By not sharing your music you're missing out on a great opportunity to expose your creations to precisely the audience who will enjoy them the most & tell their friends!
~Here are some possible reasons why you may be reluctant to upload your songs:
"I don't think my music &/or sound quality is good enough." Nonsense! This site has members of widely varying tastes & many couldn't care less about fidelity as long as they like the song.
"I only have demos & am waiting to record better versions before sharing them." Why wait? What if you never get around to recording those "better versions"? Are you going to live forever? If you're self-conscious, specify "demo" in the title & see which ones people like. This will give you an idea of which are worth re-recording. Often the inspiration that spawned a demo can't be recreated anyway, so it's no longer a demo, it's the final version!
"My music is already on another site... follow the link." This is unmotivated & self-defeating. If someone's enjoying Power of Prog, they're more likely to move on to another PoP page than follow links which, as many know, are often missing or dead ends. People want instant gratification not a wild goose chase to some other site(s) which they may not like(for example, I'm not on Facebook & I find the MySpace player annoying). At least copy a music player widget from another site onto your PoP page if you're too busy to upload directly to PoP.
"I've uploaded excerpts/previews ...isn't that good enough?" No, these aren't fun or rewarding for listeners. What they hear is a seemingly random string of brief, unrelated segments that sound like a jumbled mess lacking any cohesiveness the original songs may have had. This may work for simple pop music where hearing 30-seconds means you've heard the whole song, but not for prog. Besides, how do you expect to give listeners a true impression of your masterpiece 15-minute epic with a 30-second sample? Would you buy even a cheap car after only a 30-foot test drive? Also consider that when you upload full songs, people have the option to create their own excerpts/previews/snippets by simply listening to some of a song & then skipping ahead to the next.
"I'm afraid people will steal my music." The PoP music players have no ability to download music. If you fear someone will record directly from their pc's audio output, upload your songs at a lower fidelity. This way, if they want hi-fi versions they can buy your downloads or cd elsewhere. If the threat of intellectual property theft is a major stressor for you then hide your music from the world, foregoing any possible benefits, or have it copyrighted so you can sue if anyone makes a million dollars from your ideas.
"What if people make fun of my music?" Unlike the giant sites such as YouTube, which has an unusually large population of insecure kids, PoP has primarily serious adult listeners & musicians. From my experience, I've never seen a critical/negative comment left by any member. If people don't like something here they seem to keep it to themselves which is the way all sites should be. The only exception would be genuine constructive criticism intended to help, not hurt. Anyway, you can always delete any comments you don't like or block the sender from further communications if you choose.
p.s. If you think of any other reasons people don't upload their songs to PoP, let me know & I'll attempt to allay their fears so that all may enjoy the fun of sharing music on this great site!
Keep on Proggin'!
Some good advice there! I followed the music player route, though I will get round to uploading the songs directly at some point.....
Justin from DE
Despite 66% of them not thanking me, I've continued featuring artists on "Awesome Band". However, it takes much searching & listening to find those with quality music uploaded unafraid the internet boogeyman is going to steal it. It's SO frustrating when I think I've found a great one to feature only to have their songs cut-off thus excluding them. This must also be annoying to prospective buyers reluctant to take a chance buying expensive, obscure, import cds because they don't know if the band hasn't posted only the one good portion of each song.
Bands... take a chance & put your songs out there! If they're great, people will buy them, but they can still illegally copy & share the cds/mp3s anyway, so why fear posting full songs? If you want recognition, you must be heard, even if it means some will hear you for free; there's no such thing as bad advertising! Unless you're a member of an elite handful, no one's getting rich on prog, don't take your work to the grave... let it be heard!