Yesterday, I posted the MP3 file of "If Every Day Were Christmas," the Podsafe for Peace group recording, to my Penmachine Podcast. But after discussing it with composer/producer Slau and project instigator Adam Curry this morning, I've removed it from my server, and I'm now pointing you over to the Podsafe Music Network (PMN) to listen to it instead.
Why? Because the PMN provides a structured way for anyone to listen to it online, and for podcasters to get the track and report when they play it. Both collect statistics to find out how many people play and listen to the song. In addition, the organizers behind the recording hope to be able to sell it at the iTunes Music Store and perhaps on CD. If I had the whole track available, unexpurgated, for download as I did yesterday, that might take away from those sales—and with the money going to UNICEF, that would be a bad thing.
What I am going to do as part of this project is take any of my usual income from this website (ads, PayPal donations, etc.) for the months of December and January and send that to UNICEF myself. It won't be a ton of money, but I'll let you know how much it is when I send it early in 2006.