Fandalism is one of the emerging ‘social networks for musicians’, claiming 550k members. Now it’s hoping to disrupt digital music distributors like TuneCore and CD Baby with a new feature, charging artists a flat annual fee of $19.99 to upload as many tracks to iTunes, Spotify and Google Play as they want. Founder Philip Kaplan reckons it’s partly an attempt to “cause trouble” for the established distributors, but more importantly it’s a marketing promo for Fandalism itself, since artists have to sign up before they can take advantage of the offer. There was some confusion over the launch though: on Friday Fandalism was saying its distribution service would be completely free – “Do not pay us” ordered an advert shown on Digital Music News. That policy has now been ditched for the $19.99 fee, although either way artists are promised 100% of their payouts from the digital services.

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