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Getting Your Music Heard Online

   The music industry has changed so much in the last 10 years that it’s almost mind boggling. I remember how hard my band Shufflin’ Noah worked to get our songs heard on the radio. It was such a rush to be in the car listening to our music on the local independant radio station.

   Now the independant radio stations are slowly disappearing as large corporations are buying up stations across the country. The good news is, there are a ton of places on the Internet where you can post and stream your music. There are a two major ways to serve your music online:

  1. Post your music on a website like Garageband.com or a pay service such as iTunes that will allow users to download a copy of your song.
  2. Set your music up to stream online through a service such as Shoutcast.com or imeem.com which are both free.

   What’s really great is you can do these things and get your music out there available to a large audience for free. I’m going to link you right now to one of my bands, Shufflin’ Noah on imeem.com .

Here’s the link:  http://www.imeem.com/people/kQh7n_s  

This was set up by my drummer, Frank Lee. Take a look at how nicely organized everything is. On imeem.com you get the best of both worlds. You can let listeners stream your music for free from imeem.com and if they decide they they would like to download a copy, the download link directs them to iTunes. You do have to get Apple to put your music for sale on iTunes. But it’s still a great way to set up free streaming.

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