As you know, to succeed in music you need the right tools. Below we have listed a selection of handy tools (That we use and reccommend) that will help you move forward in your music career. None of them are mandatory, but all of them will help make your music career much easier. Some can be used for free, others have to be bought or are paid services. Have a look and see which ones are right for you.
- Get Your Music On ITunes With SongCast:
SongCast is a way to get your music on ITunes, Napster, and other major online MP3 stores with this digital music distribution service. They also provide you with a free UPC barcode (Needed to sell your music and track your sales around the world) when you use their service. Currently signing up for an account is free, so go ahead.
Go to the SongCast website.
- Easily Sell Your Music As Digital Downloads With E-Junkie:
One of my favorite tools, E-Junkie allows you to sell digital downloads of your music directly from your website (It even works on your MySpace page if you want to sell from there). Simply put the link on your website, then when someone clicks to buy your music and pays for it, they’re automatically sent a copy of your music as a download. Nice.
Go to the E-Junkie website.
- Host Your Website With JustHost:
Website hosting is the place you keep all your website files, without it websites can’t exsist. JustHost is the cheapest hosting company around and has all the features you’ll need such as unlimited space (Have as much audio and videos as you want on your website), unlimited domains (Have more then one website if you want at no extra cost for the space) and much more. They also give you free advertising vouchers so you can promote your website. We’ve a website making guide for musicians, so check it out.
Go to the JustHost website.
- Get 1000s Of Twitter Followers Easily With Tweet Adder:
The best piece of software out there for getting you a mass of twitter followers without getting banned. Gets relevant followers, sends messages, unfollows and more all on autopilot. This is a great time saver and a must buy product!
Go to the Tweet Adder website.
- (No Longer Recommended) Brand Your Tweets and Manage With Market Me Tweet:
This powerful piece of software can schedule your tweets so they appear when you’re away, brand your tweets with your website name, automatically add people that relate to a keyword you choose (E.G. Your style of music) and much more!
Go to the Market Me Tweet website.
- Showcase Your Music On Facebook With RootMusic:
RootMusic allows you to create a ‘BandPage’ and add it to your existing Facebook fan page. From here fans can stream your music, check your up-coming show dates, and find out where to buy your music. Nice… Click the following link for an article on how to stream, promote & sell your music using BandPage for Facebook.
Go to the RootMusic website.
- Create A Money Making Email List With Aweber:
If you didn’t already know, mailing lists are where a lot of top musician’s income come from. Having a strong mailing list basically gives you the right to print money, and Aweber is the best at what it does. A must have! Sign up now to get trial for only $1.
Go to the Aweber website.
- Free Business Cards From Vistaprint:
Get 250 FREE business cards from VistaPrint. Offer limited to once per month for each customer.
Go to the VistaPrint website.
- Over 1000 Royalty Free Instrumentals From Beats365:
Every music project needs beats. Beats 365 gives you access to hundreds of royalty free instrumentals from 39 different genres you can record your vocals on and mix. Hip Hop, R&B, Dance, Grunge, and much more.
Go to the Beats 365 website.
- Make Your Own Beats With Sonic Producer:
Sonic Producer is online music production software. It’s suitable for people who want to try their hand at music production but can’t afford the likes of Logic or Cuebase which costs 100s of £/$ eash. You can make beats with this software, then export the beats as MP3s and use them as you like (To vocal / mix etc).
Go to the Sonic Producer website.
- Make Videos On The Cheap With Animoto:
Animoto is a powerful video editing tool that allows you to combine pictures, video clips and audio to create effective videos for you to do with as you will (Ideal for those that haven’t got a big budget but still want professional videos). My words simply can’t make it sound as cool as it is, check the website for some example videos.
Go to the Animoto website.