Bandcamp, Downloads, Streaming, and the Inescapably Bright Future

In light of a recent report that Apple will soon abandon music downloads (later denied, but undoubtedly containing a certain amount of inevitability), we thought we’d take a moment to update you on the state of Bandcamp’s business and our plans for the future.

Bandcamp grew by 35% last year. Fans pay artists $4.3 million dollars every month using the site, and they buy about 25,000 records a day, which works out to about one every 4 seconds (you can see a real-time feed of those purchases on our desktop home page). Nearly 6 million fans have bought music through Bandcamp (half of whom are younger than 30), and hundreds of thousands of artists have sold music on Bandcamp. Digital album sales on Bandcamp grew 14% in 2015 while dropping 3% industry-wide, track sales grew 11% while dropping 13% industry-wide, vinyl was up 40%, cassettes 49%… even CD sales grew 10% (down 11% industry-wide). Most importantly of all, Bandcamp has been profitable (in the now-quaint revenues-exceed-expenses sense) since 2012.

Subscription-based music streaming,* on the other hand, has yet to prove itself to be a viable model, even after hundreds of millions of investment dollars raised and spent. For our part, we are committed to offering an alternative that we know works. As long as there are fans who care about the welfare of their favorite artists and want to help them keep making music, we will continue to provide that direct connection. And as long as there are fans who want to own, not rent, their music, that is a service we will continue to provide, and that is a model whose benefits we will continue to champion. We have been here since 2008 and we mean to be here in 2028. Thank you!

*Bandcamp is not a download store, and we very much embrace the convenience of streaming. When you buy music on Bandcamp, whether that’s in digital or physical form (30% of sales on Bandcamp are for vinyl and other merchandise), you not only get the pleasure of knowing you’re supporting the artist in a direct and transparent way, you also get instant, unlimited streaming of that music via our free apps for Android and iOS, as well as an optional, high-quality download. Your purchase is about direct support, ownership and access, whether that access takes the form of a stream, download, or both. So please consider joining us in never using “streaming” as shorthand for “subscription-based music.” The former is an inevitable technological shift, the latter is an unproven business model.

292 Comments

  1. Posted May 19, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Hell yeah.

  2. Merowinger
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Congrats! Well deserved.

  3. Peter Huppertz
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Being an “old hand” (58 now), I should probably be strongly in favour of physical copies, but I’m not.
    First, I don’t buy into the vinyl hype (there is simply no way in which vinyl is going to sound even as good as a decently mastered CD or a high-res download), but more importantly, I think the BandCamp/CDBaby distribution model, with “instant gratification” and the lack of logistics involved with transfering physical CDs, is better for the artist, and (provided that there is a solid backup strategy) also for the consumer.

    I would *hate* to have my music in the cloud, because quite often, I don’t have access to that – I’d prefer to have it on my media center and on my iPod hard disk.

    BandCamp lets me do that. Plus it gives me Instant Gratification: I pay my money, and I immediately get access to what I bought. And since the artist gets a healthy percentage of each sale, my karma gets a decent boost as well.

    I love BandCamp, and I sincerely hope that a model like this is the future for music distribution.

  4. Posted May 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Awesome!!!

  5. Alan Poyer
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Keep killing it! You guys are the best.

  6. Posted May 19, 2016 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Rarely can I agree that much with a business model.

  7. thde
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    You’re doing a great job! There are still too many people who don’t know Bandcamp. But it makes me really happy to see that a site like Bandcamp works.

    We’ve even started selling on Bandcamp because it’s probably the easiest and best place for indipendent artists right now.

  8. Jeffrey Manteiga
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Awesome…I love both streaming from the app and downloading FLAC files to my desktop library. I hope this model never changes! Keep it up, love what you’re doing.

  9. Posted May 19, 2016 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Bandcamp !! Thank you for being there for us independent artist’s. :)

  10. Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    kill ’em

  11. Kent Torok { 2rok }
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    You Guys Are Awesome , Thank You For Everything !!!

  12. Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is definitely the most artist-friendly site around; the ability to upload our releases without publishing them is extremely useful – PLEASE keep that functionality! :)

    I like having the option to provide both downloads and physical merch/CD versions. I don’t currently take advantage of that, but it’s nice to know I can do that in the future. (would be awesome if you had or could partner with a print-on-demand service like Zazzle, etc where we could offer merch from our uploaded designs.

    You guys are on the right track, and it’s encouraging that sales are up. I didn’t know we could see the stats, that’s way cool.

    Thanks for everything you do!

  13. Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    As a DJ on WFKU, and also a bandcamp musician, this is very good to hear about!

  14. Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    You as a company have done sterling work. I just hope to see you guys expand further and further into new places. The world is hiding a lot of amazing music, and you guys can help spread it out!

  15. Posted May 19, 2016 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp es chevere

  16. Posted May 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Keep doing your amazing work, guys. I absolutely love the service you provide :)

  17. VHS GLITCH
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!

  18. jhon
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Congrats folks!!
    this is, undoubtedly, the best site for music lovers and independent artists around the world

  19. Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks for the great service you provide not only to listeners, but to musicians and labels, as well!

  20. Nick
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    You guys are awesome! Love the site, love the app even more. You do a great job running a great business, and I am excited for the future of Bandcamp. Thanks, keep up the good work!

  21. Russ
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is the greatest platform for independent artists. I am glad to be a part of it, without it getting new fans would be difficult.

  22. Posted May 19, 2016 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    hecc yeah

  23. Posted May 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Rad!

  24. Posted May 19, 2016 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    excellent…i love the service….need to use it more… very passionate about the growth and community…

  25. Posted May 19, 2016 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    You are the best!! <3

  26. Lyla
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much! Words can’t express how thankful I am that a service as wonderful as Bandcamp still has the sense to operate in a way that’s transparent.

  27. Posted May 19, 2016 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for being here!

  28. nlbmediapl
    Posted May 20, 2016 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    GO Bandcamp. Keep it simple, be different, let as choose to download or not. Thanks!

  29. Daire Winston
    Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for a great service and keep up the good work. One thing to note when youu say:
    “Nearly 6 million fans have bought music through Bandcamp (half of whom are younger than 30)”. 3 million fans are over 30 which a telling statistic.

  30. Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is tremmense. It covers everything really. I prefer physical copies of tunes but its handy to have the option to stream and download tracks too. Its nice to have a little corner of the internet I can put music on and call it finished.

    (Also, I’m that lazy that I have even downloaded all my own stuff just so its all tagged correctly etc.)

    http://www.riseoftheziggurat.co.uk

  31. Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    Good. But why isn’t Bandcamp offering multiple language options? This is really a drag for non-speaking English countries. Should be available in French, Spanish, German, etc.

  32. Jasmin
    Posted May 20, 2016 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    This is great!!

  33. Posted May 20, 2016 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Gratulations and thank you, Bandcamp!

    We release small independent music compilations since three years here on BC. We worked together with more than 200 artists in these years. The most of them publish their music on BC too. I can confirm: More people buy the music on BC. That is what the musicians say in talks. And even our pay what you want releases have a really good perfomance.

