actual record sales. if bands were to release their music directly to the audience over the internet in ways such as DDL and .torrent, they would probably see a lot more support for their music. especially if they figure out a successful way to make people aware of their music. if you can make more people aware of your music, you WILL have more fans. more fans mean that more people will show up to your concerts/shows(ticket sales) and buy more of your bands memorabilia(t-shirts, hats, etc)
it just seams logical to me. how hard is it to upload or share 12 songs? very easy. give a little, in return for A LOT more success.
but, then you'd end up with a bunch of 128kbps tracks running around the internet - even the sites where you have to pay for tracks won't give you anything over 240, usually, and on top of that it's always mp3s or wmas.
Screw that shit. If no one wants to post music at CD quality or better, then there's not intrest on my behalf to download it. Hell, I didn't pay a couple grand for the audio equipment I personally installed in my car, nor the costs of my equipment here at home to be listeing to cheap, low quality, over compressed audio files.
But, I guess everyone else in the world is alright with 128, cause they're so used to listening to all their music on a friggin ipod with ear buds that they can no longer hear the difference between high quality bit rates and trash.
Anyhow, as to bands making more money with novelty stuffs at shows - from what I've heard talking with various band members over the years, they usually don't make much of crap off those sales. Typically, the revenue goes towards paying for odd stuff while on the road, or to pay for the tour bus, equipment repairs, etc.
Maybe if the record industries would quit charging 20 freaking dollars for a 30min, 8 track CD - people would be more willing to go back to the record stores.