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Netlabel Research Report from Max Planck Researcher Patryk Galuszka

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We proudly present you the Netlabel Research Study done by Max Planck Researcher Patryk Galuszka. We already talked with him about his studies and finally here they are. Just to drop some of the numbers of this huge research: Patryk got in contact with 650 netlabelssend out 569 questionnaires and received 339 complete questionnaires during his research. While the majority of his correspondents are from Europe and North America, he got in touch with netlabels from nearly 50 different countries!

Let's have a look on more numbers and results!

Some Statistics of the Netlabel Research

What does your netlabel deal with?

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Which genres are released by netlabels?

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"Most of netlabels declare that they are non-commercial organizations aimed at dissemination of interesting music. They also emphasize that they are different from traditional record labels."

Which license are most of netlabels' releases published under?

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Conclusion, Outlook and Response

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First of all, I would like to thank Max Planck Researcher Patryk Galuszka to let us publish his fantastic work. This is one of the first - if not the first research - which was done properly and with lots of engagement and enthusiasm. To get a proper image of the whole report, download it and read the complete paper.

Although the first part of the research has been finished, Patryk is still trying to learn more about netlabels like writing articles or even a book about netaudio. If you have some interesting stories to share, for example "How and why did you start your own netlabel? What are your plans for the future?" get in contact with him and write him an e-mail. He will be happy to read your emails or hear your stories via Skype. To get in touch with him via patrykgaluszka [at] gmail.com or visit Patryk Galuszka's Blog.

Next to Patryk's research, we at Phlow are curious: What do you think about these results?

Download the Netlabel Research

PDF-Download:  Research on Netlabels by Patryk Galuszjka (PDF)

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About the Author

Phlow-Author mo. This article was written on 12.February 2009 by mo.. mo. is a music-lover. The journalist and author from Cologne/Germany enjoys supporting the global netlabel-phenomena. For years he has explored the netlabel underground and has written numerous articles on the free music culture. He is the main-editor behind Phlow. Read more articles written by .

45 comments

  • Cool study! The results look right--even though, as I suspect many will, I wish my own netlabel had been included in the survey.

    Gravatar of gurdonark gurdonark said on
    12. Feb 2009 at 3:04 pm
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  • I've never heard anything like this done before. Exiting!

    It is quite easy to see that there are quite a few net-labels to go around these days.

    Gravatar of Suecae Suecae said on
    12. Feb 2009 at 3:22 pm
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  • hey, thanks for post and comments :)
    I'll try to answer all the questions

    @gurdonark - as I can see you're from negativesoundinstitute.com... I checked my database - I sent you my questionnaire twice - if you didn't get it - my e-mail must have been stopped by spam filters... no worry, such things happen if you do internet survey...

    if you want to take part in the 2nd part of the research - I will be happy to conduct a short interview with you via Skype... or alternatively I can send you an e-mail with list of short questions, if you prefer to answer in writing

    Gravatar of Patryk Patryk said on
    12. Feb 2009 at 5:03 pm
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  • Wonderful stuff. I'd like to see more of this in the future.

    I found it exciting that the "organizes or promotes live shows" was higher than "involved in music production." Some netlabels it seems are not involved in the mastering process at all—leaving it entirely up to the artists.

    Gravatar of starschreck starschreck said on
    12. Feb 2009 at 6:49 pm
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  • Interesting insights. Many thanks for this work. *Really* looking forward the second part!

    Gravatar of 020200 020200 said on
    12. Feb 2009 at 6:59 pm
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  • [...] Patrick Galuszka hat Netlabels wissenschaftlich untersucht und präsentiert nun die Ergebnisse. Mehr dazu auf dem englischen Schwesterblog von Phlow. [...]

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    12. Feb 2009 at 9:36 pm
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  • [...] cooperation with Phlow Patryk Galuszka presents selected results of the first part of a research, which was conducted to learn more about netlabels. The research is [...]

    Gravatar of Sonic Walker » First part of netlabel research report available Sonic Walker » First part of netlabel research report available said on
    12. Feb 2009 at 9:49 pm
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  • [...] » Netlabel Research Report from Max Planck Researcher Patryk Galuszka | Phlow-Magazine - Free MP3 Musi... [...]

    Gravatar of Linkwertig: YouTube-Downloads, Internet-Filter, Musik » netzwertig.com Linkwertig: YouTube-Downloads, Internet-Filter, Musik » netzwertig.com said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 9:11 am
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  • can't wait to read the essay. seems to be interesting. congratulations patryk.

    Gravatar of applejux applejux said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 12:48 pm
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  • [...] Netlabel Research Report from Max Planck Researcher Patryk Galuszka [Phlow Magazine] [...]

