THE INDIE WEB (Hypebot) – RAWRIP
, a new ad-supported music site and distribution service is paying indie artists 100% of royalties earned from downloaded tracks. Fans can stream music free and store songs in personal music libraries.
Beyond the site, artists can also sell their tracks via a 'Raw Store' widget that pays 100% from sales on websites, blogs, MySpace, Facebook, etc. 'The Rippler' is a proprietary exploration engine that analyzes each track by a number of characteristics that are indexed and cross-referenced with RAWRIP's catalogue of over 1 million songs. Through this, independent artists get recommended (Rippled) via major acts and may acquire new fans. This site appears to have real potential for indie artists and labels who want to spread their tracks virally. I'd love to hear from anyone using it.