Monday, November 2, 2009

Fresh Music at the Good Price: Free!

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By Lauren Carroll

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Published: Monday, November 2, 2009

Updated: Monday, November 2, 2009

What’s better than a MP3 player of cool, new music? How about if all that new music was free and 100 percent legal? It’s not an oxymoron. It’s the main philosophy of the No. 1 Web site for independent new music,
Santiago Vega started with a simple idea;-- help music fans find great new bands and help up-and-coming bands get their music to fans. “I started New Band Daily out of frustration,” Vega said. “ As all other music lovers, I had to spend a considerable amount of time browsing through literally several dozen of online and print publications just to find new acts, not to mention find good music that’s free and legal.”

The Web site initially launched in April 2009 as a forum for bands, but after the demand for music, recently re-launched with an interactive, completely free MP3 download from the featured band . “We foot the bill ourselves,” Vega said. Subscribers don’t have to worry about hidden fees or the dreaded Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lawsuit. Vega worked closely with publicists, managers and bands to be able to offer free music for the Web site’s subscribers..

The Web site couldn’t be easier to use. As a fan, all you need to do is enter in your e-mail address, select your favorite genres of music and wait for a band biography paired with a free MP3 in your inbox. Since signing up for New Band Daily, every morning has been like Christmas morning, with a new MP3 right in my inbox, specifically tailored to my tastes. October was a good mix of American and international bands. By far, my favorite discovery was on Oct, 27. I was introduced to Na├»ve New Beaters, a cool indie rock band from France, with a bit of a pop and electronic influence to create a new sound.

New Band Daily also has a link for bands and artists to submit their band information and an MP3. “We started thinking about how to also better serve the independent music community,” Vega said. “The more you better address and serve consumers’ needs, the better service you also provide to music artists.”

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