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Andre raised a question about Bandcamp, which made me wonder: Why would anyone sign up for Bandcamp, and how much money can you earn from songs that you sell? Here’s a good explanation for how it works:
After reading this article, here’s what I conclude:
From the perspective of a musician: The only reason for signing up for Bandcamp is if you are hoping to make some money from your recordings. Compared to going out and getting a real job, the amount of money you can earn from selling your music on Bandcamp is insignificant….even for the most popular musicians on the platform. It’s true, you earn even less on Spotify unless your name is Taylor Swift. Better to be a street musician or do gigs in pubs.
From the perspective of a listener: Bandcamp is like a record store. In olden days people would go into a record store and flip through albums, pick a few, then listen to them and maybe buy some. But now days, who would want to log in to a web site, then randomly listen to songs by unknown bands? The idea is that if you like one, you buy it and download it. I still buy music online (mostly from the iTunes Store) and download it onto my devices, but I’m an old guy. Virtually no one under age 30 does that. Most people who are within reach of cellphone towers or wifi just stream it.
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