Everything is Terrific: The Bandcamp 2016 Year in Review

Bandcamp 2016 Year In Review

And now some genuinely great news in an otherwise unremarkable week: every aspect of Bandcamp’s business was up in 2016. Digital album sales grew 20%, tracks 23%, and merch 34%. Growth in physical sales was led by vinyl, which was up 48%, and further boosted by CDs (up 14%) and cassettes (up 58%). Every single one of these numbers represents an acceleration over last year’s growth. Hundreds of thousands of artists joined Bandcamp in 2016, more than 2,000 independent labels came on board (like Dischord, Merge, and Dualtone), and the rate of fan signups tripled. Fans have now paid artists nearly $200 million using Bandcamp, and they buy a record every three seconds, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The record business overall did not fare as well. According to Nielsen, it grew 3% in the U.S. in 2016, while sales of digital albums fell 20%, tracks were down 25%, and physical albums dropped 14%. These declines are not at all surprising given the industry-wide push toward subscription music rental offerings, and indeed as the year came to a close, those services reached a combined 100 million paying subscribers. This milestone is being celebrated by some, but it is not good news for the vast majority of artists, and poses some serious problems for fans, labels, and music as an art form.

As more people subscribe to music rental services, the already paltry rates paid to artists are going down (and no, artists don’t necessarily make it up in volume). But it’s not only artists who are struggling. The companies built solely around subscription music rental continue to struggle as well. Some say the model is simply broken. The success of Netflix is often used as a counterargument, but the music business is not the movie business.

Longer term, if subscription music rental can’t work as a standalone business, then it will only exist as a service offered by corporate behemoths to draw customers into the parts of their businesses where they do make money, like selling phones, service plans, or merchandise. And when the distribution of an entire art form is controlled by just two or three nation-state-sized companies, artists and labels will have even less leverage than they do now to set fair rates, the music promoted to fans will be controlled by a small handful of gatekeepers, and more and more artists will be hit with the one-two punch of lower rates and less exposure. The net effect for music as a whole is worrisome.

Bandcamp provides an alternative to all of this because we feel strongly that an alternative needs to exist. The fact that we continue to grow, and that that growth is accelerating, tells us that many of you agree. We’ll therefore continue to build on a model that compensates artists fairly and puts them in control of their data, gives fans all the convenience of streaming plus the benefits of ownership and still allows them to directly support the artists they love, and works as a standalone business that’s 100% focused on music (we just had our 17th straight profitable quarter, while also increasing our staff by 43% last year). Impending thermonuclear apocalypse notwithstanding, we are incredibly enthusiastic about 2017. At least two of the half dozen things we’ll launch this year will astound you, and one may even cause you to make an unexpected vacation detour. We can’t wait. Thank you for being a part of it!

P.S. Don’t miss Bandcamp Daily’s Best of 2016.

173 Comments

  1. Oli
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Keep it up bandcamp! You’re the answer to the music industry’s prayers

  2. Posted January 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    primitive radio gods love Bandcamp. Thanks for being the new music biz…
    Pretty sure only Bandcamp can prevent a thermonuclear apocalypse…

  3. Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is my religion.

  4. Kate
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is the single most important website of the past decade. It is a cultural phenomenon in itself and the savior of independent music.

  5. Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is almost perfect. There’s only one thing I’d love to see changed – when I purchase an entire discography from an artist, it should check which albums/singles I’ve already purchased and calculate the price ONLY for the ones I didn’t purchase yet.

    Change that and I’ll declare Bandcamp the 100% perfect music store.

  6. shmerl
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    > The success of Netflix is often used as a counterargument, but the music business is not the movie business.

    I’m actually still waiting for anyone to start selling films DRM-free. It’s a shame it didn’t happen yet like with music. Keep up the good work!

  7. Ian
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Love your work. Well deserved congratulations

  8. mynameistomza
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I cannot say enough how much I appreciate Bandcamp – you guys are far and away my favourite site on the whole Internet. I am so grateful for what you do for me as a musician and for the industry as a whole. I hope this pattern of amazing growth keeps on going. All the best for 2017!

