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CD Baby Now Sells CDs on Amazon.com

I’ve waited for this day for a long time.  CD Baby is finally offering it’s physical album distribution on Amazon.  That means you don’t have to get $29.95 annual distribution account with Amazon where they take a whopping 55%!

That has long bothered me–55%.  Typically, I wholesale my CDs for $7.50.  So selling CDs for $16.98, I pull in a little less than $7.50  But I was also forced to stop selling jewel case CDs because Amazon (or their customers) kept breaking them and sending them back.

Meanwhile, my CD, Whiskers in the Jar, sold at Amazon via CD Baby.  I earned $8.00 from that sale.  My album was discounted at the time.  It’s more money than I would earn as an Amazon Advantage customer.  Should I stop selling CDs directly through Amazon?

You see, the main reason I signed back up with Amazon Advantage is to get my music on Pandora.  They require that your CDs sell on Amazon.  However, Pandora has yet to add any of my award-winning music.  By having an Advantage account, I’m making less money without reaping any benefits through Pandora.

The biggest question is, “Will Pandora accept CD Baby sales in place of an Amazon Advantage account?”

If you know the answer to that, please let me know.  In the meantime, I will continue to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of selling directly through Amazon.


Marc Gunn is an actual working Celtic Geek musician. He was nicknamed “The Celtfather” for his incredible support of indie Celtic music and his award-winning Irish and Celtic Music Podcast. He has helped 1000s of musicians make money with their musical groups through The Bards Crier Music Marketing Ezine. Now you can get FREE “how-to” music marketing and promotion advice, plus tips on how to sell more CDs when you subscribe today. Subscribe atwww.bardscrier.com!

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