Buy Your Own Damn Music: Read An Excerpt From Hack Your Hit

The following is an excerpt from Jay Frank's  Hack Your Hit: Free and Cheap Marketing Tips For Musicians, available January 31. Frank is also the author of Futurehit.DNA, and the Owner and CEO of DigSin, a music company which provides its subscribers with free music. Before creating DigSin, Frank served as the Senior Vice President of Music Strategy for CMT, and as the Vice President of Music Programming and Label Relations for Yahoo! Music. Buying your own downloads is much like watching your own video. If you’re not going to do it, who else will? Granted, watching your own video is a little different, because doing that doesn’t cost you anything. You log on, go to the website address and watch. Not a penny spent. Downloads are another matter. If you’re going to buy your own music, it’s going to cost you a dollar. Or does it? You have to remember that this is your music. Let’s assume that you’re not signed to a big record company, and you placed the music up for sale yourself. This means, of course, that you get paid for each download. When you buy a 99-cent download, 70 cents comes back to you, so that…

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