When Stian, a friend of mine, came to me a few days ago and told me I could now find his music on various online music services I just had to find out how. It’s no secret that record companies are becoming more and more uselss with most of them being sadistic about both stealing the artist’s money and chase pirates, but I was unaware of just how easy it had become to publish music on your own.
There are apparently several ways to go about this using various services that do the work for you, but the one Stian used is called Zimbalam. You basically pay them €30 (Euro, a little over $40) and your album will then magically appear on various music services a few weeks later. These include Amazon MP3, iTunes, Spotify, eMusic, Napster and Rhapsody as well as some smaller services.
This of course doesn’t help you with the recording part of the production process, and while the artist in this case made all the music using various computer software, most artists will need to record the album first. Still, there’s a lot of potential for this kind of service both for smaller unknown artists who record at home or at concerts and it brings down the cost of getting out there considerably. Digital downloads of music is the future for sure, and not having to worry about everything that goes with a CD release opens for a lot of new music to be released.