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Your Music Online

We started putting together a list of websites and online services (other then MySpace and Facebook) you can use to promote and sell your music. The list is a work in progress, so if you have suggestions, just leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. We’re also not getting paid to list any of these sites just so you know.

The Big 2:

YouTube

It’s a no brainer today. A new fan will hit your MySpace and then hit YouTube, and arguably the other way around. Video is much more engaging then audio alone. There are literally over 100 million videos on YouTube and music takes up the largest percentage of those vids. Sign Up and get your own CHANNEL. That will give you a home for all your content.


Twitter

Twitter is fast becoming your new way to communicate to fans. Quicker then an email, and more personal then Myspace or Facebook, Twitter, if used correctly, can tap into your fans by giving you a on going conversation with the people who care about you the most. It can take a few tries to get into Twitter, but stick with it, it shall pay off.

—NRP—

To SPREAD your music go here:

PodSafe Music Network:

This service provides your music to independent radio podcasters around the world. It is a fantastic way to spread your music to new ears around the world. Sign up is easy and you can sell your music on their network as well. Remember to list your music in the right genre or you may be looked over.

Last.FM

This is a hugely popular website where you can stream and sell your music. You do run the chance of being lost in the sea of other artists but it’s really quite essential if you plan on garnering a bigger audience. Sign up is easy, and there are the basic modifications (wiki style) so you can tailor your last.fm site as you see fit.

Imeem.com

Imeem is like a high class YouTube with extras. It has a lot going on other then videos (which are great quality). It’s a sort of social network with music playlists, pictures and comment areas (walls). It’s definitely a great resource for artists. Sign up and stay active.

Purevolume.com

PureVolume was the Myspace of 2004, but now its mainstays are primarily guitar oriented bands. Emo, Metal, and Screamo bands are in the thousands. The website is far better suited to music than Myspace and still can be used as an important tool in your multimedia attack. Check it out and decide if it’s for you.

—NRP—

to SELL your music go here:

Tunecore.com:

Tunecore is an online aggregat0r. For a reasonable price, they will place your music in as many digital music stores as you want. iTunes comes in Canadian, American, and European formats. If you want them in all three, it will cost you more then just one *Check out their prices page for details. . They also deal with Rhapsody, eMusic, and other reputable digital music stores. This website provides you with some ways to see your digital music statistics. Check em’ out.

WaTunes

WaTunes has flipped the script on digital distribution as it now offers it’s services for free. Yeah, free. In addition the customers of WaTunes will still earn 100% of their royalties and sell unlimited songs & albums. Kevin Rivers, the CEO of WaTunes contacted NRP and made the heady claim that “By going absolute, this makes WaTunes the cheapest digital distributor in the world!”

I know musicians like cheap things, and free is even better, but how can WaTunes afford this? Well according to Hypebot, WaTunes hopes to generate revenue from ads on a new music social networking site.

ReverbNation

RevebNation is fast becoming a one stop shop for independent musicians. They have mailing lists, widgets galore, twitter integration, electronic press kits, and also digital distribution. For $34.95/year they get your music onto 10 major online stores (iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, etc), give you a UPC code, you get to keep 100% of your online sales, give you income reporting and detailed stats of where you’re selling your music.

Ditto Music

Thanks to Jenny for sending Ditto Music our way. It’s a English site (pounds not dollars people), and for 25 pounds offers you coverage on over 600+ digital distribution sites, gives you a pre-release option, takes nothing from your sales, and interestingly gives you UK chart release options and national TV opportunities (which cost more). Also Ditto Music did just get the rights to digitally distribute the newest Lil Wayne album. So that’s something to ponder

Also, we have another interesting reader suggested path which we shall call Dave Carter Two-and-a-half Other Options. Amongst other things Dave suggested starting your own label, then dealing directly with iTunes, Rhapsody, etc. Which is a great idea if you’re part of a group of bands (collective) and can share the work and share the rewards.