  9. Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I honestly became a Bandcamp believer this year (meaning I actually spent MORE time here than on my old reliable, Last.FM). Keep doing what you’re doing (though a shuffle feature on the Bandcamp app would be SO awesome, just saying).

  10. Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Your site is the best! I’ve discovered so much music in many genres. I’ll be coming back for more. Thanks!

  11. Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Love you Bandcamp <3

  12. Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I hope one of those things you’re going to launch in 2017 is a back end fulfillment service

  13. Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I was thoroughly impressed when I saw Bandcamp provides an easy to download, machine-readable list of emails from people who’ve downloaded my music. This has long been my standard for using a service like this, and Bandcamp meets it.

    It’s an incentive for you to stay honest and keep doing good work because you know I can download my list, start up somewhere else, and email all my customers to let them know.

  14. Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    BANDCAMP!

  15. grindwar
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    yaa, good job, keep it up!

  16. Ross Nelson
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff Bandcamp! Keep rockin!

  17. innerdrum
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    BC ♥

  18. Posted January 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is Money!!!

    One of the few music providing servers I am proud to say I am a part of.

  19. Posted January 24, 2017 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    You guys are the best. Regular Einstein has been served well by you, and I enjoy the site as a fan of other bands, too.

  20. notnotice
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Thank you bandcamp

  21. Hermit Ov Tehom
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    As a small independent label, I do think revenue share is too much. As artists we know you have hosting and infrastructure costs but as more artists join more money goes to you, more than what you need to run BC. We should have different revenue shares depending on how “major” the label or artist is. You take away too much from those who already earn very little.

  22. Posted January 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Big Thanks BANDCAMP.. Ay Laik Dis (I Like This)

  23. Posted January 24, 2017 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    People ask me why I don’t use iTunes for my music and it usually takes me a good half hour to explain all the reasons why Bandcamp is so much better.

    Thank you so much for giving me the means to control my musical destiny! Thank you for not advertising none relevant music ads on my page by giving me the power to make my page all about my music. Thank you for giving me outstanding stats and mailing lists and the freedom to charge what I want, how I want, and make it available in whatever format I want. THANK YOU!

  24. Posted January 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I love you guys! Thanks so much for providing such an amazing platform for us!!

  25. Posted January 24, 2017 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for that exist!
    You bring happiness !!!

  26. Posted January 24, 2017 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Congrats guys. Keep up the awesome work.

  27. Posted January 24, 2017 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    We <3 U Bandcamp!

  28. Jessica Pink
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Your platform has been brilliant. Keep it up!

  29. Marty
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp has improved my quality of life. Tenfold!

  30. Posted January 24, 2017 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    very nice. Love BandCamp.

  31. Posted January 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    You are masters Bandcamp

  32. Posted January 24, 2017 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Nice ♥

  33. Posted January 24, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    All hail, Bandcamp! A shining beacon of light in a dark world. Cheers.

  34. Posted January 24, 2017 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Keep up the good work. Only became a Bandcamp user properly last year and visit it constantly. My only gripe would be to improve the shipping rates to Australia. My preference is to buy the CDs or vinyl of artists that I like and the shipping rates make that a little prohibitive at the moment.

  35. David
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    As years go by, I’m buying more and more music from Bandcamp, and less and less from Amazon.
    Music subscriptions don’t work for me. I’d rather own my albums than rent them.
    Lossy music doesn’t work for me. I’d rather buy a CD than buy a digital album on iTunes or Amazon.
    That’s why I’m so glad to see Bandcamp grow, and attract more and more artists and labels. Kudos to the whole team, keep up the great work!

  36. Posted January 24, 2017 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Bandcamp guys! Thanks to you a lot of bands and independent artist have the opportunity to share our ideas and spread them around the world and get an economic support because of that. Thank you so much and congratulations to all your team!

  37. Gary
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  38. Mike
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    What has been understated is the physical quality of the music provided by Bandcamp downloads. In my experience Bandcamp is superior in quality compared to the streaming services I have used in the past.
    Keep up the great work!

