Do you know what would make for a great music-listening service? If they allowed you to embed playable clips on your own website. So if I blog about a song, people can play it right on my site. If someone clicks the buy button, I get a cut of the money, however small. The entire song would be playable if the person subscribes to the service. Otherwise, non-subscribers can listen to a 30-second preview.
In addition to being able to embed individual songs on my site, you would be able to embed entire playlists. That would rock.
I guarantee that if a music service offered these features, they would be the next big thing. But it has to include ALL four features:
- Embed playable songs on your own site
- Embed playlists on your own site
- Songs are playable to subscribers, and non-subscribers get 30-second clips
- Songs sold from these playlists and embeds will give the site owner a cut of the profit.
The 4th item is key. Right now Amazon lets you get 5% of the cost of the song. But it’s a pain embedding songs on a website. You can only link to the Amazon site. That’s dumb. Let people make their own playlists on their own site.