All recordings go on the site as free downloads to start.
When the recording is submitted, the author ticks a check box to say ‘include this piece in the premium service’.
If the recording reaches a 5 star rating (or 4.5 or whatever) with a minimum of lets say 10 or 20 ratings, then it automatically gets moved into the ‘premium service’, which is either a subscription model or pay per download model.
This means that those who download early get everything free (so it is still possible to get all recordings free), and act as a kind of natural ‘quality management’ system…. where the better content rises to a commercial distribution model. This would encourage and increase
early downloads (since they’d be free).
But I dont know whether the commercial model should be a subscription model (pay $10 / month and get everything on the site) or a pay-per-download model (which would be much harder to implement).
Actually, it is very similar to the http://amiestreet.com model … and I think there should still be CD’s on offer for those who dont want to have a computer dependent experience ..
Perhaps there could be 2 or 3 different kinds of models:
- Subscribe for $10/month … have access to all the recordings that have been rated up (that others can no longer access)
- Subscribe for $15/month … receive an Audio CD in the mail that has all of that months’ best rated recordings
- Purchase one off Audio CDs for $15