  39. Ethan
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Bandcamp. You offer an awesome service.

  40. /SleepingVillage/
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Bandcamp, for everything you guys do. As a semi-veteran music addict and vinyl fiend, you always give me the fix I need. I now buy around 90% of my music here, and I like it…

  41. Emilie
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations BANDCAMP! I tweeted yesterday that you & my usual (physical) record store are where I like to buy Music…voilà! All the best for 2017 from EUR

  42. Posted January 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    The work from the Bandcamp team is consistently inspiring, whether it’s selling music or spotlighting great records on Daily. Really glad to see that this hard work and unique perspective has real results. Can’t wait to listen more this year!

  43. Electronicsoulman
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    I love bandcamp,it would be made all the better if I were able to compile a playlist of purchases I’ve made.

  44. Posted January 24, 2017 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Bandcamp for giving me and all the other thousands upon thousands of independent artists a chance to put our music out exactly how WE want to release them! And with all the tools necessary to manage our own music, without labels or the restrictions of rental and streaming services. The only downside is what Hermit Ov Tehom already said, I’ve put out several releases in 2016 under several names (HEINOUS, Fogdiver, and kaz – three projects that generate around..err… a few bucks in revenue, because I’m not good at marketing my music I guess, or maybe it’s just not marketable enough lol) and I just wish there were easier ways to get people to listen without shoving it down their throats.
    But you’ve done more than enough already, Bandcamp, to earn my undying and loyal usage and to warrant your revenue sharing, I don’t know how you’re not already destroying iTunes and streaming services when we all know that this new generation love flaunting their records, cassettes, and other physical media and merch and I know at least I’d like to actually OWN the music I’m paying for every month! Thank you again for all you’ve done over the years!!

  45. Peter Schwarz
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the possibility to discover awesome independent bands and support them easy.

  46. maskatron
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Love your service! Just one favor to ask please – consider enhancing it by adding support Android Audio support for your Android app. TY!

  47. Lily
    Posted January 24, 2017 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! I love you guys!! Keep up the good work!

  48. Posted January 25, 2017 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp you are awesome one of revolutionary service

  49. Jazzy Judd
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Amazing platform for discovering new music! Look forward to the BC Weekly every week.

  50. Garayne Christ
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    I love BANDCAMP! Happy new year 2017! J’aime BANCAMP joyeuse année 2017

  51. Posted January 25, 2017 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Keep it up guys and thanks for sticking around <3

  52. Posted January 25, 2017 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    To quote a bloke above – “Bandcamp is almost perfect”

    The one thing I’d like to tweak is that when you take advantage of an artists generous free download, that also appears in your collection. Fans collections are amongst my methods of discovering stuff I don’t know about, and this would give free offerings another chance to at least make it on to peoples radars.

  53. Andrew MacKay
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Discovering Bandcamp was truly a “Eureka!” moment. As a music fan of over 35 years, it constantly astounds me just how much amazing music there is out there – and how much I simply wasn’t aware of. Bandcamp has made the music I like accessible, helping me find artists and music that I would never have found otherwise. Thank you. Please, keep up the excellent work.

  54. Ofer Mashiach
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    I really admire your work, guys! Bandcamp is arguably the best website on the internet.

  55. Robert
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    So great to read the report and even better to read that SO many other people using Bandcamp feel the same about it as me: THE best music site that I’ve come across.

    I gave up with other sites years ago: the choice of download quality is the best and I feel that I am supporting artists directly (though I’m not sure how it works with labels).
    I listen to the Bandcamp Weekly (thanks Andrew for a really good show) each week. I’m always finding new music through listening and searching.
    I regularly tell friends and others about Bandcamp. I am almost evangelical about it!
    I avoid other streaming services like the plague.

    Minor gripes are
    1) a trend that some labels are allowing only a few album tracks to be heard before buying rather than the entire album — why?
    2) I wanted to congratulate Andrew Jervis on his show and interviews and could NOT find a way to do that despite searching for ages
    3) The animated graphic that sometimes appears when I’ve listened twice to an album, asking me to open my wallet — I regularly open my wallet. That graphic is so tacky.

