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GUEST,jeff Does anyone have opinions of (53* d) RE: Does anyone have opinions of 14 Jul 09

In recognition of changes in the marketplace I decided to NOT release a CD on CD Baby. My release is on itunes and amazon in the downloadable format only. One can purchase the six songs as a collection entitled 'Sylvania Serenade' for 5.94US which includes cover art or download each song individually for .99US. My version of 'House of the Rising Sun' seems to be selling the most according to the approval ratings on itunes. Just released the collection and will receive my first paypal deposit tomorrow.

Am doing a series of three 6 song collections. The aforementioned 'S/S' is all traditional. The next six will be all inspirational 3 trad and 3 original. 'Wade in the Water', 'Wayfaring Stranger' and 'Amazing Grace' and 3 originals. The last will be all secular original. One will be able to purchase any or all of the 18 songs. Sequencing will be at the purchaser's discretion. If purchasing all 18 songs I'll add an 'Artist's suggested' sequencing option.

When touring I'll carry CD's in the 'jewellbox' traditional form w/cover art, liner notes, etc., but feel the future of music is in the pc accessable 'cyberworld'.

The advantage of itunes/amazon is that one pays a flat fee. CD Baby has a flat fee and a pecentage per unit. The only advantage I can see in having a presence on CD Baby is simply potential sales from the 'If you liked THIS CD here are 5 others you may enjoy'. To be included in the secondary list may increase interest in one's product.

Don't know if this approach will prove to be the future, but it saves me the trouble of dealing w/Disc Makers, Oasis or some other post-production company. I simply download the recordings and cover art and let the world at large decide on the viability of my releases. Direct marketing in it's simplest form.

Having a website and a myspace presence is important, too. People can access your material for free and download from itunes/amazon if one includes links as I have done.

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