Sell Your Music Online – A Review of Soundgine and VUE
It has never been easier to share your music with the world. In the year 2016, you don’t need to sell CDs, you don’t require a label and you don’t even need HTML skills. All you need is an internet connection, a small amount of money and the actual music that you want to sell. There are several existing online platforms like myflashstore and soundclick, that give you the chance to sell your music online, but there’s one that tops them all, and that is soundgine. Let me tell you why.
1. Several players
With soundgine you get 3 different players which you can implement on your website to sell your music. They all have different features and designs. You can choose which one you want to use and can easily switch between them whenever you want. Furthermore, you’ll get a pod player that enables you to post single tracks of your store on social media platforms like Facebook. Whatever player you choose, it will also serve as your music store. People who visit your website can browse through your store, like, and share songs, and finally buy them, through an integrated check-out process.
2. Different payment methods
To maximize your sales, clients should be able to choose between different payment methods. With soundgine, you can give your clients the choice between PayPal and credit card payments. All you have to do is create a PayPal and 2Checkout (allows you to accept credit card payments) account and you’re ready to go.
3. Keep all of your profits
No matter how much music you sell through soungine’s store, the money will be all yours. Period.
4. Your own website
Soundgine is about selling music online. In order to do so you’ll need a music player/shop which you can implement on your website. Yet many musicians out there don’t have the time, money or skillset to create their own website. Soundgine is aware of that. That’s why they offer VUE. VUE is a website builder that comes along with your subscription. It’s probably the finest bonus a musician can ever ask for. You don’t have to use it, but if you don’t have a website or need a secondary website, VUE is the perfect option. They even give you some nicely designed website templates to choose from. Not only that but if you want to make your site more individual, you can customize basically everything through the so called “expert mode” where you can write your own CSS code!
5. Keep your domain name
Many music selling platforms offer a free or paid website, which you can use to sell your music. If you look closely though, these websites will not be yours. The reason why I say this is because of the domain name restrictions. Oftentimes the service’s name will be included in the domain that is used for “your” website. So let’s say you subscribed to a service called “SellMusic” and your user name would be “ArtistX”. The domain of your site would look something like this: “sellmusic.artistx.com”. In this case you will be connected to the company, whether you like it or not. If you want to support that service as much as you can, you probably won’t mind, but if you want to establish your domain name, something like “artistx.com” would look much cleaner and memorable. Also when the service like in our case “SellMusic” is gone for some reason, your domain will be gone too. So you have to create a new domain and promote it all over again. At the very least you have to let your customers know that you have a new domain. Not to speak of the inconvenience that comes with changing your domain in email footers, videos, other online profiles, and getting new business cards etc.
Soundgine lets you use your own domain name. After your subscription, you can easily transfer your domain name, so that it leads to your VUE website. It’s actually quite amazing that soundgine allows you to do that. It just shows you that they care about their users and know what’s important to them and their businesses.
Whenever you use a service, an online service in particular, there are things that you cannot control. That’s just inevitable. They are the minds behind the product that you use, so you don’t have access to every detail of course. That’s why it’s very important that someone is there for you if something doesn’t work or questions arise. Weather you call them or contact them via email, the support service at soundgine is top-notch. What’s really special is the soundgine forum. Not only is it really informative about all music business related topics, but the soundgine team itself actively engages in discussions, and helps you, the end-user out. If you have some trouble with your players or your website, there will be tons of people willing to help. They also really want to hear ideas for new features. So it frequently happens that one soundgine user asks for a certain feature and some months, weeks, even days later, soundgine was able to implement it and comes up with a new update!
Soundgine offers everything you’ll need to successfully sell your music online. Not only do you get several music players that you can choose from and switch between whenever you like, you also get a free website, if you do not have one already. You can transfer your domain name so that you can establish your website on the market without being dependent on the service itself. Soundgine doesn’t claim any sales percentage, so no matter how much you sell, the money will be yours. The subscription is $20 dollars a month, but with all the features that come along with your subscription, the ability to transfer your domain name, which is fair to say the least, and the incredible support service, it’s well worth it.