    :-)
    Other than that, I see Bandcamp as a model for how the internet could be / was until huge corporations monopolised it

  56. Павел Юров
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Very nice. Love BandCamp.
    Italo-Disco Forever!!!!!!!

  57. Posted January 25, 2017 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Good work, Bandcamp! I released my first album here, finally. After six years…

    I have found really interesting stuff here.

  58. Posted January 25, 2017 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    The philosophy behind Bandcamp is its major strength. Bandcamp helps me support artists and labels I want to support.

    However, there is still a ginormous around of potential left in terms of user friendliness:
    – better integration with other social media
    – the ability to buy an entire catalogue without all the stuff you already bought (yes, even if there is no discount, this should be made possible)
    – better warning system against artists/labels that do not offer full digital versions of their music (for me the major way of playing music)
    – the ability to make (private) playlists of the music that you bought
    – the ability to remove select songs from an album you bought

  59. Paul Davies
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Great platform for our music, thanks.

    Paul
    Get Go Getter

  60. Posted January 25, 2017 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks and a huge thanks to Bandcamp i wouldn’t have found any of the awesome bands/artists that are out there today. Many bands including musicians like my self are proud to be part of a movement that doesn’t involve big companys that are all about money.
    So just keep going Bandcamp.
    Bandcamp has been and always be a fantastic way of getting all forms of music heard no matter what style of music it is.

  61. Annika
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Great work bandcamp! I would love to see the “free download’ titles appear in my collection too because they’re just as important as everything else. It’s a credit to the generosity of the artists who offer songs to the fans for free and they’re just as special to me! Thank you bandcamp xo

  62. Sir Gil Santos
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Bandcamp ….All The best for 2017

  63. Posted January 25, 2017 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is the best music invention in whole history.

  64. Posted January 25, 2017 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Congratulations BANDCAMP!!!!!!!!! Just joined the BANDCAMP family late last year releasing my debut EP MAMA’s SOUL KITCHEN at the ripe old age of 39, which was set funded under an independent label down under in Sydney calle STUDIO 57!!!!!!!! All locally session musicians and a local Producer Marc Scully aka DJ OMEGAMAN. I am so amazed at what you do.
    Thank you so much and keep up the good work.
    I will continue the shout your praises from the rooftops!
    I spend a lot of time educating fellow creatives as well as mentoring emerging Artists so I am always informing them of how to be their own best friend with this Artistic journey of discover.
    Chookas in 2017with your further expansion and success of all who choose BANDCAMP!

    Much Aloha and Mahalo

    Katherine Vavahea

  65. Posted January 25, 2017 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is the best thing that appears on the internet at least in the last 15 years… Amazing!

  66. Posted January 25, 2017 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    You’re the best, without the shadow of a doubt.
    Please keep it up!

  67. Posted January 25, 2017 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Congrats, Bandcamp! Once again, proving to be one of the best music platforms for independent labels and artists. <3

  68. Posted January 25, 2017 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    I love bandcamp and try to purchase all my music via you whenever I can. I’ve also converted multiple bands to using you :-)

    Features I would love to be added btw:
    1. Ability to make & share personal playlists made up from bandcamp tracks that bands have allowed to be accessed in that way. Basically, all the social features that other streaming services offer.
    2. A way to scrobble to Last.fm now that http://userscripts-mirror.org/scripts/show/95710 is dead (and no other ones work either).

    With these two features I’d start to be able to replace much of other streaming music with bandcamp, like I have my actual music purchasing.

  69. Posted January 25, 2017 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Appreciate everything you all do for independent artist and labels. A better alternative is always needed. Thank you!

  70. Posted January 25, 2017 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    Don’t ever change, Bandcamp :)

  71. Posted January 25, 2017 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Pretty sure only Bandcamp can prevent a thermonuclear apocalypse…

  72. Posted January 25, 2017 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Huge congrats and thank you for doing amazing job!
    These numbers look very promising. ヽ(・∀・)ノ

  73. Posted January 25, 2017 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is a great service for artists and fans alike and is definitely my go to when buying an album. Keep up the great work that you do and keep shining that light on the music industry

  74. Jrodar The Mighty
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Best music site in existence. I preach the sermon of Bandcamp to every music lover I know!

