VibeDeck is a web service that lets music artists sell their music directly to their fans, without incurring any additional costs.
Launched in beta two months ago following a $2m investment round in June, VibeDeck last week announced it had deployed SoundCloud integration, which lets artists sell tracks, with associated metadata and artwork.
The service should be launched into public beta today, and here’s how the service will work.
For those that have already signed up to VibeDeck and uploaded at least one audio file, they will then have to authenticate VibeDeck with YouTube. Then, click on the ‘options’ icon to the right of the track in VibeDeck:
A call-to-action is added in the form of a link-to-purchase below the video, and the payment flow for the fan, and the set-up process for the artist, is similar to the set-up with SoundCloud. Artists keep 100% of sales and payments flow directly to the user’s PayPal account:
“The beauty of this is that the punter is not purchasing YouTube’s compressed audio. Instead, the artist has ‘associated’ a high quality MP3 (320 kbps + metadata/artwork) with a YouTube video. It’s the instant and seamless digital version of going to see a film you love at the cinema and popping into Tower Records on the way out to pick up the movie soundtrack.”
“There is no reason why our software won’t be equally as useful to authors, photographers, designers, teachers, consultants and other proprietors of digital goods as it is today for musicians.”