The 20 Things Revisited – Five Years On

It’s been five years now since the original publication of the book that was born out of this blog – The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online (above left).

A lot has changed in the last five years.

To reflect that, my new book Music in the Digital Age (above centre) contains a section that addresses and updates the 20 Things point by point.

The book is a work in progress, being written over the course of the year – but it’s being published as I write it, and you choose what to pay for it – from $0 to $100 (I recommend $1.99 but it’s entirely up to you).

The section I’ve just completed and published finally brings The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online up to date – which means that I can now focus on other things. The next section I’m writing focuses on Music as Culture in the Digital Age, and will feature some fascinating case studies from around the world.

I’m also simultaneously publishing translations of the book. The German, Portuguese, Estonian and Greek versions are already online – and I have just published the Spanish version (above right) – coincidentally while I’m in Venezuela, a Spanish-speaking country, which is a nice bonus.

Pump Audio

Pump Audio

Pump Audio connects independent music with Television, film and advertising music supervisors. If your music gets used, they keep 50% and you get 50%. No upfront fee.

Your thoughts? Have these guys made you any money?



Rumblefish is an intermediary between artists wishing to license their music for synchronisation, and media outlets who wish to use music for their projects, games, films and installations.

Through the Rumblefish music licensing store – described by Billboard as an ‘iTunes for licensing’ – music supervisors can listen to tracks and make deals.

A good service? Worth signing up? Have you had any experience with these guys? Let us know in the comments!

My Music Source

My music source

Okay – so you get the idea now: I point you at a website you might find useful, and you tell us whether it’s any good in the comments.

Today’s site is called My Music Source. Click on the image to visit it. Check it out, see what you think, then come back and write your thoughts here.

If you’re already using the site, we’d love to hear about your experiences of it.

Here’s what they say:

MyMusicSource offers you 3 ways to sell and license your music:

1. The 24/7 Music Catalog Submit your music for placement into our online Music Catalog so you can license it to producers of film, TV & advertising.
2. Producer Music Requests Submit your music directly to a specific Music Request posted by a producer.
3. Sell Music to Fans Sell your music directly to your fans and keep 85ยข on the dollar.

Online music licensing – worth a try? Are these the guys to get your song into a movie or TV show? Is 85% enough of a cut on a track sale? Is a 50/50 split on licensing a good deal? Let’s hear what you think in the comments.