Bandcamp for labels has arrived! Read all about it right here, and check out some of the great independent labels already using it, like Seattle-based powerhouse Sub Pop (Sleater-Kinney, The Shins, Shabazz Palaces, Fleet Foxes, Iron and Wine), UK electronic trailblazers Ninja Tune (Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra), the always soulful sounds of Daptone (Sharon Jones, Antibalas, The Budos Band) and Truth and Soul (Lee Fields, Lady), Montreal-based Grosse Boîte (Cœur de pirate), indie SF punk legends Fat Wreck Chords (NOFX, Lagwagon), metal-loving Relapse (Red Fang), ARIA-winning Future Classic (Chet Faker, Chrome Sparks, Seekae, flume), plus Innovative Leisure (BADBADNOTGOOD, Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse), Software (Oneohtrix Point Never), RVNG (Holly Herndon, Julia Holter), and Styles Upon Styles (Gabriel Garzón-Montano)!
If you’re a Bandcamp Pro subscriber, you can now present unlimited HD videos side-by-side with your music, with nary a lick of integrity-destroying advertising in sight. You can feature a video at the top of your album page, like so:
Or just display your videos inline, like this:
Videos are also organized in a new video tab, and look great on mobile (where they’re automatically optimized for lower-bandwidth delivery):
You add video from the album or track editor, here:
And there’s even a new embedded player that lets you and your fans share your videos with cover art and direct links to purchase:
We will now make sure it works really, really well by embedding several videos that you should watch immediately:
Alphabets Heaven & Deft
Some things you may be wondering:
Why can’t I just embed a YouTube video? That would be so much easier, and then video could be free instead of Pro-only! True, but then you risk having commercials for Olive Garden at the top of your site. Bandcamp is a service by and for people who care deeply about music, and part of that is not wanting to see every last piece of art in the world co-opted as “content” against which to sell ads for stuff you don’t need. We also didn’t find this to be all that reassuring.
Vimeo Vimeo Vimeo! Better, but we also don’t want to rely on/require an account at a third party service.
That’s all fine and good but I don’t want to dilute my YouTube view counts because there are human beings who actually decide what to make popular by looking to see what is already popular. By all means, if you’re view-count-sensitive, continue to direct fans to your YouTube videos! You might consider adding your videos to Bandcamp as well, because they’re a great way to round out your identity and boost sales from the fans already checking you out here (me, I went from Red Fang ambivalence to money-throwing-fan as soon as I saw the above video for Wires).
You can now dig through Bandcamp’s catalog of 1.4 million albums and 10.7 million tracks, right from the app. Search for artists and fans, too:
You can also now tap on any fan image in the new “supported by” section below the music in your collection, and then listen to that fan’s full collection (this is an awesome way to discover new music):
For items in your collection, you can pick your favorite track, and tell the artist and your followers why you love that record:
And finally, if you still haven’t set an image for yourself, you can now do that from the app too (it’s in Settings):
Do I need a fan account for all this? Yes, details here.
I already have a Bandcamp artist account, can I sign up for a fan account too? Yes. If you’d like your artist and fan account to be one and the same (e.g., you’re a solo artist and don’t want to maintain separate logins), make sure you’re logged in to your artist account, and then sign up here.
I’m an artist, is there anything I should do to improve my appearance in search? Yes, please visit Bandcamp from a desktop machine, go to your profile, and make sure you’ve set your bio image. We’ll show it in search results, your artist page, and the about section of your albums.
Mucho bueno el nuevo upgrade de la app de Bandcamp 👌— The Real ƤℯℜℛⓄ ℬⅈℭℎℹ (@elchinix) June 24, 2014
“The album array on the home page is very cumbersome. When I add a new release, if I want it to appear on the top left, I have to manually shift all 15 of my other albums over. Huge hassle.” –Mark D.
Agreed. And fixed:
The new discography page automatically displays your releases from newest to oldest, and also lets you easily reorder them using drag and drop. The sidebar (which used to only show up on album and track pages) is also shown, so fans will always see your image, bio, links, shows, and so on.
By default, a fan visiting you.bandcamp.com will see your full discography. To instead take fans right to your latest release, go to your profile, and under Home Page, choose “When a fan visits my site: go to my latest release” (bonus: you also now have the option to go directly to your merch grid).
What happened to the index page? The discography replaces it.
The index page let me showcase just a few of my releases, and leave out everything else. Can I still do that? No. Most people used the index page as a full discography and were frustrated that it didn’t simply auto-fill, and this change is about fixing that problem. We’re considering adding a separate landing page option where you could feature a specific release, an image, a video, or a merch item, but no ETA just yet.
Hmm, I’m not seeing any of this, what gives? If you’re a label, you likely use the index page to link to individual Bandcamp artist sites. That is how-you-should-be-doing-it, so we haven’t touched your index page at all. However, we know you want the improvements mentioned here too, so stay tuned, a label solution is on the way.
The music feed is now in the Bandcamp app, and mmff, very exciting time! For those who haven’t already experienced it on desktop, the feed is a great way to discover new music by following fans whose tastes overlap your own. It shows you the activity of all the fans and artists you follow, and lets you listen to their picks and new releases instantly. You’ll see when someone you follow buys an album, and you can listen to their favorite track and see what they had to say about it. We’ll show you when someone new starts following you and let you explore their collection. And we’ll even give you a heads up when someone you don’t follow buys one of your more niche records, because clearly that’s a person with exceptional taste whose collection you’ll want to check out too.
