Music Online Glossary – When Music, Music Careers and PCs Collide

The Internet has proven to be where music can be discovered, reviewed, discussed, shared, and purchased. Musicians know this and get online to upload their music and become a part of the world wide music machine process. They come on the Web at every age, at every experience level – musically and computer savvy. From youngsters starting out to seasoned musicians just learning where the computer on switch is, the workings of being on a computer can be overwhelming with everything else they have going on in their lives.

The Web also allows musicians access to music knowledge. Artists will come across difficult terminology and phrases that they do not understand. Compiled in the following mini glossary are music business, digital, organizations, record biz lingo, computer terms and basic need-to-know info. Hopefully, something listed here will help you navigate music online a bit easier, and so you know, this glossary is an excerpt of an extensive list found on Artistopia.

A&R – Artist and Repertoire, aka talent scouts: a record company liaison whose duties may include to find, select and develop the music artist, band and/or songwriter.

Affiliate Program – a way to earn income by linking your Web site to another site, depending on the action taken by the visitor.

ASCAP – American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers which licenses and distributes royalties to it’s members’ copyrighted works.

Bandwidth – has nothing to do with the size of a band but is a measure of the amount of information (data) that can be sent over a network connection in a given period of time. Bandwidth is usually measured in bits per second.

Bitrate – The number of kilobits per second of data in your audio file. The bitrate you choose when creating an MP3 file determines the size and quality of the resulting MP3. The highest commonly available bitrate is 320 kbps and the higher the bitrate, the closer the encoding is to the original source of music.

Blanket License – allows the user to perform any or all, in part or all, of the songs in the ASCAP repertory. What a warm and cozy license.

Business Manager – an artist or band manager that specializes in the financial matters, including planning, investing, income, taxes, decisions and contracts.

Buzz – to get people talking about a new artist, band, song or album, creating intense excitement and/or rumors.

Clause – a chubby fellow in a red suit is Claus: in a record contract, there might be certain limitations, specifications, or modifications that stipulate the final outcome of that contract.

Concert Promoter – with duties including ticketing, PR, marketing, and booking, this agency or agent responsibilities are for concert event promotion.

Content – to make the Search Engines happy and have pages rank well in a search result, a good quantity of well written text aligning with the site’s keywords and theme updated regularly is a Webmaster’s steak and potatoes.

Cookie – no, not chocolate chip, but a piece of software that records info about your visit to a Web site, then holds the info until the server requests it.

Copyright – a set of exclusive rights regulating the use of a particular expression of an idea or information, in our case artistic properties, the songs and sound recordings.

Derivative Work – a new work based on or resulting from one or more preceding works.

Digital Licensing – the use of copyrighted music compositions including downloads, on demand streaming, limited use downloads and CD burning.

Distributor – the agency or agent that handles the sales and shipment of the music (records, CDs) to the marketplace or basically, gets the product to the consumers.

Domain Name – a sign post on the Internet, it is a unique name that identifies an Internet site.

DRM – Digital Rights Management is a technology that protects a piece of intellectual digital property such as a music, video, or text file.

Encoding – the process of converting audio to or from a compressed format like MP3 or WMA.

Exclusive Rights – under copyright law, the privileges that only a copyright owner has with respect to the copyrighted work.

Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) – a file format for audio data compression that does not remove information from the audio stream, as MP3, AAC, and Vorbis do.

Grammy Awards – an award ceremony for all genres presented by the Recording Academy for outstanding achievements in the recording industry: a gold megaphone for your mantel.

Groupie – what’s the point of being an act without groupies? Overly enthusiastic fans with much love to offer.

HTML – HyperText Markup Language, programming language for the world wide web. A web browser interprets the code written and displays it for a web page and web sites. Some very basic knowledge of HTML may help on some sites.

Hook – a pirate: a music phrase, a passage, an idea – something (catchy and/or repetitive) that makes the song stand out and be more appealing and remembered.

Hype – sensational and extreme promotion of a person, idea or product.

Indie – an independent artist or band that desires to do-it-all-themselves and/or not affiliated with a larger record label.

Intern – usually a college student job at a record label in a no or low paying position, more of an apprenticeship learning the ropes and gaining business experience.

Internet Service Provider (ISP) – how and who connects your computer or network to the Internet, whether dialup, DSL, Cable, T1 or T3.

Master Recording License – pertains to the recording of a performance itself, which are usually controlled by the record label.

Mastering – the final stage and preparation in a recording before weapons of mass duplication, includes the consistency of audio levels and quality perfecting.

