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UPC Barcodes for Music

Indie artists Alliance, in partnership with Nationwide Barcode, now provides UPC Barcodes right on our site.
With your monthly or yearly membership, you can purchase barcodes at very discounted prices.
In addition, you can manage and promote your music product directly on the Indie Artists Alliance website.

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To join Indie Artists Alliance, For more information and to order, go to your member dashboard.

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Media Media Inc. offers complete CD and DVD Production Services

Phil Peretz founded his CD and DVD production business, CDDVDNow in 2004 and had a 4 year run prior to selling off his business in 2008 to Video Transform in Palo Alto, CA.

The market was tough and the margins were shrinking making it very difficult for a small business to compete in this marketplace. Consolidation was the only way that a small business could survive and Video Transform sold their business to another company in Palo Alto and the stream of calls started coming in to Peretz’ office.

The relationships between Peretz’ clients and this new company began to erode and Peretz started transitioning those clients to a company in Fremont California.

He again watched the level of quality and the communication levels fall apart between these clients that he adored and the people who were doing the work.

Peretz says, “This has been a constant source of frustration for me and I have been actively working on a solution. The solution has to be Hands on active communtication with clients, high level of quality for both the content side of the product and the artwork, great prices and a portfolio of products and services that would serve both the independent musician and the corporate client were all requirements”

Peretz has partnered with a contract manufacturing company that allows him to market to his clients while they manufactured and duplicated discs including all popular and custom printing options, and meets all of the desired criteria with a number of bonus features: Jointly, they have designed a fully automated site where clients can place their orders on-line, track their orders, upload their artwork and send their masters direct to my contract manufacturer located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Clients who need an extra personal touch can email or call Peretz’ company, Media Media Inc. directly….or, just like before, can call Phil Peretz personally.

Some of the services that we offer are short and long run CD and DVD production, USB duplication, Poster and Show Card printing and a host of other items.

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PTE STUDIOS RECORDING

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PTE STUDIOS RECORDING
PTE STUDIOS is your one stop shop for all your recording needs. This is a new recording facility coveniently located in the business area of Studio City. This recording studio was developed in mind for Indie record labels, and artist that don’t have it in their budget to record at the larger recording studios but still maintain that quality recording sound that’s industry ready. We have producers, engineers, and song writers with over 15 years of experience that has worked with some of the top recording artist in the music industry. We’ll assist you with production, recording, mixing, mastering and voice overs. In addition we offer world wide distribution, digital and physical if you’re ready to take your career to the next level. We operate with top of the line recording protools software with pre-amps, eq’s, compressors, and sound proof recording booth. Visit us at www.ptestudios.com to book your appointment for your next project.

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10 Best Free Productivity Applications.

We love free software. We especially love free software that helps us get things done faster and better.  Here is our current list of what we feel to be the absolute best free applications.

  1. Google Docs – Google Docs is a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files — all online, and all for free. With an Internet connection, you can access your documents and files from any computer, anywhere in the world. docs.google.com/#home
  2. WordPress
    WordPress.com – You can get a blog started in less time than it takes you to read this sentence. All you need is an email address. You’ll get your own WordPress.com address (like you.wordpress.com, you can switch to a custom address later if you’d like), a selection of great free and customizable designs for your blog (we call them themes), 3 gigabytes of file storage (that’s about 2,500 pictures!) and all the other great features listed here. You can blog as much as you want for free, your blog can be public to the world or private for just your friends. www.wordpress.com
    WordPress – WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home”. www.wordpress.net
  3. Handbreak – HandBrake is a general-purpose, open-source, cross-platform, multithreaded video transcoder software application. HandBrake was originally developed by titer in 2003 as a general-purpose video transcoder to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Since then, it has undergone many changes and revisions and become widely popular amongst film enthusiasts. handbrake.fr/details.php
  4. Join.me – Instant screen sharing and web conferencing. Get everybody on the same page, when they’re not in the same room, instantly. Review documents and designs. Train staff. Demo products or just show off. join.me is a simple screen sharing tool for meetings on the fly. 250 viewers, share control, multi-monitor, chat, send files, share multiple monitors, chat and send files. – join.me/
  5. Free Video Email – If a Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words… Then a Video is Priceless! One thing’s for sure … it’s worth more than just plain text. And now, WowWe offers you the opportunity to use cutting-edge video email for FREE! You can bring your email communications to life what you communicate in a video is miles past what can be said with the written word. Put simply, a Free vMail account allows you to pack more into what you’re communicating. You can use your vMail account for personal and family communications, or even to promote a business. Any computer with Internet access and a web cam can now become a powerful video communication tool targeting just the right message to just the right people. So get started today… after all, it’s totally free! mediamediainc.iwowwe.com/free-video-email.html
  6. Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to: Record live audio, Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files, Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together, Change the speed or pitch of a recording and more! audacity.sourceforge.net/

