Jane Siberry gets it. Not only is she a great musician, she’s obviously on the ball when it comes to electronic distribution, too. Her on-line music store offers four different levels to pay:
– Free (A Gift From Jane)
– Suggested Price (.99)
– Pay Later (Download Now, Pay Only If You Like It)
– Pay a “Self-Determined” Amount (More or Less Than Suggested)
You know what? The store stats show that only 17% download for free, while of those paying, 79% paid the suggested price, 14% paid *above* the suggested price, and only 8% paid _below_ the suggested price. And all of this is for MP3s with no “Digital Rights Management” restrictions, etc.
Record companies should take note: people *want* to do the right thing and compensate the artists they love. But they want to be able to use the songs where and how they want. See what happens when artists trust fans? They make money.
[Via Boing Boing]