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 has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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