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Selling Independent MP3s Direct to Customer? 94

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jetsetsc asks: "I am not a programmer but I am a musician. My band's recordings belong to the band, and we'd like to skip the middlemen — labels, iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, etc — and setup a way to sell MP3's cheaply, and directly to fans. I have searched quite a bit and found nothing that fits the bill. Snocap is sort of similar, but they are more about a central store with a MySpace tie in. We don't need a fancy search, or a complicated 'if you liked this try...' feature. I figure potential fans can find our webpage on their own, referred by Pandora, a music blog, internet radio, or even (gasp!) a print article. When they get there it'd be great if they could listen to samples, check off the songs they want, pay 39 cents (or however much) through PayPal, and get a secure non-transferable download just like iTunes. DRM not required. I can't believe in this day and age that a service or software package like this doesn't exist. Any ideas?"
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  • What's wrong with Sounclick [soundclick.com]?
  • by beavis88 (25983) on Friday October 27, 2006 @10:20AM (#16608580)
    and get a secure non-transferable download just like iTunes. DRM not required.

    How would you go about making it "secure" and "non-transferable" without the DRM part? (Ignoring, for a moment, that DRM is neither secure nor does it necessarily make music non-transferable)
    • That's exactly the question I had. The only other explanation that I can think of is that he wants to generate a one-time link to the file after the purchase has been successfully processed.
    • by foniksonik (573572) on Friday October 27, 2006 @10:28AM (#16608690) Homepage Journal
      I think submitter meant to say that they want the download over SSL (secure transaction) and from a non-public repository and non-transferrable as in you can't post a link that just anyone can use to download it... ie: a unique download uri.

      To answer the submitter's question... there are software packages like this... and open source / free. Go to Sourceforge or it's work-a-likes out there and look for software download shopping carts.... actually I think that OS Commerce has a plugin for setting up 'intangible' products so that you can keep people from direct linking to the download.

      Also you may want to contact Kagi, a very popular shareware commerce provider and ask about rates... they already have a good 'intangible' product commerce offering.

      • by beavis88 (25983)
        Upon further review, I think you're exactly right.

        Perhaps you would like to be a /. editor? Since, you know, it doesn't appear the actual editors ever edit anything ;)
      • by kalidasa (577403)
        Kagi is the first solution I thought of when I saw this title. Do like the man says.
      • by drinkypoo (153816)
        FWIW Drupal has an e-commerce module that supports file download products with security. I haven't had amazing luck with drupal's ecommerce modules though, so I'd suggest just paying someone for a storefront. That way if the system malfunctions you can blame someone else.
      • by eggoeater (704775)
        Slashdot just covered this:
        https://files.dreamhost.com/ [dreamhost.com]
        I think it's exactly what you want.

        Simple, cheap.

    • Assuming he means a one time download of a regular MP3, I set up a system very like this for a band I know ( The Big Hand [thebighand.co.uk]) the system to take paypal payments and then dish out download links is only a couple of hundred lines of PHP.

      I used phpBB for a user auth system, and at the moment allow unlimited downloading (though I monitor it and may change to a more restrictive system if I spot people sharing accounts, but that would be a trivial change). It uses paypal's instant payment notification that posts ba
  • Contradictory... (Score:2, Redundant)

    by cHALiTO (101461)
    Er..

    get a secure non-transferable download just like iTunes.

    DRM not required.


    Is it just me or is that completely contradictory?
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by stoolpigeon (454276) *
      here's my guess - he means they can download it but can't just email someone else the link. no controls on the file they actually get. so to download it from the band site, they must pay. what they do after that is up to them.
       
      and when you frame it that way, this question can be answered by making it broader. what software allows you to charge someone to download a file? that's it. the music part is really irrelevant.
      • Why not just use Paypal's Callback API, with the download being an automatic on the response page in a frame? No easy way to get at the URL (well, except for view source, and I'm sure THAT level of hacker you're not going to stop anyway, he'll just e-mail his friends the MP3) and it happens for the user as soon at they "submit" the paypal payment.
        • Personally - if it were my band, i'd just stick it out there to download and then allow people to pay if they want. like with that last harvey danger cd. but it's not my band, so i'd do like mentioned above and set up some normal shopping cart site for software. that is what they are selling.

          i think i'd call my band urban legend if that hasn't been taken before. i wonder if you could use the phrase 'u.l. listed' without getting sued if it was for artistic use. i think that would be pretty fun.
    • Er.. get a secure non-transferable download just like iTunes. DRM not required. Is it just me or is that completely contradictory?

