January 6, 2015

Why I love Bandcamp

I simply love Bandcamp for all what it brings to the music “industry”. They started simple, they are keeping it simple but they also continuously bring new features.

A few things that matter to me the most:

  • Easy to set-up an account for an artist.
  • Easy to upload songs/content for an artist.
  • Bandcamp takes only 15% from anything that you sell in there. Which, if you think about it, is quite a small amount considering all the support they give you.
  • As an artist you can sell pretty much anything (merchandise, CDs, digital). Everything is nicely done and orders are easily trackable.
  • Stats are easy to understand and viewable.
  • Clean design.
  • You feel like they care about the artists. For example every artist can select three other albums on Bandcamp and so when someone buys their album on the download screen they will see album that the artist is recommending. Really cool little feature.
  • You don’t have to register to buy music.
  • If you are registered user anytime you buy something you get it added to your nicely done collection.

    Bandcamp Collection

    Bandcamp Collection

How many plays on Bandcamp do I get?

Bandcamp Plays

Bandcamp Plays

How many sales do I get?

Bandcamp Sales

Bandcamp Sales

Put all into context – on Bandcamp I would get 131.40 / 5906 = 0,02 USD/Play.

How much do I earn from a play on Spotify? It’s about 0,002 USD/Play. Thanks god for Bandcamp 🙂

Spotify Play

Spotify Play

Which is quite nice, again I don’t do it for the money but the fact that I earned 131,40 USD in two months will help me cover some of the cost that I spent on Aucklandia.

If we don’t count my time that I spent on the album the total cost of the Aucklandia album was:

80 USD – Distribution

327 USD – Mastering (USD = around 22 CZK)

297 USD – 105 CD Albums

total of 704 USD

after taking 131,40 USD that I earned – it’s just 572,6 USD to get to 0 cost.

Quite cool.

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