Music Blogs Heading In The Wrong Direction (Editorial)

I jumped all over a fellow blooger today and that wasn’t right. But I think this free ipod, free pc referral scam is bad news. I see it popping up on a lot of blogs that I like. People who visit the blog are begged to help the blogger win one product or another (or even to help pay for the hosting costs or buy a t-shirt). The visitor to the blog is guilted in a way to take part as they are receiving free music by visiting and in exchange the least they could do is help the blogger win an ipod shuffle.

We write our blogs to promote music not to profit from the traffic that comes our way because of the music. If you are hosting music “illegally” (i.e. without the band or labels consent) and most of us are, it’s simply not right to then try to profit in any way from the exposure and traffic that the music you linked to provides.

Posting music illegally is one thing if you truly feel that doing so will help the band or label you are promoting. But taking part in all of these scams is just giving the RIAA the amunition it needs to shut us down. Perhaps this is alarmist but as we all know Moistworks was just recently forced to shut down…who’s next?

7 Responses to “Music Blogs Heading In The Wrong Direction (Editorial)”

  1. Yasir says:

    I totally agree with you; that is just asking for trouble.


  2. la1itree says:

    I *really* hate those things. I’m glad to see other people talking about how much of an eyesore they are.

  3. Comet Star Moon says:

    I actually removed my “Help me win a minimac” link this morning. On Friday I received a bill for a magazine I was supposed to get for free for a few months. I had signed up via one of Largehearted Boy’s many deals (nothing personal against LHB) and been completely mislead. they are all scams and they are just trying to rope you in.

    However, I didn’t see it as profit. I had one on my political blog, also. I don’t post MP3s on my political blog, people just come there because it has become a habit for them to read my inane opinions. I just thought, “hey a free mini-imac! How cool!” I sent the email out to my friends and many of the people who visit my blogs are also bloggers and if I visit their site I woulod certianly scratch there back…

    …I guess that sounds like making a profit. Hmmm…anyway, I took it down because I don’t want to feel guilty for anyone getting scammed as I feel I did. I know, I should have read the fine print…so technically it wasn’t a scam…but still, I fell for it and other people will fall for it who are suckers just like me. And we suckers need to stick together and save each other from scamming ourselves.

    By the way, maybe you can help me out. I’m trying to figure out a good way to start a “save your receipts” campaign. Basically, I feel that the MPAA isn’t going to see the huge benefits from blogging and try to come after some of the more popular MP3 blogs. I think we should all start saving our receipts from purchases we make because of blogs so the day a lawsuit does come to one of our brothers or sisters, we can show up in court with proof that the MPAA is hurting itself. Any ideas how we should go about encouraging this?

    By the way (part two), I picked up Anais because of you. Thanks so much!

  4. governor says:

    While I agree that it’s kind of silly to ask people to help you acquire free stuff, I don’t see anything terribly wrong with it… I tend to ignore such requests much the same way that I ignore beggars on the street.

    Additionally, I agree with your stance on using podcasts (at least ones that feature music) to promote your favorite group or artist. This is my intention completely… to (hopefully) expose people to groups/artists that I find interesting and (at the same time) try to present the music in an interesting fashion/context.

    However, I find it highly ironic how you railed against someone for trying to win a free ipod (or whatever) when your site features a link that says: “Freebies Updated Daily!”

  5. GW says:

    Wow, that’s messed up. I’ve seen one blog that had one of those “help me win a blah blah blah”. It’s ridiculous.

    Calistan – The ‘save your receipts’ idea is great. Although, I never save my receipts. Hmm.

  6. GW says:

    Okay, I just read the post at Moistworks, and one thing that struck me was his comment on keeping the mp3 files up for a much shorter time. I agree with that 100%. Files shouldn’t stay up longer than a week, in my opinion.

  7. Craig says:

    thanks for the comments, the only thing I have to add is a defense of some of the graphics in the links section. when you sign up with aggregators to get more traffic they force you to put their graphics or message on your page apparently when I joined Willsdomain this is the link they provided it does go to a webpage with links from companies providing free services and not free gear needless to say I get nothing out of the deal except an occasional stray visitor however your right kind of ironic