Due to the digital age, the process of making money from music has changed dramatically. In the past groups could sell their tape by mail or or independent record shops and enjoy the profits but nowadays a lot of bands are making the majority of their earnings from touring. However these days it has never been easier to share your music and get it known to the public even as an amateur.
How to sell your music online
The first stage will be to have your masterpiece in a digital format e.g. MP3 or FLAC. Next think about where people buy music. What is the first thing that pops up into your mind – iTunes of course. Everybody knows iTunes. There are others such as eMusic and Google Play which are also becoming very popular.
iTunes allows anybody to upload and sell their music, and not only do they help you sell, they act as a distributor too where other online stores can play your music, however the more stores that play your music, the more you have to pay and cut into your profit.
Alternative would be to use a service that offers flat fees to distribute to plenty of stores e.g. Ditto for just £22 you can put up to 20 of your songs in over 200 stores including all the main players. Ditto will also add your songs to music streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio. Just sign up via Facebook and them upload your music and artwork. And pay. That’s it.
The next harder part is actually trying to market your music. This can be done through social networks e.g. Facebook, Google+, Twitter however you should also consider Soundcloud which has a massive following.
If you are just looking to sell beats, then you may want to look at other platforms such as Soundclick or MyFlashStore.