Music Square One
Giving you the Truth about the Music Business
If you think that Reverb Nation is doing you any good – think again!
I have been using Reverb Nation for many years now and used to think that it was good deal but not anymore! That’s not to say that they don’t have some decent features, more specifically their widgets. Also their landing pages for FB are OK but I’d rather use BandRX or others.
But as of NOW I’ll never pay Reverb Nation another CENT – and may just take them down from ALL my sites and social nets – as they are pretty much scamming people or should I say preying on those that think they’ll become a star and get tons of fans, and sell tons of music, etc .
So why the change for me? They just charged me $15.00 to get out of my Digital Distribution for a SINGLE (one song!) – and wanted to charge me automatically $39.00 for ONE SINGLE. No way out of that -which is ridiculous.
Further, they auto-charged me last year for that SINGLE and Mega Song Storage – with ZERO NOTICE – and would NOT do anything about it – except to ask me to pay even MORE MONEY as a take down fee! Way more than just adding a single or even a full CD up to the digital retailers!
Let’s get one thing straight – I’m NOT a rock star – I don’t play music professionally all the much anymore since cover charge hasn’t changed in over 30 years – it’s STILL $5.00 so you can’t really “tour” anymore unless you can draw and since I don’t
I had released a single just to see how it all worked – when I should have just released my entire CD – and now I’ve found out all of that was a huge mistake!
First almost 98% of my fans are OTHER BANDS and don’t get me wrong I love MY FANS (a small group to be sure) – but I doubt they aren’t going to buy my music! Their Digital Distribution can’t hold a candle to Band Camp which you control and only pay 10% but you have to drive TRAFFIC to that page/site – but to get to the Major Distributors – go with CD BABY – one time fee – no automatic billing without NOTICE and they keep a small percentage of your Royalties – it’s cheaper to put up a single and a FULL ALBUM is about the same as you pay at Reverb Nation but that’s a ONE TIME FEE!
And they sort of get you hooked in with their “royalties for whatever” – which is about $0.02 per month if you’re lucky. And I can assure you that this is TRUE of many other bands – heck I’ve made more money from Reverb Nation than a FULL TIME TOURING BAND! But they are also using a TON of other music services which I don’t use as I’m not doing this FULL TIME by ANY MEANS – but I do keep up with what’s going on in the Music Business! And just like my readers to know THE TRUTH!
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Steve Moore, B.A., J.D., Author
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