Frequently Asked Questions

Is Safe-Xchange changing directions?
What are Digital Record Albums?
What is the Peer-to-Peer Network?
What makes Safe-Xchange safe?
How is the Safe-Xchange app different other ways of distributing content on the P2P networks?
I found somebody who will seed my track on the P2Ps for $5. What do you offer that is better?
How does this benefit my fans?
What are some examples of successful Peer-to-Peer network promotions?

Is Safe-Xchange changing directions?

For several years, Safe-Xchange's attention has mainly been towards the peer-to-peer (P2P) market. After all, 300 million people share files every month, and they spend 30-35% more on music and film than the rest of the population. That's a big market, and it is time to turn file sharing into revenue for musicians.

However, the fight going on shows no signs of abating, and it may be a long time before it does. We decided that the nature of the app we built for distribution on the P2Ps had a much broader appeal. Yes, it can be distributed on the P2Ps, but it really is a digital record album, and it has tremendous potential for musicians. For now we're going in that direction.

What are Digital Record Albums?

50 years ago vinyl record albums were a great way for musicians to connect with their fans. The digital age has brought many problems for musicians, including the fact that they get paid very little for having their music on Spotify. Our app includes songs, videos, liner notes, a store, an event calendar, and ways to connect using social networking and crowd funding.

You can see a demo of the app here and a blog about it here.

What is the Peer-to-Peer Network?

From Wikipedia: "A peer-to-peer (abbreviated to P2P) computer network is one in which each computer in the network can act as a client or server for the other computers in the network, allowing shared access to various resources such as files, peripherals, and sensors without the need for a central server." Peer to peer networking is used for many things and is not the same as the world wide web. It is used by people who share files, and in some cases that file sharing decreases the revenues of musicians.

What makes Safe-Xchange safe?

There are a couple of reasons Safe-Xchange is a safe way to connect with file sharers. One is that we do our best only to distribute audio and video that is not infringing on copyright. It is completely safe to exchange the app with friends- in fact, the musicians that are covered in the app love it when you do that.

We also do our best to prevent viruses from getting attached to our app. Everything on the internet has the potential of having things added, so use the standard precautions, but we do our best to make sure that what you download will not cause problems.

How is the Safe-Xchange app different from other ways of distributing content on the P2P networks?

Many artists have tried distributing their files on the P2P networks and it has almost always been successful. However, simply putting a file on the P2P networks does not give fans a good way to connect with the artist. The Safe-Xchange app runs on desktops and mobile devices and offers a way for people to purchase tracks and physical goods, get ringtones, follow you on social networks, and do Google Hangouts.

How does this benefit my fans?

First of all, it allows artists to build a bigger fan base, using the people who have been proven by many studies to be the best customers for music. More than that, it allows fans that use the P2P networks to get much more than a single track- they can follow you in social media, they can see your event calendar and buy tickets, they can buy tracks and physical goods from you, and they can do hangouts on Google Plus with you.

What are some examples of successful Peer-to-Peer network promotions?

- In 2006 Jay-Z and CocoCola partnered for a distribution on the P2Ps that went so well it got a rave article in the October 18, 2006 Wall Street Journal
- Eric Clapton put out a widget (the old term for an app) with some great videos with the goal of selling his DVDs, and it was so successful they did it three times.
- Amanda Palmer and many other artists allow people to download their music for free and put it on the P2Ps, they have found this brings more income to them than working with a major label.
- Look on the right side of our home page for other examples.