Playing and recording music is often the first, most natural and enjoyable step for a music band. Later, in various order come next major milestones such as: playing shows, meeting with fans after shows, reaching out to new and existing fans through the internet, selling music, and so on. Each one of those phases in various degrees is supported with an on-line service, free or paid for. Given that @34Beats we spend a lot of time talking about music technology I realized that we should have a good list of all that is available out there. Take those descriptions with a grain of salt ( it’s what the services say about themselves ) and feel free to send me any other recommendations, I will keep updating this list:
Bandcamp.com – helps artists sell their music and merchandise directly to their fans, and helps fans discover new music and directly support those who make it.
Bandcentral.com – gives bands, managers and labels a suite of easy-to-use tools to help organize everything from: files, calendar, money and gigs.
Soundcloud.com – create, record and share the sounds you create anywhere to friends, family and the world with SoundCloud, the world’s largest community of sound creators.
iSound.com – iSound makes it super simple for people to discover new music they love.
OneSheet.com – The simplest web presence for a band, ever. Beautiful and maintenance free. (find more details about this service in my previous post: )
mySpace.com – leading social entertainment destination powered by the passion of fans. Music, movies, celebs, TV, and games made social. “Right…”
Fanbridge.com – is a Fan Relationship Management and Marketing platform that merges email, Facebook and other social networking platforms with direct-to-fan.
ReverbNation.com – music 2.0 company that provides marketing solutions for over 1100000 bands/musicians and their managers/labels.
ToSpinmedia.com – is a technology-focused direct-to-fan marketing, management and distribution platform. They help artists manage their catalogs, connect with fans, and generate demand for music.
BandsinTown.com – get local live music and concert recommendations for your town. View any artist’s tour dates and buy tickets from the cheapest ticket seller.
NextBigsound.com – is a music analytics website that tracks the growth and popularity of music groups across major web.
SonicBids.com – helps bands connect with people who book, license or broadcast shows. SonicBids is a leading matchmaking site for emerging bands and music promoters.
Bandzoogle.com – build a pro band website that sells merchandise, streams music, syncs with your social networks, and puts you in front of more fans.
Beatport.com – is the world’s largest dance music community. Download the latest tracks in premium MP3 and WAV formats.