I got an email today informing me that MP3.com, where I have an artist account, has been sold to CNET.com, and will undergo major changes very soon. There was absolutely no information about what the new CNET music thingy will be. So.
One of the things I rather liked about MP3.com was their CD program, where you uploaded your songs and artwork, tell them a track listing and how much you want it to cost, and they would make CDs for you on an as-ordered basis. Yeah, they kept a good chunk of the cost, but they would make the CDs, the covers, get 'em all shrink-wrapped and nice and send them out to people without you ever having to go near a CD burner. It was nice because it meant anyone could buy the CD, and I didn’t have to worry about burning, printing, packaging, shipping, etc., plus they made the CDs as they were ordered so there was no exorbitant minimum number of CDs you had to get. It was just so nice.
And now it’s gone (or will be by Monday) and I have no idea if CNET will continue it. With my luck, probably not. If I had the money, I’d stock up a little and order a bunch of my own CDs from them (you get a discount) but I’m so freaking poor. I just ordered five, promised to girls on my floor, but now… I’m probably never gonna be able to get them again. So I’m wondering if anyone knows of any other sites that have a program similar to this? Creates, sells, and ships 'em for you on an as-ordered basis, lets you customize the artwork, and actually lets you keep a chunk of the money? (And maybe that would actually pay you on a regular basis no matter how much you’ve earned, unlike mp3.com who holds your money hostage until you get at least $50, and now since they’re going under, I will never see the $2.50 from the one CD I sold [I would love to know who bought it…])