Bandcamp is for selling your music. SoundCloud is for streaming your music. Do we need another competing platform thrown into the mix? Radio Rebel thinks so…
Radio Rebel is a “social music marketplace for musicians”. It is scheduled to launch in about a month. On this platform, musicians will be able to sell their music digitally and keep 100% of the money.
Radio Rebel has existed as an online radio station and music website since 2011. They have about 3,500 artists in their network. Now, the site wants to serve as an alternative to platforms like Bandcamp, which takes 10 – 15 percent of sales.
This service will be free to use, with optional premium accounts. Premium accounts will have faster upload and download speeds, no ads, and listener stats. Bands will also be able to purchase ad space on the site.
I asked Radio Rebel’s CEO, Stan Price, how they expect to compete with other established sites. Bandcamp isn’t free, but it has a large user base and provides a wide range of features. Stan said:
“Although we are competing with Bandcamp and other music marketplaces, we do not recommend that musicians stick with just one platform because there are some customers who are loyal to respective sites. However, when bands have control of where their customers buy, we plan on convincing them to direct their customers to Radio Rebel because of the higher profit margin.”
This reimagined platform has been in the planning and development stages for about two years. Radio Rebel is now raising money for this via an Indiegogo campaign. So far they’ve raised $830 with 27 days to go. They hope to raise $50,000, but will get all the money from the campaign even if they don’t meet that goal.
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