  34. Posted May 20, 2016 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    This is a great service and even greater community on both sides of the house – as an artist (Shameless plug: Necrolytic Goat Converter) and a fan involved with #metalbandcampgiftclub this has been a great way to get exposed to new music while directly supporting those artists. The future is incredibly bright, and Bandcamp is paving the way forward

  35. Posted May 20, 2016 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    and i love you

  36. nicolu
    Posted May 20, 2016 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Did someone already told you that you are the BEST WEBSITE IN THE WORLD ???
    Because if not : “You are the BEST WEBSITE IN THE WORLD”

    Thank you for everything you made and will make !

  37. Posted May 20, 2016 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    This is why we love you : )

  38. Guille
    Posted May 20, 2016 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I love stream the music from the app and downloading FLAC files to my Phone if i dont have internet, keep ths :)

  39. Posted May 20, 2016 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp changed definitely the way of thinking about publishing music. You introduced something new and this is very important for the indie musicians. Go like this and the good music could still alive.

  40. Jonathan
    Posted May 20, 2016 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    I love Bandcamp. I’ve been getting (and discovering) all my music here for years, with the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing I am honoring the artists by paying them directly for their music :)

  41. Posted May 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp: profitable; fair; sexy~

    Whenever I want to buy music, I try my best to exclusively do my purchases (both physical and digital) through Bandcamp. Love your economic model and the many favours this site has done to skint, everyday artists. To the future!

  42. Posted May 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Keeping downloads in addition to streaming (subscription-based or otherwise) is important, because ultimately physical access to the music, best achieved in FLACs-on-a-backed-up-hard-drive form, is essential to actually owning the music – and BC offering DRM-free files is crucial to this (as underlined by the bottommost sentence in this XKCD: https://xkcd.com/488/).

  43. Posted May 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    The internet and investment in something like the arts, should be encouraged in the consumer age. I love the idea of bandcamp as a stream connection device that connects musicians and muses and all else bringing hopefully a true reflection of art and artists, musicians and muses. Thank you bandcamp.

  44. Posted May 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    bandcamp™ has been a good platform for many artists, and I hope it stays that way!

  45. Posted May 20, 2016 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    We always try to have physical copies of music that we purchase. We’ve bought digital music *AND* CDs from you because WE APPROVE AND ENDORSE your business model. Thanks for making a platform available to so many independent and unknown bands.

  46. Posted May 20, 2016 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    you guys have lit a bright light of hope for music in this day and age

  47. Posted May 21, 2016 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    I redirected my old web to the Bandcamp page and I ‘m amazed at the increase in visits and sales. Thanks Bandcamp !

  48. Posted May 21, 2016 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    I love Bandcamp!! <3 Thank you for everything!! :))

  49. V
    Posted May 21, 2016 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    It’s just the love for music. Independent music. And bandcamp makes it easy.

  50. Posted May 21, 2016 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on continuing to show all the traits of the single only place I will purchase music from other than directly from the artists themselves. Keep up the fantastic work.

  51. Posted May 21, 2016 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Band camp….is…ace…..

  52. Posted May 21, 2016 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Super! Thank!

  53. Johnny
    Posted May 21, 2016 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    As an musician and a fan, Bandcamp is by far the best plataform, that respects artists and cherish the fans. Keep doing what you have done, you are the best. Bandcamp is a home, and the only plataform i truly respect! Keep it real!

  54. Posted May 21, 2016 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Thank you Bandcamp. You are the best & I adore you.

  55. Posted May 21, 2016 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    First I would like to say: Thanks Bandcamp for supporting independent artists and offering us a platform to promote and distribute our music.
    Second, also very important to me: I LOVE having downloads. I think selling just streaming and buying just a promise, is getting very little (if not nothing) for your money. Sometimes internet has a bad connection, sometimes the web provider is having a faulty server, sometimes there is a faulty music match algorithm. All of those end up hurting the customer. So, for me, the subscription model is a big “NO NO”.

  56. r0guetrooper
    Posted May 21, 2016 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks Bandcamp! You can’t do DJ mixes with a stream. As a general music customer, I like to own my music. I don’t like to rely on several middle men to provide me with my music ie my ISP and the music “service” itself. Keep up the good work, and I wish you much success for the future!

  57. saiba '98
    Posted May 21, 2016 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    you guys are the best.never forget

  58. Posted May 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    All I have to say about bandcamp is that my label and many many artists could suffer if it disappears. The best network, the best tagging system, the best searchability etc…. We Love You!

  59. alienskinmusic
    Posted May 21, 2016 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    As an artist, Bandcamp is my music retailer of choice.No other service gives me the same level of control as to when and how I release new music directly to fans nor provides the same transparency in payment upon sale. Bandcamp is freedom for the independent musician.

  60. Posted May 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Can I just say, how much we fucking love you guys. <3 You are the best platform!!! May the future always be bright and lead to great things!

  61. Posted May 22, 2016 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    My favourite music discovery platform! Good luck with everything in the future! :)

  62. Posted May 22, 2016 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    great stuff, it’s the best music site. If you made some forum type thing for users i don’t think i’d never log off. ha. I also don’t have an issue with subscription based renting of music either, but they just need your mentality. it needs to work on an indivdual basis. if i payed £10 a month but only listened to mo kolours, then he should get all of that £10 (- companies %).

  63. Posted May 22, 2016 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is revolutionary. It’s my first stop when searching for music. I will always support, and spread the good word. :*

  64. Posted May 22, 2016 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Primitive Radio Gods just switched 5 albums to BC from a subscription service – you guys are great! We are going to release our new album here, and unsubscribe from our old system. Very happy.

  65. Posted May 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Got my vote!

  66. bobjr94
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    BC is great. A band can record a song or album in their garage and have it up the next day, no red tape or middleman interference. And bands who spend lots of money on studio recording can put their albums out in a wide range of formats, including lossless, that you can’t get a amazon, itunes or google music.

    Everyone else wants you to subscribe to music services and pay to listen to music forever, here you can just buy it and keep it.

  67. David
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much, this is so awesome to hear from you!

  68. Posted May 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    As a music promoter, I recommend Bandcamp to all artists that believe in independence. Bandcamp Rules! In fact I wrote about it in a World United Music post at the following link – http://worldunitedmusic.blogspot.ca/2016/05/united-music-mag-10-2016.html

  69. Posted May 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Amazing. I’ve been using Bandcamp for a couple of years to support my own music, and for nearly two years as an app for streaming and purchasing music. I’m extremely happy with what Bandcamp has become, and I am constantly thrilled to see more artists sign up so that I can have my beloved, old-reliable tunes alongside my new favorites and favorites I’ve yet to discover, all in one app. Thanks, fellas!

  70. Christopher
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    The sketchiest part of this business model, is that I agree with everything. Bancamp understands that there are niches in so many genres that people are willing purchase music and physical copies simply out of support. Honest music fandom forever!