  7. Jing – Share Ideas Instantly. Simple and FREE, Jing is the perfect way to enhance your fast-paced online conversations. Create images and videos of what you see on your computer screen, then share them instantly! For Business: Business
    Add notated screenshots to all your online conversations, or create a quick tutorial video you can share with the entire company. Get everyone on the same page with Jing. For Education: Give your students the information they need, when they need it. Use Jing to record your feedback as you grade papers, or take a snapshot to share with your class. Your students can even use it to collaborate, or ask questions! www.techsmith.com/jing.htm
  8. Dropbox. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer. Today, more than 45 million people across every continent use Dropbox to always have their stuff at hand, share with family and friends, and work on team projects. Always have your stuff when you need it with @Dropbox. 2GB account is free! db.tt/08DW4lp
  9. Evernote. Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. With Evernote, all of your notes, web clips, files and images are made available on every device and computer you use. Remember things you like. Save everything cool and exciting you see online and in the real world. Snap a photo, record some audio and save it. Save entire webpages to your Evernote account with our nifty browser extensions. You get the whole page: text, images and links. Take notes anywhere You’re always moving, your notes should be too. With Evernote, your memories are on every computer, phone and device you use. www.evernote.com
  10. Prezi – Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery. prezi.com/

 

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Creating a QR Code Strategy

What is a QR code?
A QR code is a 2 dimensional barcode. Unlike a UPC or an EAN barcode that contains numerical data only, is read in a single direction and requires some sort of database to pull information, a QR barcode contains alpha-numeric data and is read both horizontally and vertically.
Data is embedded in a QR Code. Typically, the data in a QR code is a URL pointing people to a website or a Facebook page. It can also be used for virtual business cards and to send other information, however the most common use is directing your customers to a website landing page.

Why scan?
If you are going to add a QR code on your packaging, flyers, website, posters, etc., do it from your client’s perspective. Make the experience count. Get your landing page to take them to the next step in the business relationship. Don’t tell them the same thing you already told them and make it fun, interesting or educational for everyone involved.
Things that you can do are: Give additional information, have a contest, send people to your online store, scan for directions to your business, sweepstakes, liking your Facebook page, conduct a survey, etc.

Make it serve a purpose.
In addition to making it worthwhile for your customer, there has to be a reciprocal reason for you. What is your purpose for adding a QR code? If you are not gathering information about your client so you can further the business relationship, it’s truly a waste of time for you. This can be done either by getting them to sign up for your mailing list, liking your Facebook page or making a purchase.

The Right Size
Make the QR code big enough to scan easily. The minimum size should be 1.25x 1.25. If the QR code is any smaller than that, the code becomes difficult to scan. QR codes were created to make it easy for people to link content so, make it easy for them to scan properly.

Make the codes easy to read.
The longer the URL for the landing page, the more data there is in the QR code. The shorter the URL, the easier it is for the smartphone to grab the image. Think about using URL shirtners like TinyURL or Bitly.

Provide multiple paths.
The QR code is secondary, your primary goal is getting people to respond to your campaign. Not everyone will use a code reader to ‘snap’ the code so it is very important to include multiple paths to get to your campaign. A shortened code that they can click on or input into their web browser will get more people involved.

