CFgear.com is a company, based in South Dakota, that deals only in Compact Flash-related Gear. They have an amazing variety of flash drives available, from the standard, no-frills, ol’ reliable to the fancy schmancy flash drive that’s built into a wrist band.
One of their recent partnerships has matched their flash drives with IndieDrive.com, a company focused on providing a storefront for independent musical artists to sell their albums on flash drives. IndieDrive is the first flash-drive-only album marketplace, and they offer a variety of services to musicians looking for a sales outlet.
CFgear’s flash drives make it possible for musicians to provide not only their music, but also videos, album art, and any number of other files, in an easily-transportable format that is compatible with pretty much any computer, besides most current TVs, DVD players, MP3 players, etc. So much for reel-to-reel and LPs, eh? Even CD sales are slacking off as more and more companies are offering song downloads, as well as complete album downloads, through the internet. Who, among us, really needs something else (like more CDs, for example) to dust, especially when we can get all the music into the computer, where many of us play it anyway?
With a flash drive, unless the music/videos/art/etc. is filling all the space (which isn’t likely), you still have some amount of re-usable space, so the drive you buy, to get the music, becomes multi-functional–something no music CD ever could claim as a selling point. For musicians, this is a great way to distribute your work, not only to fans, but also to potential publicists or the media, for that matter. You’re not bound by the same limitations as in producing CDs, and flash drives are still at the forefront of technology, compatible with at least some piece of equipment that pretty much everybody has. It’s a great cutting-edge move, at this point in time.
Even if you don’t think you’re interested in flash drives, you really should check out the CFgear.com website, if only for the fun of reading the text. From the About Us page (where I learned more about South Dakota in five minutes than I did in an entire year of Geography class) to the product descriptions in the browse-able catalogs, creative writing has never had it so good! Whoever writes for them should send his high-school English teacher a link to this site.
Okay, so this was one of those entirely un-apple posts, although I’m sure CFgear’s custom flash drives work with those Apple computers . . . .