The open music store

by Giles Turnbull

The much-linked audioblogging manifesto is dead right; people should think twice and hard about inflicting their thoughts on the world in an audio format.

But that doesn't mean there shouldn't be space somewhere for well-thought-out audio stuff.

Say you write a book. Not a professional, get-paid-for-it book, but a little work of art that's been loitering in your head for years. You publish it yourself, online. (You might be Lion Kimbro, whose How to Make a Complete Map of Every Thought You Think has become something of a cult work of non-fiction, at least among users.)

Say you want to produce an audio version of your book, maybe releasing a chapter at a time as an mp3 or an ogg file.

Rather than post it on your blog, wouldn't it be nice if you could post it on the iTunes Music Store?

I'm imagining a future version of the Store that lets people upload content as well as download it; or at least add details of audio material they have available, and can host for themselves.

Take it a step further: a cross between this personal iTunes store and the Amazon Honor Scheme. I'll upload interesting things in audio format, and you can download them and pay me a small sum for them, via the Store.

Or how about an Open version of the Music Store, one in which all the content, be it music or speech, has to meet one criteria: that it is free. A central place to put all those Creative Commons-licensed songs and verbal scribbles.

Sing your praises. Or curse my foolishness. Text-only, please.


2004-10-18 09:03:51
Wouldn't this be something like an in store aggregator for podcastings?

2004-10-18 15:57:37
We do something very similar
Check out CD Baby's Digital Distribution system.

Anyone can send us their music (or spoken-word) on a CD, and we will take care of the encoding, delivery, (not just to iTunes, but tons of companies), and the payments.

It still revolves around the physical CD, so it doesn't fit your upload-idea exactly, but that's mostly for the sake of audio quality - because we really do need to work with the master audio recording NOT a compressed MP3 - and the easiest way to do that is still with a physical CD instead of having everyone upload WAV files.

(and p.s. I'm a fellow O'Reilly blogger