I agree that we all choose to upload here and are free to leave if we don’t like the pricing etc… I just think as a member of the community it would be in everyone’s best interest too see a price increase.
I would personally like to see a minimum pricing or a tired pricing that you could choose from. That would keep out the low ball pricing but allow authors some say in the pricing of their tracks as well.
Adams and NS10’s
The argument about pricing assumes it is the only reason a track is purchased. I can guarantee that if you doubled the prices on Tim McMorris, Soundroll and PinkZebra and left all of the other author prices the same they would still be the top selling authors. Quality trumps price.
The most frustrating thing about the low prices on AJ are that they are hurting both Envato and the authors. In business you can sell at too high of a price AND you can sell at too low of a price – both are bad for business.
As far as setting your own price – other markets do this and interestingly enough their average prices are easily double what they are on AJ. Sure there are some authors that set crazy low pricing but the serious composers with great portfolios know the value of their music and price it a market / competitive rate. The best selling tracks 9 out of 10 times are the higher priced tracks.
I think when you look at the top authors list you find that there are many different ways to be successful on AJ. Many of them have small portfolios with one or two top sellers being the majority of their sales, some have larger portfolios with several top sellers and some have large portfolios without many top sellers but consistent sales across many tracks.
I have been on AJ for a while now and have seen several authors join much later than I did and have a greater level of success. There will always be intense competition and people better and more talented than you. (I listen to many tracks here and am amazed and jealous of other writers talents often). At the end of the day, persistence and quality WILL rise to the top.
There have been many discussions as to what defines quality but this is how I look at it. Your average purchaser is not going to be a musician and won’t have a clue or care if you used a $5000 mic preamp or the internal mic on your computer – All they care about is whether or not the track works for their end use. End users listen to music and watch television and know when a track has audio/technical or composition problems – they might not be able to tell what is wrong but they know when something is wrong. I am not a photographer but you can put two pictures in front of me and I can tell you the one done by a pro and a amateur. I may night know technically why one is better but I can pick out the pro.
Learn your craft, work hard, be persistent and with a little luck (which hard work and persistence usually bring) any author can be successful on AJ.
Not sure. It usually takes a couple of hours for my tracks… Especially if you have the paypal address of your reviewer.
Knock on wood, no I am not.
I am pretty sure that in the contributor agreement fine print there is a requirement for each author to create a Uke , Handclaps, and glockenspiel track.