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A social experiment of sorts...

Postby tibetanpunk » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:30 pm

Here is a social experiment...Seeing as hardly anyone at all has bought my album so far. Here it is pay what you want starting at £1...

http://johnmarshall.bandcamp.com/album/awakening

And the experiment part...Here is a 'pirate download'...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VFL33CHX

Either way, enjoy...
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Re: A social experiment of sorts...

Postby jellyjim » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:28 pm

tibetanpunk wrote:Here is a social experiment...Seeing as hardly anyone at all has bought my album so far. Here it is pay what you want starting at £1...

http://johnmarshall.bandcamp.com/album/awakening

And the experiment part...Here is a 'pirate download'...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VFL33CHX

Either way, enjoy...

Interesting experiment but I guess it begs the question why would anyone download it either way? And I mean that in the nicest possible sense!
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Re: A social experiment of sorts...

Postby jellyjim » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:22 pm

.. oh god, did that come out really wrong?! :headband:

what i mean is it's difficult to get noticed even if you give stuff away ...

... what about paying people to download?

now that would be an interesting experiment!
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Re: A social experiment of sorts...

Postby Soundseed » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:13 am

tibetanpunk wrote:Here is a social experiment...Seeing as hardly anyone at all has bought my album so far. Here it is pay what you want starting at £1...

http://johnmarshall.bandcamp.com/album/awakening

And the experiment part...Here is a 'pirate download'...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VFL33CHX

Either way, enjoy...

I can tell you the results from this very similar experiment:

http://www.piethaag.com/Piet_Haag/ARE_YOU_STINGY.html

On the left of the page, is the "stingy" option, you can download free iTunes ready, ID3'd, artwork etc...

On the right of the page you can go to bandcamp, vibedeck, itunes stores and pay for it.

.. nobody has bought it so far as I can tell, and there have been a modest number of "stingy" downloads.

So, abandon most hope :-)

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Re: A social experiment of sorts...

Postby Mash » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:39 am

Isn't this the case with all music nowadays though, the pay/not pay option?

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Re: A social experiment of sorts...

Postby Soundseed » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:56 am

Mash wrote:Isn't this the case with all music nowadays though, the pay/not pay option?

Mash :P

Yeah, but in the case of the OP above - and the page I linked to - it is effectively an advert directly from the composer, giving the listener the option to buy or download free on the same page. The experiment, assuming you listened, is that if you liked it enough to want it, did you pay for it or take it free? Overall, its more advert, or maybe statement of frustration, than experiment unless the intention is to present detailed data at some point.

BTW, I did listen to the OP's album - generally nicely done, accomplished, acoustic pop, with some fine moments - though a bit same'ish for my tastes. I chose a third option - didn't buy, didn't download. Thank-you for the background sounds. (sorry )

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Re: A social experiment of sorts...

Postby tibetanpunk » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:16 pm

Well...After a long while, 4 people bought the album and 69 (good number! :P ) downloaded it 'illegally'.

I imagine that most of the people who just downloaded it were my 'friends' on facebook. So that's nice...lol

3 friends bought it and 1 random person decided to buy it instead of just taking it...

It's up on iTunes and a host of other sites now. Reason 6 should arrive tomorrow so I can get to work on the next album. Can't wait!

*EDIT* seeing as I cannot edit the original post, I have password protected the download on megaupload to prevent any further downloading.
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Re: A social experiment of sorts...

Postby chris... » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:36 pm

When I click "Buy it now" I get an error page saying "Hmm, that shouldn't have happened".

Hmmm.
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