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February 18, 2007

INDISTR - The Review

Posted in: Reviews, Service Reviews

INDISTR is yet another testament to how the web has changed our whole way of living. Remember the days when you had to sell your soul, along with your music? Those days aren’t entirely over, but perhaps they are on their way out. INDISTR is a site that apparently aims to bring Indie music out of the basement.

The Concept

Rating: 9 (out of ten)

It’s rather simple, actually. As an artist, you upload your tracks. From there, you can organize your tracks into albums, and set whatever price you would like to sell the albums at. Individual tracks, however, have a set price of one dollar (US). All set, you simply wait for the customers.

There are no contracts. The only fee is twenty-five percent of all income. With nothing to lose, it’s a pretty sweet deal, if you ask me.

The Brand

Rating: 6

The good:
The branding is simple. You would be able to recognize the INDISTR logotype anywhere.

The bad:
The letters “INDISTR” can be a little confusing at first. Displayed alone, the logotype tells you nothing about the company. Also, that lonely little “R” at the end is just a tad overused these days. Will we never learn?

The Interface - Usablity

Rating: 9

The text containing all the important information is small. However, enlarging the text to a fairly readable size, doesn’t break up the site, so that’s no biggie.

Browsing for music, organizing your own music, buying and downloading is all fairly self-explanatory. Even our moms can use this site.

The Interface - Functionality and Features

Rating: 7

The artist side:
What I really like about all of this, is the attention put into the details. On the page where you edit your account, you will find up-to-date statistics on your songs. Additionally, you can select the exact portion of each song that you wish to use as that song’s thirty second preview clip.

The listener’s side:
There is the above-mentioned preview feature to help you decide whether or not to download any music. There is also a commenting feature, so you can let your favorite artist know exactly what you think.

What I don’t like, is that there is no “browse” feature that lets you look through a list of the artist. Of course, the little “beta” thing at the top of the page might have something to do with that. Also, the search feature is limited to artist names, song titles, and album titles. It won’t search genres.

Finally

Despite the things I don’t like, I still think it’s a great service. It’s completely free for the artists, and leaves all the rights to your music in your hands. Best of all, it has no annoying ads. What more could you ask for?

Oh, right. That browsing feature…


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