Mechanical License – the use of copyrighted musical compositions for use on CDs, cassettes, record albums.

Music Contracts – all the various bits of paperwork used in the music business, always read the “fine print” to the many contracts – recording, management, finders fee, general release contracts. When the contracts come in – time to get an Entertainment Attorney.

Music Industry – all things pertaining and related to the business of music, dominated by the Big Four major labels: Sony BMG, Warner, Universal and EMI.

Music Publisher – provides services such as marketing, pitching and promoting works written by songwriters. Deals with the commercial exploitation of music catalogs and songs.

Press Kit – aka media kit, a prepackaged set of promotional materials for a music artist or band for distribution including song samples, bio, historical info, photos and contact information.

Producer – duties include: controlling the recording session, guidance of the artist(s), coaching, organizing, scheduling of production resources and budgets, as well as supervising the process of recording, mixing and mastering.

Publishing Royalties – income paid to the writer of a song.

RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America, the organization that represents the interests of record labels and producers in the USA.

Ripping – means to take an audio CD and record it to a computer in an uncompressed file format (wav). Digital audio extraction from one media form to a hard disk.

Roadie – the road crew that travels with a band on tour. These hard working individuals do everything but the performance, are technicians, do the set up and take down, security, bodyguards, pyrotechnics, and lighting.

Sampling Rate – the number of samples taken per second when digitizing sound. The higher the number, the better the quality of the digital reproduction.

SoundExchange – an independent, nonprofit performance rights organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties for recording artists and record labels when their sound recordings are performed on digital cable, satellite TV music, internet and satellite radio.

Sound Recording – the copyright of the recording itself (what you hear, the entire production) as distinguished from the copyright of the song (words and music owned by the songwriter or publisher).

Synchronization License – aka “synch” license, allows the user to reproduce a musical composition “in connection with” or “in timed relation with” a visual image, motion picture, video, advertising commercial – from the copyright owner of the music.

Talent Agent – or booking agent, the representative of the music artist(s) that sets up the live performances.

Vanity Label – a celebrity recording artist is given a label within a label and runs under the umbrella of the parent label.

Online Music Stores – Your Dream Store

Music makes us feel relaxed and tension free. If you are a hardcore music fan, you feel so much engrossed in the lyrics that you forget all the tensions and worries of your life. After a hectic day schedule, we wish to listen some soothing melodies so that we forget all our tensions. When we listen to our favourite music, we are in our own world of fantasies. People who have passion for music like to have their collection of songs in an album. They like to listen their desired tracks on the move. Keeping these factors in mind, the mobile phone manufacturers have also started coming up with music oriented phones with advanced features. There are various portable MP3 players available in the market that allow the user to enjoy his favourite songs on the go.

Going to a music cd stores for buying your favourite album is a pain as you have to search for the song that is there in your head since many days. You have to buy an expensive CD which could be bought online at an economical price. When it comes to downloading songs or buying your desired CDs online, you can get great benefits with special offers.

These days, you can easily download songs online free or by subscribing online to music portals. This way you don’t have to go to a store to buy a CD. People now prefer downloading music online or buying a CD online rather than going all the way to a music store. In an online music store, you can effortlessly search a song or a CD you wish to buy. You can get CDs at the best prices and best offers & deals. So it is much cheaper and convenient than walking in to a store. You can take your own time and make a decision to buy whenever you feel like.

You can find an awesome selection of websites offering you music cd online. Get an endless array of songs with tempting offers. Downloading unlimited music is no more a dream for music lovers. With so many websites, it becomes hard to decide which one to consider to download your song. Compare the offers with different websites and then make a choice. Read reviews and research which one offers the best customer service.

Have an amazing music shopping experience with online music stores by getting your desired tracks in no time.

Music makes us feel relaxed and tension free. If you are a hardcore music fan, you feel so much engrossed in the lyrics that you forget all the tensions and worries of your life. After a hectic day schedule, we wish to listen some soothing melodies so that we forget all our tensions. When we listen to our favourite music, we are in our own world of fantasies. People who have passion for music like to have their collection of songs in an album. They like to listen their desired tracks on the move. Keeping these factors in mind, the mobile phone manufacturers have also started coming up with music oriented phones with advanced features. There are various portable MP3 players available in the market that allow the user to enjoy his favourite songs on the go.

Going to a music cd stores for buying your favourite album is a pain as you have to search for the song that is there in your head since many days. You have to buy an expensive CD which could be bought online at an economical price. When it comes to downloading songs or buying your desired CDs online, you can get great benefits with special offers.

