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CDBaby was started in 1997 by Derek Sivers, a musician just like yourself who just wanted an efficient way to sell his music on the web. Today, just a few years later, CDBaby is the 2nd largest seller of independent CDs on the Internet, 2nd only to Amazon.com! Boasting nearly 190,000 artists, CD Baby is the best organized, most talked about hosting solution for musicians who want to sell their music on the Internet. According to the latest posted stats (as of this writing), CDBaby has sold nearly 3.5 million CDs online to customers and paid out over $50 million dollars  to independent musicians! That alone should be motivation enough for you to sign up. There is a one-time, $35 setup fee (per CD) to join the service, however, from that fee CDBaby creates an elegant web page for you that has everything you need. You donít even have to upload your MP3 files to make your music available for streaming. CDBaby will do it all for you - just send them your CDs, and they'll take care of everything else. Once you start selling CDs, CDBaby takes just $4 from each CD sold via their web site. You keep the rest. CDBaby also keeps your CDs in its warehouse, so they handle all the shipping details, and when your stock gets low, CDBaby contacts you to request more. In additional to all this, CDBaby is your connection to digital music distribution. If you spend any time on the Internet at all, you canít help but be familiar with the iTunes Music Store as well as Listen.comís Rhapsody service. Once youíre a member of CDBaby you can elect to make your music available to these services, as well as eMusic, AOL's MusicNet, MusicMatch, the new Napster and dozens more. CDBaby will take your CD, digitally encodes it, and submit it to these services for no additional setup fee. They take just 9% off the top of any incoming income from any digitial distribution sales you make. I really have to congratulate Derek Sivers and the whole CDBaby staff. They've done a simply wonderful job, and are representing independent musicians so very well. This is one baby you donít want to throw out with the bath water. Updated 07/19/2007. Sign up for CD Baby now.


The Podsafe Music Network
Podcasting is all the rage on the Internet right now and one of the many challenges facing podcasters today (and there are millions of them) is finding royalty-free music to use in their programs. Enter the Podsafe Music Network (PMN). Podcasters can go to this web site to find music to use in their programs that is guaranteed to be free of licensing restrictions. Hereís where you enter the picture Ė if you sign up for the PMN, you can make your music available to thousands of podcasters all in one place. While this means you are giving your music away for free use, the exposure potential is very good. If you have already been offering fans and visitors to your web site a few free music downloads to hook them on your music, you might as well make those available for use here as well. Added 3/31/2006.

Stretch the Skies
STS distribution is non-exclusive, and once you sign up, your music will instantly be available in several online stores. You can also create buy button links on your web site to let STS handle your credit card processing for you. You can use this same technology to sell your CDs from third party sites such as MySpace.com or from your emails. If you have a barcode for your product, all sales are automatically reported to Nielsen SoundScan. Finally, you can use this same buy button system to sell merchandise like t-shirts and hats! Submission to iTunes via STS is available as well. If your music does well via online sales, STS distribution increases to conventional store placement through FYE, Coconuts, Strawberries, Wherehouse Music, and others. Updated 03/06/2006.


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