its horrible... basically all techno, club or most electronica music just has a kick and snare preview. then for more commercial music most of the time the preview doenst get "that hook" that'll sell the song. i know it gives you the idea of the song but it just doesn't sell it. its like if in a clothing store there was only a sleeve of a shirt so you can judge if you like it or not! or a guy in the street trying to sell you a watch but just giving you a part of the wristband....or like..uh examples will get worst and worst but u get the idea.
this happened with tunecore and snocap. basically both grab the same 30 chunk of the same songs.
Why cant I choose the 30 second preview of my songs that will go up in itunes (or whatevr) ?
But when delivering to Apple iTunes and the rest, they just ask for the full-length digital master and have in-house stuff that creates the samples. I guess they feel it's "good enough", and not worth the massive customization effort it would take, unfortunately.
I always thought that the Bleep store handled previews in a really slick way. You can listen to 30 seconds and then it fades out and stops but you can hit play again to hear the next 30 seconds. You can even seek around and hear different parts of the track.
Think about the film industry. What kind of effort goes into their previews, i.e. Trailers? Tons.
So let's say you're an unknown artist, with the greatest hit song ever written in the history of the known universe. Ambitious, yes, but let's think big here.
On your song, seconds 31-60 are the end of a long thematic intro into the first verse, which is a 1 and a half length verse. Too bad for you that starting at 61 seconds, you get to the pre-chorus and at 71 seconds land on the hook-of-doom that is the top of your smash-hit chorus.
All it would take is a little applet from Apple that would attach meta-data tags to the header of your AAC encode, before you sent it into your digital distributor. A little AAC encoder that had a graphic that is a fixed, 30 second ruler bar that you positioned wherever you wanted on your tune. Audition. Encode. Done.
It would be simple to set up the audition management software at iTunes to window that section, simply based on the meta-data tags that would be encoded into the file header.
In fact, since we have a direct arrangement with iTunes, I've just talked myself into making this a mini-crusade. It really is a good idea, even if I do say so myself, and just thought of it while reading this thread.