Around fifteen years back I started my Song of The Salesman website and then I realised that I could ad advertising and sell related music from it. At it's height it was bringing in £500 a month , not it maybe hits £30 , but I keep it going as a hobby with monthly updates. Yesterday I removed two more online music links , namely GEMM who have gone to the wall and Play / Rakuten who have become fairly rubbish. This leaves Amazon and iTunes left as the only online iusic sellers that I can link to.
Emusic used to have a great model but that became shot to hell so I had to drop them , but the problem is that for the sellers that disappear there are no replacement models that will pay me for linking .
Ebay dropped me because I didn't make THEM enough money .
There are online services such as Spotify , but their model wouldn't mesh with mine, others come and go.
Below is a list of the affiliates who have come and gone, a lot still exist in one form or another:
- Some Russian Site
There are probably a lot more but I just find it sad that I feel as though for music , online there is much less mainstream choice. There is still a lot of online presences worth looking into such as Noisetrade who make a lot of albums available free to promote music, Bandcamp , Soundcloud and many others. Music is certainly not dead , it's thriving , but it's the grass roots music makers who give us the choice , not the mainstream.
I suppose it's like the Supermarket model , their ultimate aim is to close down all the competition. Luckily I live in Newcastle and have The Grainger Market and lots of great local food shops like Medina.
Also if you look at online , many people will not venture beyond Facebook and Amazon when the sum of all human knowledge is at their disposal. TV is the same , with have a plethora o f media available but some people don't get beyond Eastenders , X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent.
The thing is there is so much out there if you just open your eyes, but as the bible quote says "There are none so blind as those that will not see"
Anyway , it's gorgeous out there , go out and find something worthwhile to enjoy , me , I'm going to see The Reet Hot Chilli Peppers tonight.