Following up on the feedback a few days ago in the Why do 63% of our visitors leave right away? thread, there were multiple calls for indicating why Magnatune is different/better than other music sites.
At the same time, people wanted album art on the front cover, and top-selling albums, and such, and so the new home page that was rolled out last week had album art on the front cover. The "mission statement" was removed from the home page and moved to a "our mission" link off the home page.
Many people chimed in with why they thought Magnatune was special, so I decided to make a "Why we are not evil" page at Magnatune that lists the reasons.
Below is a list of the reasons I came up with. I loosely sorted them by "most interesting and likely to help a newcomer"
If I missed something you feel is important, please let me know. Likewise, if something below generates a "yawn" reaction, say that too.
Why we are not evil:
- Perfect audio quality: you get CD quality audio WAV files, as well as super-high quality VBR MP3s, AAC, and open source friendly FLAC and OGG formats (sample download page)
- No DRM: No copy protection (DRM), you can do what you like with your music, unlike iTunes and Windows-media based web sites
- Listen to everything: all our albums can be listened to in their entirety before you buy
- Good music: all our music is hand-picked, we accept 3 out of every 100 submissions
- MP3s everywhere: Our MP3s play everywhere: iPods, Creative, SanDisk, iRiver and every portable device that supports MP3s
- Musicians get paid: 50% of your purchase price goes directly to the musician
- Album art: every album includes high quality album art (in both Adobe Acrobat and 300DPI JPG formats)
- Give to your fiends: We encourage you to give 3 copies of any music you buy to your friends
- Name your price: you choose how much you want to pay for the music, and 50% of your choice goes to the artist
- Downloads and CDs: all our music can be bought as a download or a delivere-by-postal-mail CD
- Creative Commons: All our 128k MP3s are some-rights-reserved Creative Commons licensed
- Remix friendly: Tons of our music, acapellas and samples are available for Remixing at CC Mixter
- 100% legal: you're not breaking any laws, Magnatune is completely legal all over the world
- Licensing: all our music can be licensed for commercial use instantly and online. We license more online than anyone else in the world, which is why we're #1 in Google for "music licensing"
- Podcast-legal: podcasters can obtain and use our music for free
- Free review copies: music reviewers (web, print and radio) can get free copies of all our music
- No major labels: we have absolutely nothing to do with major labels or the RIAA
I put a link to it off the home page, right under the "license our music" link, and also in the info section.