Bandcamp defends indirect payments to musicians
Bandcamp has defended a change in its payment process that means fans’ money is no longer flowing directly to artists. Instead, they are going through the company, which has sparked some concern and criticism from artists...
October 26, 2015
The companies Apple could buy to make its next digital music splash
Apple's history of music-related acquisitions is familiar ground: SoundJam in 2000 to form the basis of iTunes; streaming service Lala in 2009; Beats Electronics (including its Beats Music service) in 2014, of course; and...
June 1, 2015
Bandcamp hits $100m direct-to-fan sales milestone
Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp has announced its latest milestone: $100m paid by fans to artists for music and merchandise through its site. “Fans give artists $3.5 million every month on the site, and buy more than 16,000...
March 9, 2015
Bjork album leaks just after it was announced
A question: if you haven’t released an album for a few years, if it’s likely to be a big deal for fans, and if it’s finished, why announce it a couple of months before release rather than going the Beyoncé or My Bloody...
January 30, 2015
Thom Yorke launched his latest album on Bandcamp
When Thom Yorke released ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ as a BitTorrent bundle last year, it attracted some criticism due to fans being required to install BitTorrent’s software to download the album. Why didn’t Yorke...
January 6, 2015
Bandcamp adds features for independent labels
Hot on the heels of its subscriptions option for artists, d2c site Bandcamp is now setting its sights on indie labels, with new features designed to help them make better use of the platform too. Costing $20 a month for...
December 18, 2014
Sandbox 121 – The 10 Worst Ideas in Digital Marketing
Our lead feature this week explores the 10 Worst Ideas in Digital Marketing, as marketers, label bosses and artist managers vent their spleen on some of the campaigns and technologies that are at best ineffective, and at...
November 19, 2014
What can Spotify learn from Bandcamp’s new artist subscriptions?
Bandcamp has now paid out more than $87m to independent artists running their own stores using its platform, the company announced yesterday. But now it’s rolling out a new feature that will enable those artists to run...
November 12, 2014
We don’t think streaming music is leaving snobs adrift
In yesterday’s Bulletin, we wrote about an opinion piece in the New York Times suggesting that streaming music is leaving self-confessed “music snobs” adrift, because now everyone has access to the same...
October 24, 2014
Bandcamp adds HD videos with subscriptions on the way
Bandcamp has a new feature for artists on its Pro tier: the ability to "present unlimited HD videos side-by-side with your music and merchandise, with nary a lick of integrity-destroying advertising in sight". The feature...
October 16, 2014
EDM label Heroic Recordings’ Spotify revenues now rivalling Beatport
A guest column on Digital Music News by EDM label Heroic Recordings makes for very interesting reading. Founder Budi Voogt breaks down the label’s last quarter of income: 42% of its revenues came from Bandcamp – the...
September 27, 2014