CD Baby will let bands sell singles, download cards

The site relaunches in about a month and will let artists sell single-song downloads and purchase branded download cards of their music to sell at shows.

CD Baby remains an essential part of any independent musician's toolbox, offering musicians an easy and relatively inexpensive way to sell CDs and MP3 downloads from a personalized Web page. It's not necessarily the cheapest way to sell music online, but its long track record and wide variety of services, including digital distribution through iTunes and other stores, and short-run CD manufacturing (provided by Discmakers, which bought the company last August), still make it my top recommendation for independent artists.

This July, the site will relaunch with several significant improvements, including more attractive artist pages, the ability to sell single-song downloads, and customizable download cards--great as a promotional tool, or as another way to sell your music at shows.

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