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Your music website needs Instagram!

January 23, 2015{ No Comments }

Instagram for musicians (and its dirty secrets)Want to display your Instagram pics in your HostBaby photo gallery?

Do you want your fans to be able to follow you on Instagram without leaving your website?

We’ve made it super easy.

Click HERE to read the simple instructions and start displaying your filtered photo masterpieces on your website today.

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Does anyone actually discover music on Twitter?

January 21, 2015{ 8 Comments }

How NOT to Promote Your Music on TwitterHip hop blogger Mike Trampe wrote an interesting article you might want to check out about online music promotion called “5 Things Rappers Shouldn’t Be Doing on Social Media.”

It’s all good stuff, but the part that really made me think was this:

STOP sending your music links to people on on twitter (unless they asked), especially celebrities and industry vets. I get shown new music all the time from friends, family and industry colleagues. You know the first question I ask them? “How did you find out about the artist.” And not ONE TIME have they said from being “sent” a music link on twitter. People in general, but especially busy industry people do not have the time to listen to all the music being sent to them via twitter mentions. So why waste the time to send your music to a bunch of random people hoping they click it? That’s not promoting, marketing or social media. That’s one word. SPAMMING. Stop being lazy, do your research and learn how to market your music properly. Google is free, libraries are free, knowledge is free. Educate yourselves or get left behind.

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What makes a great CD Baby music product page?

January 20, 2015{ No Comments }

How to optimize your music page on CD BabySomeone has landed on the CD Baby page for your album or single. You’re close to making a sale.

Your potential fan has either found your music by:

* browsing on cdbaby.com.

* searching for you online.

* linking from a website, email newsletter, or social.

Now it’s time to “close the deal.” (That really is an awful saying, isn’t it? But you get the point.)

How to optimize your CD Baby album or single page to make the best impression

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CD Baby will handle new VAT changes for EU artists

January 19, 2015{ No Comments }

VAT changes will not affect CD Baby artistsHave recent changes to EU tax law got you down? Don’t worry, CD Baby is handling it for you!

Many of our European artists have worried about how a new law in the EU concerning VAT (value-added tax) will affect them.

The short answer (at least in terms of your sales on CD Baby) is: not at all!

We will be collecting and remitting the VAT for the sale of all downloads on cdbaby.com (FLAC, MP3, etc.) on behalf of our artists and label clients in the 28 EU countries.

If you live in the EU, the VAT will be paid by your customer and will not affect what you make on sales of downloads from CD Baby. This will save you from having to worry about reporting and remitting the VAT yourself. Read more »

What do teens really think about the big social networks?

January 14, 2015{ 4 Comments }

What do teens think about the big social networks?How are teens using the big social platforms when it comes to building relationships, sharing media, and discovering music?

Well, maybe a better question to ask yourself first is: do you care?

If your fanbase is comprised mostly of motorcycle-loving retirees, then what a 19-yr-old has to say about Vine will not have much effect on your music career.  Go where your fans are!

But if your music does appeal to teens, it’s important to understand how your fans are communicating online, and how each network helps them shape and showcase their own identities.

Heck, even if you attract an older audience you might be interested in what teenagers think about various social networks since it’ll inevitably shape how we ALL use the Internet in years to come.

If you’re curious, check out this article from Andrew Watts — an actual, ya know, teen.. who’s “extremely interested in social media’s role in our society as well as how it is currently evolving.”

The real scoop on how teens use Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr, G+, Vine, YouTube, and more

Watts goes into detail about how each network functions, the habits of its users, and why those features make it a relevant or forgettable online tool. Check out his article for the full picture, but here are some interesting quotes about the more widely known platforms:

Facebook — “It’s dead to us. Facebook is something we all got in middle school because it was cool but now is seen as an awkward family dinner party we can’t really leave.” Read more »

7 things you can do with CD Baby’s Music Player that you can’t do with a Bandcamp player

January 14, 2015{ 1 Comment }

Music players compared: CD Baby and Bandcamp

Showcase and sell your music on any website

Let me get this out of the way upfront: I think Bandcamp is great. I’ve put all my albums up there and I love their service. I’ve even used their player to share individual songs on my blog.

