Sebastian Redenz, one of the guys behind Thinner netlabel and Thinnerism blog, wrote a long article today about why Thinner will soon become a music platform with both free and paid downloads. A mutant netlabel or sort of.
“As from THN104 thinner will be offering paid downloads next to occasional Netlabel releases. The free Netlabel itself continues to release original music for free, no simple derivates from the paid releases.”
Complete article here (it’s worth the read):
In my opinion, this decision is good for djs and listeners who don’t know netaudio or don’t like to spend tons of hours browsing for free good music or reading underground blogs about best releases, and so they buy lot of digital downloads from Beatports and similar stores, where you get easy “Top 10 Techno Songs of the Week“-like charts and you have just to click “Buy” buttons. In the future, these users will see netaudio tunes side-by-side with famous tunes and they will be happy to spend money for them. Thinner will earn some money and both admins and artists will be happy.
Fine, but what’s about us, netaudio lovers? We love netaudio movement because it’s free and good, because it’s a modern way to share and promote music, because it’s culture, because we can often legally remix the tunes if we like, because we can discover and be fans of unknown artists… What about us? We have to start to pay for what we got for free until now or we have to move on, that’s all. Nobody cared about us in this decision.
Below the comment I posted on Thinnerism blog:
“This is a sad post and I agree with just some parts of it. Paid downloads can be a future for you, but I will not be part of it, sorry, neither I will support this decision on my blog.
Netaudio is good because it’s an alternative to common music biz, not a fashion version of it (“oh yeah I buy tracks on Beatport, im so cool”). Netaudio is not just a bunch of tracks, it’s a way of life, a culture, the flag of user-generated contents.
There is still so much netlabel music to download and listen for free that makes no sense paying for yours. I love many THN releases, I love you guys for you work and I always support your label and your articles, but I will not be part of your project, at least in the near future.
Many good netlabels born everyday and many old netlabels need to be discovered, there is a lot of free music I still miss in my 316Gb netaudio collection, so I have enough stuff to listen for free for the next 2-3 years at-least 😉
For me, netlabel addict, makes no sense to pay for netlabel music since there is a free alternative.
Paid downloads will be useful only to ppl who is not into netaudio and that does shopping on Beatport.
Sorry If my words sounded harsh, but i’m very sad for what u wrote.
My 2 cents.
Rubèn (aka eldino)
Will you start paying for your lovely netaudio stuff or will you just keep downloading it for free from free netlabels?