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<h1>Happy 10th Birthday to CD Baby — and an announcement</h1>
<small>2008-03-24</small>
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	I started CD Baby 10 years ago this week — in March 1998.
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	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 accidentally turned into CD Baby.
	(Ooops!)
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	Now CD Baby has paid over $70 million dollars 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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	Announcement:
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	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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	I’m still the owner, 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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	Why am I telling you this?
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	Because the reason I freed my time is to find more ways to help you.
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	Helping you develop, create, promote, and sell your music makes me happier than anything.
	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.
	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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