Any alternatives to Promo Only that's about the same price?

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JRS7

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Been using Promo Only for about 7 years, and I'M SICK OF THEM!!!!! It's pretty normal now days to go to a High School Dance and not have some of the top 20 songs on the charts! About a month ago was turning down requests for 'Cyclone' and 'Soldier Boy', because I didn't have them yet? How embarassing is that????? 'Apologize' and 'Gimmie More' just showed up recently!

PrimeCuts looks interesting, but it's almost double what I'm paying for Promo Only......I only get Mainstream Radio and Country Radio for about $26 a month, and that covers my needs, Promo Only is just too slow on the music......

Any options available to replace my Mainstream Radio and Country Radio that will cost about what I'm paying for Promo Only? Thanks in advance....

JRS7
 

polarsounds

In Self-Imposed Exile
Are there alternatives that cost about the same?

Yes

Are you going to have the same complaints about your service?

Yes

Either deal with the fact that a monthly service does not cover your needs or bite the bullet and get a bi-monthly or weekly service.
 

Scotty

Active Member
I just left Promo Only... had subscribed to Mainstream Radio... and in doing kids dances - and I supplemented it with Rhythm Radio. Or you could use Urban.

I have to say that it's taking getting used to my new weekly service... not sure if everything's really being covered or not...

One song that's big here right now is Apple Bottom Jeans by T-Pain.... and I can tell you my search last week revealed that neither Prime Cuts nor Promo Only have come out with it yet....

So within my first month I've already had to use other sources to supplement my monthly music.

Rhythm Radio should pretty much get you covered... and it's less than $15 per month to add it.
 

foster

ProDJ Sponsor
Scotty said:
I just left Promo Only... had subscribed to Mainstream Radio... and in doing kids dances - and I supplemented it with Rhythm Radio. Or you could use Urban.

I have to say that it's taking getting used to my new weekly service... not sure if everything's really being covered or not...

One song that's big here right now is Apple Bottom Jeans by T-Pain.... and I can tell you my search last week revealed that neither Prime Cuts nor Promo Only have come out with it yet....

So within my first month I've already had to use other sources to supplement my monthly music.

Rhythm Radio should pretty much get you covered... and it's less than $15 per month to add it.
The song you're referring to is by the artist Flo Rida and is called "Low".

It was serviced to PC clients on HP200738 (9/21/07).
 

CJ Greiner

Supreme Gold Member
If you're looking for Apple Bottom Jeans by T-Pain... it's because it was mis-identified by someone on the web -- and that just spread from site to site.

Here's the real deal:


Flo Rida - Low (first part) said:
[Chorus:]
Shawty had them Apple Bottom Jeans [Jeans]
Boots with the fur [With the fur]
The whole club was lookin at her
She hit the flo [She hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low low
...
JonesTM HitDisc HP200738 (Hit Disc "A") -- Released on 9/21/2007
JonesTM HitDisc HA200738 (Prime Cuts) -- Released on 9/21/2007
 

DJ Dr. Drax

Active Member
One thing to remember with Monthly services. At some point they have to call it & go to print. The labels also have a lot to do with when stuff comes out.

I mean think about it for a moment. Wouldn't they WANT to vend as much as they can as soon as they can? Of Course! What would be their incentive for NOT vending?

So really it isn't about what Promo Only doesn't have. I have found all the same faults with other services.

It is about deciding what is important to you & what isn't. for $26 a month, if you only miss a couple tracks it isn't the end of the world. I have found that with all services. None are perfect. What makes the difference for me is the service that Promo Only has given me. Have you raised your concerns to PO? What did they have to say?
 

Bill_Goode

Mobile Beat Moderator
Staff member
Low is on the PO November Rhythm Radio...

To REALLY keep up, you almost need to subscribe to both services, keep an eye on the charts via Allaccess Mediabase AND stay plugged in with local trends.

I don't have Bill Tanner's phone turkeys, but I am plugged into enough schools to know what they want and demand so I can get it if my monthly service cannot.
 

DJ Roque

Member
Hi JR57,

I've been using PO for about 12 years. I reside in Orlando so I pick up the CDs at their local office. I used to go crazy buying every series I could afford with my music budget (both radio and club series.) I realized it was more of a, "I wanna have every single song in the universe!" thing than anything else.
Over the past few years I've been purchasing the following on a monthly basis:
Mainstream Radio
Urban Radio
Tropical Latin
Caribbean

I purchase the following as needed:
Modern Rock
Country
Pop Latin

The majority of events I work are weddings and quinceaneros, followed by school events and corporate. In my market the above mentioned four series have worked excellent. Every once in a while there is a song that won't be on PO or will be on a month after it has been on the radio. If this is the case I use Yahoo to download it.
 

young1n57

New Member
Have you looked into PoDDS. The internet is quicker than cd's. You only buy what you'll use and leave the filler. The songs are $1.29 each though unless you buy more credits until the price eventually drops to $.89 when you buy 1000 credits. In the long run it could save you money if you will never use half of the songs per cd which is pretty common and you can get the songs as soon as they are released.

young...
 

