July 2009

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           I recently signed up for a music service that some people consider a “pay for play” service.  While that may be somewhat true since Internet airplay is purchased up front in order to have your music heard, I don’t consider it a negative as some recording artists do. To me, an artist must have some way to get their music heard, and this is one of the many ways to do that.  It’s not necessary to ride your bike, skateboard, motor-scooter, or automobile (almost forgot about the great train transportation in countries like Japan) down to the local CD outlet to shop.  Just check it out on the Internet and then if you like it, download the digital version or purchase the entire CD to be sent to your doorstep. Just make certain you keep in mind that you need to get your exercise somewhere in there. Otherwise, we’ll have a more unhealthy and obese population who neglect physical fitness—very important!

            Before the digital revolution and on-line music distribution, recording artists were stuck with getting a record contract with large “profit-sharing” record corporations to advance money used for advertising dollars. It’s really the same thing with services such as Jango. Money must be set aside in order to get your music heard.  If the music finds an audience with an ear for your type of music, they find your CD or individual songs on one of the many Internet music distribution outlets such as Amazon.com, iTunes (there are a few:  iTunes Australia/N.Z., iTunes Canada, iTunes UK/European Union, iTunes Japan), Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic, IMVU, Amazon MP3, Lala, Shockhound, Amie Street, LimeWire Store. 

            Digital forms of the Alvaro Lupinacci: Urban Connections  CD can already be downloaded from Amazon.com, and it will show up on these other outlets shortly…and since I’ve signed up with Jango, I already have a growing number of fans from around the world! What’s really cool is that I can actually see where my fans and people who like my music live on the planet–Way too cool! I can even chat with them…language is the only barrier.  One of my newest fans is from the country of Thailand… Has anyone created the universal translator yet?  

Thanks everyone!

iTunes U.S. (www.apple.com/itunes)

iTunes Australia (www.itunes.com/au)

iTunes N.Z. (http://www.apple.com/nz/itunes)

iTunes Canada (www.apple.com/ca/itunes)

iTunes UK/European Union (www.apple.com/uk/itunes)

iTunes Japan (www.apple.com/jp/itunes)

Other Stores:
Rhapsody http://www.rhapsody.com/alvaro-lupinacci

Napster http://home.napster.com/ns/music/artist_search.html?artist_id=12848865

EMusic (www.emusic.com)

IMVU (www.imvu.com)

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=alvaro+lupinacci

Lala http://www.lala.com/#album/2306124484409130462

Shockhound (http://www.shockhound.com/search?artist%5Bname%5D=alvaro+lupinacci)

Amie Street (http://www.amiestreet.com)

LimeWire Store http://www.store.limewire.com/store/app/pages/album/Album/productId/218841/

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