- radio interview with IT conversations (online radio show),
- interview with Bits and Bytes (IT Magazine in Portugal & Spain)
- interview with International Herald Tribune
- wrote an article about Creative Commons for Five-Eight Magazine, an UK music industry magazine
- interview with Music Ally wihch resulted in an article this week (they are UK music biz analysts and have an industry magazine),
- wrote a short "Viewpoints" article for Music Week (an industry magazine) about the Creative Commons, in response to an article this wrote recently
- radio interview with BBC 5 radio, to be aired in the next few weeks
- wrote an article for the Audio Engineering Society, UK spring conference, where I'll also be presenting.
- spent 3 days recording Bach's flute works on recorder, with Magnatune artist Emma Murphy, and a harpsichord and cello player.
- preparing release of CDs by 9 artists, 13 CDs total.
- preparing release of TunePlug mp3 flash drive release, for the first week of March.
The New York press tour went so-so. I had good interviews with Fast Company, Fortune Small Business Magazine, and Global Rhythm Magazine, and may get stories from them. Other magazines were very clear on the "pay to play" system they operate by: you purchase at least 3 months of full page ads at $4200 per issue, and they review your CDs.
Sales are still around the same number of albums per month, though after a slight decline at the end of 2004 we're back to our average high from the beginning of 2004. This may be a seasonal cycle.
CD sales continue to be at about 30% of total sales.
I'm working with Paypal to be a press reference for them, and have an interview for that this week. Paypal accounts for 30% of our sales, which is about double the typical average Paypal sees, and is part of our international success.
We're now the #1 hit for "music licensing" on Google, and this has caused an upsurge in licensing interest, which is really exciting, as that could be a long-term foundation for Magnatune's future success. FYI there have been 14 music licenses in February, 10 in January, 18 in December, 23 in November, 18 in October.