If you’ve already visited your feed on desktop, prepare to be stupefied all over again, for on mobile tracks play back to back, you can explore suggested fans’ collections right inline, and THE WHOLE THING NOW FITS IN YOUR POCKET AND/OR FANNY PACK.
It’s essentially a personalized radio station programmed exclusively by the people whose tastes you respect enough to follow.
Before you even ask:
Why aren’t there Buy buttons in the iOS version? Because Apple won’t allow it. However, you can tap the wishlist button instead, and we’ll periodically email you a digest of your recently wishlisted items, along with direct links to buy them. Android, for what it’s worth, has Buy buttons right in the app.
Do I need a fan account? Yes, details here.
If you’re a Bandcamp Pro subscriber, you can now view all your buyers on a map for at-a-glance insight into touring and regional promotion (or possibly just jollies). Head over to your stats page and click on Map to check it out!
(And if you’re not a Bandcamp Pro subscriber, you can still play around with the map — you’ll just see sample sales data.)
You can now send any album or track on Bandcamp as a gift. Just click “Send as Gift” (below the Buy Now link), enter the recipient’s email address, add an optional personal message, and then check out as always. Your friend will get an email containing a link to the high-quality download, as well as instant, unlimited mobile access to the music via the free Bandcamp app.
Some things you may be wondering:
Can I send physical items as gifts?
What about gift cards?
We may add them in the future.
So if the gift recipient doesn’t have a Bandcamp fan account, they can use the gift to create one, no purchase needed?
I’m a fan. How can I insure that I only receive gifts I actually want?
Easy: send your friends a link to your Bandcamp wishlist (it looks a little something like this: bandcamp.com/yourfanname#wishlist). Don’t have a fan account yet? Get yours here.
I’m an artist. Do I use “Send as Gift” to give some of my fans my music for free?
No, continue to use download codes for that. “Send as Gift” is for your fans to give your music as a gift to other people.
I’m an artist. Should I tell all my fans about this?
Yes please. Your fans would love to support you by giving your music to their friends. Please let them know that there’s now an easy way to do so!
Selling merch on Bandcamp? You now have the option to automatically email the buyer when you ship out their item. Just head over to your /merch_orders page, check “Email buyer when item is marked as shipped,” and that’s that. There’s also an option to add a custom message, in case you’d like to include a tracking number, or just send a little love back the fan’s way.
That’s five as in Bandcamp is now five years old, and oh as in hey-ohhh, fans have now given artists $50 million through Bandcamp! More importantly, that dollar amount is set to double in the next 18 months, and maybe a touch sooner given the just-launched mobile app and some of the other things we’ve got cooking.
<drjohnnyfever>To mark the occasion of our fifth spin around this great big turntable floating around in outer space</drjohnnyfever>, we’ve got a very special Bandcamp Weekly chock full of guests and exclusive mixes. Check that out right here, or listen to it in the app (say, you can do that now!). We’ll follow it up with two more specials, each dedicated to specific genres whose passionate artist and fan communities have made them instrumental in our growth. Set your calendars now for the not-just-bleeps-and-bloops video game music special, coming next week, and stock up on invisible oranges for the ALL METAL SHOW, scaring Mr. Jervis the week after.
Even five years in, it still feels like we’ve just scratched the surface of the enormous opportunity in front of us. That opportunity — to positively impact the lives of millions of artists and their fans — is something we’re incredibly grateful for, and we’re more excited than ever about the work we have planned. Once again, thank you for being a part of it all!
Man once Bandcamp makes a phone app where you can download straight to your mobile its OVER
Man once Bandcamp makes a phone app where you can download straight to your mobile its OVER— Mtume Gant (@SirCoreGant) June 20, 2013
Woo hoo! The Bandcamp app for iOS and Android has arrived. This first version gives anyone with a fan account instant, unlimited mobile access to their Bandcamp music collection. No more download-and-sync two-step to get tunes onto the iPhone, and no more advanced fiddling on Android. Just make a purchase, and it immediately appears in the app. And when an album pre-order is released? Ta-da, it just shows up, ready to be enjoyed. All of this sits side-by-side with Bandcamp’s existing high-quality download functionality, providing fans with additional incentive to make a purchase:
Is the Bandcamp app free?
Should I bother installing it?
That depends. If you’re among the millions of people who have bought music from an artist on Bandcamp, then yes (but go claim your fan account first). If, however, you have never purchased one of the 1.1 million albums or 8.4 million tracks from any of the hundreds of thousands of artists on the site, then no — the app is not yet about browsing that catalog (but you could of course go buy something on Bandcamp, get your fan account, and then install the app).
What about free music I’ve downloaded?
Bandcamp’s #1 objective is to help artists succeed, and we mean that in the old-fashioned make-money-get-money sense. The vast majority of music offered on the site is for sale, and of the music that’s offered for free, almost all of it has the “let fans pay if they want” option enabled. The app is about giving fans yet another reason to do so.
What else does it do, and what’s next?
The app also lets you listen to the Bandcamp Weekly (currently on iOS, coming shortly to Android), and will soon incorporate more discovery features, starting with the new music feed.