So why do I give my music away for free? It’s a simple calculation. 0.4% of the tracks worldwide make 80% of the money. Mine belong to the 99.6%.
I don’t loose 1 cent giving away my tracks also for free under Open Licenses.
My tracks are free and also on the shops like Amazon sucks, Apple sucks, Spotify sucks. Because they are free I have a bigger fan base. They share my tracks and reuse it in games, videos and podcasts. They do an awesome promotion job.
Because I have a bigger fan base I reach more fans also those fans who are willing to pay. That works.
Those who don’t pay, will never pay but they promote me. For free. The others pay. Both do a good job.
It’s an ecosystem of attention and I play with it and it works. Giving also away your tracks for free is an investment into your fan base. That pays off.
I want to reduce my CO2 footprint. It’s pretty good so far and I reach my climate goals for 2019 according to several footprint calculators. This and the following calculations are not very scientific, but I’m happy with approximate calculations.
One thing I almost failed to calculate is the CO2 production of our server at our provider and sponsor DigitalOcean. So I asked on Twitter.
Our DigitalOcean droplet has 2 vCPUs. That means CO2 production of our 2vCPU droplet per year with coal energy is max:
2 vCPU x 0.075 kWh * 1001 g * 24 hours * 365 days = 1’315’315g CO2/year
Our @digitalocean droplet produces approximatly 1.3 tons of CO2 per year. I compensated this with a 44$/year donation with @myclimate. I know this is not perfect, but I currently don’t know a better approach.
Now we only need to know how many vCPU DigitalOcean runs to approximaly calculate their CO2 emissions, but that’s not my problem, I’m fixing things that I can influence.
Update: Gray energy and external services are not included in this calculations, it’s just vCPUs energy consumption operated with coal energy.
Update2: I got a little bit better answer from DigitalOcean support.
Thanks for getting back to us.
“We apologize that this answer didn’t meet your needs. As Mike mentioned we don’t have the tools to calculate your CO2 foot print. The reason for this is that in many of our datacenters are collocated and as such aren’t able to calculate the energy costs. From your blog it looks like you were able to do a estimation based upon vCPU which can be a good estimation to go by.
We are aware of the need to have green energy and are always looking for ways we can improve that. “