Back when I became an author…
- AudioJungle had yet to see its first Gold Paw
- Nobody was Elite, because Elite hadn’t been invented yet
- The watermark said, “Envato… Envato… Envato…”
- There was no Folk, Acoustic category (I think I put all my stuff in ambient or something :))
- My non-exclusive take was a glorious 25%
I use a Windows computer for music production. They’re both fine – I have both a Mac and a PC at home – but I find that I can get around much quicker on a PC. There are a few keyboard shortcuts missing on a Mac (at least as of the latest OS I have, which I think is Lion) that slow me down, and I prefer Explorer to Finder for easy access to the file system without having to pop into a command line.
Full disclosure is that I have far more years with Windows than with Mac. If it were reversed I might feel the opposite. I think you tend to stick with what you’re used to.
Also, we’re talking Windows 7 here, right? Between Metro and a Mac I’d take a Mac hands down .
I remember that thread, though my contribution to it was quite minimal .
As an author who makes a large percentage of my sales in a single genre, I wouldn’t mind genre-specific top author lists as a way to sort of separate out the genre from the rest of the site. My motivation is mostly selfish, of course, but I could see how buyers coming into AJ looking for a specific genre (and I imagine a large number of them do) could find it quite useful.
Personally, I also think that the Top Author lists needn’t be limited to Top [n], but basically have the ability to show all authors ranked by whatever criteria.
Hey, happy birthday, Leon! I had mine a few days ago as well. April is the best birthday month, in my opinion
Wow, that’s pretty incredible, and I’m a glad to be a part of it! Congratulations to all authors, and at this rate I don’t think it will take long to get to the next million.
As far as sales on other marketplaces, I can say from an anecdotal standpoint that there is at least one where my personal sales are usually on par with AudioJungle, but I don’t know what the overall amount of licenses per year clocks in at there (as far as I know sales numbers aren’t published on the site). There are others that have more tracks available to sell or have been around longer, but again, I’d just be guessing if I said they had more licenses sold, or at least were experiencing the same volume at this point in time. AJ has certainly continued to grow very fast, which I haven’t necessarily seen from other marketplaces.
Awesome! Congratulations, Mat!
Carmen, you will be missed! But it sounds like a fantastic opportunity that you’ve worked hard to achieve – so many congratulations to you!
my thoughts are, there is plenty of good music here already. the most successful AJ authors are the ones who were here first. first one to show up wins. its always that way in any business.
This is true for some of us (I’ve been here since late 2009, and although AJ had been around for a few years before that I suppose that’s considered getting in early).
But if you look at Page 1 of top authors you’ll find plenty of authors who have been here less than 3 years. PZ started March 2011, and Tim uploaded his first song late 2010. BlueFoxMusic started mid 2012. And I can tell you that AJ was rolling pretty well by 2010, and also that there were people even then implying that it was too late to join.
Also, back in the day (I’m saying this in a grumpy old man voice, BTW) we didn’t have near the pricing or commission levels that exist now. Meaning that what you made from those 55 sales would probably have taken twice that many in 2009. There are a lot of people now not in the top authors list but still making serious money.
I think you’re right that having a steady queue of uploads would help keep the pace of sales steady as well. That’s been conventional (if anecdotal) wisdom here for a while.
I’m going to echo Antonio here – stay on AudioJungle if it fits your lifestyle, you’re enjoying it, and it’s not detracting from your other musical pursuits. Clearly you have the potential for sales as you noted yourself (and as is evidenced by having more sales than tracks – a good sign). If you keep active and become more and more in tune with what buyers are looking for, you’ll be doing more than tip money. You’ll also have the potential to make valuable contacts with both authors and buyers.
However, if posting to AudioJungle is a chore or is taking time away from finding other gigs, etc, then you have to be the best judge of whether it’s time to pull the plug. Even if you don’t go the all in approach I personally think it could still be a good avenue for continual honing of composition and production in a low pressure way, a few hours a week maybe, just to keep the creative flow going, like an author might do in a journal half hour a day or something.
For myself, I love the stock scene because it’s frankly all I have time for musically. It’s been a huge blessing for me because I can make the kind of music I like and feel comfortable with in my (not copious) spare time, fitting in around my day job and family, without deadlines and other things that come with ordinary freelance. I’ve met a ton of cool people in the last few years, and since I regularly write and produce tracks I’ve definitely improved my skills and tools over the last 4 years, which makes me very happy (though there’s a long way still to go before I’m satisfied).