I am not sure I agree with deleting non-selling tracks after a year. For a couple of reasons.
First – Many specialty tracks may have very few sales but a long shelf life. An Italian accordion solo may not have a lot of annual sales but over the course of the tracks life it may have many.
Second – There is a fascinating book called “The Long Tail” that was published a few years ago. The premise of the book was that with the advent of the internet – retail shelf space was not longer an issue so a retailer could carry as much of any product that they wished. Why pull a track just because it has not sold.
NOW - I do agree that if the track has sub-standard composition or production values it should be pulled but if that is not the case why pull viable tracks. The better solution might be to improve the search engine (which I understand is in the works) and raise the bar on what is allowed into the catalog.
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I must spend too much time on AJ – the other day I was listening to a track with my 5 year old daughter and about every 10 seconds she would say AudioJungle as she played with her toys.
How about a $1 to upload a track? $10 to move to the front of the queue!
Brownhouse your new and great corporate songs sell good at first but then slow down as they get pushed back to page 4 by second or third day because of the amount of uploads in that category. Imagine if they could stay on page one for a few more days it could sell a whole lot more.
It has been said many time before by AJ staff and many top authors – being on the front page has very little effect on sales. If you are depending on that for sales you are going to be highly disappointed. And with all due respect you have no idea the sales data/timing of my sales.
I have no problem with long approval times – My only wish is that the quality barrier be raised which is a corporate decision not a reviewer issue.
Even a week or two is no big deal. Many sights are 30+ days. I think everyone got spoiled with the short review times.
I’m less concerned about the number of submissions. What concerns me is the number of submissions that DO make it past the review process. The standard here could be set much higher IMO . But this has been discussed before and I doubt it will change soon. Currently 16,961 items have no sales on AJ, by far the highest percentage (almost 50%) of any marketplace on Envato.
I have the same concerns as Gareth – the barrier to entry is way too low.
First you need to decide why you are creating music – are you doing it for the sake of art or are you trying to generate revenue with your music. Most of the buyers that visit library sites are buying music for “corporate” use, corporate can have a variety of meaning but typically this is for a video, radio spot, tv ad, youtube video etc… They are looking for music that creates a particular mood and environment for their product or message. That is why “corporate” music typically sells better than other categories. At the end of the day if you want more sales you have to think like a buyer and create music that works for their needs.
If you are doing this for the sake of your art, create the tracks you like and some will sell, just not as many. I don’t think a different library will help you increase your sales much. Your rock tracks sound good but the market for them in the royalty free library world is smaller than other types of tracks.
At the end of the day you just have to decide why you are creating music.
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