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Five Mistakes Band & Label Sites Make is very good, though a bit nerd-centric.

I obviously agree with just about everything written there and have been doing it for years. But I also know that most of the music buying public doesn’t care about deep linking, RSS, or ID3 tags and they still think a cool looking Flash site is pretty cool looking.

That being said, I think the tips are essential for any indie record label and great for any musician who’s thinking about relying on the Internet as a major source of promotion.

Update: Great Metafilter discussion here.

Posted on - December 7, 2004 [at] 12:47 pm by Brad
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Dave on Five Band & Label Website Mistakes
December 8, 2004 at 10:14 am

Brad, I think you are wrong about the ID3 tags being in the geek domain. They affect everyone who finds an MP3 in a directory of old stuff they downloaded, replays it and loves it but has no idea who the hell this band is or what this file called “song3.mp3” is. The basic theme of all 5 those tips seems to me to be “make it easy for people who like your stuff to find you and make it easy for them to give you money.”

Hat on Five Band & Label Website Mistakes
December 8, 2004 at 11:35 pm

The article is absolutely, 120% correct – and I can also vouch for proper ID3 tags being a wonderful thing – either that, or a properly named audio file (that includes, at bare minimum, the artist name and song title). Flash drives me berserk as well – more sites need to take their cues from

Hat on Five Band & Label Website Mistakes
December 8, 2004 at 11:36 pm

Wow, I totally screwed up that html.

Should say: “More sites need to take their cues from somesongs. It’s simple, functional, and beautiful.”

Brad on Five Band & Label Website Mistakes
December 10, 2004 at 1:58 pm

Dave: I agree it’s important, I guess I just sympathize with the artists with their Flash sites. Often it’s used to cover up for a lack of content and Flash does that well.

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