Here are three tools that can help encourage fan engagement, manage your music online and help you easily promote your band on Facebook. In no particular order of preference:
BandCamp is one of the best do-it-yourself solutions for selling your music online – either download or physical (you need to manage the shipping). One of the best features of Bandcamp is that you initially upload .wav files when setting up your shop page and then Bandcamp will provide options for your fans to download from 128KB / 320KB MP3, to FLAC, to Apple Lossless and many more. They also provide effective widgets for viral promotion, real-time statistics, email collection, name-your-price (or give away for free in exchange for email address). The best part of all is the fact that it free. You maintain the rights to everything you upload and can host it wherever you like.
SoundCloud is a very useful platform to allow sharing of your music files without having to send your files every time. In essence SoundCloud makes things easier by streamlining the process involved with sharing music files. You can now forget about uploading your source file via FTP and then sending out complicated instructions on how to download, or worry about clogging up everyone’ inboxes with large music files. Sound cloud is perfectly legal to use has been designed to make the way the music industry shares files quicker and more efficient. Rather than having to send numerous emails to different people, a single file can be uploaded and shared by many people. Soundcloud have both free and paid for accounts if you require more bandwidth and features.
RootMusic Facebook app adds its own interface to your Fan Page for displaying band info, tour dates and photos without putting a stop to the music (a feature that puts the program ahead of MySpace, which only allows one to listen to music while on the playlist page). You can share the photos and videos that are already present on your fan page without uploading new ones. Also you can sync up your Soundcloud tracks, Twitter & RSS feeds and more. Rootmusic offer both free and paid for options if you need that extra customisation.
We are also taking a look under the hood of Tunited and will write up a review very soon. In the meantime we would like to know if there are there other tools that you can recommend? Leave a comment, sharing is good.Tweet