Another thing I thought of… from an accounting perspective it must be really tricky to have all of those accounts with just 1 or 2 sales on them…. I mean I know the authors can take the money out after a year but I’m sure there are quite a few who forget about AudioJungle and just leave the money there. I’m sure it all racks up to thousands of dollars for envato, just sitting around as they can’t move it.
Slightly controversial topic here, but wanted to discuss it as I saw it was briefly touched upon in the “February Sales” thread but not expanded on. Just a few weeks ago I was checking out competing sites to see what they were up to and I found out quite a renowned rival of AudioJungle had shut it’s gates to new composers and no longer accepted any new authors.
So it got me thinking, should AudioJungle already shut it’s gates to new authors? Should it instead already have entry criteria like a portfolio check to ensure the quality of composers coming in?
Obviously everyone wants less competition so a lot of people probably do want to lessen the amount of authors, but how about AudioJungle as a whole? They do say quality arises from competition so perhaps it is better for AudioJungle if there are lots of authors and for AudioJungle to remain competitive in the future it may be a bad idea to shun new authors. On the other hand, does it look unsightly to have 10,000+ authors…
Just some ideas to get the ball rolling, I already have some opinions on this, but as usual I am super eager to hear about yours!!
Beautiful story! Congrats on the wedding man!
Btw, love your studio setup it’s both warm and home-like but at the same time thought out and efficient… might copy it for my own!!
So recently I decided to get back to my AudioJungle roots and decided to start writing more world music (one of the main genres that initially got me going here). I decided to write something for the Chinese New Year and a days later when I was at work a surprise Chinese New Year Parade came by. As I was watching the marching and the men in the dragon costume I began listening and realised that whilst my track did have an asian flavour to it, it didn’t quite sound as authentic as what they had for the parade.
When I listened to my track again I realised that whilst it had that quintessential Chinese sound it was still very heavily influenced by my own personal Western musical ideologies. Now here is my question for those of you who compose world music here on AudioJungle. Do you think customers prefer the “full local flavour” when it comes to these world beat tracks or do you think they prefer that mix of exotic influence with traditional Western structure?
For example, I really liked Hans Zimmer’s score to “Last Samurai” but when I tried listening to pure traditional Japanese music, I found it rather hard to get into. Nothing wrong with it, just I guess I’m more used to that Western sound. Do you guys think the majority of our customers think this way?
I mean I know there is a place for both traditional world music and more “film score-y” world music but which do you think is more commercially viable here?
I really liked a joke of one of my friends…he was saying…duuuude, I’m proud of you… Jay-Z sells a whole CD for 20-30$ and you make those money with 1-2 tracks!
Yeah man! Actually, if they’re signed with a major label and aren’t self published then they make considerably less on each CD than we make per song. We get 50%+ if you’re exclusive and 33% if you’re not. Typically artists get 10-15% royalty rate on their CD sales, the bulk of the money going to the label and the publisher (hence why artists publish themselves when they get big).
Of course they’re selling just normal listening tracks and we’re selling sync licenses, I’m sure their licenses go for a pretty penny, but we’ll gloss over that and consider this a small victory over major artists LOL!!
Are we allowed to resubmit songs we’ve deleted from another profile? I thought once a song was deleted from the AJ universe that was it!!
That’s about spot on, in my experience anyway. Whilst I haven’t really 100% given full effort to other markets I have experimented a bit and have found that sales here on AJ are a lot better. For this reason I have remained exclusive this whole time. From what I’ve heard, if you really have the time and are doing this full time, it’s not a bad idea to have 2 accounts, one exclusive and one non-exclusive. If you are like most people here, then chances are you’re better off focusing your effort onto one account and seeing how well it does, and then weighing out your decision from there.
Music packs have been very good to me. I’d say half my bestsellers are packs and in terms of top earners the packs have been king (mind you though, I don’t really have a “mega-hit” per se so for me “bestseller” is anything with more than 10 sales LOL). Let me tell you now, it’s a pretty sweet morning when you wake up and you’ve sold an extended pack (yes it does happen)!
But let me say to you what I’ve told others in regards to packs. If your ratio of sales to items is very high, then don’t do packs. If you check out the top authors with relatively small portfolios they either have very few or limited amounts of packs. They know people buy multiple tracks off them anyway so they know that packs essentially lessen their income and their sales volume.
That’s my interpretation anyway, I’d love to hear what they themselves are thinking and whether truly it was a strategy or they couldn’t be bothered to make the packs LOL.
I know some people feel that AudioJungle prices are cheap enough as it is and choose not to do packs as they feel that that makes their music too affordable….
Congrats Mat. You’ll have 1000+ AND a Golden Paw before you know it!!!