In addition to helping musicians sell their CDs and digital files, the new service will print the CDs for them on demand with no up-front costs.
CDBaby and Tunecore are well-established ways for independent musicians to get their songs placed on iTunes and other music stores, but RouteNote's cheaper.
A new program from Amazon will print single copies of discontinued CDs as fans order them. Record labels win by gaining a new way to sell their back catalog without maintaining big stocks of unsold records, and fans win by having more music available.
According to a speaker at the annual Future of Music Coalition Summit, 99 percent of the titles released last year didn't sell enough copies to let their creators earn a living from CD sales.
Pay-for-play has been around ever since the first kid in a garage wanted a quick and easy way to become a rock star. It never works.
In Huffington Post essay, musician John Mellencamp writes passionately and intelligently about how the music business went so wrong, but his conclusion doesn't hold up.