I’m less concerned about the number of submissions. What concerns me is the number of submissions that DO make it past the review process. The standard here could be set much higher IMO . But this has been discussed before and I doubt it will change soon. Currently 16,961 items have no sales on AJ, by far the highest percentage (almost 50%) of any marketplace on Envato.
I have the same concerns as Gareth – the barrier to entry is way too low.
First you need to decide why you are creating music – are you doing it for the sake of art or are you trying to generate revenue with your music. Most of the buyers that visit library sites are buying music for “corporate” use, corporate can have a variety of meaning but typically this is for a video, radio spot, tv ad, youtube video etc… They are looking for music that creates a particular mood and environment for their product or message. That is why “corporate” music typically sells better than other categories. At the end of the day if you want more sales you have to think like a buyer and create music that works for their needs.
If you are doing this for the sake of your art, create the tracks you like and some will sell, just not as many. I don’t think a different library will help you increase your sales much. Your rock tracks sound good but the market for them in the royalty free library world is smaller than other types of tracks.
At the end of the day you just have to decide why you are creating music.
I know an amazing cellist with a studio setup, send me an email and I can send you the details.
I have had clients contact me directly to license a track they found on AJ and WANT to pay more because the price was so low they didn’t believe it was real or that the license was valid.
They totally gutted and tried to make it a souped up version of iMovie. Every professional editor I know has stopped using it and moved to either Adobe Premier or Avid. Basically they tried to dumb it down to make it more mass market and in doing so removed most of the “Pro” features. Honestly it is really sad.
It looks like Apple is abandoning the “Pro” users in favor of mass market consumer products.
I would wait to see what the next version looks like. If they do to it what they did to Final Cut Pro it will be un-useable.
Thanks for including me!