Members are also rewarded for recommending music. As explained by Amie Street: “We know music is social, and the process of music discovery is stunted by traditional digital music retail sites because they are not social (or fun). Music discovery is best catalyzed by communication between people, so we reward fans for recommending songs to their friends by giving them credit to buy more music.”
If a member recommends a song, they´re credited with the song´s price increase. So, if you recommend a song while it´s priced at 10 cents, and the price goes up to 90 cents, you earn 80 cents worth of credits.
Artists maintain full ownership of their work and receive 70% of every sale after a first USD 5 to cover storage, bandwidth and transaction costs for that song. All MP3s sold through the website are DRM-free, so can be used on any music player, without restrictions. Combined with the knowledge that artists are getting their fair share of a song´s revenues, that should make consumers more willing to pay for music downloads.