Selling CDs? Not in 2006: now it’s about selling loops.


AudioBase.com, just acquired and rebranded from the former identity appleLoops.com, already has 1,500 loops for cross-platform use. The whole library costs just US$99 (or $19.50 for a single 200-loop library), and you get instant online access rather than waiting for a shipment. Indie artists, take note: they’re taking submissions. Artists like Steve Stoll (pictured) have found fame, so why not you?


There aren’t any particular limitations on genre, and I wonder if the current formats (AIFF/Apple Loops) will be expanded under the site’s newly cross-platform charter. Martin Sitter, the well-respected Logic Pro expert, is helming the project. It’ll be interesting to watch where it leads.

  • thesimplicity

    I, like a lot of artists, am sitting on tons of unfinished tracks that could be considered loops. You know… like when inspiration strikes and you have a great idea for a melody or a beat, throw down some stuff on your DAW, then forget about it or never get the urge to turn it into a full track.

    I've never thought of commercializing on these little snippets before, but it seems like a great idea. However, I have no idea what constitutes a 'looppack' like the submission page at AudioBase asks for. Is it an audio CD? Data CD with uncompressed audio or MIDI files?

    Any resources/guidelines for creating a loop pack that anyone can point me to?

  • m15a

    thesimplicity, the point you make combined with the assumption that someone would buy yours or similar "loops", is a strong indicator that different artists prefer working in different scales. maybe that's obvious. but i guess that's one reason why people collaborate. and really, if you're not focusing on the monetary aspect of this endeavor, this can be seen as a sort of massive online collaboration.

    ::shrugs:: guess i'm just thinking "out loud".