  71. Posted May 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations and thank you! Bandcamp has allowed our band to reach people from all over the world and easily sell our music both physically and digitally, your success equals success for all the independent musicians out here in the world, keep up the good work!

  72. Posted May 22, 2016 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Keep up the good work, guys! Thanks for providing a service that makes it simple and easy to discover new music and support artists directly.

  73. Posted May 22, 2016 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Most excellent! :D

  74. Posted May 22, 2016 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I love you bandcamp

  75. Adam
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Well said, top to bottom. Thank you for the update. Please keep doing what you’re doing!

  76. Posted May 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp way of bussiness is the future music busissnes as well. Well done!!! Thank you.

  77. Posted May 22, 2016 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Woop woop! 🙌

  78. Josh
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Great news, well done!

  79. ShawnS
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Beautifully put!!

  80. Posted May 22, 2016 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Love It ! Wish the Best to BandCamp, Thank you for taking our side <3

  81. Posted May 22, 2016 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    That high-quality download is why I have been and will continue to be a Bandcamp customer. I keep a local digital collection with controlled quality and have no interest in streaming.

  82. Posted May 22, 2016 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    The bessssttttts!!!

  83. Brendan
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Yes Please! As long as Bandcamp offers the ability to download music I purchase, as it currently does, I will continue using it.

  84. Posted May 22, 2016 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    BANDCAMP FOR LIFE <3

  85. Jermillionaire
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Nice work team.
    Two thumbs up

  86. Rick Reger
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Bravo! Well said!!

  87. Posted May 22, 2016 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    This literally made me a little choked up :)
    Congrats. Onwards and forwards.

  88. Posted May 22, 2016 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I make 100% inde music. I need pay for create my music in all indie production. Just for love. Thanks for the opportunity to put my music in such a brilhant website. Cheers!

  89. Posted May 22, 2016 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Love you guys!

  90. John Pool
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Bandcamp is the best thing since sliced bread, the whole concept is perfect, I don’t think it needs any improvements. The fact that I can go to a web site, run through hundreds of releases, by searching or by referral from others is amazing. By following “artists” or by following ” purchasers” make it soooo much easier to find new music that “I” like or new suggestions by those said people, I love it. It doesn’t matter where you are, unlike iTunes, there are no boundaries, you could be in China or in the middle of an Australian desert, it’s accessible to all.

    If it wasn’t for Bandcamp, my music collection would not be what it is today, you are a godsend. Keep up the fantastic work, don’t lower your standards.

    John

  91. Posted May 22, 2016 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    YES! Thank you so much for being an amazing music store and free streaming site. I much prefer paying a one-off price to holding a music subscription.

  92. Posted May 22, 2016 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Thank you guys – we love you!

  93. Posted May 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. I truly am scared about the world turning into a place where you can no longer own music, but rather only rent it from a cloud. I am beyond excited that you guys are resisting against that mindset. Makes for a bright future indeed.

  94. godthedj
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Of all the services I’ve used in the last several years – iTunes/Spotify/rdio/Apple Music/Soundcloud yours has been the one I rate highest.

    iTunes has become a total mess, a victim of Apple’s insistence that they know best and usability has gone totally out of the window. Having recently been without an Internet connection for several weeks I’ve realised how limited (and expensive) the ‘streaming’ model is.

    Bandcamp seems to be a rare exception in the age of archaic business models struggling to keep up with the impact of Internet downloads, and praise is due for a forward thinking service that places the artist first.

    Keep it up

  95. Posted May 22, 2016 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    This is just awesome, one more reason I will forever stick with Bandcamp.

  96. Posted May 22, 2016 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    love Bandcamp. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  97. Regina Bechstein
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp has become for me one of my favorite platforms for music. And one great aspect for me is the possibility to download and organize my music the way I want. If other platforms would abandon downloads they would lose me as a customer.
    I also belong to the elder listeners (I am 65 years) and cannot imagine to listen only via Internet or Apps on my smartphone/tablet. I need the quality of my computer with good loudspeakers. An mp3-player is an option if I want to sit on my balcony.
    The question is: what happens (as we experienced sometimes) if there is no Internet for some days? Or you travel to places with no access to the Internet?
    So I think downloads are the only way to get wonderful music to be used in different ways (also burning a CD if I need to).

  98. Bernard Chevalley
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Well done indeed!!!
    I completely agree with your letter and congratulate you both as a fan and an artist:))
    Keep up the good work
    To me this is the best site as far as creative music and artists are concerned
    No watering down and much integrity

  99. Posted May 22, 2016 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Right on! Even if someone offered lossless AIFF or FLAC streaming at a decent price, how am I meant to use my FiiO to stream the music that I have *PAID* for? If I use my phone, who’s paying for the cellular data?! Most importantly, you can’t stream a record. It’s not even the same thing.

  100. Posted May 22, 2016 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! you should invest a vinyl press factory :)

  101. Marzy
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Bandcamp!! I look forward to selling my creative work through you all in the near future.

  102. Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    I love this model that allow us to have some kind of direct connection to artists. Love to listen before buying. Love to have DRM free FLAC downloads. You have understood what people want, you made the link between physical and digital music, without blocking people in some sort of proprietary system. This is compatible with the free software spirit in some way. Thank you and I hope Bandcamp will stay much longer than 2028 !

  103. Francesco
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Love ya’ guys!

  104. David Richford
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is a great web site. It gives the more obscure artists a chance to sale their music and will be more than happy to keep buying music from them into the far future.
    Keep up the good work guys.

  105. drew
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    Long may you run

  106. Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    The best&true service about music online…It respects the artists fully to the maximum level. Go on guys, we follow you!!!

  107. CreeperLava
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    You’re the best website around for buying music : free of DRM is what made me choose you over any other service. Thank you for being awesome.

  108. Solcal
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    You’ve turned me. Goodbye Spotify and subscription-based platforms. Thank you Bandcamp!

  109. Niel
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    awesome!! Love bandcamp!

  110. Posted May 23, 2016 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Excellent news!

  111. Posted May 23, 2016 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    When I read the first line, I got worried. But after reading the complete article, I am glad that Bandcamp has decided to continue its current model, the model that all of us love so much. Bandcamp is indeed the best way for independent artists to sell their music and merchandise. It is the real artist-fan connection in my opinion. Every bandcamp-er would be happy to read this. Thank you so much, Bandcamp! :)

  112. Six6Six
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Bravo! I urge all bands to bring their music to Bandcamp and forsake that other rip off bloated alternative.

  113. Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Love what you’re doing. Long may it last!

  114. Christoph Kölle
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    Thanks guys!

  115. Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Contratulations! :) It is good to be here :)

  116. Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Wonderful! I’m new to using Bandcamp, but already love it like it’s a dear friend. I’m happy the company is doing so well and hope it continues to remain growing. Thank you!

    PS Any job openings?

  117. Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    I’m totally 100% onboard with your business model, I cannot stress how important bandcamp is for small time artists. The ability support bands directly and be able to have easy access in any format to your favourite music is essential! We love you bandcamp!