  75. Posted January 25, 2017 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp rocks! And rolls, and hips and hops, and strums and beats through all the weeks. Keep it up. I’m glad your vision is reaching out further and further.

  76. liana
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    you are doing great job! congrats to all the artists for sharin their soul here!

  77. roleATL
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Excellent news!

  78. Posted January 25, 2017 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp, you are the best. As musicians, you respect us and treat us fairly. The services you offer are well thought out and useful. T.ice and IO from Brooklyn, NY

  79. Kyle
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Love what you guys are doing. Streaming services are great for us, but bad news for labels and artists. BC is the happy medium that we need

  80. Posted January 25, 2017 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    You guys have been doing it right since the start: staying lean, putting no barriers between people and discovering music, providing any format desired (seems like only 24-bit wav could use some love), taking care of artists directly and on the individual level, and not being greedy. Great work, it’s why you’re winning.

  81. PL Robert
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Wow! Love to read this post related to our Music World we’re all living in and interact with. It’s a great alternative and Bandcamp is on the way to bring equity to human beings that create VIBES… Bandcamp deserve to be in the 1st place of Music industry in the near future. We support. We believe. Let’s ROCK !!

  82. Posted January 25, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    bandcamp rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. Posted January 25, 2017 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    well done !

  84. Daugvinas
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    You are doing it great, keep going!

  85. Posted January 25, 2017 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    So proud of younz! Keep it up!

  86. Rob Sears
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    This place rocks ! I just love Bandcamp and would struggle without it to be honest .Will always support the Artists I like and this site is the best way there is to do such a thing.Keep it up and don’t change a thing ! Well done . :))))

  87. Posted January 25, 2017 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Thanks for all you do Bandcamp!

  88. sveta
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    top my list

  89. Jimmy McNulty
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    BandCamp is one of the tools helping keep Heavy metal alive! \m/

  90. Posted January 25, 2017 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Dope!!!!!

  91. Diego
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Good show, Jolly god show

  92. Maxym Tkacz
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Thanks for providing a solid service and affordable service. One thing I ask in the new year (and I’m sure there are plans for this) is simply more data/ statistics/ metrics availability. Indie labels have lots of things to do and few resources, and data helps making educated decisions. Things like facebook pixel could allow us to retarget, an open API would increase 3rd party developers (I actually emailed about getting on the private one over a month ago to build a dashboard and conversions from ads tracker).

    Thanks again.

  93. 𝄢
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    The fact that you continue to grow, and that that growth is accelerating, tells you that many of us agree :
    And you’re right ! I’m one of those there ! I support you ! Bancamp is great ! I love Bancamp !

  94. Kryo Ymir
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Glad to have joined as both a fan and an artist last year, Bandcamp is a truly amazing music service.

  95. Yoann
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp has grew in the best way possible. From a listener perspective, every new feature added was still completely in harmony with the spirit of the site ! By spirit I mean what it represented to me as a musician / listener / customer (pick one) when I discovered it.
    Still one big problem : too much people making great music ^^

    Keep it up !

  96. Posted January 25, 2017 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Who on earth is buying cassettes? And why?!

  97. asaf nadir
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    bandcamp is one of my importent music tool… with this web i can reveal new musicans from my contry and support them… i can listen and buy and download music anytime becouse i own it when i buy it and offcours there is the merch and more… this is one website that i hope that will survive for many years.. Thank you bandcamp!

  98. Posted January 25, 2017 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    It’s so exciting that Bandcamp is bucking the prevailing trend in music. Streaming is a great technology but the way it’s compensated is an insult to everyone who produces music. Those who listen the least, pay the most per song. Those who listen the most, pay the least per song. It makes no sense for those who use music the most to compensate musicians the least. Oh, and then there’s the sound quality. Keep up the good work!

  99. Antoine Paquette
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    For the last 6 months, I’ve mostly used Bandcamp to discover and purchase new music. I can truly say this is the best music store/streaming service out there.

    I can only see one flaw. When you purchase the entire discography of an artist, Bandcamp doesn’t check if you already have albums from that artist in your collection and make you pay for them a second time.