Media Media Inc. can help with your QR code strategy. Contact us at info@mediamediainc.com or call 775-376-8075

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ONErpm – Digital Distribution

ONErpm.com

ONErpm Brings Democratic Distribution, Tech Savvy, and a Keen Ear for Global Sounds to the Digital Music Market

Meet Marcelo D2. His samba-powered hip hop made him a seminal figure on Brazil’s thriving music scene. His success won him record deals from international major labels, plenty of money, and a strong fan base. Yet his albums aren’t on iTunes.

Enter ONErpm.com (ONE Revolution People’s Music), a global digital distribution solution and direct-to-fan (D2F) store for independent musicians and labels worldwide. While focusing on getting more money into the hands of talented musicians from São Paulo to Mumbai, ONErpm also aims to connect Western artists to new digital music frontiers like Brazil and the rest of Latin America, and other large Emerging Markets like India and South Africa.

Marcelo D2’s digital absence — along with that of many other hot and edgy hit makers coming out of musical hotspots like Colombia and Mexico—surprised Emmanuel Zunz, founder of Verge Records, a social enterprise and Grand Prize Winner of the 2006 NYU Business Plan Competition. Zunz discovered that D2 was far from alone: “The vast majority of artists in Brazil and Latin America have no digital distribution. Even artists whose entire careers have been on major labels,” Zunz explains.

To make matters worse, as legacy labels go belly up and physical distribution dies a slow death, artists in emerging markets without digital distribution often face having no commercial outlet for their music at all. Zunz, along with co-founders internet music pioneer Matt Olim (former CTO and co-founder of CDNow) and global music guru Dmitri Vietze (founder and owner of the music publicity firm rock paper scissors, inc.), created a solution to this dilemma: a one-stop, easy-to-use platform providing artists global digital distribution, direct-to-fan sales, and international promotion.

Having already launched in Brazil last August, ONErpm distributes to all the major web and mobile stores in Brazil and Latin America, and represents some of the top acts and labels in the region, including Systema Solar (Colombia), Autoramas (Brazil), and Xitaozinho and Xororo (Brazil). The company has also secured major marketing and affiliate partnerships with the largest music cooperatives and web portals in Brazil.

“Our operations in Brazil and Latin America are growing,” states Zunz. “We launched there first because we recognized a need. We believe American artists will also appreciate the service’s features, the flexibility and ease of use of the platform, and the many distribution options and choices we offer.”

Once signed up, artists gain access to a suite of digital music services, such as iTunes and eMusic, and get paid 90% of royalties. They can also publish their music to the ONErpm store for free and earn 70% of sales. Musicians can choose from three price tiers for their tracks and access a wide array of options for distributing and selling their music: selecting stores a la carte, defining their territories; making their music available for pre-orders prior to their release date; enabling creative commons licensing; and offering free promotional downloads in exchange for an email address.

In the spirit of keeping things global, yet locally relevant, ONErpm has a localization feature that not only enables customization in multiple languages (English, Portuguese, and Spanish so far), it provides prices in the user’s local currency and can block content from being accessed in different countries based on an album’s territorial exclusions.

“Artists don’t want to worry about technical details,” says Olim. “We designed the website to make it easy for artists to release their music quickly, both to our own store or the big name services.” One example of this ease is the upload process, which allows the customer to queue a bunch of tracks while simultaneously editing the track information, or even letting it run unattended, a helpful feature for slower internet connections. Once the upload is complete artists can preview their album in the ONErpm store before it goes live, providing a sense of how their album will appear in other stores, as well.

On the ONErpm store, fans enjoy full-track uninterrupted streaming and can opt for CD-quality downloads (.wav files) in addition to free MP3s when they make a purchase. Album prices start at US$4.99. “You’re getting something more for your money,” Zunz says, “high-quality audio files, and free MP3s for your mobile device.”

ONErpm ultimately aims to engage listeners and encourage exploration of innovative bands. “We want to be more than a delivery truck that picks up and drops off music,” Zunz exclaims. “We want to promote artists who are drawing lots of traffic and pitch our distribution partners to feature acts that are proving to be really hot.” Through several partnerships with sync licensing companies in both the US and Brazil, ONErpm also helps artists get their music placed on film, TV, and video games. “We’re always on the lookout for new business opportunities for our artists,” affirms Vietze.

