The Internet has changed a large number of industries and market segments, and music distribution is no exception. Album sales are dropping year after year, and online music sharing or market places like iTunes are prospering.
For a normal band or independent artist, however, it could become cumbersome to discover all the right places and strategies to promote and sell music online. In order to solve this problem, there are some companies appearing to bridge the gap between not so tech-savvy music artists and the myriad of online opportunities available for them.
RouteNote is one of them. The promise is to promote and sell the music of independent artists through online partnerships. What they want in return? 10% of the sales revenues. Here is a quote from the about page:
Onsite, artists can upload tracks to the RouteNote catalogue and enter into a non exclusive agreement permitting us to distribute their music to a worldwide audience in a matter of moments. They then select partnered retail outlets that they wish their music to be available through (e.g. Napster, Snocap, Samsung Mobile) and within moments their songs are earning money as part of a world wide, web wide, distribution network. Our rates for providing a distribution service are currently the best in the market, and our ever expanding catalogue gives us increasing muscle with which to negotiate deals from which everyone, artists, clients and distribution partners included will all benefit.
Should the idea work, it would be pretty compelling to music artists that wants to get started online.