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Unsigned band gives away music and makes money

UK based band Cling has quickly realised that you can make money by giving away your music at TuneSquare.com.

Their Debut CD Sonic Spells has only been on the site for one week and has already been downloaded over 200 times and generated over $200 for the band.

A spokesperson for the band said "this is quite amazing, to be able to give away your music and still make money. It has inspired us to make our debut CD available as a free download.

There are a few generations out there who have never really paid for music so this is a great way of making our music freely available with a financial reward for us through advertising revenue generated at TuneSquare however it is all about numbers and we have to get a lot of downloads to make it work."

TuneSquare is an ad-supported music download service, somewhere in between the world of P2P sites and paid services like iTunes and Rhapsody.

You visit TuneSquare, browse for songs by category or use the search bar, and begin listening to music. While you listen, a video ad will play. If you like what you hear, you can download the track for free. That's all there is to it.

Cling have a large fan-base and are still in the process of letting everyone know about the exciting new way to get their music free. Susi Lavender from Cling said, "If this way of distributing our music works then we will make all of our tracks (past and future) available as free downloads via TuneSquare."

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.