Since few years
a new kind of label is taking more importance in the whole world
Some of the sites
aren't very clear (better said user-friendly) and sometimes you
do not really know were you are, or what kind of music you could
be trying to download.
Since it would
have almost became free and not much time consuming to release this
kind of albums, would the maintainer of the label keep some kind
of "Mark of quality"? Since it won't ask him any effort,
wouldn't he be tempted to release a bit anything and everything
(as long as it sounds cool at the first listening), just to have
many releases and seem active? Won't he be easily influenceable
concerning the various friend and "new stars"'s requests?
Then we could
think about the efficiency of the netlabels. Their music is for
free, but if there's not enough promotion (on boards for example)
I guess their releases won't match a third of the efficiency 1000
copies of a professional album would have.
I'm quite afraid about the fast these labels would have problems to release the music of bands who really worked hard, put tears, guts and blood into their songs! I guess for these bands, few Mp3s lost in the immensity of the Internet wouldn't be enough... Especially since the site sounds quite anonymous and do not have 10000 unique visitors each month... So, these labels might tend to release music of a "lesser importance", not so serious subprojects, 2 listenings life-length experimental music... That's the way it could surely happen for the rock and metal kinds of music, not sure of how the electronic kinds considers this, even though the average do not seem to care much about the format.
So the netlabels
might be the future of the kind of labels we currently know, but
they are not currently developed and efficient enough to take over