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Bandcamp is an American online music company founded in 2008 by former Oddpost[2] co-founder Ethan Diamond and programmers Shawn Grunberger, Joe Holt and Neal Tucker,[3][4][5][6] headquartered in Oakland, California.[7]

Bandcamp, Inc.
Type of site
FoundedSeptember 16, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-09-16)
HeadquartersOakland, California, U.S.
  • Ethan Diamond
  • Shawn Grunberger
  • Joe Holt
  • Neal Tucker
Key peopleEthan Diamond (CEO)
Shawn Grunberger (CTO)
IndustryMusic streaming, music purchasing
Alexa rankPositive decrease 532 (April 2018)[1]



Artists and labels upload music to Bandcamp and control how they sell it, setting their own prices, offering fans the option to pay more (which they do 40% of the time[8]) and selling merchandise.

Fans can download their purchases or stream their music on the Bandcamp app. They can also send purchased music as a gift,[9] 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.[10]

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. [11] 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 the artist’s available music. These options can be toggled and customized on the artist’s page allowing artists to change the look of their page, and to customize its features.[12] In 2010 the site enabled embedded/shared links in other microblogging sites such as Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Google+, and Tumblr with options for email.[13] In 2013 Bandcamp launched mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.

Notable artists and labelsEdit

Bandcamp gained much attention in July 2010 when Amanda Palmer, Low Places and Bedhed gave up their record labels and started selling albums on Bandcamp, using Twitter for promotion.[14][15]

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, Minecraft, and Sleepless Night.

In December 2014, Bandcamp for Labels was launched. Popular independent labels such as Sub Pop, Fat Wreck Chords, Relapse Records and Epitaph Records launched their own Bandcamp pages.[16]

Bandcamp DailyEdit

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.[17][18] The publication is based in New York.[7] Its managing editor is Jes Skolnik, a writer for Pitchfork, BuzzFeed and The New York Times, as well as former author of punk zines.[19] Among Bandcamp Daily's columnists there have been writers of Wired,[20] Vice,[21] NPR Music,[22] Pitchfork[23] and Paste.[24]

On August 4, 2017, the staff of Bandcamp Daily donated all the sales proceeds from the day to the Transgender Law Center, a civil rights organization for transgender people.[25]

In February 2018, the audience of Bandcamp Daily had increased by 84% since last year.[18][26]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Baio, Andy (Sep 16, 2008). "Oddpost Co-Founder Launches Bandcamp, Publishing Platform for Musicians". Maxy. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  3. ^ John, Tozzi (November 17, 2011). "Helping Indie Musicians Market Their Tunes". Business Week. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Private Company Financial Report on Bandcamp, Inc". PrivCo.
  5. ^ Sam, Clearman (October 1, 2008). "An interview with Joe Holt". The HTML Times. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  6. ^ Ethan, Maffey (July 18, 2012). "The Best of Bandcamp: Get in on the ground floor with these sell-it-yourself bands". The Source Weekly. Retrieved 28 December 2013. Web developers and friends Ethan Diamond, Shawn Grunberger, Joe Holt and Neal Tucker launched Bandcamp in 2008
  7. ^ a b Lefebvre, Sam (January 17, 2019). "Inside Bandcamp's New Oakland Venue, Record Shop and Office". KQED. Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Bandcamp Help". Bandcamp. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Thank You, It's a Gift". The Bandcamp Blog. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  10. ^ James Shotwell (2010-06-20). " changes business model". Alt Press.
  11. ^ Bandcamp - In which formats can I download my purchases, retrieved 2019-02-19
  12. ^ Deitz, Ben (2011-01-24). "Bandcamp Decoded: An Indie Musician's Best (and Most Profitable) Friend". Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  13. ^ "Full Tracklist Players, Facebook Love". The Bandcamp Blog. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  14. ^ Caroline Klibanoff (2010-07-27). "Amanda Palmer Brings in $15,000 on Bandcamp in Three Minutes". Paste Magazine.
  15. ^ Glenn Peoples (2010-06-22). "Amanda Palmer Sells $15K Worth Of Music, Merch In Three Min".
  16. ^ "Fat Wreck, Epitaph, Sub-Pop Get Bandcamp Pages". December 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  17. ^ Ratliff, Ben (August 19, 2016). "Is Bandcamp the Holy Grail of Online Record Stores?". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ a b Mahadevan, Tara (February 14, 2018). "Musicians Earned Over $270 Million From Bandcamp Last Year". Complex. Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ Serota, Maggie (November 10, 2017). "It's OK If You Don't Have Your Career Figured Out by 30". Glamour. Archived from the original on November 11, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  25. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (July 31, 2017). "Bandcamp Donating Proceeds to Transgender Law Center This Friday". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  26. ^ Stutz, Colin (February 13, 2018). "Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $70M in 2017". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 14, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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