By uniting tech, business, and promotional savvy, ONErpm is already proving to be a promising new service that brings cutting-edge international artists to market, while expanding the boundaries of digital music distribution into new growth markets around the world.

For more information and to sign up fore free: bit.ly/1rpmIAA

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Media Media Inc. launches new on-line Print Shop.

Phil Peretz, President of Media Media Inc. (Indie Artists Alliance, iMuzic.com, Nationwide Barcode) announces the launch of their new on-line Print Shop.
Media Media Inc has partnered with Southern California Print and Graphics to provide their clients with high quality, inexpensive, eco-friendly commercial printing services.

Peretz, with 30+ years experience in Print, Graphics and Media Production says, “This is exciting news for our company and our clients. In addition to media consulting, design and providing CD and DVD production services, our on-line print site gives our clients high quality printing at reduced prices. We now provide a wide range of printing services specializing in business card, envelope, post card, brochures and other items.”

By visiting them online at www.mediamediainc.com, or visiting their on-line print shop directly at www.mediamediainc.biz one can find a detailed list of many of the services listed. In addition to standard print needs, Media Media Inc., also provides custom printing and design services. The on-line print shop also provides the ability to place and pay for orders online, download templates and upload graphics.

Media Media Inc., located in Reno, NV is a traditional and new media company. Media Media Inc. has taken several initiatives toward expanding their services for business across the nation focusing on value for the customer. www.mediamediainc.com

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How do I get a UPC barcode?

Although UPC barcodes have been around for several years, more and more people are subject to the dilemma of what to do in order to get their product in stores, especially those stores that require a UPC barcode. UPC barcodes are dispensed by the GS1 US, a not-for-profit organization. Read More→

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Sonic Producer – Make Beats Fast and Easily!

Make Beats with thousands of sounds, export to MP3, User Friendly.

You won’t leave your computer days…

You will make thousands of beats and you don’t even need to be a professional musician or have any experience, they have made it user friendly to make your own beats and you won’t believe the quality of the sounds they have packed it with.

Click on the link at the bottom of the this article to check out the video on their site.

In addition to the the sequencer and tutorials on how to use it, they have a members section with production lessons in Logic, ProTools, software instruments, keyboards and much more. You will also get to download high quality beats and instrumentals and show off the beats you make with SonicProducer. If you want to make beats quickly and easily this is the place to do it.

Some Common Questions:

What is SonicProducer?

SonicProducer is an incredible cutting edge music sequencer with mp3 export capability. SonicProducer also features music production tutorials with different keyboards, studios as well as tutorials on how to use the Sonic Producer application. All this is available online through the “members area” and contains everything including the software, sounds and the system of video lessons and documentation.

Will SonicProducer work on my computer?

Yes. SonicProducer works on all computers and operating systems. It does not matter if you have a PC, Mac or other platform.

Click Here for More Information

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Looking to download beats?

If you are producing your own material and need innovative and fresh beats, chec out Beats 365.

They are the least expensive of all of the sites that we looked at and by signing up (1x fee) you are going to receive unlimited access to the BIGGEST ROYALTY FREE HIP HOP BEATS AND AUDIO DATABASE EVER!

You can download as many of their tracks as you like, as many times as you want, and record your battles online with other members! All this for a one-time fee of $29.95. No catch, no recurring fees and no limits!

These folks have 39 different genres and styles including East Coast, West Coast, California, Hip Hop, Raggaeton, Reggae, Gangsta, Ghetto Anthems, Dance Hall, Miami, Old School, Funk and more.

Your registration gives you hundreds upon hundreds of the hottest beats and instrumentals. All are royalty free.

Click here for more information

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How to write a cover letter

How to write a cover letter

By Luanne Hunt

Bob the college radio program director sits at his desk daunted by the giant stack of CDs he promised himself he would listen to today. While giving his scalding-hot coffee time to cool, he opens one of the padded envelopes from the pile and dumps the contents onto his desk.

Judging by this band’s slick CD packaging, it looks promising to Bob. His hopes are high that the group actually might have recorded some decent material. But before he places the CD in the “Yes” pile, he decides to read the group’s bio and cover letter. “Not too exciting,” he thinks, “but part of the job.”