  118. Tim Farber
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU!!! Music creators have been suffering BIG TIME!!!

  119. Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    GRATZ

  120. Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    Rock on! 🎤

  121. fergus1
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    delighted to watch the success :) full and long term support for music through Bandcamp. Thank You !

  122. Posted May 23, 2016 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Yes! The way it oughta be. Keep being Bandcamp, Bandcamp!

  123. Posted May 23, 2016 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    I’ve been an avid Bandcamper for several years now and have always appreciated that my contributions make a difference to the artists that produce the kind of music that I love to listen to and encourage others to enjoy as well. From the moment I decided to join Bandcamp I’ve felt that it was the biggest step in the right direction since the compact disc was released unto the world. And the number of artists I’ve discovered since joining… too numerous to recount! Thanks for improving so many lives Bandcamp!

  124. Ed Stoy
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp’s model is the future. Now how about a WIndows Phone app?

  125. phil
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    always my favorite place to buy music!

  126. Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    Best wishes. You deserve it.

  127. Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    you guys are the best

  128. Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Got my music on bandcamp for a year or so now and (shame on me!!) didn’t have time, energy and moreover, skills to promote it properly..looking forward to doing so very soon though.. nevertheless I’m convinced this is a very good way to support independent artists and new music in general :)

  129. theofficialsyyn
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    This is indeed great news, even for someone like me that doesn’t sell his music. :)

  130. Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is King. The service is the only service I use when artists make everything here available. I wish you good look and certainly hope you will continue to grow !

  131. BF
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Good for you guys and thank you. I hope you stick to these principles.

  132. Steve
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    I love your site and love what you’re doing. I’m more likely to buy the same album from you than elsewhere (even if the other guy charges a little less). Because of Bandcamp and making music more accessible, I, uh, don’t have to ask my friends in Russia if they can get me a copy anymore. With the music I want being affordable and not price-gouged, I’m much more likely to buy what I listen to.

    Keep it up! You’re doing a great job!

  133. Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    <3<3<3 bandcamp 4ever

  134. Charlie
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Thank you for everything Bandcamp, you’re easily the best at what you do!

  135. Jordan Harrington
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    I love your site and am so grateful for all I’ve discovered though it, and all the support I’ve been able to give the musicians I care about.
    Thank you for all you do and I look forward to many more years of Bandcamp! :)

  136. Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    I hate the whole ‘renting music’ idea of streaming services. I cant afford unlimited internet on my phone (never mind internet blackspots) plus a subscription charge. If I want it I buy it, download it, listen to it when I want regardless of internet connection or whether I can afford to listen to it at points in the future.

  137. Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    That message encourage me to never give up. Thanks

  138. Posted May 23, 2016 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    I’ve become such a huge fan of Bandcamp. It used to serve as a convenient method of streaming music, but at some point for me, it shifted into a community vibe. I absolutely love Bandcamp Weekly and have discovered so much great music through it. Also, the live-streaming of purchased music is a fun way to do digitally what I used to do at CD stores back in the day: check out an album based on its cover art/title/etc.

    There’s so much about the site that you’ve done right, for fans AND for artists, and it’s gotten to the point where if I hear a band I like elsewhere and I find out they don’t have a Bandcamp page, I get a little bummed out, lol. Anyway, Bandcamp deserves the success–especially in a day and age when you’ve got companies like Apple *deleting music off of users’ computers after they upload and catalogue anything they don’t recognize, including personal recordings, etc.*.

    The hard part was getting Bandcamp off the ground: getting musicians on here, getting fans to interact here, getting people to purchase, etc., but now that things have really taken off, I’m ecstatic to see how far this will go. I would love to even work for you guys, lol. It’s a vehicle I believe in, and this blog post of yours is further evidence that you’re in it for the right reasons. Of course you want to make money and be profitable–services like this aren’t cheap–but that feels more like a secondary goal taking a back seat to providing a platform musicians and fans alike will truly enjoy.

    Amazing job, Bandcamp!

  139. john carthew
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Awesome !! I’m a Christian who loves Extreme Metal and I use Band camp a lot to search out many of my favourite bands and buy their music…Band camp is simply Old School For Passionate fans of ALL styles of Music…This is a direct link to Artists and it’s a really great feeling to be able to support and connect DIRECTLY with musicians..Long Live BAND CAMP..Thank you ..Keep on forging ahead!! 😎 \m/.I’m a Strong supporter of this Priceless and Cherished Source of much Awesome Music ..YOU DUDES ROCK !!!! 😛😝😲

  140. xneonix
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Bandcamp, for not jumping on the subscription bandwagon and ruining your amazing product like a certain socially-based “cloud” service has done. Your business model is clearly working and it’s great for your users. I can only hope that more artists catch wind of Bandcamp and start using it over other services that surely are barely lucrative to them.

    PS: If you guys added some light social features (comments/feedback on songs/releases, and ways for artists to upload works-in-progress and yet-to-be-released music and receive feedback to help shape that music), I think Bandcamp would really change the game and take over where another service has long had a hold, but which it is neglecting to improve upon in favor of trying to be like every other streaming service and consequently losing users over.

  141. Posted May 23, 2016 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Like!

  142. Poor yuck
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Wow that’s great!

  143. anthony plowden
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    HI,
    ALL great news,it is great that you folks take care of artists and fans alike,thank you!

  144. Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Thank you Bandcamp! I appreciate being able to actually OWN a copy!

  145. Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    I commend your determination to stick to your model! I will continue to support artists through your platform! Thank you!

  146. Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp 4 lyf.

  147. Ida carusio
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Like what you guys have done n continue to do Not sure I fully understand the current state of technology and how it continues to affect the music industry but keep up the good work, I will offer my support any which way I can. The best to all
    Ida.

  148. Jim Sterling
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Keep up the good work! Bandcamp fills a need for both the consumer of music that would otherwise be hard to find and also for the artist by making the music available to fans who seek it out. And most importantly, it makes it easy to financially support non-commercial musicians so they may continue to make wonderful music.

  149. Posted May 23, 2016 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Awesome… the music industry is experiencing some serious growing pains right now, love Bandcamp’s biz model!

  150. Mike McKenzie
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I love that I can buy vinyl, and get a LOSSLESS download with it, that’s the best thing ever! You’re my favourite music site.

  151. Pavle Gospavić
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    So glad to hear this

  152. Dan
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Fantastic!!! Its my first place to go for music

  153. zoot-jazz
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    I really love the ability to purchase FLAC files. This is an opportunity that has been missed by other music sites in their short-sighted rush to provide inferior mp3s.

    I love BC, and it will always be a major source of purchased music for me. I really love knowing that I am supporting artists directly.

    Keep on keeping on.

  154. Peter LoBue
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    I love this and agree completely. I am totally rooting for Bandcamp to win over Spotify and its competitors in the long run. However, from a user’s perspective right now Spotify seems to be killing it with their discovery (like the personalized “Spotify Weekly”), social features (always know what your friends with the best music taste are listening to), sharing (instantly share/save any playlist you find), the interface to build playlists, the music listening interface overall… I realize some of these things can’t be replicated 1-to-1 with Bandcamp’s model, but they are pretty darn compelling and BC needs to offer more to compete on a massive scale.

