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why I removed (and put back) Bandcamp's purchase prompt


bandcamp limit

Something I wasn't quite aware of before. Recently Bandcamp's "limit paid tracks to X plays before requiring purchase" setting caught my eye, I believe it was on and set to 3 plays by default, and I set it to 10 until I'd had a think. 

The old music vs money issue that I touched on in Scateren's release notes rears its ugly head now. It's true I'm having a most difficult time, not simply making ends meet with my art alone (I simply don't release often enough), but also finding the strength to keep working on new music (I don't want to churn out junk). But extorting people who pressed "play" is not my thing.

bandcamp limit 2

Aquanaut is still here and there's new stuff coming. Many of Aquanaut's purchases were in expression of gratitude. But forced love isn't love and I'll have no such fake hearts around my music.

I'll probably keep changing my mind about this. I've decided to change the limit occasionally and arbitrarily based on the way I feel at the time I change it. Sometimes it there won't be a limit, and sometimes there will be..

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