Amiestreet.com:

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Amie street is an online auction for your music. the more popular your music the more it costs. the less popular the cheaper it is. It has some heavy hitters on their roster, so the credibility is there. Sign up is easy and they pay you the standard PayPal way. Head to their website for a detailed breakdown of all things Amie Street.

—NRP—

to ASSIST your music go here:

ArtistData.com

Say if you have all these sites featuring your music, updating each one is going to be a pain right? That’s where ArtistData comes into play. They let you update all your music sites at once. It’s still in the beta stage, so you can only updates your shows. Still, we think this service will become more and more useful as the internet grows.

ReverbNation.com

ReverbNation is packaged as an all encompassing website for artists. It has your standard music upload/listen widgets, blogs, and pictures with a twist. It is being specifically targeted as an artist’s resource. You have mailing list options, you have embeddable music players, and most impressively, a close inspection of how your traffic arrives to your music. There’s good lookin’ charts, graphs, and numbers. If you can get past the jargon and the intensity of the site, then its worth a look.

Hypem.com

This site is an awesome resource for blogs. Find blogs who will appreciate your type of music through this site. check it out and bookmark it. It will be critical to expanding your audience. Go there now.

Blastmymusic.com

This site is another cool way to sell your music. The idea is you sign up and get an application that can be placed in many different internet areas where you may or may not have a player. Blast my music has their own spin to their player, takes no fees from your songs, and other interesting stuff.

Bebo.com

Bebo is one of the biggest social network in Europe. That’s a lot of people. Think of Bebo as another type of Facebook/Myspace site. Sign-up was easy and the modifications were very standard. Music, photos, blogs, genres, etc were all there. It’s good to be active in all markets, so even if you don’t think you have a German fan base, you may be surprised.

H-Lounge.com:

A iTunes like store that will sell your mp3 for that magical $1 price, and will make ring-tones of your songs. There motto is, “Control your digital music distribution, keep your creative freedom.” Fairly standard stuff really. The design of the site is busy but they’re claim to fame is that they will take less of cut then iTunes. Details are on their website.

Idiomag.com:

Cool! This is an online e-zine tailored to music lovers tastes. It’s free for users, but for bands, it’s a little more complicated. They have a section for bands at the very bottom of their page. Clicking on it gets you to the various ways you can be featured. Its not as simple as getting a user profile and throwing music up there. If you’re willing to spend some money, or send your music in for review consideration, then Idiomag could be for you.

—NRP—

Well there’s a start. Let us know what you’ve found we’ll keep updating the “music online” tab.

Take Control of Your Music

Voyno

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2008 3:52 pm

    Thanks for the links.. there are a couple here that I knew nothing about!

  2. October 13, 2008 4:28 pm

    That’s cool you found some new ones here. Hope they help out.

    Hoover

  3. November 30, 2008 3:11 pm

    this was genuinely helpful…thanks! xo deb (from Devi)

  4. December 8, 2008 3:37 pm

    Very helpful article! Thanks!

  5. December 9, 2008 6:00 pm

    Very informative post. Looking forward to checking out some of these sites. Thanks!

  6. December 30, 2008 8:13 pm

    I love singer rack like linkin park

  7. February 13, 2009 4:45 am

    YOU FORGOT 12FRUITS.COM!

  8. September 16, 2009 1:55 pm

    Very informative article. Thanks. Reading New Rock Star Philosophy Book right now. Will give feedback when I get through it but great stuff so far.

  9. tim king permalink
    October 22, 2009 2:07 am

    There’s a really cool one called soundcloud.c0m where you can make comments at the exact spot in time when it’s appropriate via soundwaves!

  10. October 29, 2009 7:29 am

    Egads! It’s a whole ‘nother world out there!
    I’ve recently discovered SoundClick and I LOVE IT!
    http://www.soundclick.com/docs/WhatIsSc.cfm
    I must’ve been living in a cave all these years…

  11. February 7, 2010 6:01 am

    Great list you put together here. There were a few great resources here that I wasn’t’ familiar with.

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