As the Internet becomes even more popular, online music sales are soaring. But the availability of music on the Web doesn’t just help rock stars. Local bands are going online to get noticed by fans and agents.
The most popular online music store is iTunes with over 8,000,000 songs. Other popular sites include LimeWire, Vuse and Rhapsody.
“Being able to download music from my bedroom is amazing,” said Harlee Dickerson, a sophomore at Edmond North High School. “I use Vuse because it has a wide selection and you can download complete discography. It also has a wider variety of artists - like more underground/indie bands.”
Most sites allow listeners to preview the song 30 seconds before purchasing. Buyers must create an account and pay in advance. Some sites, like LimeWire, require shoppers to purchase a license to avoid theft.
“Before, you were only able to listen to one artist at a time,” said Gaines Ballew, 51. “You were limited to that single CD, which usually only had one or two hits. Now, if you only like one song from an artist and another song from a different artist, you can get them both without spending more than $2, since most songs cost 99 cents.”
Music sites have also helped unknown bands get their music heard.
“We posted our music on MySpace,” said Paden Treadway, a senior at Edmond North High School and guitar player for The Intellectronics.
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