Why You Should Be Releasing Hard Copies Of Your Music

In the music world, it’s tempting to stay online. Digital music is easy and free to distribute. However, there’s a certain value in releasing a hard copy of music that is lost through downloads.

Here are a few reasons to consider printing hard copies of music.

1. It’s easier now than ever.

Anyone with access to a computer can make hard copies of their music. Burning CDs can be laborious, but some studios do it for a nominal fee. Wiener Records, in particular, will print CDs or tapes for any artist, and they even help with the distribution.

2. A bird in the hand is worth two in the (internet) bush.

Listening to music online is easy, but when a person gets a CD in his or her hands, it feels like a commitment. They feel obligated to listen, and that’s worth the time and effort it takes to produce the music. After all, if it’s worth recording, then it’s worth handing out.

3. People will take the music more seriously.

Good album artwork and, of course, good production definitely play a role, but it’s only real if you can hold it. No matter how obsolete hard copies become, a musician isn’t professional until you can find his or her stuff in a record store somewhere. The first step is printing it.

Making hard copies is a solid move for any musician’s reputation. Whether handing them out at gigs or handing them out on the subway, a physical copy is always more memorable than a download link.

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Gabriel Dufurrena is a mathematician, writer, and educator living in Oakland, CA. When he’s not watching YouTube videos or teaching math, he’s still buying CDs at his local shop.

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