    Or maybe not… if the Bandcamp team is happy growing at 35% per year, then just keep up the good work guys!! I just hope they can gain enough leverage over time to shift the entire industry.

  155. Jason arias
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Don’t ever change, bandcamp.

  156. Kaytee
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for your stance. I use streaming but I don’t get the “kids” that live off it. I lived off the radio and waiting for a song to come on and it sucked. And I get you can make playlist and go cherry-picking on streaming but I am lazy and don’t want to do it. Plus I still have PTSD from early versions of itunes wiping out my whole library and having to reload it ALL so I like having a hard copy. But the main thing for me is sometimes a person is on a plane, in a valley or in a dead-zone or the downstairs bathroom of a family member and streaming just isn’t an option.

  157. Garance
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Over the last few years I have purchased a few random albums off of bandcamp without really knowing what the site was about. I just bought albums here if some artist that I follow elsewhere posted a link to their album here.

    In the last few weeks I’ve been reorganizing my music collection, and spent a lot more time figuring out just exactly what was going on with this site that I had downloaded a half-dozen albums from. And the more I check things out here, the happier I am with the way bandcamp works. It was particularly nice that the first few albums I bought, I had downloaded as mp3’s. Here I came back years later (and when I had a *lot* more disk space on my computer), and I could download the same albums as FLAC or AppleLossless. Very nice.

    So I’m certainly happy to hear that business is doing well for bandcamp, and that the artists who use bandcamp continue to get paid directly for each album sold.

  158. Posted May 23, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    It’s actually super easy to get pirated musics, but, I still buy them if I am able to afford, just to support the artists.

    But for why I choose Bandcamp, well, because it’s almost the only region-free music store awailable online, and region-locked music stores are usually blocking China? Plus, Bandcamp provides FLAC and I sometimes can get some extra content from the artist, which really make me feel like actually purchasing an album, rather than subscribing for the right to listen to the music.

  159. Posted May 23, 2016 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is awesome. Please don’t change or sell out!

  160. osz
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! And of course a big thank you to all who provide all the wonderful music and who supports all the artists!

    I’m a person who only buys digital music. I hate streaming because the music is not everywhere available because of lacks in the mobile internet for example and of course you need a lot of data volume which can be expensive and it realy sucks the power out of your battery if you are not at home. This is bullshit. I buy only digital music and download in multiple times on all my devices (and at work). But I would never give the music to someone else.

  161. osz
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Oh there is one additional thing I want to say about the Android App: Sorry girls and guys but it’s only OK, it’s not really good. At least on my phone it’s working very buggy – it crashes often. And I’m really missing a basket. And I’m also missing the offers some bands provide (xx % for the whole discography). It seems for me very incomplete.

  162. Mats From
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I can only add to the praises, BC is great. Maybe the user interface and the artist page could be better( better possibilities to change layout/design) but as a business model it’s great.

  163. Andy Iveson
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Why do I love Bandcamp? 3 reasons: (1) I still like a physical CD – (2) But you also get instant digital downloads – (3) the main reason – as much money as possible goes direct to the bands. I’ve found so many bands over the last 5 years who had to call it a day too soon. I feel like I’m on a bit of a mission to keep these bands going! Only downside? You guys are costing me a small fortune (only joking!) but it’s a fortune I’ll quite happily spend ten times over. Off now to order another album.

  164. Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    love the bc … goes to show that we thrive when culture is valued and those that create the slices of marble cake, semiotically speaking, will be taken care of when those that do no more than eat those slices are sick from eating too much

  165. Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I love you, bandcamp. There, I said it.

  166. Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I’ve long been a fan of Bandcamp and had music here for many years. But I’m also very much a fan of subscription streaming. My (very reasonably priced, new-model) aggregator (kind of rhymes with Frisco Kid [cough]) allows me as a content creating musician to service both the general market (streaming, major online stores) and BandCamp allows a custom, far more ‘personalized’ approach to more directly servicing the needs of fans. Through BC, I can sell specialized content, ‘HD’ audio,’ and provide quick purchase and other access to my latest tracks, in a much more flexible, personalized way that flatters fans.

  167. Posted May 23, 2016 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp should replace Facebook as a way for artists to keep in touch with their fans.

  168. James Book
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Hold out, never sold out.
    Keep up the good work!
    -James
    Ninkasi Studios
    Top Secret Productions

  169. SpiralDreams
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    You guys are the best!

  170. Posted May 23, 2016 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Y’all are awesome, thank you.

  171. Ryan Keith
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    This is exactly what I predicted to happen, & now its blantantly obvious. Bandcamp allows you to download Flac files which is thee closest to studio quality file you can get. Not only are artists able to sell physical copies with digital, but merch as well. Bandcamp is thee perfect music model & site & will be taking over the game since they’ve done it correctly. Cheers to Bandcamp onward to success.

  172. Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    GO BANDCAMP!

  173. Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    You’re the greatest, thanks for all you do for us.

  174. Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Awesome that you send this information! thanks and congrats for the growth you’ve achieved.

  175. Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for supporting independent recording artist.! Michael Manzi for Johnny’s Dream

  176. Pete Srdic
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Well done guys. You deserve every success you get. Don’t change. I look forward to a long a happy relationship.

  177. ludiljudi
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I love this blog post. I love Bandcamp. I’ve been a proud user for a few years now and will remain one even until 2028. I’m so pleased to see you guys digging into your roots with these beliefs, because I whole-heartedly agree with everything you preach. The subscription-based future isn’t my ideal. I love being able to support artists directly while gaining unrestricted access to the body of work I am purchasing. No need to connect to any internet to avoid further fees for using data or any of that mumbo jumbo. To see that you guys share in these sentiments is incredibly fulfilling because with that vision we will boldly venture into the unknown as a community of people who both respect the art and understand that the artists themselves deserve the reward for their tireless efforts.

  178. Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Love you guys, love bandcamp. And my fans love buying my stuff this way. ❤️

  179. Harald Thorsen
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Keep it up, folks! Bandcamp Rocks!

  180. Save the Tunes
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Finally, an influential company that has the intestinal fortitude and ethics to stand up to streaming services. Subscription streaming devalues artistic expression, it’s like turning a record store into a ‘yard sale for music’ store.

    Support your favorite bands by buying their music and attributing actual value to their hard work. Otherwise, a lot of those go-to bands in your library may throw in the towel and work 9 to 5’s.

  181. Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I am happy to read such positive comments about Bandcamp. I signed up a few years ago and really wasn’t that ready to sell music. I had to get out of the old way of thinking about music distribution. I hope to be able to take full advantage of the site and it’s potential for helping me to succeed in this business. thanks for helping so many realize their dreams.

  182. Kyle mayfield
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely love you guys. Keep doin what you are doin. From someone who has several bands on here, from all do us we can’t thank you enough. And of course as consumers too!

  183. Posted May 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    You should make special events like weeks or weekends where you double the fan’s donations to support the artist even more.

  184. Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    hope u guys make a new app and possibly an app for clients!

