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<title>Happy 10th Birthday to CD Baby - and an announcement </title>
<strong>I started CD Baby 10 years ago this week - in March 1998</strong>.
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You probably know that I'm just a musician-geek, not a business-man. Never meant to start a company. I was just selling my own CD, then helped some friends do it, then it accidently turned into CD Baby. (Ooops!)
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Now <a href="http://cdbaby.com/about">CD Baby has paid over $70 million dollars</a>(!!) directly to musicians. And despite the moaning you hear from the major labels, independent artists are selling better than ever. Even physical CD sales are up 30% over last year!
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<strong>ANNOUNCEMENT</strong>:
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Friends will tell you that for the past 10 years I've spent most waking hours, 7 days a week, doing nothing but CD Baby. Last year I just slept on the couch at the office for 6 months, usually working from 7am to midnight.
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So today seems like a good day to tell you that <strong>I don't work at CD Baby anymore, and haven't in months</strong>.
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<strong>I'm still the owner</strong>, but haven't been to the office since May. The crew there is running things better than I ever could. They know more than I do, and do a better job.
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I've made that transition from self-employed to business-owner. (You know you're a true business-owner when you can leave your business for a year, and come back to find it's doing much better than when you left.)
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<strong>WHY AM I TELLING YOU THIS</strong>?
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Because <strong>the reason I freed-up my time is to find more ways to help you</strong>.
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<strong>Helping you develop, create, promote, and sell your music makes me happier than anything</strong>. It's still why I bounce out of bed in the morning.
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I love it even more than making my own music. (Weird, huh?) By helping you get your music out to the world, and helping you make a living doing it, I feel that in a way I'm making more music than ever.
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There are many ways I can help you, but I'll email you about those next week.
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Today was just a CD Baby birthday announcement. Still, I wanted to let you know there are exciting things to come.
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<img src="http://sivers.org/images/10th-birthday.jpg" alt="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vox_efx/2253681054/" width="500" height="421" />
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