But over the past couple years we’ve heard from a lot of artists who want to be able to do more with their music players, all in one place, all with one tool.

We listened to what they wanted, and then we built our new CD Baby Music Player (available for FREE)!

With CD Baby’s Music Player, you can…

1. Create and save an unlimited number of customizable, mobile-friendly music players to embed on any website and share online. Read more »

Flying with a musical instrument just got easier

January 13, 2015{ 1 Comment }

Flying with your guitarOur free “Tips for Flying with Your Guitar” guide gives practical advice on how to travel safely with your instrument. In it we talk about some legislation that simplified and standardized the rules allowing musicians to take their instruments on board an airline as carry-on luggage, so long as they meet certain criteria.

According to this post on Hypebot, The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a new rule on that legislation, making it official and final across the country:

The rule states musicians must store smaller instruments in an approved location either overhead or under the seat, but that even oddly shaped instruments such as a violin or guitar will be recognized as approved carry-ons and will be allotted space on a first come, first serve basis. 

 U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says, “This final rule implements the statute, and it will go a long way towards keeping instruments safe when they fly – from allowing them in the cabin if there’s space for safe stowage, to letting passengers buy a seat for certain large instruments.”

The Department of Transportation has created a webpage giving tips on how to keep your instrument safe during air travel, including:

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Using your Music Player stats to build your fanbase

January 9, 2015{ 1 Comment }

CD Baby Music Player statsIf you’ve already been using CD Baby’s Music Player then you know what sets it apart:

* You can save unlimited custom players, embeddable by you AND your fans on any website.

* Create playlists featuring any and all of the music in your CD Baby account (including playlists that feature multiple artists, albums, and singles).

* Multiple size and styles to choose from, including a full Music Store option for your website.

* Your choice of full-song streaming or 30 second clips.

* CD and vinyl fulfillment, as well as CD-quality downloads.

* You can edit players and playlists on the fly without having to cut and paste code every time you make a change.

Now you can get even more out of your CD Baby Music Players by checking out the stats in your CD Baby members account

Who’s sharing your music? How many people are listening? What are their favorite tracks? These are just a few of the questions you can answer by looking at your Music Player stats.

Here’s how…

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20 kinds of band photos you can share with your fans

January 6, 2015{ No Comments }

14 kinds of band photos you can share with your fans

Keep your listeners interested in your music with… pictures!

HostBaby just created an easy way for you to display your Instagram pics on your band website’s photo gallery.

[For more details, check out “How to display your Instagram photos on your website.]

This got me wondering about all the different kinds of photos bands are sharing with their fans (on Instagram, and elsewhere).

Pictures are super important online (which I’m sure is no big revelation to you). They convey a ton of information and feeling in a tiny amount of time. So they’re one of the best tools you have for getting people interested in your world (and your music), and probably THE best tool besides the music itself for KEEPING fans interested.

When someone loves your music, they want to get a glimpse into many different aspects of your creative life. So give it to them.

Here are just some of the many kind of pictures you can share with your fans:

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The 5 essential components of a home recording studio

January 5, 2015{ 21 Comments }

Microphone Technique for VocalsThe bare minimum amount of gear you need to create great digital recordings at home

If you’ve read my post about New Year’s Resolutions, you know I’ve been spending some time putting my home recording studio back together after a long break.

Some of it came back to me like riding a bike. Some of it (like Pro Tools) did not! Which brought me, of course, to YouTube, searching for online tutorials — where I found a video that appealed to me for completely different reasons…

Part of the beauty of recording in a small home “studio” (mine is basically just a bedroom filled with gear) is that you can use limitations to your advantage. So I’ve been obsessing lately over the basics, wanting to break my gear, my signal path, and my creative process down to something that allowed for quick tracking and decision making. Read more »