      I took that to me he wants his downloads to be one-time only and limited to the person who bought it, but I could be wrong.

      • by Kamots (321174)
        That's how I read it as well... now, with that assumption the OP might want to take a look at Jonathan Coulton's site http://www.jonathancoulton.com/ [jonathancoulton.com]

        He offers some of his songs as free mp3 downloads available to anyone, then lets you pay to download the rest (still as mp3s!). While I can't say how his purchase system works (as I haven't yet bought any... although lately throwing $60 his way has been rather tempting...), I can't imagine that he's going to have it set up so he's providing people with static
    • He also specifically asked for an MP3 service. You just can't do "secure non-transferable" with MP3. Technically impossible.
  • We don't need a fancy search, or a complicated 'if you liked this try...' feature.

    You might not need those things, but any company providing files for download at cost certainly will. It's called cross-selling, it's marketing, and it's the sort of thing that makes the difference between living and dying for an ecommerce company. When you're "microselling" something you need to sell a large number of units just to stay in business. How is the service going to do that if they don't maximise every conversion?

    (
    • by Aladrin (926209)
      Fortunately, despite the jargon, you actually said something. Hehe.

      These not only help the company, but the band, too. If they make the same $/song at X as they do at Y, and Y has these added features... Why not take advantage of them? At worst, they sell the same number of songs, since their traffic comes from external sources to the site. More likely, they'll sell more songs and gain more fans.

      Also to the OP, this 'secure and nontransferable' bit... That IS DRM. Period. Nobody likes DRM. If you l
      • by EggyToast (858951)
        The secure and non-transferrable I believe is in reference to the download link itself. I think he's going for the idea similar to what bleep.com does. Zip up the order, offer the whole thing as a link, but after you download it yourself the link is no good.

        So, secure in the sense that the person who pays for the link downloads the file. Non-transferrable in the sense that they aren't just static files on a server that someone can download by putting in the right URL. So the *sale* is secure and non-
        • by Aladrin (926209)
          I'll grant you that for 'secure', but that's not what non-transferrable means. Ever.

          It could mean 'not capable of being transferred at all' or 'can't transfer legal ownership'. Since they obviously want the purchaser to get the song after they pay for it, the first isn't correct in regards to the original download URL. And since the second is true with or without DRM, if the agreement says so at purchase, it's not that. (They can transfer it illegally, but not change the legal ownership.) No, they mean
  • by petard (117521) * on Friday October 27, 2006 @10:26AM (#16608660) Homepage
    Since you don't need any of the music-specific features, look for a package that helps you sell software. It's the same problem you're trying to solve and there are many options. This one [paypalshoppingcart.org] was near the top of my google search results, and looks to meet your needs. There appeared to be numerous similar apps.
    • by slashkitty (21637)
      Exactly. Use paypal, but not some fancy shopping cart. You don't want a fancy "music" site either, you just want to sell. Paypal is easy enough for non programmers, especially if you have a few items that you can configure individually.

      Paypal offers micro payments for digital downloads [devitry.com]. Fees are reduced is you're offering products less than $12 and it's a digital download. If you sell a song for $1, you'd get $0.90. Much more than for regular paypal.

      • I blogged this recently:

        Selling Music Online - the Minimal Way

        A friend of mine called me yesterday while I was standing on the end of the Santa Monica Pier [santamonicapier.org] saying that one of his band's [thecoralsea.net] songs would be airing on Grey's Anatomy [go.com] next Monday. He asked how he could quickly setup his website to be able to sell an MP3 of the track in time for the airing. The band already has a paypal merchant account and this would be only need to be a temporary solution.

