Adding physical versions of your albums allows fans to hold their very own copy of your CD or vinyl in hand. With the Pro and Standard plan, you’ll be able to sell and send physical copies of your albums directly to your fans’ doors.

This help article includes the following:

  • How to create a new ‘Album’ using the ‘Store’ feature
    • Creating a new album
    • Creating a physical album
  • How to associate a physical format with a digital album
  • How to change your physical album details
  • How to delete a physical album
  • Reporting physical album sales to SoundScan
  • How to edit your CDs and Vinyl through your ‘Selling Tools’ control panel

How to create a new ‘Album’ using the ‘Store’ feature

Before you create a physical CD or vinyl version of your album, you can use the ‘Store’ feature to set the album details. This is useful if you aren’t creating a digital version of your album. If you are creating a digital and physical version of your album, skip to the next section. To start creating your physical CD or vinyl album, follow these steps:

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page on which you’ll be working
  2. Click ‘Add feature’
  3. Select the ‘Store’ feature and use the placement arrows to set the feature’s location
  4. Click ‘Add Product’
  5. Next to ‘Type’, select the product type from the dropdown options, either CD or vinyl
  6. You can choose from the following options:
    • Pick an existing album from the dropdown: If you’ve already created a digital version of your ‘Album’ using the ‘Music’ feature, you can inherit the ‘Album’ details by choosing it from the dropdown. Skip to the next section if you are choosing this option
    • Create a new album: Create a standalone physical album

Creating a new album

If you create a new album, complete the following details:

  • Description:
    • Album name
    • Artist: this will default to your ‘Site profile’ name. You can adjust the artist name for the album without affecting your ‘Site profile’ name
    • Release year: choose your release year from the dropdown
  • Images: Upload your main album image and other images for your album. A mini photo gallery will be created if you upload multiple images.
  • Description: Add any details or notes about your physical album here.
  • UPC code: Add the UPC Code for the physical album. Check out this Help article to learn more about UPC codes.
  • Purchase type:
    • Free: Allows fans to purchase your physical album for free. Shipping will still be applied on checkout, if applicable
    • Paid - fixed price: Set a purchase price for the product
    • Paid - fans set price: Allow your fans to set the price they want to pay for the physical product. A minimum amount can be set here.
  • Subscriber sale options:
    • No: No sale price for subscribers
    • Yes: Set a subscriber purchase price type and choose the lowest ‘Subscriber tier amount’ to determine which subscribers can access the sale price
  • Allow download/sale:
    • No: Your album will not be available for download/sale from your website
    • Yes: Your album will be available for download/sale under the condition of your ‘Purchase Type’
    • Accept pre-orders: Allow fans to purchase your album in advance. Your album will be sent on the release date. Learn more about Music and merch pre-orders
  • Purchase type:
    • Free
    • Free - require email address: Allows fans to download your album for free, in exchange for their email address, which will be added to your ‘Mailing List’ members
    • Free - require member login: Allows fans to download your album if they login or register as your site member
    • Paid - fixed price: Set a purchase price for the album
      • Optional: Select ‘Is on sale’ to set a sale price or a discount percentage.
    • Paid - fans set price: Allow your fans to set the price they want to pay for the album. A minimum amount can be set here.
  • Subscriber pricing: Use the toggle to apply ‘Subscriber pricing’
    • Lowest applicable tier: Select the lowest tier the special pricing is available to.
    • Subscriber purchase type: Choose from the following
      • Free
      • Paid - fixed price: You set a purchase price for the album
      • Paid - fans set price: Allow your fans to set the price they want to pay for the album. A minimum amount can be set here
  • Linking and sharing: Use the toggle to ‘Allow direct linking’ in this section. This option will create a unique page and url for your album
  • Bonus files: Click ‘Upload files’ to upload liner notes, a lyrics booklet, sheet music, additional album images, etc., ‘Bonus files’ will be included in the emailed ‘Album’ zip contents. You can upload multiple files here.

Click ‘Save album’

Creating a physical album

Once you’ve created your top level album details, you can add the physical product. To create a physical CD or vinyl product, add your product details.

  • Product name: Your item will automatically appear as ‘Album Name - CD’ or ‘Album Name - Vinyl’ unless you adjust this field. In the grey text below, you’ll see how your product name will appear.
  • Description (optional): Add any details or notes about your physical album here.
  • Images: Upload your main album image and other images for your album. A mini photo gallery will be created if you upload multiple images.
  • UPC code: Add the UPC Code for the physical album. Check out our Help article to learn more about UPC codes.
  • Status:
    • Available: Sets your item available for purchase
    • Not available: Displays your item on your page, but it is not available for purchase
    • Hidden: Does not display the item on your page
  • Purchase type:
    • Free: Allows fans to purchase your physical album for free. Shipping will still be applied on checkout.
    • Paid - fixed price: You set a purchase price for the product.
    • Paid - fans set price: You allow your fans to set the price they want to pay for the physical product. A minimum amount can be set here.
  • Price: Set the price for your product
  • Subscriber pricing: toggle on to apply special pricing for subscribers
    • No: No sale price for subscribers
    • Yes: Set a subscriber purchase price type and choose the lowest ‘Subscriber tier amount’ for which subscribers can purchase for the sale price
  • Taxjar category: To be used if you are connected to Taxjar.
  • Linking and sharing: Use the toggle to ‘Allow direct linking’ in this section. This option will create a unique page and url for your album
  • Free download: Use the toggle to attach a free digital download of an album, a track, or single
  • Inventory (Pro only):
    • No: Does not track inventory
    • Yes: Set the number of items available in stock. If your stock goes to 0, the album will be set to ‘Not available’ on your site.
  • Shipping:
    • Don’t charge shipping
    • Custom shipping price: Set a charge for the first item, additional items, and an international shipping surcharge
  • Weight: You can specify the item's weight in ounces here; this will help calculate shipping charges if you have connected to EasyPost. You can learn more about shipping merch here: Shipping Merch
  • Handling surcharge: This is an optional fee to cover any additional shipping costs like materials and packaging. It can also be used to add shipping charges to non standard items that are light but sizable where charging for shipping by weight doesn't work. Once you’ve added your CD or vinyl details, click ‘Save product’

How to associate a physical format with a digital album

Once you have added a digital ‘Album’ to your site, using the ‘Album’ feature, you can associate a physical CD or Vinyl with it easily. Follow these steps to get started.

