Originally Posted by TimOBrienFlorida
A couple of times in the song, take the volume down and announce "Thanks for listening to (songname)...."
Or just put half of it up and fade it out.
You just CAN'T keep anyone from recording it.
But, I have to say, as sympathetic as I am with the desire for musicians to be paid for their work, and no matter what I think
intellectually about the justified nature of such solutions as those above, when I'm trying to listen to something by someone, whether on their site or on a sales site like CDBaby, when a stream cuts off in the middle or there's an embedded message or even just a beep every now and then, it ticks me off. This is not
an intellectual thing. I think it's entirely justified; an artist should be free to do what he wants with his work.
But, nonetheless, I feel
insulted and some little voice in the back of my head says, who the hell does this guy think he is?
It really turns me off.
PS... With regard to a relatively easy way to let folks hear your tracks while still discouraging casual downloading is to put your track up on YouTube. (Use as high a video quality as you can, since YT's submission robot seem to use lo fi sound in its rendering of the presentation video if it senses a lo quality/size image track.) Some folks use a single image. Some folks use a slide show. Some folks use lyrics. Some folks use 'found' footage from Archive.org (check the permissions before using what you find there, though, to be on the safe side). Of course, it is
possible to download videos from YouTube -- although many folks probably don't realize that -- but vids aren't as convenient for everyday listening, particularly in portable devices.
PPS... Honestly, with regard to preventing unauthorized downloading, I think the best
solution may simply be the honor system. The honor system won't work with everyone,* of course. But I think many folks would like to do the right thing. And, especially if they know you're not some fat cat superstar, I think they're often willing to. (It's when they're
broke and you're
driving around in a Rolls that things get sticky.
*My one blast at sociological analysis, the eponymous, Tom Major's Rule of Thirds, suggests that 1/3 of any given random population will be selfish, uncaring greedheads who put themselves and their interests above those of others, 1/3 are basically decent, caring folks, and the other 1/3 just floats back and forth in between. Explains so much in human history.