Free Music 4 Life – It Ends Tonight!

Psst! Want to know a secret? Our Free Music 4 Life Sweepstakes ends tonight, 11:59pm CST. Get your entry in before it’s too late. You guys, it’s seriously a piece of cake. A delicious FREE piece of cake!

To enter, just do this:

  1. Hit up our Facebook page here (it’s an app).
  2. If you’ve already “liked” our page, you’ll be able to enter your name and email. If you haven’t “liked” our page yet, you’ll be prompted to do so, and then you can enter your name and email.
  3. Submit your entry, and you’ll be redirected to create a free account on Murfie (again, only name and email needed).

And that’s all she wrote, folks. You’re entered to win one free album download per week for the rest of your life!

Now I ain’t saying you’re a gold digger…

Are you a Gold Digger yet? Er, wait, that’s not right. I mixed up my gold references. Let me rephrase. Are you a Murfie Gold Member yet?

The Murfie Gold Membership program is one of our most attractive features.

You ask

Why?

I say

A Gold Membership gives you free rips & downloads of all CD purchases & trades for a year. A whole dang year!

A flat fee of $24 gives you 12 months of membership. In addition to free downloads of all CDs you purchase or trade for on Murfie, you also get free rips and downloads of up to 25 additional CDs per month from your Murfie collection (which includes CDs you mail us). Too good to be true? Nah, it’s as good as gold.

To set up a Gold Membership, just visit this page: http://www.murfie.com/subscription

It’s the hard-knock life for artists online

How much do musicians make in a digital marketplace?

I just can’t keep quiet about this any longer. InformationIsBeautiful.net has created the most lovely, elegant infographic depicting how much music artists earn online. Seriously, take a look at it. It really shows you how the type of format impacts a musician’s profits. It also proves that album sales are most profitable for an artist, and that music streaming services are bad for business for an artist.

The formats that provide royalties, in order from baddest to bestest (I know, not a real word) for a musician: stream on Spotify, stream on Last.fm, stream on Rhapsody, track download on Amazon or iTunes, retail album CD (low end royalty deal), MP3 download (via iTunes) on CD Baby, MP3 download on CD Baby, album download on Napster or iTunes, retail album CD (high end royalty deal), CD album on CD Baby, self-pressed CD.

Is your head spinning? Yeah, mine too. But no matter, I’ve had time to turn my thinking wheels in the right direction and dream up a few major conclusions (thanks again, David McCandless, London-based author, writer and designer, for the infographic!). You’ll notice a theme to my deductions: the best choice to make as a consumer if you’re keen on playing nice with the musician (why? because I’m one of those people who think supporting the artist should be a factor when making a purchase).
1) If you really want to support your favorite musician, purchase the CD album.
2) If you’re going to purchase a download, album download > track download.
3) If you subscribe to a music streaming service, that’s not very helpful.

Please leave a comment below if you have an additional conclusion you’d like to share!