faster, better, easier
The total number of sales I've made from my album is...
...something. I don't know.
I'm no stranger to digital distro as I've sold product online many times before - but not with big music distros like iTunes and Amazon. I have sold copies of my music, but how many? No clue. When will I know? Might take anywhere from 6 weeks to 90 days before I do. Why so long? Because the big distros usually post reports quarterly in most instances.
I'm not upset about any of this, because the experience is part of the reason I went with the big digital distro providers in the first place. I wanted to learn first hand exactly how it all works, and now I know that even if you are in fact selling, you won't see those figures or collects profits until the reports are complete.
Something that did annoy me about the whole process is how long it all takes. I'm not talking about the actual making of the music but rather the distro process. You go with your distro of choice, pay the fee, and then you're literally in limbo until the distro gets around to processing your order. Sure, the limbo is a few days to a week at most, but the point is that the wait time is an unknown, and I don't like unknowns. You literally have no idea exactly when your stuff will appear in the major distro app stores. That didn't set right with me because it makes for precise launching of releases impossible to do.
What's on the table for the future as far as releases are concerned is that I may opt to go with a more independent distro method, and definitely concentrate more on singles than albums.
Concerning the distro, there's one I'm eyeing right now and will try it out with a single. What I want is that when I upload it, it's live. I don't want to deal with that "wait X days, but we won't tell you how many days" crapola before it's live. I also don't want to wait to see results/profits. In other words, I want it all in real-time, and I don't think that's too much to ask. Like I said, I do have my eye on a particular distro site for this. You'll know what it is when I release my next single.
Concerning albums, they're a bitch to make - but singles on the other hand are easy, or at least for me they are. That and it's okay for them to be islands, so to speak. There are times when inspiration strikes where I can literally get a whole song completed in just a few hours. And even if it sounds nothing like anything else in my library of music, that's fine as a standalone because it's not connected to any album.
I just want everything to be faster. The writing, the delivery, all of it. I want to be able to finalize a song any time I want, post it for sale, YouTube it and Facebook it all in the same day. Again, I don't think that's too much to ask.