(just an idea I had in the middle of the night… maybe it’s a good one?)
It just occurred to me that what artists like me, who are non-label, totally independent, need is a tracker/directory site for us to upload out torrents to. A tracker that’s 100% legal music.
I’m thinking since when you launch a .torrent file, depending on the client, you can select what files you want to download, artists can include in one torrent, a few different versions of their releases. For instance, I could include a flac version, and two different mp3 bitrates, all album artwork bundled with each compression scheme separately, and each version in it’s own folder.
The user selects the one torrent, launches it, selects the folder for the version they want, and they get what they want.
*Artist is distributing without needing a central server…
*Fans of indie/niche music are getting what they want the way they want it. And there’s a central place for hard-to-find and/or totally legally-distributed-via-P2P music.
There may also be advantages to creating a recommendation engine that excludes major-label music: Maybe major label music obscures the analysis of music taste in some cases? Just a thought.
I wrote a letter to the peeps at The Pirate Bay. Maybe they’ll read it and write me back.