        I thought about the question and asked a few technica [kevinkircher.com]

  • If you code it . . . they will come . . . If you code it . . . they will come . . .
  • Put up a static page with links to 30 seconds versions of each song. Each of them has a checkbox called "download this". At the end a huge Buy Now button. Next page, compute how much you want and send them over to PayPal. On the final page, give them the links to the real songs, possibly with an expiration code embedded or something.
    But really, "non transferable" music is simply non existant, even more so when you ask for no DRM. Oh and get ready to see your music on p2p networks in 3... 2... 1...
    • by internewt (640704)

      Oh and get ready to see your music on p2p networks in 3... 2... 1...

      That's free publicity, so don't complain. ;) Make sure your MP3s are tagged well - ie correct and consistent track and band details, spelling, capitalisation etc.. Make your MP3s better than the shit on P2P, so research LAME and it's cunning settings. Embed the album or single artwork at a not-huge res within the MP3s (the res that will look best on an iPod), and put the URL for the band and more downloads in the ID3 comment field. That

  • Mindawn (Score:4, Informative)

    by Tepar (87925) on Friday October 27, 2006 @10:31AM (#16608724) Homepage
    Sounds like http://www.mindawn.com/ [mindawn.com] is what you're looking for. They sell lossless (flac) and lossy (ogg) sound files. No DRM. Their catalog is growing steadily, and they work with a lot of independents.
    • If you look at his request for "non-transferrable downloads", the DRM-free flac and ogg files don't fit the bill. He's going to have to modify his request, because he cannot have all he's looking for.
      • If you look at his request for "non-transferrable downloads", the DRM-free flac and ogg files don't fit the bill.

        He asked for "non-transferrable downloads" but he also specified that DRM was not required. Given that do you think ti is reasonable to assume:

        • He wants DRM files, despite having directly said he does not.
        • He does not want DRM, but does want to restrict access to the download to just one party/instance
        • He does not know what DRM is and is all confused

        My bet is on the second one. The first on

      • by Tepar (87925)
        True, but he also mentioned MP3 files which, while I believe there are DRM schemes for it, none of them are widely used.

        Mindawn has a nice, cross-platform client that allows you to download tracks and listen to them (in the client) a specified number of times before buying them. Once you buy the tracks, they're yours. So in a sense, they're non-transferable until you buy them, after which, they can be copied, burned, etc. It's a nice compromise, I think, that benefits the consumer.

        Now if only more portables
        • "True, but he also mentioned MP3 files which, while I believe there are DRM schemes for it, none of them are widely used"

          Really? There is something by which a file can be a valid .MP3 file, but have some sort of DRM to restrict play in my old Winamp 2.0 or my CD player that plays data CD's with MP3 files on them?
          • by jrockway (229604)
            Sure:

            gpg --encrypt out.mp3

            It isn't a real mp3 any more, but it is after you decrypt it (possibly with your TPM's key).
  • "....setup a way to sell MP3's cheaply, and directly to fans.....and get a secure non-transferable download just like iTunes. DRM not required."

    DRM is required to have a "non-transferrable download". Once you do that, it's not an MP3 anymore. MP3 files are not encumbered by DRM and are transferable. You are going to have to ask: do you want MP3, or do you want DRM? You can't do both.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      "DRM is required to have a "non-transferrable download". Once you do that, it's not an MP3 anymore. MP3 files are not encumbered by DRM and are transferable. You are going to have to ask: do you want MP3, or do you want DRM? You can't do both."