  185. Raphael
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank _you_!

    For what it’s worth, I have interest in neither subscription-based music services nor streaming. I am very happy storing my music on several devices and being able to listen to it without requiring or polluting the network unnecessarily.

  186. Joy
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I am another one of your over 50 Bandcamp users. I love it and won’t stop being a customer and supporter. All I ask is that you notify all of your account holders of any plans you may have in the future of going public. My husband and I would be happy to buy stock in a company like this and I would encourage our adult children to do the same. We are not high on the stock market, but we do like to support businesses we believe in and that contribute to the world – supporting artist is definitely a good way to do this.

  187. Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to you indie music and artists get to have a career in music and fans get access to a world of music they might never have stumbled upon! It’s a wonderful win/win/win for everyone! Thank you for caring about music and humans! Great job Bandcamp!

  188. Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    As long as I’m always able to download a copy in case something happens to my copy in my music library (and thus my music players), then I’m happy. Keep up the great work, Bandcamp. :)

  189. Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Be right back—going to spend more money on Bandcamp!!

  190. Posted May 23, 2016 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    On behalf of the artists, I say thank you.

  191. Posted May 23, 2016 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is a great resource for underground artists. The “selling right now” feature on the homepage is pretty cool too!

  192. Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is a new world of music. All pre conceptions about genres or how the music should sound are set a side. No fame or glamour, just music and the real people that make it. I wish I had more free time to discover more and more new artists. Thanks! Congrats! Best wishes for the Bandcamp community <3

  193. slidersfury
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    So many bands I never would have know about, gotten to enjoy music from, or help support. Bandcamp is the greatest thing to happen to music since instruments.

    Google Play music and bandcamp work perfectly together. I’m data-conscious so when I see a band has released something on bandcamp, I check Google music and a rather surprising near 80% of the time it’s there. I pin it to my device while on wifi and listen to it at work. Maybe I think it’s just okay and I pass. But more often than not I come back here, even though I already have the album, and pay for it through Bandcamp.

    Then, nearly as often, I go either through bandcamp or wherever else the artist is selling merchandise and buy CDs, t-shirts, hoodies, even vinyls (because some cover art just begs to be displayed as big and as bodly as possible). I never would have bothered with any of this with the model the record companies and major labels were trying to push for so long. They have failed. And to put it plain and simple, Bandcamp is the future and the future is here!

  194. Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I love you bandcamp

  195. ashe
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    whatever you do bandcamp, please (( don’t )) sell.
    this place is perfect how it is.
    good tunes, no clutter, no intrusion.

  196. Sayer
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp seems to be a modern version of the old MP3.com from the late 90s early 2000s. It is a fantastic outlet for the independent artist. I truly hope they don’t mess with a good thing as the years go by.

    I’ve already witnessed one degradation… where they have shortened the window of time that sales/plays effect the statistics. The new version is probably great for genres that are more popular and bigger selling, but it has an adverse effect for the less popular genres that have fewer sales. It really should scale based on the sales potential of a genre.

  197. kylescottw
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    You guys are great and that was a great article, congrats and I wish success on your business.

  198. Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Money for artists instead of the big cellphone corporations? You’re liable to get arrested for that! ;-) Keep on being subversive, Bandcamp.

  199. Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    if you set something up from the start with the right values the Universe will back you up … has so far and I hope will … I have bought and sold here and the simplicity directness and transparency of the setup is PEERLESS as of 2016 ….. may you live to be 10 or 20 years old … but we all know all changes fast these days we do not know what media will be around in 10 years time … in the meantime best of luck you deserve it …

  200. Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Fifty per cent under thirty, hey, Ethan? So was I.

    About 45 years ago.

    Rave on!

  201. Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Lost of Kudo’s for you people :)

  202. Jerry House
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Nuthin’ but kudos y’all. 😎

  203. Andrew Green
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    This is nice to hear that not every music provider wishes to force ones hand when it comes to buying and owning music. This is nice to hear.

  204. Posted May 24, 2016 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    I’m so excited! This is a beautiful aspect that a business is growing and creating wonderful opportunities of giving artist, fans and supporters. The pleasure of buying directly from the Artist.
    Hooray!
    Peace Love and Light

  205. ZikZak
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    I discovered so many great artists thanks to bandcamp.
    There’s no point giving money to mainstream artists and even more money to Apple which is locking down everything with ITunes.

    I’ll continue to purchase my music through Bandcamp and so to support talented artists.

  206. Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    clap, clap, clap!

  207. Adam C
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Got the biggest love for Bandcamp, buy the majority of my music on there, digital and physical. I like to own my music.

  208. Hassna O.
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Keep up The good work!!!

  209. mark
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    keep at it… the best site for musicians and fans – in the world!!

  210. Jo Sampson
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    I love Bandcamp! I came across it by fluke as I wanted to by a new release from an artist I had followed for years. Guess what Bandcamp had it and let me own it. Being able to download the file is crucial for me as I cant get internet or mobile phone coverage in the country so I rely heavily on traditional methods of entertainment; vinyl, cds even usb’s. GO BANDCAMP! With such an continual exhaustive list of artists you cant go wrong. Keep up the great work. I tell everyone I know to get on it. Devoted fan!

  211. Francesc
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    It’s great that a place like Bandcamp exists, but you guys should make sure that when you sell lossless, it really is lossless, because that’s not always the case. I know you can’t really control what artists deliver, but there should be a way to apply some kind of control, because it’s really frustrating to buy an alleged FLAC or WAV album and then get transcoded files instead. Yes, you can contact the band and tell them about it, but it’s really puzzling sometimes to see that they don’t know the difference/don’t care about providing HQ music files (or they simply ignore your message).

    I love to support the bands, but they should be more careful with what they provide, because some previous bad experiences with this issue make me hold back and think twice quite often.

    And if Bandcamp can’t really check every album on the site (which I may understand), how about providing and actual download of say the first 30 seconds of a couple of songs on the album for us HQ music lovers analyze whether those files are really lossless and buy with confidence later?).

  212. steww
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    Last time I bought music anywhere other than Bandcamp was from a band at a gig. A band who’s music I usually buy from Bandcamp. You offer the best service and enable fans to connect with the bands they love. Keep it up.

  213. Andrea
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    It’s all cool and stuff, I like Bandcamp and plan to use it more in the future.

    But this statement doesn’t resonate well with me:

    So please consider joining us in never using “streaming” as shorthand for “subscription-based music.” The former is an inevitable technological shift, the latter is an unproven business model.

    Storage is dirt cheap, music file sizes are not growing, while bandwidth is still at a premium, especially on mobile. The shift towards streaming is not inevitable, it’s being forced to excert a tighter control over content, even when it’s being paid for. Bandcamp is cool because it’s not that guy. Don’t become that guy.

  214. Posted May 24, 2016 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Excellent article. I just wanted to thank you for the good work, I hope you keep it up for many many years!

