Bandcamp is an American online music company founded in 2008 by former Oddpost co-founder Ethan Diamond and programmers Shawn Grunberger, Joe Holt and Neal Tucker, headquartered in Oakland, California.
Type of site
|Founded||September 16, 2008|
|Headquarters||Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Key people||Ethan Diamond (CEO)|
Shawn Grunberger (CTO)
|Industry||Music streaming, music purchasing|
Fans can download their purchases or stream their music on the Bandcamp app. They can also send purchased music as a gift, view lyrics, and save individual songs or albums to a wish list. Uploading music to Bandcamp is free, and the company takes a 15% cut of sales made from their website (in addition to payment processing fees), which drops to 10% after an artist's sales surpass $5000.
Downloads are offered both in lossy formats as MP3 (320k or V0), AAC and Ogg Vorbis and in lossless formats as FLAC, ALAC, WAV and AIFF. In addition to digital downloads artists may offer the purchase of their music on physical media such as CD or vinyl.
Bandcamp’s website offers users access to an artist’s page featuring information on the artist, social media links, merchandising links and listing their available music. Artists can change the look of their page, and to customize its features. In 2010 the site enabled embedded/shared links in other social media sites.
Notable artists and labels
Several indie game developers published their game soundtracks on Bandcamp, including the creators of Aquaria, Bastion, Sanctum, Machinarium, Terraria, Plants vs. Zombies, Limbo, Super Meat Boy, To the Moon, Fez, and Minecraft.
In November 2019, Peter Gabriel added his complete solo catalog to Bandcamp.
In the summer of 2016, the company launched Bandcamp Daily, an online music publication which expanded its editorial content and offers articles about artists on the platform. The publication is based in New York. Its managing editor is Jes Skolnik, a writer for Pitchfork, BuzzFeed and The New York Times, as well as former author of punk zines. Among Bandcamp Daily's columnists there have been writers of Wired, Vice, NPR Music, Pitchfork and Paste.
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Web developers and friends Ethan Diamond, Shawn Grunberger, Joe Holt and Neal Tucker launched Bandcamp in 2008
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