      I think by 'non-transferable download' he means he doesn't want somebody to get the URL to the MP3, then paste it to all his friends on ICQ so they can get it too. In other words, he wants a unique download link per customer. I bumped into that problem myself when I
  • Dreamhost (Score:3, Informative)

    by MBCook (132727) <foobarsoft@foobarsoft.com> on Friday October 27, 2006 @10:36AM (#16608772) Homepage

    Dreamhost [dreamhost.com] (note: my hosting provider, and a referral link) recently announced Files Forever [dreamhost.com] (non-referral link) that I think would let you do what you are after. It's beta now (I don't know if they will let non-Dreamhost customers in) but I think it's an easy solution to what you're looking for. When they announced it [dreamhost.com] on their Blog [dreamhost.com] they specifically mentioned being able to use it as an iTunes alternative.

    Hope that helps.

    • by pla (258480)
      I think it's an easy solution to what you're looking for.

      At a minimum of 50 cents per (CC) transaction, probably not, since the FP mentioned wanting 39 cents as an example price.

      Obviously that overhead drops as the number of tracks goes up (for complete album downloads in the $5 range, they might work as a great option). But that flat fee totally kills the idea of "visit our site and pick up a track or two for four dimes"
  • Try out files forever [filesforever.com] from DreamHost.. DRM free, secure downloading of files, they handle the credit card processing and send you your money via paypal.

    Currently it's in beta and only available to dreamhost customers, but they're a pretty decent host.. and try using "9999" as your promo code when signing up to get $99.99 off the first year!
  • dreamhost is offering a service for their customers: https://files.dreamhost.com/ [dreamhost.com] - No DRM is allowed.. period! - Once you upload your file to sell, you pay a tiny one-time storage fee, and we serve it FOREVER at a nice, permanent, URL. - Anybody who buys a file somebody offers via Files Forever get an online backup of it included.. that is, they may re-download the file as many times as they want, FOREVER! - Any file you buy from Files Forever you can also "loan" to your friends via the service! They are
  • There are a number of sources that sell "shopping cart / download" services - just very few (if any) that actually only do this for MP3 files. And certainly I am hoping that by non-transferable you mean anti-leech related tech (limit download to original purchase, not just some direct link to the file). Again - these things exist all over.

    Heck, I used to work for a "Brand Management Firm" (that's what they called themselves) that did some moonlighting hosting web sites for clients. To setup the shopping car
  • by DaveV1.0 (203135) on Friday October 27, 2006 @10:44AM (#16608912) Journal
    OK, no DRM means that the file will be transferrable. That is just a fact of life.

    If you don't go the DRM route, you might as well just set up a website with a standard store and sell the files and a donation button so people can "tip" you. This is not difficult and could be done in a few days. Of course you are going to have to hope that
    1. People don't get your music off a torrent from the 4 people who paid the $1.00 to get the song
    2. Those people that do get your song off of a torrent actual bother to go to your website and then actually "tip" you.


    Your band can literally be the test case for musicians using micropayments as a means of making a living as so many people claim is possible.

    One other thing, you can try this with one or two songs to start. That way you don't give away your entire catalog.
    • by ack154 (591432)
      For about the 50th time on the page, the "non-transferable" part refers to a one time use link. So people can't just share a direct link to download the song. It's good for that user, with that purchase and that's it.
    • by Mr2001 (90979)

      [...] you might as well just set up a website with a standard store and sell the files and a donation button so people can "tip" you [...] Your band can literally be the test case for musicians using micropayments as a means of making a living as so many people claim is possible.

      Not quite. It can be a test case for one possible method:

      1. Write song.
      2. Put song up for sale on web site.
      3. Wait for sales and donations.
      4. Hope sales and donations cover the cost of writing the song.

      But that method essentially relies on altr

  • by richieb (3277) <richieb@gmail . c om> on Friday October 27, 2006 @10:52AM (#16609006) Homepage Journal
    Put your files on your website for free and set up a Paypal link for donations. If your fans like your music they will tip you. Forcing them to pay will only decrease your audience.

