There is a reason why mp3 blogs are getting more and more boring these days: they are busy making money. Most mp3 album blogs make a deal with an upload platform, allotting the blogger a small amount of money for 1,000 downloads, that is, 1,000 clicks on their ad-clustered homepage. A recent post on a blog called ‘Jizz Relics” explains the deal: you typically get $15 for 1,000 downloads. If you have, say, 500 albums uploaded with an average of 500-1500 downloads (typical for a blog), it can yield interesting profits. This explains why so many blogs are launched just to repost CDs or LPs (sometimes several a day!) already posted by non-profit blogs. And imagine the case of film blogs which separate movies into 10 download files…
Back in July 2009, I had a small argument on the Village Voice blog with Eric Lumbleau, who now runs the Mutant Sounds blog created by a certain “Jim” in January 2007. I was shocked to be included in his 5-favorite-blogs list, as it merely included crass commercial blogs proudly displaying Rabbitshare banners on their sidebars. It goes without saying I’ve never been part of that crap. When I started Continuo’s weblog back in 2007, I was inspired by the so-called Sharity blogs movement led by enthusiasts generously sharing incredibly rare records with their readers, with only the hope of a handful downloads. Today’s corrupted mp3 bloggers making money with the music of others are just an insult to this sharity blog ethos. As this seems to be the rule of thumb for blogs on the Blogger platform, I feel fully justified for choosing WordPress in the first place.
Self-promotion, eBay dragging and corruption are the cause of the lamentable state of mp3 blogdom today.