    Otherwise, this music store is the best all around the world wide web!

    Thank you for being amazing!!!

  100. emopaul
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    So exciting to hear that Bandcamp is deservedly thriving. Thank you for being there!!

  101. Posted January 25, 2017 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    #Awesomazing

  102. Posted January 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year. Looking forward to new sounds and new bands. Bring it on and thank you for sharing this year. A very loyal fan, Philip 😏

  103. Posted January 25, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Where the festival will happen and when? Let me book my vacation straight away. Keep up with a good job guys! ;)

  104. Posted January 25, 2017 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Very exciting! Love bandcamp and all the digging that gets me to those unique track, artists, and labels. Keep it up!
    Oh and if there’s a bandcamp music festival…. sheeeit.

  105. Decassette
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp rules!

  106. Posted January 25, 2017 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    An open platform not a closed one will last! Buy a track and get all formats plus streaming and honest paying of artists is the way to go! Honest and open, keep it up and improving.

  107. Jazzman2017
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Love Bandcamp! What an awesome way to discover so much new music. The major labels only represent a tiny percent of the talent that has yet to be discovered. Being able to listen to full tracks, gives the listener a full taste of the artist’s style and in the end compels them to make a purchase. I have discovered so much new music and am now a repeat buyer. Way to go Bandcamp!

  108. Cary Christian
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    I discovered Bandcamp not more than a year ago whilst craving access to a wider variety of alternative music that mainstream services were not providing without strings attached. What a breath of fresh air Bandcamp is !!!!. So much excellent music and talent out there that never gets the audience it deserves. Combined with the flexibility you provide for the customer it makes for such a good site and platform. Thank you Bandcamp !!!!!!!!!!!!

  109. Posted January 25, 2017 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is a bright light! Thank you.

  110. Alan
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Love your work team .. while the telcos can fight over what subscriptions services to bundle for free .. I can spend real money on services like Bandcamp that provide what I really want.

    Really looking forward to seeing some Chromecast action. Have a great 2017 team .. look forward to using the service more this year.

  111. Valentin Ginies
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I rarely write comment… but thanks for keeping it to the music :)

  112. Greg Kaltenheuser
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Outstanding Bandcamp! Get you case of beer for that!

  113. Giovanni
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Great place BandCamp..Keep on Introducing new Blues Artists ! Best place to find great music

  114. Matias Abrera
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Very very good

  115. Posted January 26, 2017 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Congrats…2016 was the first year Milwaukee Junction Records used Bandcamp. So far, it has been an excellent, smooth performing platform…Cheers! -Don

  116. Posted January 26, 2017 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    I love bandcamp

  117. Christel
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Love you Bandcamp and that’s well deserved ! But I also hope you’ll make good use of your 10% comm. of the $200 million and develop some more features specially regarding the sales and shipments of merch ;)

  118. Posted January 26, 2017 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Keep up the good work and ethics. I hope more and more artists and labels will find their way to Bandcamp. P.S. I absolutely love Bandcamp weekly!!!

  119. davidknewton
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Glad somebody had a good year :) Thanks for bringing music to people all over the world, it’s one of the few positive things!

  120. Posted January 26, 2017 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    “Bandcamp provides an alternative to all of this because we feel strongly that an alternative needs to exist.”
    And you provided a convincing argument that we should all feel strongly as well. I’m extremely grateful for your service. Thank you.

  121. Posted January 26, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    keep it up bandcamp!

  122. Josue
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Thank you guys for your work! Which help our faith and enthusiasm to keep on turning in these strange times.

    Keep rockin’!

  123. Charliee
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I love band camp, lots of really talented artists to listen too

  124. Posted January 26, 2017 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    You rock. Thanks for all your hard work!

  125. Leon K.
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is the best music store ever. I just refuse to buy anywhere else but on Bandcamp now. Here’s hoping for a bright future for you guys, you deserve it! Keep it up! :)

  126. Posted January 26, 2017 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Good work! We’re super happy at Wildthings Records to be on the bandcamp wagon! 2017,Engage hyperdrive!