    • by kruhft (323362)
      Sounds like a good idea, and I'm using it in various places on my site as well as having the CD's for sale. I don't want to say that it doesn't work, since I'm sure my traffic isn't high, and as you can see from the musicians on the street, the number of people dropping in coins compared to the number of people walking by is generally quite minimal. I'm hoping it works, since I don't want to keep anyone from listening to what I do (which is why I post links to download in specialized places and not out in
      • by svnt (697929)

        the number of people dropping in coins compared to the number of people walking by is generally quite minimal

        There is no easy way to compare the two options you're talking about while staying within the street performer analogy. The closest I can come up with while staying within the model is a "toll corner" where people would have to pay to continue to walk by you on the street after a period of say, 30 seconds. I think you reach more people by allowing them to listen and to provide what they feel is an a

    • by brouski (827510)
      In other words, your advice for him is "go broke and kill your dream of being a musician for a living"?

      Hell, the tips probably wouldn't cover the hosting bill.
      • by richieb (3277)
        In other words, your advice for him is "go broke and kill your dream of being a musician for a living"?

        Well you have to build an audience. No one buys music from an unknown band. I would buy CDs at a live concert if I like the music, but never when surfing to some random web page. On the other hand, I'm always happy to listen to new music.

        So, if you are willing to limit the size of your audience, go ahead and sell your MP3s.

    • Cost is not the only way potential customers determine value.

      The only musicians with a tip jar are sitting on street corners with a coffee can in front of them. Not a _good_ living, but a living I guess.
  • by camusflage (65105) on Friday October 27, 2006 @10:57AM (#16609074)
    First, a preface. There are sites out there that will do what you want, and as part of their fees, will handle the site development, order processing, and fulfillment. If you really want to do it yourself, remember that there are typically per-transaction as well as percentage fees for card processing, which is why micropayments have yet to really take off.

    Now, that being said, OSCommerce will do what you want. It will provide a pretty interface, allow you to create time and/or number of download limited links, and has plugins to handle billing with pretty much anyone you'd ever want (and some you wouldn't touch) to handle your billing.
  • I know it's probably not the answer you're looking for, but I suggest you get someone to build the software for you.

    Think about it; the website will probably be a dozen screens. Nothing fancy and almost everything is static (i.e. it doesn't need to change when a user clicks somewhere). Let's see if we can get an initial draft:

    • Static pages: index page, discography, agenda, lyrics
    • Dynamic page 1: you can fill in an e-mail address and then be transferred to Paypal. This is described well [zend.com].
    • Dynamic page 2: w
  • "I am a programmer, not a musician. I want to start a band to play music for my daughter's birthday party but I do not have any instruments, knowledge of how to play music, or band-mates. I can't believe that there are people who will accept money to play music for my daughter (which is what I really want), but that they won't do it for free. I mean, I can go to the store and buy a CD, and buy a CD-player and play that for my daughter for FREE- what is their deal? I would also like to require everyone t
  • Have you looked at Amie Street [www.amie.st] at all? They provide a lot of the services you mentioned wanting, plus have a neat pricing model that should appeal to most geeks (songs start at free, go up in price depending upon the number of purchases to a max of 98 cents. Plus a mini rewards/stock market system for if you buy a song at a low price that later goes high). Not exactly no middlemen as you said but as close as you're easily going to get.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    I have an independent label. We have interns manage getting the releases out to all of the major sites.
    We track royalties and sales data from all of them.
    in addition to iTunes store, the catalog is available on most pay sites:
    http://www.playittonight.com/ [playittonight.com]
    http://www.dancerecords.com/artists/Synthique [dancerecords.com]
    http://www.last.fm/ [www.last.fm]
    http://www.emusic.com/artist/11616/11616213.html [emusic.com]
    http://www.napster.com/view/artist/index.html?id=1 1638090 [napster.com]

