FAQ - Music Downloads

What am I able to do with the tracks I've downloaded?
If I buy any music from the Artist, do you take a share?
Can I play the tracks over my radio station, in my bar, shop or venue?
Can I use the tracks to go with my independant movie, etc?
Can I re-distribute the tracks for my compliation album?
Aren't these licensing rights really similar to Creative Commons?
Who writes the reviews for the releases? Aren't they bias?
If you don't financially benefit from distributing music, why bother?

What am I able to do with the tracks I've downloaded?

Read our licensing page for more information.

If I buy any music from the Artist, do you take a share?

No. We have no financial involvement with the Artists. If we've included a link to an iTunes, BandCamp, AmazonMP3 (etc), it's because the Artist is also selling their music alongside their free digital release. That's purely and all for them.

As many of the bands who's music you can download for totally free are unsigned, your money is going directly to support the Artist. It's not usually an extortionate amount of money, if you like the tracks you've heard, go buy them, be cool.

We'll grant you a moral waiver if you can't afford to buy, but instead give them a shout out on Twitter or something.

Can I play the tracks over my station, in my bar, shop or venue?

Yes. You are free to play the music as many times as you like in their audio forms as loud as you like for as long as you like. It'd be appreciated if you let us know though, that way we can say to the Artist "Hey, [x], [y] and [z] have you on their playlist!"

Can I use the tracks to go with my independant movie, etc?

Sometimes. Some of the artists who's work and music is free and available to download are subject to synchronization rights elsewhere. If you wish to use any of the tracks to compliment your movie, film, video or TV show, you should contact us and we'll be able to give you more information.

Can I re-distribute the tracks for my compliation album?

Yes. You certainly can - as long as the artist is credited.

Aren't these licensing rights really similar to Creative Commons?

They're pretty much the same rights granted under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0, but the CC License for the purpose we'd be using it is overly complex and we like to keep it simple.

Who writes the reviews for the releases? Aren't they bias?

Reviews that are used on the ManchesterSound website are written by independant reviewers; we ask them to write, but we don't tell them what or how to write.

We pair releases with reviewers and writers that have an interest in the genre; in some sense, yes, they're a little bias, however unlike some popular music and gaming websites, we don't pay them to be positive or rave about something.

If you don't financially benefit from distributing music, why bother?

Basically, because we like doing it - and we're good at it. The music industry and a lot of promoters have [rightfully] gained a bad reputation over the years by exploiting bands for a quick buck. We don't make any money from distributing, we do it because we like to build long-term, strong relationships with artists and to show our support for the artist/s as well.

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