    Gravatar of Synesthetech » Netlabel Research Report Synesthetech » Netlabel Research Report said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 1:06 pm
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  • figure 2 reports a maximum of 150% on the abscissa... what?

    Gravatar of Bettina Rhymes Bettina Rhymes said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 2:52 pm
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  • It was a pleasure to take part in this study, and although I find the results somewhat unsurprising, it is nice to see so many netlabels operate in similar manners. In the modern world it is encouraging to see so many labels, so many artists, and so much good free legal music.

    Gravatar of Dean Dean said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 3:04 pm
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  • thanks for feedback
    I tried to inform all my respondents about the results, so I guess quite a few people involved in netaudio may read this article

    @Bettina Rhymes - the most popular answer in Figure 2 was obviously that netlabel "distributes files for free" - almost 100%... the scale is longer - to 150% only because the program made it look that way (I had this problem both in Excell and Open Office)

    @Dean - yes, I know that these results may seem bit unsurprising to us, I guess I'll see some more interesting stuff when I deal with statistical analysis... apart from that, when I conduct more interviews, I hope I'll be able to produce more fascinating essay :)

    Finally - Mo wrote that it's "one of the first - if not the first research" - well, my research is definitely not the first one... I know that Antina earlier did serious ethnographic study and I guess she published or is going to publish article about it in http://www.soz.uni-frankfurt.de/K.G/ (in German)... apart from that some BA and MA theses were also written about that topic

    Gravatar of Patryk Patryk said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 3:59 pm
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  • Dear Patrick, hi all,

    very well done. This is a particularity exhaustive survey about our relatively new and exciting philosophy of music distribution.

    all the best to all,

    roberto

    Gravatar of robidat robidat said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 4:39 pm
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  • in xcl, you can right-click the absicssa ("format axis") and choose the maximum volume under "scale" (e.g. 100%). makes it look more pro! :)

    Gravatar of Bettina Rhymes Bettina Rhymes said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 5:12 pm
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  • very very nice netlabel research
    i'm glad that monofonicos netlabel helped to build community! :)
    go ahead Patryk

    Gravatar of monofonicos monofonicos said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 5:29 pm
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  • New Melodies is proud of having taken part in Patrick's study. We congratulate this effort in hopes of the universal establishment of freedom of music, in all senses.

    http://www.newmelodies.com
    { set the music free }

    Gravatar of New Melodies New Melodies said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 7:48 pm
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  • Interesting reading, you have done a truly great job. Noticed that there are only seven netlabels from Sweden, thought there would be more. Thanks a lot and feel free to contact us anytime again. / Johan Lundin 23 Seconds Netlabel, Gothenburg Sweden.

    Gravatar of Johan Lundin Johan Lundin said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 8:18 pm
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  • [...] Yesterday Patryk Galuszka published the first results of this study. If you want to learn more read article in Phlow Magazie:http://tnij.to/netlabels (if the link does not work, use this one: http://phlow-magazine.com/feature/1076-netlabel-research-numbers-results-paper). [...]

    Gravatar of nephogram [*~] – Max Planck Institute research nephogram [*~] - Max Planck Institute research said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 8:23 pm
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  • Anyone know if the berlin based netlabel Deepwise is closed? the site is totally gone... :-(

    Gravatar of Johan Lundin Johan Lundin said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 8:35 pm
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  • Patryk, thank you very much for your hard work. I'm looking forward to reading your detailed survey. But I may have to get a beer first. Statistics taste better with alcohol. :)

    Gravatar of Catching The Waves Catching The Waves said on
    13. Feb 2009 at 8:59 pm
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    14. Feb 2009 at 12:34 am
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  • [...] Although he has not analysed all data yet, a small report is ready and you can also read about it on Phlow Magazine. [...]

    Gravatar of Research on Netlabels | Zero V’s weblog Research on Netlabels | Zero V's weblog said on
    14. Feb 2009 at 3:30 pm
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  • What about a list of the amount of netlabels rising year to year?

    Gravatar of daxb daxb said on
    14. Feb 2009 at 7:49 pm
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  • Great job patrick!! really really interesting...
    i'm so glad to take part of it!
    all the best

    baldo

    Gravatar of baldo baldo said on
    15. Feb 2009 at 11:27 pm
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  • [...] finally the first results of the study have been published. If you want to learn more abou it, read the article in Phlow Magazie or visit Patryk Galuszka’s blog. Results of the research are published under [...]

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    16. Feb 2009 at 1:40 am
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  • [...] o Patrick disponibilizou novamente através da Phlow Magazine os resultados preliminares da pesquisa. E, diga-se de passagem, o nível de participação dos [...]

