Freeload Gets Thousands Of Users Sharing Free Music In First Week On Facebook

Since Freeload debuted on December 9, 3,251 people have used the music download service. What sets it apart from other applications of this genre: Artists get to choose whether to release tracks instantly, at preset times or based on fan demand.

Since Freeload debuted on December 14, 3,251 people have used this content sharing service. What sets it apart from other applications of this genre: Artists or publishers get to choose among three options for making any type of content available, by determining how to unlock the file in question.

  1. Make the files available instantly.
  2. Make the files available at a specified time .
  3. Unlock files when fan demand reaches specified levels.

Created by “Digi Jeff” Lange, Freeload has a how-to video on YouTube that opens with hip-hop artist Paul Wall mumbling about how used option number three, to release his tunes on Facebook. (The company just released a shorter version of the demo that’s less than one-fourth as long.)

His plan involved releasing a new album on Freeload, and 200 fans had to unlock it before the 10 tracks became available. It took two-and-a-half hours to reach that goal.

Now, other Facebook pages using Freeload include Carmelo Anthony, Diego Cash and La La Vasquez. Note that the app can be used outside of Facebook and for content other than music.

Fans who obtain the downloads via Freeload get to opt in or out of future downloads. Opt-ins save as CSV files that participating music page administrators can download.

Content creators can buy Freeload on AppBistro at a price of $99.95 per page on Facebook; that covers the cost of one album — or other comparably sized content — and a charge of $99.95 applies for every subsequent file for download.

Readers, what do you think of this application and the offerings of the musical artists using Freeload?