“Dear Bot,” the letter begins.

“Hi there!!!!!!!! We would like to take this oportunity to thank you for letting us let you here our music.

“We are a awesum rock band, the greatest you will ever here!!!!! We just recorded our 1st album in our bass players garage on a 4 track machine he bought for $150.00 when he was in high school. Even thogh we haven’t sold any CD yet, we are sure it will be a bestseller.

“This group, our band, is really proud of it. Ronnie’s uncle love it too and even gave us $2000.00 for running them off and hiring a guy to make up covers, front and back.

“You will love our songs and have our permisshun to play all of them any time. Pleeeeeeeeeease make sure you let the people that collect radio royaltees know so we will get paid. My brother the lawyer told me that.

“A person from our band will call you 2 weeks to find out how many times you played our songs. Feel free to pray them when you want too.

“May the force be with you.”

Drummer Dan

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How To Get Airplay On College Radio

How To Get Airplay On College Radio
By Luanne Hunt

It’s a fact! Without the backing of a major record label, most Indie artists will never get airplay on mainstream radio. Why? Because in the big business of music, cash (for promotion) is king and struggling performers usually don’t have much.

However, that doesn’t mean there are no other exposure opportunities out there. One avenue for Indie artists to get their tunes spun on the airwaves is college radio.

There are hundreds of these stations in the United States looking for quality music to broadcast — in all genres. That doesn’t mean they will play everything that lands on their desk, but as a rule, college radio stations are open to giving new songs a chance if they believe they will appeal to their audience.

Like any radio promotional campaign, it’s important to adhere to specific guidelines for submission. And follow-up is necessary in order to find out if your song has been placed on the play list. It also doesn’t hurt to send the program director a “thank you” note for putting you in the rotation. Little gestures like that can pay off greatly in the future. Read More→

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Are you confused about getting a UPC barcode?

UPC stands for Universal Product Code., It’s a 12 digit number that is associated to your product. Every product needs a upc barcode and, Nationwide Barcode  makes it easy.

Let’s start at the beginning..

You order a barcode or a number of barcodes from Nationwide Barcode.  They  send you a couple of different graphic files. They send you an EPS file, jpg and a tif file. EPS stands for encapsulated postscript…these files can only be opened by programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Coral Draw and other high end graphic programs. The tif file (stands for Tagged Image File Format) and the jpg can be opened by everything else…word, paint, pretty much any design program that you have.

NOW WHAT?
After you order the barcode and before they send it to you, we generate the upc barcode graphics and create a Certificate of Authenticity.

They make sure that they never duplicate upc barcodes. This way, when you buy a upc, your upc barcode number is a unique, one-of-a-kind barcode. They e-mail them to you within 24 hours…usually the same day.

They assign the upc barcode to you. Then, you assign the upc barcode to your product.

There is no hidden data built into a barcode, there is no pricing information, there is no product information. The bars represent only the 12-digit number.

If you order 10 barcodes or more, They also provide you with a barcode tracking sheet.

You need to determine which unique barcode goes with each product that you have.

You need to affix a copy of the barcode to each product. There are only two ways that you can do this. You can print up a label or, you can include the graphic on the packaging for your product.

Once you affix the barcode to the product, you will need to communicate to the retailer what the product is and what number you have assigned to the product. There is no download of data from a database. The process is that you teach the retailer.

This is usually done by creating a sheet that describes your product. These product sheets should contain the following information:

1) Name of Product
2) Description of Product (Size, Weight, etc.)
3) Manufacturer Information
4) Selling Price
5) UPC Code

The retailer is going to enter all of this information into their Point Of Sale back-end, This is their computer system that is attached to their electronic cash register system.

Some retailers have you enter this information on line (CD Baby, Amazon, Barnes and Noble)

When a customer wants to purchase the item, they take it to the checkstand and the clerk scans the item using a barcode reader. When the item is scanned, two things happen:

1) Product Information comes up on the Point of Sale System and is printed on the invoice or receipt
2) The unit purchased is removed from inventory.

www.nationwidebarcodes.com

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