It’s no secret that I really love bandcamp.com. I sell my music on CD Baby, iTunes, in stores, at shows, and lots of other places, and I find that Bandcamp offers just the right mix of flexibility and control. Unfortunately, not many people know about Bandcamp or have any experience buying music there. I thought I would take a few minutes to explain some of my favourite Bandcamp feature. At the bottom of this post there’s a cool giveaway too!
1. The merch tab
When you first visit reneeyoxon.bandcamp.com it looks like the image above, taking you to my most recent release, Here We Go Again. Everything you need is on this page but if you want a clearer view of my physical merch you can click on the “merch” tab in the navigation bar and it should look like this:
2. Digital download included with all physical merch
This is my favourite feature. One of the draws in buying digital music is the immediacy of your purchase. You get to listen to the album right away. With Bandcamp, if you buy a physical CD or a book of sheet music you will receive a digital download of the album with your purchase for immediate listening. You can even choose what format you would like: mp3, flac, ogg, they have it all!
More fun facts after the jump…
3. Digital booklet included with digital download
When you receive your digital download you will see a pdf file along with your music files. This is a digital version of the booklet included with the physical CD. It includes lyrics, liner notes, and thank you’s. Bandcamp is the only place you can get the Here We Go Again digital booklet. It’s not available on CD Baby or iTunes.
4. Listening and lyrics available in-browser
One amazing thing about bandcamp is that you can stream the entire Here We Go Again album for free in-browser (some artists choose to select which tracks you can listen to, but I have them all available). If you’re the kind of person who likes to read about while you listen, scroll over a song a “lyrics” button will appear. Click it and the lyrics will drop down from the song for your reading pleasure.
5. Easy sharing
Sharing a bandcamp album is really, really easy. Just click the “sharing/embed” button and copy the link. This can be posted in emails, in IMs, or on facebook. Click “</> Embed this album” to get a code block for embedding the album on your blog or website. Easy!
And now, a giveaway
In honour of these 5 fun facts about Bandcamp, I’m giving away a download code to 5 lucky readers. Simply visit reneeyoxon.bandcamp.com, check out Here We Go Again, and leave a comment here with your favourite track. I’ll announce the winners on January 14th. Good luck!