  127. Posted January 26, 2017 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Yes.. Bandcamp is such a good resource for fans like me. Honestly Ive found/supported more music than i can even digest . Keep up the great work.
    Def would repeat some of the other sentiments, more analytics, maybe some improved player w/ waveform, maybe option to randomize your entire fan collection would be cool,
    love ya’ – saltfeend

  128. Posted January 26, 2017 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp <3

  129. Posted January 26, 2017 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    i personally love bandcamp

  130. Andy Iveson
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    There’s really only 2 ways that I will buy my music these days, either direct from the band/artist (gigs, pledges, crowdfunding, etc.) or from Bandcamp. Already switched a couple of mates last year onto your site.

  131. Lucid Mask
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Congrats! You are by far the best place to buy music (and merch) from and support artists/labels…love you! Wish you all the best in years to come! :D

  132. Posted January 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Pantheistic Ramblings and commented:
    Wise words from Bandcamp, still the most artist friendly platform for distributing music I know.

  133. Annie Downing
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Way to go Bandcamp, ♡ momma deslondes 😎

  134. Posted January 26, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Great job! Love the exposure !
    Best,
    Michael Manzi
    Johnnys Dream

  135. Posted January 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the update. Keep up the grand work. You are correct: We can ill afford to allow the few to control the many!

  136. Posted January 26, 2017 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    You guys are the dopest! Put me on some really good music the past couple of years.. keep up the good work!

  137. Jonathan
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    A friend of my Mom said “Surely your son has (stolen) MP3s?” and my Mom got to say “No, actually, he doesn’t.” My Mom got to look really good then. :)

  138. Posted January 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Yes Bandcamp is awesome! So happy that I can connect my fans with my music and glad I can find other great music as well, keep it up!

  139. Very Metal
    Posted January 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I don’t even look anywhere else for new music these days. Bandcamp is the best thing since Marshall amps.

  140. Posted January 27, 2017 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Well done Bandcamp! Long may you continue to make a difference to artists everywhere.

  141. Posted January 27, 2017 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Love you bandcamp!

  142. Posted January 27, 2017 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Bandcamp is a beautiful thing, Music, Money, Hope, Art and Love all a click away. Thanks for all you do to bring together artists and their audience.

  143. Posted January 27, 2017 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    This is really awesome. I love love love Bandcamp and what you’re doing for both independent artists and for music lovers worldwide.

  144. Fife
    Posted January 27, 2017 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Love your service. Everyone can now listen to Whole Mountain Band anywhere. Awesomeage!

  145. Posted January 27, 2017 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Muchas gracias a todo el equipo de Bandcamp, esperamos poder seguir aportando a este gran mundo de inmensos artistas. Saludos.

  146. Magnetic Cerebellum
    Posted January 27, 2017 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Nice work Bandcamp! Any chance you could develop a high-deff mass-market turntable and sell it at cost to drive vinyl sales? I really hope the boom in vinyl will be sustained. I think some consumers are unsure of how to go back to analog to play their records, or they play the tunes via streaming whilst the physical copy languishes in their collection, which exists more like ‘backup’ and rarely gets played. The new technics turntables are a great start to reinvigorate the format but there is a real gap for some affordable alternatives. Thanks again for all your hard work! :)

  147. Magnetic Cerebellum
    Posted January 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Gift vouchers in grocery and tech stores would also be a great addition. :)

  148. HJ Hill
    Posted January 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank God for Bandcamp

  149. Patrick
    Posted January 27, 2017 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    No DRM, fair for artists, FLAC format, can listen to a whole album before buying it… Bandcamp is the perfect music website! Keep up the good work guys! :)

  150. Posted January 28, 2017 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    I ALWAYS find a treasure through Bandcamp. Thanks for everything

  151. stingo42
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Glad to hear things are looking up for Bandcamp. Any chance of getting a Bandcamp Roku channel? That would be amazing.

  152. Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    One of my favorite things about Bandcamp is that It’s like going to a digital record store, where I can get lost in a record labels’ discography – dope aspect of Bandcamp, or discover new, and or more underground artists — that I wouldn’t get exposed to otherwise (the suggested bands are always pretty spot on – freakishly sometimes!).

