With MP3.com gone and uncertainty about what (if anything) is going to replace it as the central clearinghouse for unsigned and indie music, a number of contenders for the throne have emerged. Here is another one - Mperia:
- So what is Mperia?
The long version: Mperia is designed to let independent artists sell their work directly to their audience. We're also here to facilitate the independent music community, by allowing independent musicians and fans to connect together.
The short version: We're here to damn The Man and fight the power. Werd.
What does "Mperia" mean?
It's Latin for 'a website that brings the rock'. Seriously, though, if you look at our logo it starts to make sense.
What is BitPass?
BitPass is a micropayment system. It allows content creators (like independent musicians) to sell their work without all the hassles of other payment methods.
So why should I buy music from Mperia?
Because you're not a spoon-fed little moron, right? You don't just buy what The Man tells you to buy. You hate The Man, just like we do. Damn The Man. You want your hard-earned pennies to go to the people who actually make the music — not some creepy record exec who hasn't bought an album since Streisand Sings Live. right?
Do I have to have a BitPass account to buy Mperia music?
Yup. We don't deal with The Man. Damn The Man.
Do I need a credit card to use BitPass? Can I use PayPal? How easy is BitPass to use?
You can find answers to all those questions on BitPass's Spender site. Personally, we think BitPass is easier to use than a George Foreman grill. And that's pretty damned easy.
I want to download music for my home computer...but I'm stuck in this Internet cafe somewhere in Bavaria! Can I buy a song now and download it to my home computer later?
Sure! Your purchase is linked to your BitPass account, not the computer you happen to be using. You can buy the song now and download it up to ten times for the next seven days.
I run Linux. Can I still use your site?
Of course! We love that tubby little penguin. Both Mperia and the BitPass payment system are 100% Linux-compatibleTo listen to streaming previews, you'll need a Shoutcast-compatible music player. We recommend XMMS.
Just don't try to use Lynx, okay?