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    16. Feb 2009 at 1:46 am
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  • Great job done, and it shows net labels, i.e. free music distribution, begins to take a visible effect on the history of development the music and audio. Almost in all aspects gathered statistics show the real nature of things. We were flattered to take participation, too. Thank you!

    Gravatar of INQB8R INQB8R said on
    16. Feb 2009 at 11:49 am
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  • good job!

    Gravatar of alexey frolov alexey frolov said on
    17. Feb 2009 at 3:12 pm
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  • [...] un nuevo estudio sobre la salud de los netlabels alrededor del mundo salió publicado. Se trata de la investigación del Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, encabezado por Pa..., y que se dio el lujo de incluir en su estudio a más de 300 netlabels, cuatro de ellos [...]

    Gravatar of Creative Commons Chile » Blog Archive » Estudio mundia sobre netlabels Creative Commons Chile » Blog Archive » Estudio mundia sobre netlabels said on
    17. Feb 2009 at 9:35 pm
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  • [...] and Minimal Ambient | From Galuszka's recent survey we can learn that most Netlabels are run by Germans. China, in contrast, is listed with one entry. [...]

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    19. Feb 2009 at 2:05 pm
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  • [...] más información sobre el estudio en phlow-magazine. [...]

    Gravatar of netaudio » ESTUDIO CIENTÍFICO sobre NETAUDIO netaudio » ESTUDIO CIENTÍFICO sobre NETAUDIO said on
    25. Feb 2009 at 4:59 pm
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  • Thank you very much!
    Interesting!

    Gravatar of micha micha said on
    1. Mar 2009 at 10:03 pm
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  • Hi there!

    Thanks a lot for this post and for the research download.
    I will study it when I have some more time to do it.
    Anyway - the first thing I noticed is, that most labels seem to distribute their music under the creative commons license so that I am really wondering who he asked in his survey. Most Labels I know try to make a living with selling music and are not able to give their songs away for free.

    Anyway - Thanks a lot and cheers from Hamburg!
    Liedschatten

    Gravatar of Liedschatten Liedschatten said on
    2. Mar 2009 at 2:12 pm
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  • @ Liedschatten: there's a great new wild world out there to discover mate! :)

    greets from spain

    Gravatar of applejux applejux said on
    3. Mar 2009 at 1:28 am
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  • @Liedschatten - yes, you're right, I was interested mostly in these labels which distribute music for free, that's why so many respondents chose CC licenses. There's quite a lot of research on record labels which sell music, that's why they weren't my main interest here...

    more about methodology in the pdf file
    cheers,
    Patryk

    Gravatar of Patryk Patryk said on
    3. Mar 2009 at 12:25 pm
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  • i think liedschatten should have taken a closer look at figure 2 to get an idea what "netlabel" means in this context. as i understand this research nearly all [more than 90%] of the netlabels included in this survey "distribute music files for FREE on the internet" which means they do NOT "try to make a living with selling music"...
    that's why this research is as unique as it is, isn't it?

    Gravatar of martin martin said on
    3. Mar 2009 at 6:26 pm
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  • Congratulations Patryk!
    For me it looks quite like a 'quantitative' sociological reseach. And exactly that was missing... to question a lot of netlabels owners to have a broader view than you can have with ethnographic reseach methods. I'm just editing my book about netlabels, that will be published soon. It is in german, but there is an extended abstract in English included. It will be also downloadable. The article in kommunikation@gesellschaft will be only published in summer. If you want to know more about the book, check out: antinamichels.de

    Gravatar of Antina Antina said on
    3. Mar 2009 at 11:51 pm
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  • hey antina!

    if you're finished, tell us and we will post the news here :)

    greets to berlin, mo.

    Gravatar of mo. mo. said on
    5. Mar 2009 at 11:12 pm
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  • [...] dass 95 Prozent der Netlabels ohnehin keine kommerziellen Interessen verfolgen (Mehr Infos dazu: http://phlow-magazine.com/feature/1076-netlabel-research-numbers-results-paper und http://www.gulli.com/news/netlabels-erste-ergebnisse-der-2009-02-12/ [...]

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    24. Mar 2009 at 2:30 pm
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  • Great work - well done, I really look forward to reading your further studies.

    Gravatar of Andy Tattersall Andy Tattersall said on
    6. Apr 2009 at 4:11 pm
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  • [...] bewiesenen, frostigen Übermacht der auf elektronischer Musik basierenden Netlables (siehe Forschungsbericht des Max Planck-Institus) und setzt sich mit dem Leitsatz ‘echoes for the sensitive [...]

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  • [...] Galuszka is responsible of the latest essay devoted to netaudio. There’s a great interview to Patryk at phlow which will introduce you to his [...]

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