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Blamstrain albums available for "free" / pay-what-you-want

category: general [glöplog]
Hey scene beards and beardettes,
I put everything up on my website for pay-what-you-want, with the ability to pay zero if you wanna. It's all a big experiment and I'll also be posting all the numbers (downloads, paid, revenue) on the site too. So if you wanna see this sort of "open music" thing fly, go download, pay if you like, and advertise to everyone :) every little bit counts!

Thanks :)

Blamstrain / TPOLM - MFX - katastro.fi & Retro A.C.
oh, the url is http://www.blamstrain.com
Hmm, sounds good.

Radiohead tried that on their "In Rainbows" album too.
thanks a lot. Going to check it out.
added on the 2009-10-16 18:07:11 by NoahR NoahR
Thanks guys! Yeah, everyone knows that Radiohead thing by now, what is new is that I'm completely open about all the numbers. It's the sort of thing that I'd wish to see propagate more as it'd definitely affect my own feeling of attaching with the bands I like in a positive way. :)
i hope the music is not as earstabbingly horrid as radiohead though :P
added on the 2009-10-16 18:13:26 by Gargaj Gargaj
Don't worry, no wailing guitars or Yorkes here.
yeah! btw your eye scares the hell out of .. hell
added on the 2009-10-16 18:41:31 by leGend leGend
thanks for urling macaw!

qmo: its all-seeing.............
Is it the last ninja eye? I'll check out the album later - there's some of your stuff I've really liked before.
added on the 2009-10-19 15:07:18 by psonice psonice
yeah i bought it some days ago, it's sweet :) i didn't pay much though cos i'm broke
just bought it & couldn't be more happy!
added on the 2009-10-19 22:15:42 by monroe monroe
i been checking out t61 for a few days now, it seems very promising. should be worth your while to give it a go juho.
added on the 2009-10-20 13:33:05 by psenough psenough
Since 11th of October, 2009:
Total downloads of the 7 albums available: 185
..of which were paid for: 25
Total revenue: 154.50EUR

So 13.5% of the downloads were paid for. Do you feel this is a sustainable business-model? I'm not trolling, I'm honestly wondering. As in: are you happy with this? Is it enough for you based on the amount of time and work you put into the album?
added on the 2009-10-20 14:21:32 by gloom gloom
It would also be interesting to see the amount of streamed plays compared to the actual downloads, as increasingly, people listen to music in their browser.
added on the 2009-10-20 14:23:48 by gloom gloom
Thanks rm and monroe! and cheers for the tip ps, I will! just been too busy to :)

Gloom: It's way too early to draw any final conclusions about the viability of the "business model", only been doing it for a bit over a week. In general, I'm happy as long as people listen to what I do. I wouldn't be doing electronic music if I just wanted to make lots of cash out of it.

But if I'll speculate a little, 13.5% sounds like a high number to me honestly. The percentage is way less than that if I count the "illegal" downloads on torrent sites (which I keep track of too, just not as often) and compare them to the overall sales numbers. It's more like 1% or 2% then. For example, Exosphere has been downloaded around 2000-3000 times already on torrent sites (add to that rapidshare, irc, whatever and I think it's double that) and the total sales numbers from iTunes & co is around 20.

It's hard for me to get the play numbers as they're grouped by track and not album, not impossible, just something I don't want to do every day so I go with the D/L numbers. I've been suggesting Bandcamp to automate this stuff tho.

if i get this right:
free album: ~150 free downloads, ~20 paid
sold album: ~2000 free downloads, ~20 paid

possible conclusion: if you sell the album, you get the same income, except at least more people will hear it.
added on the 2009-10-20 16:10:06 by Gargaj Gargaj
of course this is a wildly exaggerated one, but still, that stat-table is very interesting.
added on the 2009-10-20 16:10:41 by Gargaj Gargaj
...ok wait sorry i got confused. nevermind.
added on the 2009-10-20 16:11:35 by Gargaj Gargaj
Yeah, I'll just wait at least a few months before drawing any final conclusions about the numbers. I find it a nice project though. :)

Gargaj: Mind that the torrents for Exosphere have been available since April, so it's been around for more time.
thanks for your music blamstrain!
added on the 2009-10-20 18:45:08 by elfh elfh
i'd warez it just to avoid increasing the download-but-not-paid counter!
added on the 2009-10-20 21:01:31 by skrebbel skrebbel
heh yeah makes you feel guilty doesnt it :)
added on the 2009-10-20 21:06:42 by superplek superplek
hey nice new nick, fartmormor!
added on the 2009-10-20 21:16:15 by skrebbel skrebbel


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