How to Sell Your Music Downloads Online

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Learn how to sell music downloads online with this complete guide. Visit https://www.payloadz.com to start selling your music and beats.

Learn how to sell music downloads online with this complete guide. Visit https://www.payloadz.com to start selling your music and beats.

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  • 1. HOW TO SELL YOURMUSIC DOWNLOADSONLINE
  • 2. Table of ContentsTable of Contents..................................................................................................................... 2Intro............................................................................................................................................. 3Prep Your Music....................................................................................................................... 3Choose an Online Music Retailer or Music Aggregator...............................................4Promote on Social Media and Your Own Band Website..............................................5Consider Some Additional Tips...........................................................................................6
  • 3. IntroYou and your band love making music. You’ve jammed togetherfor years in your friend’s garage and have had a dozen gigs in yourarea. You’ve even written a handful of songs and recorded them.Now you dream of being recognized by a record label and makingit big. Your band’s in agreement: You want to go to the next leveland start producing better quality recordings and selling downloadsonline.Prep Your MusicLook at your music. Is it original? If you’re singing or playingcover songs—songs or music that you haven’t written yourself—you can’t sell them online without the proper permissions. Servicesare available to help you obtain the proper permissions andlicensing that allow you to sell your cover music, or you may gothrough the detailed legal process yourself. Once you do achievethe proper licensing, you need to report and pay royalties on thecover music to the proper publishers.If you’ve written and polished your own music, you’re on yourway without hassle of licensure and royalties. Rent studio time andget a decent recording, unless you’re confident you have theequipment to provide the quality you desire.Is your recording in the right digital format? Prepping your musicfor selling downloads online requires conversion to WAV files instereo with a 44.1 kHz sample rate and a 16-bit sample size. Thoseare compatible with Windows, Macintosh and Linux systems andare used for maximum audio quality. They can be edited andmanipulated easily using software. MP3 files have a “.wav”extension.Have an attractive graphic, such as a photo of your band or otherart, which is at least 1600 x 1600 in size and 72 DPI resolution torepresent your music in a visual way.Now you need to find an online source to sell your music.
  • 4. Choose an Online Music Retailer or Music AggregatorWhile you may continue seeking acceptance by a record label, youcan begin making money selling your songs as downloads almostimmediately. Anyone can sell music online without a record labelor signing with an independent distribution service.Some people have had success selling directly with large onlinemusic retailers. They often require a long application andevaluation process, however, that can take several weeks to monthsthat include difficult technical and legal requirements.Three online music stores are the most well-known: ITunes hassold billions of songs and has a catalog numbering in the millions.EMusic is a top website for independent music with high-qualitycontrol requirements. And Amazon MP3 was the first site to offerDRM-free tracks from major labels.Many large distributers won’t deal with individuals, and instead,want people to go through a music aggregator or small distributor.Aggregators can deliver audio content to retailers for large-scalepublic download. For a monthly or annual membership fee or a set-up fee or commission, music aggregators assist people in editingdigital music so it has the best sound quality possible and isadapted into a retailer’s preferred format. Online stores publishlists of distributors they’ve agreed to work with. You need toresearch the various distributors if you are considering this route.You can also sell your music files yourself online through yourown website or through a digital content selling platform likePayLoadz.PayLoadz is a distribution service that sells various types of digitalcontent and has a monthly maintenance fee plus small transactionfees on sales. The beauty of PayLoadz is that its various marketingplatforms cause average sellers to see a 1,000 percent increase insales. The affiliate program lets sellers choose to promote theirmusic on other seller’s sites. Sellers also have the option of makingmoney by selling other people’s products on their sites.PayLoadz simplifies the process of selling music online. PayLoadzprovides various levels of services, including secure paymentsystems such as PayPal, Google Checkout and several otherpayment options that make it easy for any customer pay for yourmusic. PayLoadz offers unlimited secure storage and reliablesecure delivery of your digital music as well.
  • 5. Promote on Social Media and Your Own Band WebsiteTo sell your music downloads effectively, you need an active, evenaggressive, online presence. People who love your work areinterested in what you have to say. Set up Facebook and MySpacepages for your band. Upload a few songs to your MySpace Musicpage, and set the music player to “autoplay,” so a song plays assoon as the page uploads.Start a Twitter account and a blog. Keep information current aboutyour band and any events where you’ll be performing. Talk upother bands you love, and leave links to buy their music as well.Leave intriguing bits about new song ideas or styles you’reexperimenting with. Make your sites attractive. Include photos andvideos whenever possible. There is no end to all the exposure yourband can generate if you handle these opportunities well.A band website is essential. Make it lively, unique, fun andattractive. This should be your go-to place for the band. HostBabycan help you create your own website for a monthly fee. Or youcould use Wix, Yolasite or Weebly to create a free website. Set upa sales page where you detail your music, prices and sample videoclips of live performances. Include info on the file format and sizefor each song or album. Get the most from your online promotionby listing major bands you sound like in your album description.Add good quotes from reviews of your music or from your fans.You need a PayPal account and a transaction vendor to processyour sales. Those give security to customers who buy your music.If you’ve signed up with a distributor such as PayLoadz, it willhandle payment in a manner that online consumers are familiarwith and trust. PayLoadz also provides the HTML code to create“Buy Now” buttons so that fans can easily pay for and downloadyour music.Using a service like PayLoadz allows you to have a 24/7 hands-off online storefront. Once you’ve uploaded your music to the siteand added the graphic image to represent your song or album, thePayLoadz service handles everything for you. When a customermakes a payment for your music, either on your website or on thePayLoadz Store, PayLoadz immediately notifies you of the saleand simultaneously sends customers secure download links thatthey can use to download their purchases. Once customers have
  • 6. used the download links, they become disabled—they cannot beused to download additional copies of your music without furtherpayment. Customers and sellers are equally protected during theprocess.You can have links back to your music sales site on your emailsignature line. Have business cards, bookmarks or small fliers withthe exact website address for your online music store. Give this toeveryone who expresses an interest in your work. Accept speakinggigs on local radio and television stations and at communitycenters and libraries to promote and demo your music. Beavailable for all manner of opportunities to showcase your work.Consider having music download cards available to pass out at allyour live events. Make it easy for your fans to find you andpurchase your music online.Consider Some Additional TipsTIP #1: Register with a performing arts society and a digitallicensor. Find a creative/performing arts lawyer in your area andbecome acquainted with him. If you are ever offered that covetedrecord label contract, you’ll need him to help you understand it. Apublisher is the only one who should be allowed to take away anyrights to your work, once you agree to those terms. Be sure none ofthe websites you download attempt to take away any of yourrights.TIP #2: Understand DRM, which stands for Digital RightsManagement. It’s the process by which sellers limit users’ abilityto share music with others who have not purchased it. There iscurrently no DRM standard, so using DRM can possibly causeproblems on some computers.TIP #3: Don’t limit your digital sales to your music files. As youbrowse through the PayLoadz e-store, you’ll see that people areselling many kinds of digital items. Promote your band with digitalposters offered for sale through PayLoadz. Get out your digitalcamera and take some cool photos of your band members to add tothe collection of band-related memorabilia for your fans todownload.TIP #4: Have some songs or parts of songs available as freedownloads. Why? Promotion! Giving away free downloads ofsmall digital promo items can increase traffic to your website or
  • 7. your PayLoadz Store page. Promote free giveaways on your socialnetwork sites. The word “FREE” can generate lots of traffic.Find us at www.payloadz.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/payloadz Twitter:www.twitter.com/payloadz