Bandcamp Updates With Some Seriously Awesome Features
Anyone who has worked with me knows I use two main components when it comes to building a web presence for a band or musician. WordPress and all of it’s wonderful capabilities, integrating ReverbNation and it’s distribution, email list management and analytic solutions.
While I will continue to utilize these platforms to spread a band’s message across the web, I also understand that there are a number of other solutions out there that also offer an opportunity to do the same.
As Label 2.0 strives to provide you with a full understanding of all the different technologies YOU can use to produce and market your own content, I will explore the ones I feel provide a service to the music community as well as tips, tricks, and updates on why they work.
One service provider I have been keeping an eye on is Bandcamp – it does a very good job of empowering an artist to set-up a basic website and distribute their music, without the need to understand any programming mumbo-jumbo. I realize that for as much as I preach the good word of owning your own site, there IS a need for alternatives, and Bandcamp is one of the answers.
I just received an email outlining some of the recent updates to the Bandcamp platform, and I was very impressed with what they have to offer. Here is the email:
The single most important thing any musician can be doing in 2009, more important than practicing, recording, touring, or even updating their Facebook status, is of course reading the Bandcamp blog. Following Bandcamp on Twitter is a close second (if only to find out the moment we blog), but in deference to those still aligning their priorities for the modern era, here’s a quick summary of our more recent enhancements:
Bonus download items! Upload PDF liner note booklets, videos, alternate art… pretty much whatever goodies you like, and we’ll include them in your downloaded album’s zip file.
Credit cards! Fans can now pay you with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and yes, even Discover, PayPal account no longer required.
RSS! Fans can now choose to be notified whenever you add new content, across your whole site or just one album in particular. It’s more exciting than it sounds.
Receipts! All that tech support mail you’re not getting, and all those cha-chings you are, are thanks in large-part to these little guys.
Reporting to SoundScan! We now submit weekly U.S., Canadian and international sales reports to Nielsen SoundScan, keepers of the Billboard charts. American Idol Season 8: The Album, watch out.
Those are some pretty cool updates! I’m going to be taking a closer look into BandCamp in the following months; if you’re trying to find a web site and distribution solution for your music, and don’t have the budget to pay a developer or have the time to learn it yourself, Bandcamp is a viable option for you to quickly gain a presence for your band on the web.
Here’s a video straight from the source: