In the last months I noticed that many netlabels have started a new trend: instead of releasing new and unpublished music, they just repurpose albums that have been already published on Jamendo or tracks that have been already published for other netlabels. I don’t want to do examples, because this post must not be read as a personal attack to somebody in the scene. Who deals with netlabel scene on daily basis like me already knows the “examples” im referring to, while the not-so-much-addicted netaudio fans probably won’t care a fuck about this technical and niche post anyway.
As I said, I don’t want to attack anybody, but I’d just like to understand the meaning of this repurposing trend. What’s so cool into adding your release code before the title of an already released album, dear netlabels admins? Where’s the cool part into releasing compilations of already-released netlabel music? Is it lazyness or something like that? Do you have some spare webspace and bandwidth to waste? Do you hate so much releasing new stuff? Can’t you just share your music selections doing a textual tracklist + mp3 links like many others in the scene already do?
Sarcasm aside, I just wanna understand the sense of this trend. It creates lot of duplicates and lot of caos in the free music scene (that is frustrating!), so i hope there’s a good reason behind this new trend.
My opinion is that netlabel scene must be different from Linux distributions scene*, so please try to keep the cloning and the duplication of the same stuff out of our world, if you can ;)
* inside Linux world, maybe you know, there are tons of amateur distros that are mostly big distros + some author’s customizations (like 2-3 additional packages that are not included into stock Ubuntu, custom icon, custom theme etc): this creates just caos and waste of resources.