SELLING MUSIC ONLINE – PART 1

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I was looking into some different ways to sell CDs and MP3 tracks online for a new client, my first musician website selling music online.
First of all, to my chagrin, I discovered that Apple iTunes controls the lion’s share of digitally downloaded music sales… 60-80+ percent, depending on whose information you want to believe.

I saw 85% somewhere, which just amazed me. It’s interesting that in this digital age with so many choices, there is a kind of a musical Walmart on the web.

But I digress.

I have lots of research to do on the various services that distribute to iTunes, but there are several, and it seems that if you are going to sell music online at all, you may as well get listed at iTunes.

My client came equipped with sage advice from other musicians about good services to use, and names that came up were TuneCore.com & CDBaby.com – which definitely distribute to iTunes and seem to have a great reputation all-round.

garagespin.com - 7 magic ways to sell your music on iTunes

Here is an article at garagespin.com with 7 ways to sell your music on iTunes. It is unclear if there are only 7 ways or if 7 is just a magical number, and if you can’t figure out one method out of 7, then… perhaps you should hire someone.

Another useful article was at ehow.com – it corroborated what I had heard about tunecore.com – the author of the article says he doesn’t work for them but does recommend them as a way to sell your music at the iTunes store.

Another website/service which keeps coming up is cdbaby – another route to the iTunes store.

I’m definitely going to have to do a Part 2 of this article, when I get going on this project, but here is my pick so far, not having used any of them, and as far as I know, not having any access to the iTunes store:

AudioLife.com - looks good!

AudioLife.com - looks good!

AudioLife.com - I like their clear website, lots of videos to watch and pictures to click (as per DUMB IT DOWN, I do not like to read unless absolutely necessary).

Here is what I like about AudioLife.com:

free service, no upfront cost but they take a CHUNK OF COMMISSION (found more info here)

totally embeddable store – keep the traffic on your own website while shoppers browse CDs and tracks

sample clips player, so the shoppers can hear about 10-30 seconds of the track and decide whether or not to buy

OK, stay tuned for Part 2, where I do some testing!


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