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ control panel, click on the page where you’ve placed the music ‘Album’ feature
  2. Click directly on the ‘Album’ feature
  3. To the right of your ‘Album’ description, click ‘Add CD or vinyl’ in the ‘Formats’ section
    • Your digital ‘Album’ will be automatically associated with the physical CD or vinyl and will be included as a download with purchase. Your physical item will inherit details from your ‘Album.’
  4. On the next screen, click 'Add Product'
  5. In the 'Type' dropdown, click on either CD or Vinyl
  6. You can now complete the following details:
    • Product name: Your item will automatically appear as ‘Album Name - CD’ or ‘Album Name - Vinyl’ unless you adjust this field. In the grey text below, you’ll see how your product name will appear.
    • Purchase type:
      • Free: Allows fans to purchase your physical album for free. Shipping will still be applied on checkout.
      • Paid - fixed price: Set a purchase price for the product.
      • Paid - fans set price: Allow your fans to set the price they want to pay for the physical product. A minimum amount can be set here.
    • Subscriber sale options:
      • No: No sale price for subscribers
      • Yes: Set a subscriber purchase price type and choose the lowest ‘Subscriber tier amount’ to determine which subscribers can access the sale price
    • Description: Add any details or notes about your physical album here.
    • Images: Upload your main album image and other images for your album. A mini photo gallery will be created if you upload multiple images.
    • Status:
      • Available: Sets your item available for purchase
      • Not available: Displays your item on your page, but it is not available for purchase
      • Hidden: Does not display the item on your page
    • UPC code: Add the UPC Code for the physical album. Check out our Help article to learn more about UPC codes.
    • Download: Your digital album will be automatically associated and will be included as a digital download if the album is set to allow download/sale
    • Track inventory:
      • No: Does not track inventory
      • Yes: Set the number of items available in stock. If your stock goes to 0, the album will be set to ‘Not available’ on your site.
    • Attach a free download: If desired, choose an additional music file to include with the album download
    • Shipping:
      • Don’t charge shipping
      • Custom shipping price: Set a charge for the first item, additional items, and an international shipping surcharge
      • Use my EasyPost shipping
    • Weight: You can specify the item's weight in ounces here; this will help calculate shipping charges if you have connected to EasyPost. You can learn more about shipping merch here: Shipping Merch
    • Handling surcharge: This is an optional fee to cover any additional shipping costs like materials and packaging. It can also be used to add shipping charges to non standard items that are light but sizable where charging for shipping by weight doesn't work.
    • Tariff code: Tariff harmonization code associated with whatever product you are shipping. You can search for them on hts.usitc.gov. You only need this if you are using Easypost to make international shipments.
    • Taxjar category: To be used if you are connected to Taxjar.
    • Allow direct linking:
      • Yes: Creates a unique page for your album, with a unique url
      • No: No unique link for your album, but it can be seen on the page you place it onto.
  7. Click 'Save'

How to change your physical album details

If details about your album change such as a UPC code, or liner notes, you can update your album details by following these steps:

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page your physical album is on
  2. Click on the ‘Store’ or ‘Album’ feature displaying your item
    • If nestled in a digital album, click on the product name in the ‘Formats’ area
    • If in a ‘Store feature’, click directly on the album to edit
  3. Make changes to your item
  4. Click ‘Save’

How to delete a physical album

To delete your physical album, or remove it completely from your website, follow these steps:

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page your physical album is on
  2. Click on the ‘Store’ or ‘Album’ feature displaying your item

Deleting a CD or vinyl in a ‘Store’ feature

  1. Click on the ‘Store’ feature containing your CD or vinyl
  2. Click on the … icon under ‘Actions’ next to your CD or vinyl listing
  3. Click on the following actions accordingly:
    • Remove: removes the CD or vinyl from the page ‘Store’ feature. You will be able to use the CD or vinyl elsewhere on your site. If direct linking is enabled, the direct link for the CD or vinyl will still be accessible
    • Delete: permanently deletes the CD or vinyl. Click ‘Delete’ to confirm deletion

Deleting a format within an ‘Album’ feature

  1. Click on the ‘Album’ feature with your CD or vinyl
  2. Under ‘Formats,’ click on the ‘x’ icon next to the format
  3. Click ‘Delete’ to permanently delete the CD or vinyl format associated with the digital album

Note: Deleting a format within the ‘Album’ feature will permanently delete the product. This will delete the item from any other selling tool as well.

Reporting physical album sales to SoundScan

In your CD or Vinyl settings you’ll be able to add unique UPC codes to report your album sales to SoundScan. To learn more about UPC codes, please view our article on reporting sales to SoundScan.

How to edit your CDs and Vinyl through your ‘Selling Tools’ control panel

You can access your store features through your ‘Selling Tools’ control panel. To learn more, read our Bandzoogle Selling Tools Help article.