    I just noticed that I have stuff on the WalMart music site. That's disturbing, since I
    • According to that eMusic link, InGrooves handles your e-distribution for a small chunk of the profit. A very common practice for small indie labels. IODA is another big one. With those services, you sign an agreement and they just start the juggernaut moving - you would have to specifically opt-out of individual sites. As an aside, there is no album art on the eMusic link. Might want to have a chat with your interns.
  • Lulu.com sells MP3s, among other things for you. They just take a small bandwidth fee. They'll also let you sell CD's off their site so that your fans can buy CD's instead of downloadable MP3's if that's they way they roll.
  • They set up a basket with your purchases in it. Only if you have successfully downloaded the item, does it get removed from your basket...if you have errors or an incomplete download, it remains there for another try, until you get a good download. Basket is valid for 48 hours or something, but once you download the items, they disappear from the basket, so only one download per purchase.
  • by arb (452787)
    Have you considered the Podsafe Music Network [podshow.com]? They now let artists sell their music for a dollar a track, with no DRM. The PMN has an added benefit of promotion via podcasts playing your music.
  • The BBC tech section had an article about crackers a while back, pointing out to just how screwed up paypal is. People don't trust paypal, and with good reason. Not to mention you might get your account hacked yourself. Other than that, read the rest of the comments.
  • If you really want distribution, play with the big boys. Either find an indie label to help, or try to go it alone, but get your tunes on the majors services.

    If you really just want your music to be listened to, put up 64kb versions of your tunes on a static web page, and sell CDs (yes, the real ones) with a paypal cart. If you want to be nice, include high quality (256-320kb), pre-tagged MP3s on the CD on a data track. I suppose you could set up a downloadable MP3 for purchase individually, but since you'r
  • What about http://www.emusic.com/ [emusic.com]? I use them to buy from alot of independent artists. Just a thought...
  • They might be an option - depends on what sort of music you're doing:
    http://www.wovenwheatwhispers.co.uk/folk_community /pc/home.asp [wovenwheatwhispers.co.uk]

    It's mainly "folk" (whatever that means this week - and it certainly means something different in the UK and the US) - but if you're doing a Robyn Hitchcock cover you can't be that far off (assuming that you're these "Jennifers" - http://www.thejennifers.com/music.html [thejennifers.com] of course).
  • A buddy of mine just launched a site to serve precisely this market: Indiekazoo [indiekazoo.com]. Simple site to use, simple ecommerce, very convenient.

    IndieKazoo makes it easy to:

    * Take control of your own music sales
    * Sell your music as MP3 downloads
    * Sell your out-of-print CDs and music again

    IndieKazoo is perfect for:

    * Bands with tracks or CDs to sell
    * Individual musicians
  • I mean someone is going to be the middleman no matter what. The least you are going to pay someone is if you could implement it all yourself, but even that would come at the cost of all your time.

    Do this: Incorporate yourself as an indie label and talk to iTunes or eMusic. From what I understand Apple doesn't make much (if anything) on Music sales. They are in it to sell iPods. Users can always burn Apple's tunes to CD and then reimport, so their DRM isn't that bad (IMO). Anyway, I doubt you are go
  • Its not my favorite software ever and is suffering from a sever case of featuritis, but you can do this with Zen Cart ( http://zen-cart.com/ [zen-cart.com]). Its an open source shopping cart writen in PHP that allows you to sell downloads. When a user buys a download, they are given a custom URL to download the files and this URL can expire after a certain time period. I set this up for a friends record label, and besides the need to strip out all the extra features its been working fairly well. And you can sell t-shir
  • I run a site that sells mp3s [drygulchrecords.com]. It is currently evolving from it's original purpose as a tiny site dedicated to a few bands into a site where any band can sell their own mp3s and merch. The problem is that transaction fees for a credit card are 2-3% plus $0.25 - $0.35. You can't offer mp3s for 39 cents and make any money. In my situation, my worst case scenario is that a customer will buy only a single mp3 for $1.00. That makes the transaction fees take away about 33% of your profit. Then you have to t
  • I am using http://dllock.com/ [dllock.com] for selling MP3's online. They are working on a gateway to Paypal. (currently using IPN2 to cover for that time). I checked out many different solutions, but Download Lock is the only one that really works on my rather complicated servers. And it is pretty robust without bugs so far.
  • No, it doesn't solve the exact problem you're trying to solve.

