Today I discovered another self-publishing site for your music: Booth.pm. A sister site to the popular art platform social site Pixiv, this site you can sell albums, manga, cosplay items, illustrations, and other goods that I am still discovering! I was just excited to find Vocaloid, Touhou Project, and other doujin/fanmade albums available for purchase.
Although from what I have seen in my preliminary findings is that artists upload usually MP3s of their works, but some upload CD-quality WAV & FLAC files also. I posted an album which I downloaded the FLAC version they offered for free, Hoshi wo Mishi Yume Altair.
I will be spending many days on this website, as I do with Bandcamp, Loudr, OC Records, and the other sites where I love finding albums.
Why Self-Publishing Music Sites?
I really like music self-publishing sites, where you can get your tracks and songs up as soon as possible and made available to your current and upcoming fanbase. Service sites that help you get your music published, without too many middlemen and mouths to feed in the days of physical distribution only, with more negotiable terms and payments, and the ability to publish at more than one site are some perks that help ease the worries many budding artists will have.
Giving more control back to the artists and creators but offering help on areas they may not be as well-versed in, such as web design and payment processing, makes for a well-balanced model of fair trade.
Being in a worldwide online community with access to a dealer’s hall 24/7/365.25 from anywhere you have internet connection, such a great idea! I especially love the idea of online sites that do not have territorial restrictions, as I have previously complained on about Mora and Japan-only stores.
Newer Models of Accessibility?
Sites that help the connection from artist to fan are what I believe are better that the old models of distribution that found ways to screw both makers and buyers and having they blame each other for the lack of money. In this internet age, where information is easier to obtain and the general public can choose to be more informed, online services that permits more than restricts will win from both producers and consumers of entertainment.
I am reminded of the 2013 E3 disaster from Microsoft on their Xbox One announcement with many restrictions on the console, from no ability to buy used games to the need of having the Xbox One stay online or you cannot play offline games, and the $500 asking price. Sony just then made an announcement on not having these restrictions and a lower price for a system with better specs, and won over the crowd quite easily.
Giving users who pay for content more restrictions than freedoms hurts everyone, so similarly in the same vein with online music stores zone restrictions hurt consumers, from not getting the content they want, to producers not making enough profit as they deserve.
Physical media has to contend with shipping fees, importing, power outlet compatibilities, and other barriers that we are used to since trade was invented, but digital goods make certain items way more speedy in delivery and enjoyment. The internet should not be restricted based on old-world country barriers of entry, but available to all.
So praise for the online retailers and especially to the self-publishing sites that help the artists more than hurt them. Art is not something that can be made from an expected routine of work but from inspiration, determination, sweat, tears, lack of sleep, tons of sleep, and luck.
I am still wanting to publish on those sites myself, but am not confident yet on my work to be honest (but I will dangit!). I am just glad that there are sites willing to help you get your music out and reach to those who known your value.
(This post was originally posted on May 18, 2015)