Just two more cents here. When I get my CDs duplicated for retail
sales, I have to sign that proper licensing and royalties have been
paid on all the tunes and artwork I used in my recording. It's my
sense that this is one of the reasons that distributors I deal with
want to make sure that the CD is a commercial release and not a bunch
of audio files. In the US, copyright law requires me to submit a
copy of the CD, and a claim form that I have done the proper
licensing, to the Library of Congress.
My main objective in getting files on-line would be to address the
incredible cost of sending a single CD in the mail across the
world. The SCD market is still very, very small but tremendously
rewarding over the long run.
At 03:59 AM 5/12/2009, you wrote: >Hi Steve, > >The consensus so far seems to be for CD and I understand the arguments. >However, for me what would be great is if there was some way I could >purchase individual tracks on-line. Given the fact that I am a relative >newcomer to the game, building up a collection of CDs is a daunting prospect >and finding out which bands give sounds I like an expensive exercise. Also >many of the tracks on CDs are for dances I have never heard of, let alone >want to dance. So if I were able to download tracks featuring dances for >which I do not yet have music it would in addition serve the purpose of >getting to know the band and deciding whether to buy the full CD (and others >from the same band). Who knows, Hood, Wink and Swagger may yet oust Marian >Anderson from my current top spot of favourites. But to get to hear H,W&S >is too onerous (post to SA is not that reliable) and expensive for me so I >live in glorious ignorance of the delights awaiting me through H,W&S. > >A final comment about the medium - any CD I buy gets immediately put on to >my computer and then gathers dust. I think the market is moving towards >electronic media, at least as being a viable alternative, if not ousting >CDs. I look forward to the day when I can download a track and with it >comes a full description of the dance, why the tunes were chosen, some >personal reflections of the artists, a video of the band performing it and >people dancing the dance so I can make sure that the 3rd couple does indeed >loop back to place rather than pull back left shoulder! I would be prepared >to pay significantly more than just 1/12 of the price of a CD for that >package. So be one of our pioneers. > >Campbell Tyler >Cape Town