« on: June 13, 2010, 11:32:33 AM »
I think CD Baby let the artist set their own price for downloads, the artist pays them to put the release on there.
As for dowloads being thought of as not a "proper" album, this happened a few years ago with cassettes and Cds. Small independant labels would release their artists on cassette, others would do CD, artist on cassette would be eventually "ignored" as to be on CD meant you were a proper artist. Its a silly argument because any self respecting artist would put exactly the same amount of effort into the music regardless of what medium it was going to be released on.
Now we have download v CD/CDR, as well as CD v CDR, some people won't buy downloads, they want a CD but not a CDR, others are quite happy to buy downloads, and others are happy to buy a CD and a CDR. This will probably never go away, its the world we live in, and everybody is an individual.
There has always been poor quality stuff released, but you get that in all styles of music, not just Ambient, and while the download era is here with us, there probably seems to be more of it. If you look at various download sites you can come across some artists who are releasing 3-4 hour albums every week, I don't know how they do it, and your first thought is, that must be crap music maybe it is, maybe it isn't, I don't know so I can't say, I choose not to buy it.Maybe it isn't downloads that will kill off music, but peoples fear that a download isn't a proper album, and ultimately will choose not to buy it. So putting the ball back into the artists court, what do we need to do to convince otherwise?
Sorry if I rambled on a bit.