How the Internet Helps MusiciansWritten by Scott Richards
Everyone talks about negative impact of Internet on music business. Illegal file sharing and copyright violations have decimated profits in industry. Record labels are less willing to take risks with new artists because profits have dried up. Sales have steadily declined over past several years to in large part to proliferation of illegal downloads. All of that is true, but there are two sides to this coin. Sure, things are tougher today for new musician than ever before, but there are also new opportunities thanks to Internet.
The Internet has reduced barriers to entry into music business. Today thanks to rapid evolution in technology, a musician can record a song and share it with listeners around world. In past, distribution was controlled by record labels. Unless you had a record deal it was almost impossible to reach listeners outside of your immediate area.
Distribution was not only controlled, but there was no way around high costs of physical distribution. Manufacturing a batch of CDs or tapes could be prohibitively expensive for starving artist. However, with free MP3 distribution via internet, an artistís music can reach across world. An up and coming Latin diva can share her tunes with someone in Europe. The next rock star in Africa can share his music with someone in Japan. The Internet has opened a door that allows artists to share their art with anyone, anywhere, at any time.
5 Tips for finding the best poker websitesWritten by Ian McIntosh
There has been an enormous growth in poker websites in last couple of years and there are now literally hundreds of them to play at. But how do you select a good poker site? Here are 5 factors that you should consider when making your choice of where to play poker online.
1. Reputation It is usually best to stick with a site that has a good solid reputation, especially if you are a beginner and you've never played poker online before. Most of big names have an excellent reputation and they have to be absolutely fair in order to maintain this.
2. Signup Bonuses We all love something for nothing and you will certainly get that when you sign up for poker online. Almost all of sites will offer you some sort of bonus to sign up with them so you need to shop around and see who is offering best deal. Of course there is nothing to stop you opening an account with several different sites if you want to.
3. Number of players. All of major sites have many thousands of players online at any one time. You will never struggle to get a game, there should always be a seat available for you. However some of smaller sites attract far fewer visitors and you may end up frustrated, waiting for right playing opportunity to arise.