This is interesting, Phil. I very much respect your preference for having the music in a complete package with artwork. I do, actually, still buy CD's quite often, and I rarely shop on iTunes (though I'm an Emusic and Rhapsody customer). And vinyl remains my favorite medium. My comment about getting this released electronically is because I think your music deserves to be heard, and I think there's no doubt that you will have an exponentially larger audience if your music is available online than if you just sell it yourself from your home in Switzerland. I do think that the digital distribution business is active in every genre of music - Zoe Keating, for example, has noted that iTunes sales have been a big boost to her income. I'm not sure if it outstrips her CD sales but I wouldn't be surprised if it did. The one thing you might consider would be having a middleman such as CD Baby make your physical CD's available to those who feel more comfortable buying from a seller in their own country. I know for me, in Mexico, the chances of your CD arriving intact (if at all...) from Switzerland are pretty low - European packages are very tempting to the various handlers in my adopted country, sad to say. If you were to distribute online, I have no idea what is fair to charge for a 30-minute piece. However, if I can humbly correct your math, this piece being ten times the length of a three-minute pop tune, $9.99 probably is entirely reasonable. I think it'd be sold as an album - there's a 12-minute piece on one of my CD's which I just noticed is shown as not available through iTunes, though I didn't personally choose any option like that - I believe there's a length limit for individual tracks on iTunes anyway. Daryl Shawn www.swanwelder.com www.chinapaintingmusic.com >> >> Make sure to get this released this electronically as well. > > I am sure the digital distribution business is fully up and about in > the pop/rock and some of the jazz business. Not sure about the > "classical" part of it, where I would place this particular piece of > music. > > How much would you actually be willing to pay for half an hour of > music in mp3 format? Is that worth twenty times a three minute pop > song, sold by iTunes for 99cents, or more, or less? > You can download an Mahler symphony for as little as six dollars now. > But that poor/lucky guy doesn't have to make a living of it any more.