    The quality of musicians using the site is incredible. I’m working on my first set of house tracks to put up, and Bandcamp constantly inspires me to work harder and create the best music I can. I’ve got a lot of work to do :) Thanks for all that you do.

  153. Chris Dinsmore
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks BandCamp for your commitment to providing lossless and high rez files.

  154. Jeff
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    I ONLY buy music on Bandcamp, anymore and I’ve made some really good discoveries, of bands I’d never known about, solely because of this site. I’m glad to hear this awesome news.

  155. Leonardo Sullivan
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    The fact the Bandcamp is showing signs of growth in not only sales but attracting more artists/labels is very heartening for me a life long buyer of vinyl records. Thanks to Bandcamp and the discoveries l have made within, my record collection has more depth, for this and more l thank you.

  156. Posted January 29, 2017 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    I concur with the multitude of positivity here. Wonderful. Revolutionary. I benefit from Bandcamp and I love your ethos.
    However, I’m quite old and remember when Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook et al were the revolutionaries. ‘Big bucks’ are the two words that threaten any revolutionary’s resolve. I have no grounds to doubt your fantastic company, I just hope your ideology is tough as hell.
    All the best for 2017.

  157. Ethan
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Rock on Bandcamp! So grateful to be able to share and find great music here. Not even sure that nuclear threat can put a damper on wicked tunes.

  158. Posted January 29, 2017 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    After there are nearly no more recordshops left, Bandcamp is my new surrogate for exporing new sounds.

  159. Andrew Cornax
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    It’s a shame that it’s become more difficult to earn money as an artist these days, but the growth this site is experiencing makes me think that the future will not be dark.

  160. oilsandshit
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp has completely changed how I absorb my music.

    The subscription model is flawed and unfair, the torrent model has been corrupted and is dying, and resources like iTunes and Amazon offer only an impersonal, sterile and corporatized opportunity to directly support artists.

    Other than buying merch at shows, I only use Bandcamp. Nothing comes close.

    Thanks guys!

    PLEASE don’t sell out. No matter how tempting the offer may be. I don’t think we’ll really know how important Bandcamp is to music until we see the behemoths crash from the velocity of their own greed. Stay honest.

    bandcamp.com/holycalamity

  161. Posted January 29, 2017 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE! Bandcamp. Its such a great way for people to directly support you.

  162. Bob
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Thx Bandcamp, for letting me be part of it!!!
    All the best for a successful jear 2017….
    Bob.Secret

  163. ayo
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    all the best

  164. Posted January 30, 2017 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Love you guys, keep it up!

  165. Fabfab
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Loving what you’re doing here !!! Very glad to hear that it’s working more and more ! Already talking much about you around me to the artists and labels ! BUT WHEN WILL THERE BE A PSYTRANCE TAG ? :)

  166. timm128
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp you are truly beautiful. If we were not so cooly respectful there would be a thousand times more fan letters here. We love you.

  167. drmarycrowell
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Bandcamp for a great year! I have loved sharing my music here and being introduced to new albums by my friends.

  168. ecomcon1
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    One of the BEST! Keep up the GOOD work…

  169. Posted February 1, 2017 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    ¡Enhorabuena! Gracias por crear la plataforma más transparente para la venta de música hasta la fecha (después de la venta directa). Seguid así.

  170. Masayume
    Posted February 1, 2017 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Keep on rocking, keep up the good work!
    Will it be possible one day to organize the own collection by playlists?
    It would be especially useful for users with different music styles…

  171. Maig
    Posted February 1, 2017 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    This is fantastic and it shows which way the music industry and fans have chosen for the future. Thumbs up!!

  172. Casey Hawley
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for putting artists and their fans first, Bandcamp. I can’t say enough good things about your service. As a different kind of artist (3D/visual) it makes me feel good to support other artists who are passionate about their craft, and it makes me feel even better that there is a company/service that feels the same. Can’t wait to see what BC brings to the table to up the ante in 2017. Excelsior!

  173. Posted February 3, 2017 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Band Camp all the way!!! You are doing a great job, I LOVE you guys.

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