When it comes to putting a price tag on digital music, there are a few options. Some musicians want to set the price that fans pay for music, while others simply want to offer their music for free.
A newer approach is to let fans set their own price, allowing them to pay as much or as little as they want for the music, including taking it for free. You can also set a minimum price, and let your fans “tip” you by paying more than that minimum. Many fans end up paying more, simply because they want to support the artist.
Regardless what your strategy is, the good news is that all options are possible using Bandzoogle’s music players. Bandzoogle member Sam Rae, besides having an awesome looking website, uses the pay-what-you-want model using our music players: www.samraemusic.com/music
When you click to download her latest album or the individual songs, you’re given the option to choose a price, in this case starting at 0$
Some people might very well take the music for free (think starving students, or new fans that just discovered the artist), in which case you give them the option to join your mailing list.
But there are definitely some fans that are willing to pay, so why not let them? If a fan is really excited about your music, they might even give you much more than the standard $1/song.
You can also experiment and set your older releases to be “fans set price”, while your latest and greatest album is at full price. Every little bit of income for musicians counts these days, so why not give fans the option to give you money for your music? That’s the philosophy Sam Rae is going by, and in using our music players, she’s also keeping 100% of her sales.
Nicely done Sam!
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