The revenue model for NewTunes (or how we’re planning on maintaining out business) is based largely on advertising. By selling ads, we can maintain most of our services for free.
As we’re a young site, we don’t yet have the traffic to justify actual ad sales. Therefore, we like many sites in similar circumstances, are going the Google AdSense route.
Many of you have noticed the high concentration of ads referencing Jesus, God or the bible. We’ve traced this back to the static five songs on the home page (which by sheer chance seem to be christian bands). AdSense serves their ads based on keywords on that specific web page, so those bands remaining there keeps the religious ads coming. (Ironically, by even writing this post, I’m going to keep those ads coming.)
To remedy this, we are going to be serving up five random songs per page load, meaning that every time you come to the home page, we’ll start you on your music search with five random bands.