cStream Set to Shake the Music Industry

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cStream, a new online music distributor for independent music, is distinguishing itself from other major music services by giving back at least 50% of its revenue to artists. By allowing listeners to full previews of new music from all different genres with an option to purchase it for a reasonable cost, cStream is set to spark a revolution in the music industry.

If Britney Spears has hit you one too many times, there is hope – for artists as well as listeners. This hope is cStream.com, the new venue for independent music of all genres started by Babson College entrepreneurs Chris Yeomans and Andrew Woodward. Listeners fed up with hearing the same tracks of chart-topping artists heavily marketed by the major music distributors can tap into a source of new independent music online at cStream. At the same time, independent artists trying to sell their music online can now find a home on http://www.cstream.com.

User-friendly and refreshing, cStream is continually increasing its collection of new music, which consists of new works by artists of all genres. All music is distributed in the accessible MP3 format, ensuring easy download and play functions. Listeners may first preview the songs at a low or medium quality and then can choose to purchase and download a high quality version for $0.99 or less, which is available for unlimited burning onto a CD and ideal for playing on home or car stereos.

While listeners have been looking for new music, independent artists have been trying to provide it. Many small music distributors have stepped in to try to better serve independent musicians, but most give little or nothing to artists for each sale. cStream Inc. http://www.cstream.com, having opened its doors in March of 2004, is currently offering the best deal on the web for musicians, with no exclusive contracts to sign and no signup fees.

The numbers speak for themselves. While most online music distributors fail to post even half of their revenue to artists, cStream gives between 50 and 65 percent of revenue directly to its artists for each song they sell on the service. "Despite the progressive shift to low cost electronic music, major record labels are still not adequately compensating artists for their work; that is what we have set out to fix,” said Chris Yeomans, President of cStream.

By eliminating all costs to artists and charging rock-bottom prices for songs, cStream heralds a kind of “music revolution," appealing to both up-and-coming artists and discerning listeners alike, and is raising the bar for competing music services. In short, cStream is rewriting the rules in an industry too dominated by major record labels.

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