to Upload your MP3s to the Internet on mp3.com
mp3.com site is the most popular site for artists to mount their
own original work and make the MP3 files available as free downloads.
There are no gatekeepers here, so anyone can do it. And it's all
free. You can also sell albums that mp3.com will burn for you.
Time Required: 1-3 hours
- Go to www.mp3.com
and log on as a new artist.
- Submit your info,
choose a password, and go to your artist administration area.
- Now you are ready
to create your web page. You'll be asked for contact info and a band/artist
photo. You can upload the photo later.
- Use the "Customize
your Web Page" option to make your page distinctive. You can change the
background color (or add a background image), add more photos, and use HTML
for links, etc.
- To upload your first
song, click on "Update Song Catalogue." When uploading songs, be
ready to supply: credits, artist bio, lyrics, story behind the song, and any
- Choose a genre for
the song. Pick the one most people will associate with your kind of music.
Picking a small sub-genre can help your song achieve a higher standing and
sustained visibility on mp3s charts.
- Follow instructions
for uploading your song. You can even do the album photo and MP3 file later
if you don't have one ready. If you are using a 56K modem, this can take up
to 20 minutes and there's no indication that it's working till the end. With
cable or DSL, a few minutes will suffice.
- Wait a 1-3 days
for the upload to be confirmed. Every song is tested for technical problems
and previewed by the staff before going live.
- Getting paid at
mp3.com has gotten a little complicated. Your songs will rack up royalties
from the free listens and downloads, but to be eligible to collect these "Pay
for Play" royalties, you now have to be signed up in the Premium Artist
program, which costs $20/mo. I have 4 sites at mp3.com and only one of them
is earning enough royalties for it to be worthwhile signing up for this program.
In addition to making you eligible to collect on royalties, the Premium Artist
program gives you software that lets you upload multiple songs at one time,
gives your songs preference when it comes to approval process, and makes your
entries appear in bold typeface.
- Create a "DAM
CD." If you have at least half a dozen songs, make them available for
sale in CD form. The mp3.com company becomes your label, burning and mailing
CDs on a per order basis. You can also buy CDs for yourself at a discounted
price. Mp3.com splits all sales 50/50.
- Create and upload
an album cover in the JPEG format - otherwise they'll use a classy but generic
one. You can also upload a 2-page booklet.
- All info you give
about the songs on your webpage will show up on the multi-media DAM CD when
listeners put the CD in their computers and use the MP3 player included on
track of your webpage activity. If your song never catches on
or if it's activity peaks and then falls off, change the genre
it's listed under. New songs tend to get more play.
artists upload the same song in different genres using slightly
different titles. This can increase traffic on a hot song.
all songs you upload must be your own original work or the work
of someone from whom you have licensed the right to do so.
- Market your site
aggressively. Let people know it's there. Visit other artist sites to see
how they've customized them. Some very bad musicians are very good designers/marketers,
so hold your nose and dive in.
Hugh Blumenfeld, Editor
© 2001 Hugh Blumenfeld/The Ballad Tree