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  • Releasing Demo on a USB Flash Drive!? Any info?

    I'm interested in the possibility of distributing my artist demo via USB Flash Drives. I really think it's a slick idea, and I'm into finding interesting ways to get my product that 'unusual factor' that just might leave an impression. Plus, the ability to have other media easily involved is attractive to someone really trying to fully 'demonstrate' themselves as an artist/product.

    I know there have been some flash drive releases by a few big artists, but I can't seem to find much info on where to go to get a good price on pre-loaded flash drives. I've found a couple of sites, but the cheapest I've seen is $7.99 per unit! Surely there is a better deal somewhere (without having to order 10,000 units) and I was wondering if any of you folks had any interesting leads for me!

    Thanks in advance!


    halcyo

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    It's a great idea, but maybe wait a few years until these things become as ubiquitous as CD-Rs. Or even DVD-Rs. Even better if you can get your band's logo printed on the USB stick.

    In the interim, I'd recommend bringing a cheap, capable, USB-equipped laptop to gigs, and offer people to have your songs downloaded onto the sticks from the laptop.
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    • #3
      It's a great idea, but maybe wait a few years until these things become as ubiquitous as CD-Rs. Or even DVD-Rs. Even better if you can get your band's logo printed on the USB stick.

      In the interim, I'd recommend bringing a cheap, capable, USB-equipped laptop to gigs, and offer people to have your songs downloaded onto the sticks from the laptop.



      Well the whole point is to stand out and be unusual! If I wait for them to be commonplace, that will sort of cancel out the effect, don't you think?

      Anyone have any information or ideas on this?

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      • #4
        Major studios have been using thumb drives in various distribution capacities (such as sending out demos) for about a year -- including large record companies and movie studios. They are already ramping it up to replace other mediums. You can already buy some media on thumb drives.

        A great system IMO. Enough trash in our landfills. Of course the whole DRM issue will be a wet sock but...

        I think it's brilliant -- go for it!
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        • #5
          I'm hoping to! Anyone here have any leads on where to look for buying these in bulk? It would be great if I could personalize them and have 'em pre-loaded, but I'd be willing to save cost doing it myself if they didn't have some dumb company logo on 'em!

          halcyo

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          • #6
            Not sure of the quality or capacity but a software guy I know got 3,000 unbranded for $3 each here not so long ago:
            http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/USB_Flash_Drive.html

            Here's an example of one supplier "starting at 3.80 USD"
            http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/51760816/USB_Flash_Drive_HU_138.html
            "The mics themselves couldn't give a **************** what source they're on..."
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            • #7
              the great"cosmic conscience" i thought about that (so did many other people) maaaad long ago.

              Good luck though , hope it works well for you!!
              I now know how to coordinate a moon landing............ time to pull out the old 4 track.

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              • #8
                Consider your audience. If you only want computer geeks as fans, then the USB is a highly targeted, ingenious method of promotion. What about car stereos and boom-boxes? Maybe some of your potential fans are not so tech savvy. You want to reach Vinny Camaro as well as Joe Flashdrive.

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                • #9
                  Certainly this is something I could see become more common in the future, but I mean, whats wrong with cd's? They work in computers and cars
                  -JT

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                  • #10
                    Certainly this is something I could see become more common in the future, but I mean, whats wrong with cd's? They work in computers and cars


                    Nothing is wrong with cd's. My interest in the Flashdrive is that it would be a STRIKING way to hand someone your music. Hand someone a cd, and they'll likely toss it before they even listen! Hand them a flashdrive, and they will at least be curious! It would be unusual and interesting, and would give your 'brand' a kind of 'upscale, progressive' feel.

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                    • #11
                      I think one problem is that thumb-drive-as-swag is already a decently mature model in other industries - so that thumb as an unusual/notable promotional tool comes down to financing and scale of the marketing effort (they aren't the bellybutton yet for smaller operations b/c of the cost)


                      Flash, being RAM is kind of a double edged sword

                      - it's attractive in that it has utility for the user (the user can use them to store their own ****************)

                      -On the gripping hand, that can also put the focus on the swag itself as opposed to the product attached to it (some of the folks will grab the thumb and delete everything off it right off the bat)
                      and, without labelling, it just becomes another thumbdrive

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                      • #12
                        -On the gripping hand, that can also put the focus on the swag itself as opposed to the product attached to it (some of the folks will grab the thumb and delete everything off it right off the bat)
                        and, without labelling, it just becomes another thumbdrive


                        Very good points. I guess it would only be a really striking presentation if the thumbdrive had your logo on it or something, and I guess this kind of packaging just isn't very affordable yet!

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                        • #13
                          itll get erased 1st thing. or at most transferred onto a hard drive and never listened to

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                          • #14
                            maybe this would help?

                            http://www.dda4me.com/

                            Dunno if they are doing this yet in the U.S though (aus based company)
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                            • #15
                              itll get erased 1st thing. or at most transferred onto a hard drive and never listened to


                              I agree with this comment as USB drives are volatile. Best if used to make a temporary copy of some data and transfer it to your PC or Laptop.
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