My experiment with a subscription deal

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    Strat 56
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    I wanted to experiment with the subscription model just to find out for myself exactly what I would encounter. I read the pros and cons about it all but I wanted to find out for myself. This post is geared for all of you who are curious about and considering the subscription thing. It’s based upon one site with about the going rate of a monthly subscription fee. it’s as bad and even worse than I read or thought it would be. Now I know !!! Here’s the numbers. I had 69 files downloaded, a combination of full tracks, loops and stingers. The total value of those files would be, off the top of my head, about between 1,500.00 – 1,700 dollars. my 50% cut would be around 800 dollars under normal single track licensing. I was paid a grand total of 14 dollars and some cents !!! So there you have it, my personal experience, real numbers. Needless to say I opted out immediately and will never do anything like that again. I must point out that it was under their early bird subscription price but even under their pending regular subscription pricing I still would have made under 20 dollars. So for all of you who are considering the subscription model, especially you young composers, this is what you’re looking at. What a shame that this is actually happening and becoming more common.

    #34049 Reply
    Pat
    Participant

    Thanks for posting your results. Cool experiment but no real surprise. I never saw or had anyone point out an advantage to subscription models that was really tangible. You pretty confirmed what I always thought.

    #34050 Reply
    Strat 56
    Guest

    Hi Pat. Yes, I never did come across anyone posting real numbers so that’s why i decided to try it and get the full picture, holy crap, what a shocker !!!!

    #34051 Reply
    MichaelL
    Participant

    Thanks for the info @Strat 56. You left out one factor, not that it makes the reality any less grim. How many tracks did you upload in order to generate 69 downloads? No matter how you slice it, your music was devalued by a huge ratio.

    #34052 Reply
    boinkeee2000
    Participant

    that validates the same horror stories im reading with M.E (which i didnt opt in) everything is coming full circle…so sad the state of stock music is in…

    #34053 Reply
    Strat 56
    Guest

    Hi MichaelL. Under their deal one’s whole uploaded catalog is available, there isn’t any option to only make select tracks available. i have around 1700 tracks there, that number includes edits. It’s also a quarterly thing. Devalued is an understatement, I felt like I was a victim of outright robbery. I can’t believe things have got to this point.

    #34054 Reply
    Music1234
    Participant

    Here are what my 10 subscription tracks earned last month and guess what? I have no idea how many times these were downloaded. Subscription amounts to 80% 90% price devaluation. It’s only a matter of time before we see all you can eat for $1.99 a month. There will always be some company that will step in and charge less.

    3.16
    1.46
    2.65
    1.92
    …and so on (edited by moderator).
    $32 of earnings, but I have to guess that the 10 songs were downloaded 4 to 25 times each

    And here is what the one sync license at a time statement looked like:

    $27
    $27
    $27
    $22.50
    $27
    $13.50
    …and so on (edited by moderator).

    It’s up to you, and only you to decide what your music is worth. One thing is for sure, subscription (if it truly becomes the new normal) will eventually dismantle production music as a viable career and way to earn a living and ultimately reduce our earnings by 80%. Composers and Music Producers are enabling this. They are 100% at fault.

    #34055 Reply
    Music1234
    Participant

    This is where we are headed with subscription (If all composers give in)

    0.00002
    0.00002
    0.3675
    0.00012
    0.00028
    0.00029
    …and so on (edited by moderator).

    #34056 Reply
    Tbone
    Participant

    Thanks Strat 56 for posting that – very interesting to see. I’ve also ended up in an experiment with one library, where the library suddenly introduced a subscription service. I figured I’d let it run for a few months but so far it’s looking very bad as well.

    #34058 Reply
    Strat 56
    Guest

    MichaelL. I failed to mention in my answer to you that my tracks were already uploaded to the site when they introduced their subscription plan.

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