Are people stealing music from your website?

Music piracyEver worry that people are taking those streamable tracks on your website and finding a way to download them without paying, basically slapping you in the face for trying to do the right thing and share some samples?

You shouldn’t.

Copying a streaming track usually means using a program that records the output of your computer’s audio. This is the modern version of recording the radio by sticking a microphone up to the speaker. It’s a pain in the butt, and you have to edit the beginning and end of each track in an audio editor–that is, unless you enjoy listening to 45 seconds of silence at the beginning and end of your MP3s. Not-to-mention the poor audio quality you’ll probably get. There’s far more easy and legal ways to get free music: Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio, Rdio, etc.

There’s really very little motivation for people to steal music from your website.

So, if this is something that’s holding you back from posting music on your site, I’m here to tell you that you are officially being overprotective, and it’s only going to burn you in the long run.

In fact, offering full, streaming songs on your site, proudly and prominently, should be the one thing you do do, even if you don’t do anything else. You are a musician. People want to hear your music. In 2014, most music listeners wouldn’t dream of buying an album from an artist they’d never heard before. But you know what they might do? Sit at work all day with your site open, with your songs streaming on repeat. And then they might purchase those tracks when the clock hits 5 because they want to take you with them.

A different person might press “play” when they get to your site and read more info about you and your project, while your music provides the soundtrack to an experience that gives a potential fan, within minutes, a complete overview of what you’re about. Picture that without the music – not nearly as exciting, informative, or enticing.

It’s time to stop with the worrying and start with the sharing. You don’t have to give everything away, but you shouldn’t keep it under lock and key, either.

What are your thoughts? Have you had people steal music from your site?

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