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April 01, 2007

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R. Francis Smith

For what it's worth, as a non-commercial podcaster who features Magnatune music...

...I'm not bothered in the least. Do what you gotta do. 128kbps freely available for us to play is still a Great Thing, an Awesome Thing, a Happy Happy Thing. So no sweat.

I'm bemused that right after I asked Shannon to add my show to the list of podcasts that frequently feature Magnatune artists, the list vanished from the web site, but hey. :)

Fear not. You're still awesome.

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John Buckman of Magnatune

...I'm not bothered in the least. Do what you gotta do. 128kbps freely available for us to play is still a Great Thing, an Awesome Thing, a Happy Happy Thing. So no sweat.

Phew, thanks for your support!

I'm bemused that right after I asked Shannon to add my show to the list of podcasts that frequently feature Magnatune artists, the list vanished from the web site, but hey. :)

That's was me. There were only a dozen podcasts listed there, despite that there are hundreds of podcasts out there that play Magnatune music, so I cleared out the list because it seemed like an arbitrary selection, and clearly we're not very on top of the real list of podcasts playing our music. If you google "magnatune podcast" and go a few pages in (beyond our magnatune pages) you'll see that there are LOTS of podcasts using our music out there. Tons -- google does a better job of listing them than I ever will.

-john

R. Francis Smith

John,

That makes perfect sense to me, and indeed, I think I could safely characterize my reasoning for asking to be listed as "if there's a list, and I'm not on it, it's like I'm not playing Magnatune music." Whereas if there's not a list... :) Makes sense to me.

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Joe

I can't say I like the new slogan. Seems more complicated than it needs to be. As for the podcaster bit, I agree. It was good to do for a while to promote your label, but it was obvious that it couldn't be done forever. I'm sure you'll have other innovative marketing programs that will bring results as positive.

Eddie Dickey

I have no problem with the new podcasting policy - I think that offering the 128 kbps mp3 files is quite generous. I plan to buy the high quality files as I did prior to the podcasting promotion. Your new plan makes good business sense..

Justin Bianco

John,

I just thought I'd put in my two cents: I think the new directions sound like great ideas. Separating the licencing and the consumer halves of Magnatune will give them both much more room to grow. The slogan definitely seems like a mouthful, and I hope that it will stick with iLicenceMusic.com, while Magnatune could possibly return to Listen, Love It, Buy It.

Of course, I can't help but mention the iTunes/EMI anti-DRM movement. It's clear that iTunes is catching up in a big way and that part of Magnatune's appeal is not going to be as unique as it once was. Although Magnatune's catalog will be going up on iTunes from what I understand, I still think there's plenty of great stuff (i.e. streaming/pricing) to keep people coming directly to the site. As a musician, it's important that Magnatune stands out from the crowd.

In terms of content and implementation, I think Magnatune is as great as it's ever been, and the only real hurdle at this point is publicity. (Oh, and by the way, these are my observations after less than a year with Magnatune so take them with a grain of salt- or a few.) Hopefully with iTunes music store implementation a blurb could be added letting people know that full content streaming is available as well as variable pricing. Those two facts alone could bring the iTunes audience in for a closer look.

Anyway, those are my not-so-brief thoughts on the subject. Thanks for all the hard work John, I know we're in good hands.

-Justin

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