You’re right, I’m way too old to claim I’m listening to Andy and the Other One. So I won’t. I just wanted the hook to write about lala. Here’s what Bill Nguyen has to say about it, verbatim from the site:
I’m writing this message to encourage you to do right by the artists you enjoy through our service. Despite what is depicted on MTV’s Cribs, a wonderfully entertaining show, most musicians don’t live large with a big house and five cars. Rather, the majority of musicians struggle to make a living from their recordings and must depend on other income producing activities such as performing concerts or selling merchandise.
I’ll be the first to advocate that artists should make a lot more from each CD. ‘la la’ is taking the unprecedented action of giving artists 20% of our revenues from used CDs, no used record store or online site does this today. I’ll also promise to work tirelessly (only sleep four hours a night anyway- this is being written at 3:31 a.m. so pardon my punctuation) to reduce overhead in marketing costs across the industry, so artists can make more from selling their music.
I ask you to do your part by doing the right thing: remove songs from your iPod or PC if you’ve agreed to send the CD to another member.
If you want to listen to that CD again, just add it to your Want List and help us support that artist you can’t get enough of. You’ll have access to plenty of good music to enjoy in the meantime. We’ll make sure of that!
Respect the artists and Karma will be on your side.
Wow. Now we are seeing radical business model change. Musicians got zilch from secondary market activity in vinyl, tape or CD, and Bill and gang intend to change that. So you have a secondary market, an exchange, and a gratuitous, previously non-existent, revenue stream for the artists and musicians.
I can see the same thing happen for books, for art, for all kinds of creative activity. Reminds me of my motivation when I tithe my income to my local church, with some unusual parallels.
I have to repeat the Tull Wond’ring Aloud quote: For it’s only the giving that makes you what you are.
I wonder what the traditional critics of the free digital world will make of this. Probably still wandering around saying “does not compute”…..
Anyone out there able to invite me into www.lala.com? The only places I have found that let me wangle an invite then proceed to constrain that invite to US-only, a bit like early gmail. If you do find a way, then please e-mail the invite to [email protected] . Thanks.