The great Shakespeare once said, "If music be the food of love, play on"; and so it did since time immemorial, where some played and others listened, all in the name of love. Promoting music, especially created by individual musicians, was quite difficult in the old days because of the huge amount of monetary investment that was needed for this kind of promotion. However, individual musicians these days no longer have to search for monetary backing to promote their music, thanks to the advent of technology and the extensive popularity of the internet.
With the popularity of the net, promoting music, whether for a band or individual musicians, has become very easy, especially through sites like YouTube or various social media sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter etc. These video sharing and social networking sites allow the individual musician to post and share his or her piece of music by simply becoming a member of the site. Becoming a member allows you to promote yourself and gain fans or followers, who will later be your patrons, at least as far as your music is concerned. However, the downside of active and instantaneous promotion of your music has one major drawback - which is piracy. Due to the increased availability of music online, it is obvious that the incidences of piracy will increase, which only leads to a decrease in revenue of the individual musician.
A simple way to curtail abject and outright piracy is to create your own website and make your music available on your site, while promoting the site through various social media websites and channels. Various interactive, user friendly software are available today, which make it easy to create your own music player for your website. Such players allow you to play your own music online, while restricting the download and distribution by unwarranted means and methods. Additionally, it is easy to link your player and the songs to various payment channels, including credit card, PayPal and the like. Since various types of music player skins are available with these software, you can even choose the one that matches the look of your website.
With the use of music player software, it is possible to restrict the listening to a sample of your song, making it inevitable but to buy the entire song, if someone wants to enjoy it. Additionally, since using these software require no special knowledge regarding programming or coding on your part, they have become the best companion for most musicians.
It is pertinent to note that with the help of music player software, protecting your music while not impinging the outreach of it has never been easier. Moreover, the ease with which you can upload your music, either entirely or a brief sample, has ensured that anyone can do it independently without any external help, making it indispensable for musicians all across the globe.