THAT (that) wrote,

Let No Good Song Go Unpunished

When you have one of these discount web plans like I have for my music website, you have to keep an eye on the downloads. They have this deal where they charge you exorbitant fees if you go over the limit. It's one of those screw-the-poor business models that makes our world go 'round, like check-bouncing charges.

In general, I don't have to worry about it. I get at most a couple hundred downloads when I post a new track. The last song I posted on my website has had about 300 downloads over 3 or 4 weeks.

I know I have to give the tunes away if I want anyone to hear them. If I tried to hawk them on iTunes or cdbaby, I'd be lucky to get 1% of the downloads I get now. That's just the reality these days.

But there is the danger that a track could catch on. I once posted a cover of a 50's rock and roll tune that got picked up by a Japanese mp3 portal, for some reason. (I still have no idea why.) That one got over 3,000 downloads in the space of a couple of weeks. Fortunately, the plan I had at the time had enough headroom.

But hosts have tightened up their deals since then. If I ever get another "hit"... I'm fucked.

And that, my friends, is the new economy.
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