#015 : Roundtable Edition – Can Free Downloads Help Your Career?

Famed British rock group Radiohead gives away their album for free. The RIAA strikes again. Led Zeppelin goes digital. And a dog named Bucky interrupts Jourdan’s news report. Join Kevin and the Podcasters as they take a bite out of an exciting week it digital music history and discuss last week’s episode with recording engineer, Jeff Saltzman.

The closing tune is by CD Baby artist Kelly Pettit

Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” free download is Here(dead)

We mentioned this website on the show: New Music Strategies

  • Hey Kevin. Another great show! Thanks so much for putting one of my songs on your podcast. I really appreciate it! For a short time, anyone who listens to the CD Baby podcast can go to http://www.myspace.com/kellypettit and download the song plus 3 others there for free. Thanks again for all the great info and motivation Kevin! Keep it coming!

  • Hey guys – really appreciate the mention of New Music Strategies on the show. Really weird to hear people you don’t know, in a place you’ve never visited, talking about you on the internet. I should get used to that, I guess. It seems to be happening more and more.

    It’s so great to hear a bunch of enthusiastic and intelligent people for whom music is really important just chat and joke about the new media environment. Subscribing to the podcast now. Thanks for pointing your listeners to the blog.

    Oh — and no big deal, but if you find yourself mentioning the site again, the name ‘Dubber’ rhymes with ‘rubber’. Yeah. Highschool was fun.

    Keep up the great work.

  • Lately every time I visit a Starbucks they give me a FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD card. One was even for a Dave Mathews song (cool). Can Free Downloads Help Your Career? I guess that answers that question, huh?

    I have been meaning to write you guys for a while, but I have been busy gigging, recording, doing workshops and stuff. Your podcast is about the only thing (except for audio books and music) that I listen to in the car on the way to my many musical adventures.

    I recently attended the Children’s Music Network national conference in Albany New York where I was asked to present a “CD Baby Success” workshop, the idea was to share DIY tips and ideas on how to sell and market music more affectively using CD Baby. I wanted you to know that your podcast was featured and recommended to the audience as a MUST HAVE marketing tool.

    Keep up the great work; let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you!

  • Thanks Mr. Billy,

    For your continued support! Just like CD Baby, we rely on the good words of our friends and fans to spread the news–rather than traditional advertising.

    So letting fellow artists know what we’re doing is the best thing you can do to help us and our DIY mission.

    Thanks a million!


  • Dyckns

    Realising BEATLES CD’s sell at the same price as a NEW CD today, 45 years later, I see no reason they would let loose to downloads. My opinion and observation is all this is…But…?

  • Elsa Garcia

    Someone mentioned that CDbaby now sells via downloads?
    I can´t find it on your web site. Please send me the URL

    I am addicted to audiobooks. I wish you would consider a podcast on CDbaby´s opinions and plans in that regard.

    Thanks for your great pods. How can I get a prior one, such as episode 10?


  • We do sell downloads on CD Baby. There is a button on most album pages that says “Buy MP3”


    It’s a “full album only” download. This is perfect for our artists who sell audio books.

    I love audio books too, but for now, we’ll just be focusing on music.

    Thanks so much for your input!