Slicethepie: The Web Doing Its Share for the Music Recording Industry

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Slicethepie: The Web Doing Its Share for the Music Recording Industry


Come on, admit it.

When you say or hear "music" and "Internet" mentioned in one sentence, you usually mean non-DRM audio files. And it usually involves non-sanctioned downloading or sharing with your friends or peers. Yes, the Internet, specifically, peer-to-peer sharing, has become synonymous with unauthorized copying and distribution of music and other media files.

But the Internet, like everything else in life, has two faces (at least). While it gets a lot of bad press for some of its users' buccaneering ways, it also plays host to those who would rather use its online capabilities to promote musicians, producers, and the rest of the music recording industry.

There are Web sites that, instead of purveying unlicensed copies of albums and songs for illicit distribution, offer themselves as a venue for linking up musical artists and producers, and struggling singers and fans eager to do their bit in supporting talents.

Such a Web site is slicethepie.com.

Slice the What?

Slicethepie (www.slicethepie.com) is "an online financing platform for artists." This means singers, bands, and other musical artists can avail of the site's features and services to raise money from their fans. The money can then be used to finance the recording and production of an extended play or album.

In return, fans get to receive several consolation prizes, I mean, benefits, such as free music downloads, free merchandise, and concert tickets. Those lucky enough can even have backstage passes and meet their favorite artists.

Also (and more importantly, for most fans), fans can earn some moolahs simply by rating or reviewing songs by enlisted artists.

For Artists

So, how does Slicethepie. …

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