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September 07, 2005

Make Money Selling Digital Downloads

Being the hip independent music person that you are, you're already well aware of the growing number of consumers who are buying digital downloads of their favorite songs and even full albums. Just check out these news stories to brush up on the latest trends.

Perhaps you've already signed up for CD Baby's Digital Distribution deal, which makes the songs you select available at the biggest online sellers, such as Apple iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, MSN Music, AOL's MusicNet, Yahoo MusicMatch, Sony Connect, MP3tunes, etc.

But there are a number of smaller sites popping up that offer music downloads for sale to the public and encourage indie artists to join them. Here are some that I found. Inclusion on this list does not imply an endorsement. In fact, I encourage you to leave comments on your experiences with these and other download sites and services.

And here are a couple of sites that can help you set up your own secure download sales system on your web site.

Your turn. What's worked and not worked for you? Just click Comments and start posting.

posted by Bob Baker @ 12:24 PM   6 comments


At Sep 7, 2005 3:33:00 PM, Blogger brad said...

As an unknown indie dude, the only digital download service I've seen substantial sales in is iTunes (US, Canada and UK). A few sales on Rhapsody and the occasional others. As well as a lot of listens (which are a few pennies here and there) on Rhapsody, MusicNet and Napster.

I'm on a few of the lesser known services you listed and I don't think I've seen any sales from them.

At Sep 11, 2005 4:15:00 PM, Anonymous Filippo said...

As internet drummer with my CD on ( I.M.C. Vol.IV) I've sold so many tunes by digital downloads but I've to see that money are not so much for musicians....what to say..... is all passion!!!!!!!! first virtual internet band in the world!

At Sep 12, 2005 5:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am wondering which digital distribution sites have the best payout rates.

At Nov 27, 2005 3:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess It just depends on what kind of music your doing.Then finding that target audience and then placing your music there for sale.

At Jan 7, 2006 7:45:00 AM, Anonymous Mario said...

Its not enough just to post your tunes on a web site and sit back and wait for people to discover it.
You have to promote your music EVERY DAY! In every way,in every place you can.I own and I have talked to countless bands over the last year. The only bands that are selling tunes ,are the ones who promote,promote,promote! Links ,E-Mails,Gigs,networking,blogs.... etc...You have to work it all the time if you want results.
Thanks Bob Baker ,, for your great service here,and long live independent music!
Mario Massi

At Dec 5, 2006 1:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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What if I said you could potentially earn 300%+ for just ONE sale via

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