  215. Bock
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    Thx for beeing awesome and doing this! A ton of high5s and plenty of fist pumps are in order here! :)

  216. FLX
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    Congrats (and keep up the good work)!

  217. mudduck
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Good news and thanks for letting us know. I want to point out that the Fan page was a smart move and I think that goes a long way towards helping promote the artists as it is time consuming process just searching the site. Nice you improved the search as well, away to go yet but progress. I trust there will in time be improved functionality for the fan pages. Well done on being creative and reflecting that aspect of the product you help sell.

  218. Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    YUUUP!!

  219. Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    Brought a little tear to my eye. I love you guys and I hope you keep doing what you’re doing for years!

  220. Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    Glad to hear it.

  221. fred
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Great news! But you probably won’t completely usurp the user market until you add volume sliders to the webplayers ;)

  222. Musician
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Short correction of the above article-text: As a fan you never “own” music. It is the intellectual property of the artist. So whether you buy a CD, a download, or stream via a subscription based-model, either way you “only” get the license to listen to the music (use it). If you really want to “own” music, just produce it yourself. Only to make that clear, since it is misunderstood widely.

  223. Juan
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    This was an amazing read. Great email to send out. I hope everyone takes the time to soak it in. Very informative and I qikl continue to support bandcamp.

  224. Guy Stalnaker
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Peter Huppertz said what I’d say, also as a 58 year old :-) It was a good day when I found Blue Heron on Bandcamp. That lead to dozens more purchases.

    Please don’t change.

  225. Matt
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    I’m not surprised that Bandcamp’s sales have increased while others have dropped. BC offer a variety of formats, including high fidelity file types: FLAC and ALAC. iTunes only offer MP3/4 and it costs more for lesser quality files. BC is my go to market place to buy digital music, support the artists I like and respect, and discover new new artists and musical sounds. Keep doing what you’re doing BC and the fans and artists will continue to appreciate and support what you do.

  226. Ron I
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    I’m here for the long haul if the spirit of the site remains the same. It’s my first stop to buy music.

  227. Jasper
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Very happy to read this, I love your service, especially because you offer lossless, unlike everyone else, I couldn’t be happier with your service.

  228. Posted May 24, 2016 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    bandcamp rules.

  229. Isamar
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    Yes, yes, to all of this. Thank you :)

  230. richheart
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Love Bandcamp but see no reason to oppose a future of hi-res streaming. Making Music on Demand a reality, broadening access and interests

  231. Posted May 24, 2016 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    “…and the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day…” I will even more now continue to support artists on Bandcamp as well as Bandcamp itself. Thank you Bandcamp!!

  232. T'Phantom Peer
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    I hope I’m not a dinosaur – but I like CDs! Over the last year I have bought music almost exclusively from Bandcamp – it’s great to be able to pay the money & download immediately to my own music database – I then write a CD! I like it that many artistes include cover art (and sometimes PDFs of CD booklets!)in their download package which allows me to create CD inserts, and I like it that my money goes to the musicians. Thanks for providing this service and long may you continue and prosper.

  233. Posted May 24, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    You’re the best :-)

  234. Posted May 24, 2016 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Yes!!! I’ve been here for so long and while the music industry and landscape has changed so drastically over the last few years Bandcamp had remained the #1 option for supporting musicians directly. If I could suggest some things however; make the app a bit more streamlined and clean looking… Also, make the service more widely known! It’s a shame some younger people don’t even know what Bandcamp is. Thanks for standing for the individual’s message all these years. A truly amazing music outlet that I have been and will continue using into the future!

  235. Posted May 24, 2016 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Bless ya Bandcamp!

  236. Mark
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp fights for The User. #Godbless

  237. Posted May 24, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Bravi, per ora sono soddisfatto, continuate cosi’-

  238. R. Smith
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Love it! The reason I come to band camp is because I like receiving Hi-Rez downloads as well as vinyl and other merchandise direct from the artist. I’m not the type to buy MP3s or compressed music when I can get a beautifully made high resolution file. I appreciate you guys and hope you get more and more artist (as well as mainstream artists) to come over to Band Camp and enjoy what you guys are doing. Thank you!

  239. Vprolific
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to us all!

  240. John
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is my favorite place to get music and support artists. Glad to hear things are not changing.

  241. Posted May 24, 2016 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    This comes as a huge relief. It’s taken me a long while to embrace a more digital music collection, and I’m only okay with it when I can actually download the music I buy. I never want to leave my music at the mercy of the web, particularly when a higher power could decide one way to yank an album from everyone for some convoluted reason.

  242. Posted May 24, 2016 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Hooray for Bandcamp! But when will you start doing gift cards/certificates? As an artist and consumer I would really love this.

  243. Michaela
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    This is why I love Bandcamp.

  244. Chris
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    You guys are the absolute best for music downloads. Thank you so much!

  245. sam lynn
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Love bandcamp. Tues pm now a personal fav as banbcamp weekly out. Its my new religion. Also converting kids im my school classes. Keep up the great work!

  246. Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I love this! Tried to “like” haha but can’t till if I managed to click the like…anyway HELL THE YES !!!!

  247. Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    You are doing things right. Keep going. I ml

  248. Jessai maya
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp really f**** rules! This is why i only buy music in here. Thank you very very much for doing this.

  249. L. Larkins
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Great job, Bandcamp!

  250. Alex
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Very happy to hear Bandcamp is doing well. Anytime an artist makes their music available on Bandcamp, I always buy it here before anywhere else. Great deal for the artists, easy to use, and provides me with immediate access to the file types I want (320 MP3 for portable+ FLAC for home).

  251. Ximena
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    “As long as there are fans who care about the welfare of their favorite artists and want to help them keep making music, we will continue to provide that direct connection”
    This is the reason why I use bandcamp or the artists pages for purchasing music great work!

  252. Posted May 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Congrats!

  253. Posted May 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    This is really great news, and so nicely told. I love it! Bandcamp rocks!

  254. Matt
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    BandCamp is the reason I have found two of my favorite artist of all time. And it gives me a way to pay them nice and easily! Thank you.

  255. SlugMaggot
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    It makes me so happy to see that Bandcamp is kicking ass. I have a rather large problem with subscription music services, and to see the success of Bandcamp only further justifies my reasoning. Being able to directly pay (and even communicate with) the artist; full ownership of the music that you can keep as a physical copy, or freely download a variety of formats, OR stream from just about any conceivable device; the easy, seamless layout of both the website and the mobile app are some of the reasons that set Bandcamp apart as being my favorite music source by far.

    The vast array of genres from crust punk to chiptune to chamber music allow for exploration of some incredible unique and talented independent artists, many of which sell their music for much cheaper than expected.

    I’m not sure why more companies haven’t caught on to these seemingly intuitive concepts, but I’m glad that Bandcamp did, and as long you guys keep this up, I’ll be a fan for life. In a world dominated by greedy mass production of bland music, it gives me hope knowing that at least one website is run by true music lovers.

  256. Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    You guys are fantastic. Glad to hear Bandcamp is going strong, and I plan to keep supporting this great business model.

