A. Do I need to use SKU codes over and over everytime I want to hear the same album?
Q. No. You only apply your SKU code at the shopping cart checkout. From then on, the album will be accessable to you as your album has been automatically added by the system to your dashboard. Just login, find your album, and click the playastream button to go to your album's audio player.
Q. I don't own a turntable. Can I buy just the streaming service without buying any discs?
A. No. The company started with playadisc... a company and campaign to make music fun again by embracing the new vinyl record comeback. Concerning a turntable, get one! We offer free download and streaming as a convenient courtesy and as an add-on to a record or compact disc purchase. Also, the typical streaming model now being utilized by mega mainstream companies (you know who they are) are failing to pay artist what they deserve and are devaluing the marketing ability of music. We believe that hard working musicians should get paid and physical media sales are the best way to put music artists back in control of their products. Physical media also offers the most versatile and strategic way to properly market music.
Q. What is the difference between buytracs and playastream?
A. Buytracs is an online music sales counter. It's specialty is vinyl record and compact disc sales but also supplies digital albums (downloads) and unlimited streaming as a free add-on with any physical media purchase.
Playastream is a proprietary music streaming website platform featuring music albums and singles from proprietary artists and DIY artists. The playastream service is made available when physical media is purchased... buy a vinyl record... it comes with the digital album download and streaming access to that same album via playastream.
Q. If you are forcing people to buy records, then what is the purpose of offering streaming?
A. We are not forcing anyone to do anything. Unlike the pirating business model of mega streaming platforms, we believe that artists should have control over their own music and are worthy of their work. We offer streaming for the sake of full music accessibility and for convenience such as when people are at their computer, on the go with their phone, etc. We are not against technology old or new. We do however believe that for many, the most enjoyable way to experience recorded music is with physical media. Recognizing the ongoing vinyl record trend and new sleek and affordable turtable music systems... the new media market is here.
Q. Why does playastream not offer big label music names for streaming such as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, etc.
A. As you know, there is a race among giant media companies to corner the commercial streaming market. There are plenty of them already out there. They have created a red ocean competing with one another, but it is also a bad business model... both for the streaming companies but especially for music artists. Initially aqcuiring the rights to music tracks from record labels through licensing is expensive and immediatley causes the business model to go millions of dollars in debt.The dispensing of mechanical and recording artist royalties is convoluted, difficult to track of, disorganized, and invites a constant barrage of expensive law suits.
We have no need to compete in that space and since we reject their business model, we at playastream are implementing a restored good business model. Buying everyone's copyrighted music, going millions of dollars in debt, and paying music artists peanuts does not attract us. We are a platform for music from proprietary artists who copyright their own music and find our platform a desireable option to sell, market, and distribute product.
Q. Whats the difference between you and Bandcamp?
A. In a sense and to a degree, we are Bandcamp backwards. That is, we are directionaly different by one hudred and eighty degrees. Bandcamp attracs bands and songwriters mostly and provides them a platform. The Artist is put on the shelf. Then, the music is somewhere in the camp.
Whereas, Buytracs and playastream puts the music (the albums) on the shelf. We are the new media record shop. Our target market is not so much the music artists, the bands, singers and song writers. Our, target market is the music listener, the music consumer and getting a bands music on the shelf. We are reimplementing the old school approach which we know worked so well for both the Artist and the music buyer.
Q. What do you have against free music?
A. Nothing. You are more than welcome to give your music away for free.
Q. How does a band or songwriter get their music on playastream.