Do you remember back in the not so distant past when free mp3 music downloads were a rarity? Do you recall the times when it was normal for people to pay for high quality music?
Nowadays it seems that those commonalities are not so common. Free mp3 music downloads have become the expectation instead of the privilege for today’s generation. This fact has been underscored in one of the top music communities online. For years top SoundClick music producers have allowed recording artists, rappers, and singers to freely download their beats and instrumentals from the website. The idea of allowing artists to download rap instrumentals free has been a key marketing strategy for promoting music. By allowing artists to sample/demo tagged beats for non profit use, producers drive traffic to their soundclick pages and encourage music licensing.
This marketing strategy has been so effective that major artists have even begun to flock to Soundclick to download free rap beats. Unfortunately, some people have begun to abuse this privilege as well. It is widely known that some people have tried to steal or have stolen beats from soundclick. Some people will even go as far to have other producers remake soundclick beat maker’s instrumentals.
In light of these new developments, some producers have chosen to stop offering free beat downloads. As an alternative, these beat makers have decided to make their downloadable instrumentals available for a small fee.
These new developments have brought about mixed reactions in the hip hop producer community on Soundclick.
Some producers and upcoming rappers argue that beatmakers should keep free rap instrumental beats available for download. Others contest that adding a small fee for free rap beat downloads helps to filter out serious artists from amateurs.
Should 2011-2012 mark the end of the free rap instrumentals on Soundclick?
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