Orlando, FL (PRWEB) December 6, 2005
PodcastSPOTS is giving iTunes and Major Music Label partners a run for their money by empowering an army of podcasters. Podcasters are joining the Approved Music Partner Network and are getting their own music store, free Podcast Recording Software and Priority Cross-Promotion.
"With our release of the Podcast Music Wizard, its now incredibly easy to make a professional sounding music podcast and earn revenue from the sale of songs the podcaster plays," said Mark Kanter, co-founder of PodcastSPOTS. Listeners of a podcast are directed back to the podcasters site to buy any song they heard on a show. An iPod Plugin appears on the site, automatically loaded with the playlist of songs from the podcaster's episode. The listener simply clicks a song and can preview it and buy it right through the plugin.
Kanter says "It's better than being a radio station. If you've ever heard a song on the radio and said, 'Oh that's a good song - I have to go buy that at the store when I get a chance.' Now you can simply say 'Hey that's a great song I heard on the X Podcast Show, let me navigate to the X Podcast Show's site and buy it.' and you get it that much faster."
And Podcasters agree. Already PodcastSPOTS has over 40 registered podcasters in their network and that number is sure to grow with the release of the Podcast Music Wizard. The software lets podcasters drag and drop songs, promos and sponsors from the PodcastSPOTS Charts into a new Podcast Episode. Podcasters can easily add segways, effects or interviews as well. The Podcast Recording Software is free, for a limited time, to podcasters who get approved. PodcastSPOTS intends to charge $100 for the software in the near future.
"Each episode, we require the inclusion of an Approved Music Partners' Promo, thus insuring the proliferation of our Approved Music Partners", said Kanter. Podcasters have the option on each episode to keep their commissions from song sales or give them back to the artists, or to charity.
Songwriters can add their songs to the PodcastSPOTS database and set the terms of their revenue sharing. A minimum of 20% is imposed and this can be increased if the artist wishes. Most artists are sharing 30%. Songs rank weekly on the PodcastSPOTS Top 20 Songs Chart, based on a patent pending blend of Podcast Plays, Podcast Song Sales, and Listen Patterns.
"Traditionally, it's been pretty tough for an unisgned artist to get their music in front of the masses and thus sold", said Kanter. "We're changing that. No longer do you have to submit to the often lopsided terms of a major label deal. With our army of Approved Music Partner Podcasters, songwriters will be able to get in front of the masses and keep the majority of song sale revenue."
A video tutorial on using the Podcast Music Wizard is here http://PodcastSPOTS.com/PodcastMusicWizardDemo/PodcastMusicWizardDemo.html
The Podcast Music Wizard Software is here
Artists who want to gain even more exposure for their songs have a unique opportunity in that PodcastSPOTS is looking for artists who want to include 1 minute of their song in the background of commercials for sponsors. If you have a song on PodcastSPOTS, you can create a commercial for a PodcastSPOTS sponsor, put your song in the background and at the end of the commercial identify the background song and state that it is for sale through PodcastSPOTS. As each episode requires the inclusion of a sponsor, this is a great chance for your songs to get additional PodPlay. Interested artists should send an email to contact@PodcastSPOTS.com
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