  257. SCM
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp has always been the best platform for independent artists, the best than exists at present: (downloads, Streaming, sales of music in physical or digital formats, merch store, Track/album codes, Collecting emails, HTML image map for header, and a long etc.). Please, don’t ever change. Thanks ;)

  258. Posted May 24, 2016 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Just keep on doing what you’re doing. You are the best.

  259. Posted May 24, 2016 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp has turned me on to more music than any other site – and I always recommend artists use it. I go to bandcamp first every time because it has the most to offer both customers and artists in terms of benefits. Thanks for being there.

  260. Jay Paul
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Your report that half of your customers are under 30. How many are over 60 (like me!)? I may soon be celebrating the 34th anniversary of my 29th birthday, but I sure love Bandcamp!

  261. Posted May 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Totally stoked. The Revolution, after a fashion. Thank y’all so much!

  262. Jason
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Im new to bandcamp, with MORALITY CRISIS being the band that led me to you guys, and im a huge fan of what you are doing, and have told people daily to check it out. Thank you!!

  263. Posted May 24, 2016 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    To the “Musician”:

    “Short correction of the above article-text: As a fan you never “own” music. It is the intellectual property of the artist. So whether you buy a CD, a download, or stream via a subscription based-model, either way you “only” get the license to listen to the music (use it). If you really want to “own” music, just produce it yourself. Only to make that clear, since it is misunderstood widely.”

    I think you’re confusing owning the COPY of a piece of music with owning the COPYRIGHT of a piece of music. When people here in the comments are deriding streaming for not owning music, they are deriding it for not owning a COPY of the music; they are not deriding streaming for preventing them from owning a COPYRIGHT of the music. It’s obvious to them that they don’t own the COPYRIGHT for music they didn’t create themselves, and frankly I’m surprised it’s not obvious to you.

  264. Kyle Rudd
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    All the praise is well deserved. Bandcamp and the people involved are amazing!

  265. Posted May 24, 2016 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I love Bandcamp. Keep up the great work!

  266. Posted May 24, 2016 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is a great web site.. Thanks for standing for the individual’s message all these years.

  267. Posted May 24, 2016 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    From the moment I decided to join Bandcamp I’ve felt that it was the biggest step in the right direction since the compact disc was released unto the world. You are the best.

  268. Brad
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Don’t change! I love Bandcamp the way it is. I buy almost exclusively through BC!

  269. getmanx
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    thanks for good metal in flac format I..I

  270. Posted May 24, 2016 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    live long and prosper bandcamp !
    \V/,

  271. Tony Hennessy
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff. Please keep selling physical copies if at all possible too. Even vinyl. Without buying into the tired old vinyl vs cd vs download debate, I still buy vinyl off your site (and elsewhere) sometimes. I love the feel, large artwork and warm sound. It’s a buzz to get out and drop a needle on to. It’s no hype as far as I am concerned. It’s partly a tactile thing. Keep up the good work.

  272. Nick G
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is everything I want in a music site. I love the option to download FLAC versions of most tracks, that I get streaming access to digital tracks I buy and digital versions of physical albums I buy, and most of all I love that I am directly supporting the artists I love. I’d love to see more mainstream artists buy into this model over the old record label model. Keep up the good work, I plan to stick with you to 2028 and beyond! :D

  273. Michael
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Freaking love you guys.

  274. globallevendis
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Bandcamp! i greatly appreciate your sane and fair service.

  275. Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    This is very good to hear.

  276. Astroban
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    You’re great!. Keep up the great work!

  277. Posted May 25, 2016 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Long live Bandcamp and music free from capitalistic and corporate control and censoring!

  278. Posted May 25, 2016 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    When your reason for existence is a bigger idea than any delivery method for a product I think you’re on the right track. Facilitating direct support is a great space to be playing in. I think your platform could do with more development in terms of music discovery and user experience, and perhaps also as a better comms channel direct from artists to fans, but I love being able to support artists directly (and hear full songs before making up my mind and also paying more if I want to).
    I do use to some streaming services, but to put it bluntly do not trust them, especially what I’ve heard recently about Apple music.
    I prefer to have downloads, especially to avoid using Mobile data or for when I’m out of range but having the option to stream on the bandcamp app is great too.
    Keep up the great work!

  279. anon
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is the only download store of quality that exists, the fact that it is a streaming store doesn’t negate this fact. I pay for DRM-free, high quality products that I own, not cloud services that have no use for me at all. So be proud of calling yourself a download store

  280. Kal victors
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Thank you band camp, I never thought that there might be a stricked music platform like you. My music is being secured and preserved in the best way I liked. Forever I will continue trusting you. Thanks once again

  281. brian wood
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    nothing new to add to these comments, just another delighted customer. i like to ‘own’ my music, and i’m willing to pay for it. but i’m not willing to buy music from vendors that rip off artists — i can do that myself by pirating.

    i have a huge music collection, most of it not commercially popular, and bandcamp lets me support the artists i appreciate in a meaningful way. many, many thanks thanks for that.

  282. Huberific
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is my GO TO music source.!

  283. Murtaugh
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Awesome! I want to be able to download music and listen to it when I’m somewhere that has no internet or phone access, and this is very common where I live. Streaming works fine in developed countries, because you can have internet access virtually anywhere, but in poor and developing countries, there are lots of places that don’t even have electricity, let alone internet and/or mobile phone access.

  284. cav
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Wish more of my favorite bands sold music on your site

  285. Dibbeldi
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Agreed 100% – and nice to see that folks that know how to build a solid system work here ;-)

  286. Posted May 25, 2016 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Congrats you guys!
    This is why Dedbeat Devil is exclusive to Bandcamp!
    I’m loving the partnership. you guys know exactly what’s goin on and are blazing trails in my opinion.
    Keep up the great work, we’re with you!

    dd

  287. Posted May 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the service you offer. i’ve discovered so much music from around the world on your site. and, have sent many “gifts” to friends. keep on doing what you’re doing!

  288. Posted May 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I started using bandcamp as you were the only site that offered quality FLAC files and as I’ve been using the site there is just so much here it’s the best of both worlds! Streaming albums from my phone to see if I like this artist I’ve never heard of to being able to purchase the DRM-free FLAC files and throw it onto my FiiO to enjoy anywhere, with or without internet access.

    Keep up the good work.

  289. eakida
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I also hope Bandcamp continues here in 2028. Congrats !!!!

  290. Posted May 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    You have completely altered my thinking with output.. I have been able to get to 45s out through you with complete sell out success.. The ease of transaction and seamless webstore are gold.. thank you so much for being here..

  291. sh
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    i love u bandcamp! <3 thx for existing!

  292. Runa
    Posted May 26, 2016 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    This is the best! I’m so grateful I stumbled upon Bandcamp inadvertently through a video game where I fell in love with the artists music and subsequently purchased said music. I’m so incredibly happy to support amazing artists in such a direct way! I hope Bandcamp continues to make that direct connection between artists and fans without all the ridiculous advertisements and distant feeling like streaming music sites are laden with. Congrats on your success, Bandcamp and the fact that you obviously to grasp what really matters. There is no better way to run a business. You will have great success ahead. Thanks!

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