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Bandcamp has been around for a while, helping many independent artists sell music and merchandise directly to fans while keeping more profits than they sometimes do with other services. But Bandcamp only recently rolled out Facebook integration, apparently without so much as an announcement (we found a screenshot on their blog). Now, bands can sell their Bandcamp stuff right from their Facebook artist pages.

Learn about the pricing options here.

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Artists: sell your music & merch directly to your fans.

Fans: discover new music & directly support the artists who make it.

Behold! An exhaustive list of Bandcamp's features and benefits, each one relentlessly building upon its antecedent to drive you towards the inescapable conclusion that you must sign up for a free account now!

First, the free stuff:

So Easy Even Your Drummer Could...Well, Perhaps Not That Easy

But still, pretty easy. Bandcamp provides a professional, free home on the web for your music. It's straightforward to set up, you get your own bandcamp.com address, unlimited storage, and...

A Cornucopia of Formats

A 128k mp3 may be fine for the posers, but hardcore fans (many of whom are willing to pay a premium to get what they want) demand your tunes at higher quality, and in formats like FLAC, Apple Lossless, AAC and Ogg Vorbis. We say more power to 'em, but we also think it's crazy to expect an artist to create and maintain all those choices. So on Bandcamp, you upload a single, lossless audio file (such as a .wav), and we convert it to every conceivable format your fans could possibly desire. more info

Name-your-price Downloads

Bandcamp gives you the flexibility to distribute your music for free, charge a set price for it, or let fans name their own price, with the minimum chosen by you. It's entirely in your hands (as it of course should be).

Real-time Statistics

Bandcamp's rich, up-to-the-instant stats system reveals who's linking to you, where your music is embedded, which tracks are most and least popular, what's being downloaded and when, which search engine terms are sending traffic your way, and what you ate for breakfast on January 4th, 1993 (Special K with banana). Use the data for the pure, ego-stroking thrill of it all, or to jump in the conversation and stoke the fires of your fandom. more info

Search Engine Optimized

When fans Google your track names or lyrics, they should find you, not lyriczzzbay.com or iMyFace. Why should some other site get first crack at engaging, and ultimately, profiting from, your fans? We hook you up right, going above and beyond to optimize your presence on Bandcamp for search engine discovery. more info

Viral Distribution

Bandcamp gives your fans easy tools to share your music with their friends via blogs, social networks, or even just good old-fashioned email. We provide a variety of sharp-looking, customizable embedded music players, all specifically designed to drive traffic back to you, and boost your page rank. more info

Sell Physical and Digital, Side-by-Side

You can sell both your physical merchandise and your digital music from Bandcamp, and better yet, you can sell them together. So, for example, you can easily create a vinyl, poster and download package, give your fans the digital files immediately, and then ship out their merchandise. more info

Fulfillment Partner Integration

We provide a simple table where you or your fulfillment partner can see all your merch orders at a glance, mark orders as shipped, search for orders, filter orders by date and shipped status, or generate reports. more info

Discount Codes

Discount codes let you offer fans discounts on their purchases. You generate codes, distribute them however you like (email, Twitter, word-of-mouth), and then fans enter the code during checkout to apply the discount. more info

Bonus Download Items

Upload PDF liner note booklets, videos, alternate art... pretty much whatever goodies you like, and we'll include them in the downloaded album's zip file.

Custom Domains

We don't want you to think of Bandcamp as another place to put your music. Instead, we aspire to power a site that you consider yours. So while your bandcamp.com address undoubtedly oozes music-industry-insider cachet and portrays you as a forward-thinker to boot, we enthusiastically invite you to replace the Bandcamp URL with music.yourbandname.com or even just yourbandname.com. more info

Design Customization

Customize your site's header, background image, colors...it's an agreeable balance of the powers to be unique, and the constraints to not induce epileptic fits in your audience.

Sell in (Just About) Any Currency

Price your goods in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Canadian Dollars, Euros, Australian Dollars, Israeli New Sheqels or any of 12 other currencies.

Reporting to SoundScan

We submit US, Canadian and international sales reports to SoundScan each and every week, so go ahead and set your sights on the Billboard charts. American Idol, Season 8: The Album, watch out! more info

Dead Simple Pre-orders

Setting up pre-orders on Bandcamp is a breeze. You can give fans one or more tracks immediately when they pre-order, and then when you release the record, we’ll automatically email those fans a link to download the full album and we’ll report your pre-sales to SoundScan. more info

Creative Commons Integration

Big C copyright © strike you as too restrictive? Want to encourage your fans to share your music far and wide? Bandcamp integrates with Creative Commons to provide an array of license options that many find better capture the freedoms they want their work to carry. more info

Metadata

If fans go to your site, download your album, and end up with files with no cover art and track names like "master3(final).mp3", they will wing their old CDs (jewel case, not Digipak) at your singer's head at your next show. Given that it's likely a large target, you'll be glad to know that we help you avert this potential disaster by syncing all your tracks' metadata with your art and information on Bandcamp. Translation: if your stuff looks right on Bandcamp, it'll look right when fans download it and play it back in iTunes.

Build Your Mailing List

If you choose to make a track or album available as a free download from Bandcamp, you may, at your option, request that fans join your mailing list in exchange for the download. more info

Support

In case it's not obvious by now, we're real live people, who take great pleasure in improving our service in response to your feedback. So please, get in touch, confident in the knowledge that our reply will never start with, "Hi, my name is Tim, and thank you for the opportunity to provide you with exceptional service today," followed by a cut and paste response to a question you never asked.

And our premium features:

Download Codes

Download codes are unique codes good for a download of a track or album. Generate them for any of your tunes on Bandcamp, then send them out via email or print them up and bundle them with your merch! Every account comes with 200 codes to try out. You can either buy more for a small fee (from 1.5¢ to 3¢ each, depending on quantity), or earn more by selling (we add 1000 codes for every $500 USD in sales).

Download Credits

Every Bandcamp account comes with 200 downloads per month of tracks or albums that you're giving away (meaning you’ve set them to free, or let-fan-name-price with no minimum and the fan enters zero). Once each month, we look at your download credits, and if you have less than 200 remaining, we bump you back up to 200. If that won't cut it (because you're planning a big free download campaign, for example), you can either buy more (they're 1.5¢ to 3¢ each, depending on quantity), or earn more by selling (we add 1,000 credits for every $500 USD in sales).

 

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