Can musicians keep up in the
Yes - The internet makes it easier than
ever to share your music with the world.
The iTunes store remains the world’s biggest and
most popular music store.
Over 15,000 songs are downloaded every minute and
over 25 billion songs have been sold since 2013.
YouTube videos are used by musicians to stream
songs and full albums.
Over a billion unique people visit the site every
Amazon MP3 is another online music retailer.
It is available in many countries including Germany,
Spain, Japan and the United Kingdom.
Soundcloud is an audio sharing site directed
As of 2013, the site consists of 250 million
Bandcamp is a distribution site directed towards
independent bands and musicians.
In total, fans spend over 3 million dollars a month
on artists’ music.
Spotify is a song streaming service for artists.
It offers unlimited music
streaming to both free and
Last.fm tracks song
plays for millions of
Artists are provided
with statistics and
their music for free.
CD Baby provides both CD’s and digital downloads.
It remains a good way for independent artists to
distribute physical music.
ReverbNation provides music as well as news, tour
dates and other statistics.
The site is home to over three million artist profiles.
Bandzoogle is one of many services that host
websites for musicians.
Many layouts and payment types are available, some
of which are free.
“We are at a crossroads in the music business: with the rise of
the internet, the world we live in has changed, and the past is
not coming back. But I see the glass as half-full: the internet
and social networking are new avenues for the next Bob Dylan
to be born on.”
Jon Bon Jovi
Social media sites can be effectively used to
promote music as well.
Facebook’s artist pages allow users to interact with
the site’s 1.28 billion active users.
Twitter’s 255 million active users make it a great
place to promote your band as well.
Tumblr is a flexible blogging site
that allows musicians to share
all sorts of digital media.
Wordpress is not only
limited to words, users
can now pay to host
audio and video on their
Myspace’s new and updated layout
makes it a good tool for bands connect
Despite being know for its filters and brief videos,
Instagram can still be used to interact with a
“For the music business, social networking is
brilliant. The whole world is linked through a
laptop. It's amazing. And it's free. I love it. It's
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