I’ve noticed an increase in the need-to-buy list of records that we have. And none of this would have taken place if it wasn’t for MP3 previews of artists music on their websites. We’ve lately added such smaller, yet relatively unknown Finnish bands such as For My Pain, Twilighting, and Korpiklaani to our list. All of their albums are something we will buy, sooner or later. But one band that has suffered from not having MP3 previes on their site is Rautakello, who lost their record deal after their first record had dismal sales.
Some thoughts on how MP3 is helping record sales based on how I, as a consumer, work.