Open source framework for selling music online
The (my?) problem with the online music marketplace is that almost all transactions go through a few large players (iTunes or Amazon, for example).
This state of affairs–the premise that large, centralized resources were needed to distribute music–is a legacy of the pre-Internet era.
I propose an open source project that makes it super simple to set up a self-hosted online music store.
There’s no reason this needs to be hard. Musician loads the software onto her website, opens up the admin UI. Uploads mp3s, graphics, etc. Sets prices. Save Changes and presto music store.
Now when her fans go to her website, they buy music directly from her. None of the money gets sucked into the vortex.
Well, there are still a few costs but there’s reason to believe these are trending toward minimal:
- She has to pay for bandwidth and web hosting.
- Out of convenience, she opts to use a third-party credit card processor. There is, after all, a plugin framework and a community of developers who make add-ons that let your music store integrate with other services.
Oh, and our musician is multi-media-talented, she also sells videos and other digits.