BeatStars, a marketplace and distribution service for producers, is out of open beta.
Here’s how it works: producers can upload and sell their beats on BeatStars and on Facebook. They offer distribution to Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Deezer, Last.fm, and a homegrown YouTube network. The service also offers synch placements.
BeatStars has signed a licensing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). They’ve also added Spotify integration.
Or, hawk it directly: in addition, BeatStars has announced Pro-Pages, which are customizable web pages that can be configured with custom domain names. Producers can showcase and sell their beats directly on their Pro-Page.
BeatsStars says artists keep 100% of all license revenue.
Of course, these services aren’t free. Here are the pricing tiers:
Currently, BeatStars has 100,000 active users. They say their top producers earn six figure incomes, but I doubt all of that money comes directly through BeatStars.