Behold! An exhaustive list of Bandcamp's features and benefits, each one relentlessly building upon its antecedent to drive you towards the inescapable conclusion that you must sign up for a free account now!
First, the free stuff:
So Easy Even Your Drummer Could...Well, Perhaps Not That Easy
But still, pretty easy. Bandcamp provides a professional, free home on the web for your music. It's straightforward to set up, you get your own bandcamp.com address, unlimited storage, and...
A Cornucopia of Formats
A 128k mp3 may be fine for the posers, but hardcore fans (many of whom are willing to pay a premium to get what they want) demand your tunes at higher quality, and in formats like FLAC, Apple Lossless, AAC and Ogg Vorbis. We say more power to 'em, but we also think it's crazy to expect an artist to create and maintain all those choices. So on Bandcamp, you upload a single, lossless audio file (such as a .wav), and we convert it to every conceivable format your fans could possibly desire. more info
Bandcamp gives you the flexibility to distribute your music for free, charge a set price for it, or let fans name their own price, with the minimum chosen by you. It's entirely in your hands (as it of course should be).
Bandcamp's rich, up-to-the-instant stats system reveals who's linking to you, where your music is embedded, which tracks are most and least popular, what's being downloaded and when, which search engine terms are sending traffic your way, and what you ate for breakfast on January 4th, 1993 (Special K with banana). Use the data for the pure, ego-stroking thrill of it all, or to jump in the conversation and stoke the fires of your fandom. more info
Search Engine Optimized
When fans Google your track names or lyrics, they should find you, not lyriczzzbay.com or iMyFace. Why should some other site get first crack at engaging, and ultimately, profiting from, your fans? We hook you up right, going above and beyond to optimize your presence on Bandcamp for search engine discovery.
Bandcamp gives your fans easy tools to share your music with their friends via blogs, social networks, or even just good old-fashioned email. We provide a variety of sharp-looking, customizable embedded music players, all specifically designed to drive traffic back to you, and boost your page rank. more info
Bandcamp sites work and look great on mobile. Everything is optimized for the smaller screen and touch interface, so your albums look amazing, fans can browse your merch with ease, and the checkout flow is fast and intuitive. more info
Sell Physical and Digital, Side-by-Side
You can sell both your physical merchandise and your digital music from Bandcamp, and better yet, you can sell them together. So, for example, you can easily create a vinyl, poster and download package, give your fans the digital files immediately, and then ship out their merchandise. more info
Sell within Facebook
The Bandcamp Facebook app puts all the functionality and content of your Bandcamp site into a tab within Facebook. It's a snap to install and looks oh-so-smooth. more info
Fulfillment Partner Integration
We provide a simple table where you or your fulfillment partner can see all your merch orders at a glance, mark orders as shipped, search for orders, filter orders by date and shipped status, or generate reports. more info
Discount codes let you offer fans discounts on their purchases. You generate codes, distribute them however you like (email, Twitter, word-of-mouth), and then fans enter the code during checkout to apply the discount. more info
Bonus Download Items
Upload PDF liner note booklets, videos, alternate art... pretty much whatever goodies you like, and we'll include them in the downloaded album's zip file.
Customize your site's header, background image, colors...it's an agreeable balance of the powers to be unique, and the constraints to not induce epileptic fits in your audience.
Sell in (Just About) Any Currency
Price your goods in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Canadian Dollars, Euros, Australian Dollars, Israeli New Sheqels or any of 12 other currencies.
Reporting to SoundScan
We submit US, Canadian and international sales reports to SoundScan each and every week, so go ahead and set your sights on the Billboard charts. American Idol, Season 8: The Album, watch out! more info
Dead Simple Pre-orders
Setting up pre-orders on Bandcamp is a breeze. You can give fans one or more tracks immediately when they pre-order, and then when you release the record, we’ll automatically email those fans a link to download the full album and we’ll report your pre-sales to SoundScan. more info
Creative Commons Integration
Big C copyright © strike you as too restrictive? Want to encourage your fans to share your music far and wide? Bandcamp integrates with Creative Commons to provide an array of license options that many find better capture the freedoms they want their work to carry. more info
If fans go to your site, download your album, and end up with files with no cover art and track names like "master3(final).mp3", they will wing their old CDs (jewel case, not Digipak) at your singer's head at your next show. Given that it's likely a large target, you'll be glad to know that we help you avert this potential disaster by syncing all your tracks' metadata with your art and information on Bandcamp. Translation: if your stuff looks right on Bandcamp, it'll look right when fans download it and play it back in iTunes.
Build Your Mailing List
If you choose to make a track or album available as a free download from Bandcamp, you may, at your option, request that fans join your mailing list in exchange for the download. more info
In case it's not obvious by now, we're real live people, who take great pleasure in improving our service in response to your feedback. So please, get in touch, confident in the knowledge that our reply will never start with, "Hi, my name is Tim, and thank you for the opportunity to provide you with exceptional service today," followed by a cut and paste response to a question you never asked.
Download codes are unique codes good for a download of a track or album. Generate them for any of your tunes on Bandcamp, then send them out via email or print them up and bundle them with your merch! Every account comes with 200 codes to try out. You can either buy more for a small fee (from 1.5¢ to 3¢ each, depending on quantity), or earn more by selling (we add 1000 codes for every $500 USD in sales).
Every Bandcamp account comes with 200 downloads per month of tracks or albums that you're giving away (meaning you’ve set them to free, or let-fan-name-price with no minimum and the fan enters zero). Once each month, we look at your download credits, and if you have less than 200 remaining, we bump you back up to 200. If that won't cut it (because you're planning a big free download campaign, for example), you can either buy more (they're 1.5¢ to 3¢ each, depending on quantity), or earn more by selling (we add 1,000 credits for every $500 USD in sales).
Our premium subscription service includes batch upload, Google Analytics integration, private streaming and more. Get all the details here.
Whew. Well that about covers it, but there's more coming all the time, so please watch our blog, Like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for the latest updates. And if you still have questions, be sure to check out the screencast, peruse our help and FAQ sections, or just sign up for a free account and start playing!