Some of you may have noticed that the MusicBlaster app from BlastMyMusic.com is dead and gone. I’ve had the EP A Tropical Depression and two singles there, using that site to release singles between albums. I’d been thinking about moving the EP to iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, Amazon, etc. and this extended outtage combined with a coupon from Tunecore 😉 made up my mind.
BlastMyMusic.com has been down for at least 2 weeks, with no response to my inquiry through myspace. I asked them to post something to let people know what’s going on. My message was read, but they did not reply or publicly post anything about the situation. No one knows if this is something horrible, but temporary, or if they’ve abruptly gone out of business. (IMHO stonewalling artists who are posting questions is not a reassuring way of handling the situation if this extended outtage is a temporary problem.) I’m not sweating it since they don’t owe me any money. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I’ve been thinking about dropping them; after a few initial sales a year ago I’ve sold nothing through them since. Which is what prompted me to change to Tunecore distribution for the major stores earlier this year for albums. Blastmymusic’s current problems, whatever they are, have simply accelerated the inevitable.
I’ve submitted the EP A Tropical Depression and it should be in online stores no later than September 21st. Based on my experience with three other albums, it will probably be available sooner than that, could be more like 2-4 weeks. I’ve only had one album in one store bust the given date (and Tunecore was very helpful resolving that issue, btw). I’ll drop in some blog posts as it goes live in various stores. A reminder about this special album: this is mostly singer-songwriter stuff, with Buzzingstrings as guest vocalist on two tracks. All profits go to the American Red Cross. It’ll be good to get this into wider release. 🙂