Jim Kane

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While Promo Only is a great service for those needing a limited set of music, it really doesn't cut the mustard for those doing youth-oriented events. To get the most music the soonest you really need a weekly service and JonesTM remains the best deal going.

The proof is in the year-end charts and comparing how your service did over the course of the year. Promo Only historically has missed 80 to 90% of the year-end Top100 charts using their Mainstream/Country/Rock/Urban Radio format subscriptions. While JonesTM has been running 99.8% over the last 4 years. Annual cost is roughly the same.

The other benefit is getting the music in a more timely manner. Head over to JonesTM's site for a comparison of the release dates. In most cases JonesTM subscribers have the new hotness well before the other services.

Now if you can really live within the parameters of just getting serviced Mainstream or Country content, you will definitely get you best return by giving Promo Only your $160 per year. But if you find you self subscribing to three or more formats, the monthlies are a better option in almost all cases.
 

young1n57

New Member
Gino The G-Force said:
PoDDs would be a cool option if we are all North of the Border, but alas it is only available to you lucky Canucks.
I thought it was available everywhere Promo Only was?
I guess I thought wrong.

young...
 

AlexN

New Member
I was a Promo Only Mainstream Radio subscriber since 1992. Seriously. We switched to Prime Cuts two years ago and haven't looked back. You get everything on a more timely basis.

Now I'm not knocking Promo Only because their customer service is great... I still subscribe for the club CD's because Prime Cuts weakness is good dance music.
 

Handyman

M.C. Handyman
PrimeCuts is worth it

I was a PO Mainstream Radio subscriber from 1995-2005. But I had been contemplating a subscription since the incarnation of the PO Radio monthly CD service in 1993. I got most of my music at that time by either purchasing 45rpm singles, 12" Singles or the "full CD's" when neither were available. But with vinyl releases of the hits becoming more rare, purchasing full CD's was getting to be way too expensive. So I reluctantly bit the bullet and shelled out a _whopping_ $160 a year for the PO Radio series.

Flash forward a year, and I never looked back. But I was missing a hit here & there, and as the dawn of the digital age arrived, I noticed that PO was missing more and more requested hits, or was too late with them.

Around 2003, I started considering a move to PrimeCuts, but again was reluctant to change. After all, it would cost over $500 a year rather than the mere $160 a month for PO.

Then came 2006, and I was missing so many of the new hits, I decided shelling out an extra $500 a year wasn't so bad. That's when I made the switch to PrimeCuts and never looked back (history repeats itself!). I very rarely miss a hit anymore - and when I do it's always either one of 2 things:

1. An as-yet unreleased album cut
2. Some little comedy song put together by a morning show somewhere.

I now have all the Top 30 hits in every category, and the big hits well before they hit the top 30. With PO, by the time I got the CD, some of the big hits had already peaked on the charts, if I ever got them at all.

To be fair, I loved the way PO packaged the CD's. It was very easy to keep track of the tunes that way. And I still subscribe to their Club Video series.

Bottom line: if you play for teens, and you want to be covered with 99% of their requests, you have to get PrimeCuts. Otherwise, Promo Only is probably a better value for you.

Words to the wise: You don't know what you're missing 'til you have it.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
Another PrimeCuts user here ..... When I first started DJing (1987) I was in with PO but it only took a year and a half to realize i was falling behind my market. I switched to RPM and they were my supplier until Sep 2004. I have every "T-series" disc from T178 to T860 and a bunch of their recurrents .... I'm now onboard with TM-Jones and haven't looked back. I get their weekly PrimeCuts, Soft Jazz and Latin CD series along with the Video Hits and Video Classics DVD's.

No regrets ....

NickyB
 

bjojade

New Member
This is an example of you get what you pay for. For $26 per month, you're getting most of the newest tracks out there. That's a heck of a deal. Yeah, some tracks get missed for various reasons. Sometimes they miss a potential hit, but usually it gets in there a little late. Other times, the labels decide a song CAN'T be on promo CD's. Not much you can do about that one.

If you need the absolute latest tracks without question, one CD per month ain't gonna cut it. Songs are released on a weekly basis, so you can be waiting for a month to get your new hot track. Your options are to spend more money and get more CDs from Prim cuts, or when you need that one or 2 tracks, go out and buy the CDs. I don't expect you'd need to spend more than a hundred bucks a year to fill the gaps of Promo Only.
 

AlexN

New Member
bjojade said:
This is an example of you get what you pay for. For $26 per month, you're getting most of the newest tracks out there. That's a heck of a deal. Yeah, some tracks get missed for various reasons. Sometimes they miss a potential hit, but usually it gets in there a little late. Other times, the labels decide a song CAN'T be on promo CD's. Not much you can do about that one.

If you need the absolute latest tracks without question, one CD per month ain't gonna cut it. Songs are released on a weekly basis, so you can be waiting for a month to get your new hot track. Your options are to spend more money and get more CDs from Prim cuts, or when you need that one or 2 tracks, go out and buy the CDs. I don't expect you'd need to spend more than a hundred bucks a year to fill the gaps of Promo Only.
Another great point.
 
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