For many years, musicians have been looking for decent ways of hosting, embedding, distributing and selling music online. The shops that sell MP3s, on the back of iTunes success, are myriad. As are the sites that let you upload a few tunes and put them on your profile, ala Myspace, Reverbnation etc.
I’ll blog about Soundcloud tomorrow, but let’s start withBandCamp:
BandCamp is largely designed for distributing what used to be thought of as ‘albums‘, ‘EPs‘, ‘singles‘ – the look of the site says ‘finished music‘ to me. You upload your tunes in CD-quality audio format, and then they make all the different resolutions of file that people might want, and let you decide what to do with them, which ones to charge for, how to licence the music, and then redesign the page. The results are then embeddable, sharable and sellable. It’s brilliant. If you’re selling MP3s online, you need BandCamp. Simple As.
Here are the Bandcamp embeds for my 3 albums up there so far (my entire solo back catalogue will be there ASAP):
Please feel free to take them and embed them on your site – you can download the 128kbps versions for free, or if you feel so disposed, download the higher res versions and pay what you like.
The higher res files will sound clearer, fuller, deeper (advisable with solo bass), but do grab the 128k versions first, or listen to the embeds, to make sure you like what you’re getting – I’d rather you didn’t end up paying for music you don’t like 😉
Any help sharing the word about these albums being out there is always appreciated, so if you download them, please tell your friends.
Here are three more records that are on Bandcamp that I love, and think you might really enjoy too:
…the last one, Gustaf’s album, is out this week, and is available completely free. He’s going to be selling a limited edition CD version too, which given Gustaf’s awesome design/art skillz is surely going to be a thing of great beauty. But for now, it’s free. Get it, it’s beautiful.by