    But getting your label to distribute through them *will* increase sales, result in increased attention to your band, and support one of the major DRM-free independent-music supporting communities.
  • How far off the mark is Magnatune [magnatune.com] for you?
    • Another vote for Magnatune. From a user/buyer perspective it's a very nice service -- especially now that my new Squeezebox can play the Magnatune catalogue from the net. It doesn't seem too shabby for the artist either.
  • JoCo has done something like this. Check out http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songs [jonathancoulton.com]
  • CubeCart [cubecart.com].

    I'm setting up an mp3 store for my band at the moment. Free (as in beer) shopping cart software, knows how to handle digital products, checkout works via paypal (or a whole ton of other options). You don't exactly need to be a "programmer" to get it to work, but it is possibly helpful. If you've installed software like phpBB or a photo gallery on your site before, you'll be fine. Or you should be able to easily find a local friendly php/mysql hacker to sort it out for 50 bucks or a case of be
  • If your group sucks, the RIAA will leave you alone. If you are good, and (evern worse) if you get a following, then you will be sued by the RIAA.

    At that point, your options are:
    1. Suicide
    2. Defeat
    3. Shooting up a RIAA member company's stock holder meeting.

    Andy Out!
  • by msuzio (3104)
    You want this site. Completely addresses your problems, so far as I can tell:

    http://www.mperia.com/ [mperia.com]

    Not affiliated, just a very happy customer of theirs. Works like a charm for me, and bands seem to have complete control over how to setup their business there.
  • Wow, you all have given us a lot to chew on. A few points:

    By "Non-transferrable" I meant the download link, not the digital music itself.

    Yes we are the www.thejennifers.com, and because we are including the Robyn Hitchcock cover on our new CD we are learning what's involved with getting the proper license to distribute (on CD and digitally) it from the publishing company. We do already get our stuff distributed to the big boys (iTunes etc.) through the wonderful CDBaby.

    For selling directly, it looks like
    • by fredc15 (1019376)
      yo... i have what you are looking for. get at me. -fred-
    • email me expert01_@_users.sourceforge.net

      I can help you distribute your music in the manner you wish, without worrying about bandwidth overheads, needing individual links, or bothering with small payments.
    • by filekong (1019388)
      Hi J,

      We have a digital delivery service which does exactly what you need - E-junkie ( http://www.e-junkie.com/ [e-junkie.com]). A lot of bands are using it to sell MP3 tracks and albums directly on their website and myspace page. We do not charge any "commission" and we handle promotion and discount codes etc too. The download links are secure and expire after the download.

      It's easy to use .. you don't have to install anything on your end. You just need to paste the BUY NOW button we provide in your site. From the a
  • Why charge? Look at it this way, music sales are a small part of a band's income. Give away your MP3s and consider it a promotional cost. Bands make most of their money on concerts and merchandise.

    It looks like Big Head Todd and the Monsters are doing ok giving away plenty of MP3s. The Grateful Dead did just fine letting fans record their concerts and not worrying about record sales.

  • I think oscommerce chain reaction edition [chainreactionweb.com] should work well for you. They set up the packages for you, and they offer hosting options. you can also get some assistance and an idea of what it could look like at musica360.com [musica360.com] The owner is a really nice guy and helped me a lot when I was working on a simular project. good luck!
  • I wrote something from scratch using Paypal Micropayments. I can set it up for you. Email me: mike@mikebaas.com I am working on a Google Checkout version of the same system.
  • I think Bishop Allen [bishopallen.com] has a system that does what you are looking for. I seem to remember is was developed by one of the members, but I'm not sure if its OSS or if they'd be willing to share.
  • www.e-junkie.com will let you do this. You upload MyCoolSong.mp3, and pay them $5 a month (more if you have more than X particular files you want to distribute). Then you configure your Paypal account to send them the IPN information (takes about 3 seconds). Every time someone presses your Pay You Money button they get redirected to a download link afterwards. If they were to hypothetically mail that download link to a friend the friend would find it doesn't work for them. The MP3 itself is not drmed,

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