SongCast is a website that allows music artists to sell their songs and music on all the popular online music retailers, like, iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, Spotify, Napster, and more. You just need to sign up for a SongCast account, upload your music to SongCast, and SongCast pushes the music to all major online retailers. Then your fans buy music from those online retailers, and you get to keep 100% of the royalties generated from your music sales.
Note: SongCast is not free. It charges subscription as well as service fee, which is detailed later.
If you an an upcoming music artist, and want to start selling your music early on, SongCast is definitely a good choice. Instead of worrying about adding your songs to all the online music retailers, and taking care of converting file and album art etc., you can focus on what you do best – create music. And leave all the pains to SongCast.
Here is how SongCast works:
- You start by creating an account with SongCast. This account carries a monthly subscription fee of $5.95. This fee is not dependent on number of songs that you will upload to SongCast.
- Once your SongCast account is approved, you upload your files to SongCast that you want to sell. SongCast needs your music files, as well as album art. SongCast charges $19.95 per album, and $9.95 per single. This fee is in addition to monthly subscription fee.
- Then SongCast formats your songs and album art in right format, and pushes that to major online music retailers, like, iTunes, Amazon, etc.
- It is up to you to publicise your songs, so that your fans come to know about them, and buy them.
- Whenever your song or album gets sold on any of those music retailers, you keep 100% of the royalty. For example, iTunes and Amazon pay around $6-$7 royalty on sale of each album. All that royalty goes to you, and SongCast does not keeps any share from that.
- You get detailed sales reports with SongCast on 20th of every month, and you can also withdraw your royalties at that time. SongCast pays by Paypal.
As you can see from above, SongCast makes it extremely easy to sell your music on iTunes, and other online music stores. The fee of $19.95 per album does seems hefty, but I think it is justified considering the fact that SongCast does not keeps any share from the revenue you make.
All in all, SongCast is definitely worth a try if you are looking to sell your music online. If you are an artist, and have used SongCast, do share your experience here.