These days, you can easily download songs online free or by subscribing online to music portals. This way you don’t have to go to a store to buy a CD. People now prefer downloading music online or buying a CD online rather than going all the way to a music store. In an online music store, you can effortlessly search a song or a CD you wish to buy. You can get CDs at the best prices and best offers & deals. So it is much cheaper and convenient than walking in to a store. You can take your own time and make a decision to buy whenever you feel like.

You can find an awesome selection of websites offering you music cd online. Get an endless array of songs with tempting offers. Downloading unlimited music is no more a dream for music lovers. With so many websites, it becomes hard to decide which one to consider to download your song. Compare the offers with different websites and then make a choice. Read reviews and research which one offers the best customer service.

Have an amazing music shopping experience with online music stores by getting your desired tracks in no time.

The Future of Music – Music Games

Music labels continue to search for new ways to make money in the face of declining cd sales. Digital track sales, such as those from Apple’s iTunes Music Store, were up 27 percent from 2007, breaking the $1 billion mark for the first time in 2008. But, according to Nielsen Soundscan, only 428 million albums (including LPs, CDs, and online albums) were sold – down 14 percent from 2007. As recently as 2005, 619 million albums were sold.

Meanwhile, there are more choices than ever to hear free music online, including MySpace Music, Imeem, Last.fm, and Pandora. It seems clear that music on demand is heading towards the day of free streaming whenever and where-ever people want to listen, and labels and artists will need to find ways to create music experiences for their fans that they are willing to spend money on.

What people have always been willing to pay for is a unique experience where they can engage with an artist’s music in ways that cannot be copied for free. For example, fans love to see live music because they cannot replicate that experience at home. Ringtones have been popular for over a decade. People are still willing to pay to join fan clubs because of perks like a closer relationship to the artist.

One of the most promising areas for music revenue growth is combining music with games. There have been over 30 million downloads of songs in Rock Band because fans to want to rock out to their favorite songs in game play. Guitar Hero has had over 40 million downloads and is now a $2B franchise. What is remarkable is that players have shown a willingness to pay for individual songs for use in music games despite them often costing double the price of a normal digital download.

In fact, Aerosmith claims to have made more money from licensing its music to Guitar Hero than from any of the group’s previous recorded albums. Even digital holdouts, The Beatles, will be releasing a Rock Band version of their own. More music games will be coming soon, including Band Hero (for family gaming) and DJ Hero which offers turntable and record scratching games in a battle for victory in a virtual nightclub.

Other popular music games include Dance Dance Revolution, Jam Legend, and Tap Tap Revolution which is one of the best selling iPhone applications. SingStar is a competitive karaoke video game series which requires players to sing along with music in order to score points. Loudcrowd offers a constant stream of music set to a connected series of music-themed games.

Through game play and interaction with others, users can earn or purchase a variety of virtual goods including apparel for their character and music tracks that can be collected for play and competition within the site. Best selling artists Fall Out Boy created an artist themed game on FriendsorEnemies.com. Even lo-fi games like lottery tickets are jumping on the music bandwagon. For Aerosmith’s summer tour, fans can win backstage passes, front-row seats, and maybe an extra few million dollars playing Aerosmith branded lottery games.

With the rise of popular casual games on sites like Facebook, Addicting Games, and Miniclip, along with the universal appeal of music, it’s a natural fit for the two to come together. Music games give labels a new way to earn revenue that users have shown a willingness to pay for. It seems clear that more will follow.

Make Your Own Music Online – 3 Easy Steps

Are you interested in learning how to make your own music online? Well congratulations for taking the first step. I believe that learning to make music online is the best route to go especially if you are a beginner. Using an online beat maker software will get your feet wet when you start to work with more professional programs like FL Studios, etc. But if you’re a beginner and try to just to professional programs like FL, Reason, etc you will get lost.

Online beat making software introduces you to the basics of learning how to make your own music online. And with a couple of programs I have used, the software actually made great beats. It teaches you how to lay beats, use different samples and loops and more.

1. A good online beat maker software will include video tutorials which were very beneficial to me. I learn better and faster when I actually watch someone do something as supposed to reading a manual.

2. Refund Guarantee. I have seen a few online beat maker software that don’t really offer a refund if you’re not satisfied with their software. Make sure your software offers this option and start experimenting with it as soon as possible, so you can get a refund if you want.

3. Practice, practice, practice. I know it sounds cliché, but it depends on how much time you put into your craft determines how much you will get out of it.

So by all means, I encourage everyone who is interested to learn to make your own music online before buying an expensive professional software.