Digital Music

Apple’s iTunes is far and away the best. It’s seven times more money per song sale than anyone else. Rhapsody is next best, it’s often around 10 cents a song, which is a lot less than iTunes. Sometimes it’s even less, which I can’t explain, really….it must be something in their pricing plan. MusicMatch and MusicNet (the only other two I’ve had sales with) are next…and they’re even LOWER.

Bottom line is this: if you have a choice of who to buy from, it makes a HUGE, positive, financial difference to the artist if you choose iTunes.

The other thing I’m able to see in these sales is which songs are the most popular.

Hands down, the most popular song, is “Mom Went Bungie Jumping.”

Boy, this is a shocker. Wouldn’t have guessed it. But I guess the facts don’t lie….I mean, it’s been downloaded ten times more than any other song!!!

Numero Two-o is “Voices.” Again, didn’t see that coming. That wouldn’t have been my guess for number two.

Number three is “I Will Sing,” which I guess I would have assumed would be number one.

Number four is “The Birches of Moscow,” followed closely by “Sequoyah.”

Neither of these last two surprise me. All the other songs are all about even after that.

But, the clear answer here is that two songs that I would have never expected to be the first and second best-sellers, are.
Go figure.

Thanks again to CDBaby for making all of this possible.

328 in sales is pretty nice, it seems to me. For some perspective, however, I’ve just remembered that “Prairie Chapel Road” has been downloaded over 3,000 times from my website, since last August…and all for free!!!

Jeez, if I’d sold all those downloads via iTunes? I’d be able to afford to put the new CD out….proving that I may know how to write songs, but I’m not too hot on the business side.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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