thoughts on where to buy music and how to support labels?

we would like to bring a discussion and share with you some interesting information. As a regular music consumers and a media dedicated to music, we are often confronted with questions related to music industry and artist/label revenue. Some regular questions are:
– where to buy music?
– how to support labels?
– is buying from itunes bad?
– do people still buy CDs and why?
– how to support artist?

some time ago Anoebis from Sunstrip records share some information about his label, you can read the pdf file here

you can also read the psynews forum thread related to this issue and even ask Anoebis questions here

It would be fair to say that each music niche has it’s own particularity, vinyl, cd’s and digital are all present in the market.

From our understanding, in general the best way to support artist is to buy music from artist/label website. If you have a chance to buy CDs it is still a relatively good revenue that will support artist-label-shop chain. If you are more into digital, than bandcamp looks like the platform of choice. And of course the best way you can thank to artist is to smile, send your feedback and speak about their work to people around you!

so what do you think about all this ?

you might also like to read our form posts Music buying habits and Music streaming industry discussions (soundcloud, mixcloud, spotify, youtube etc)


  1. Manny Pycckii Bakshi

    – where to buy music? I personally prefer Bandcamp
    – how to support labels? To buy from their sites or again Bandcamp
    – is buying from itunes bad? I wouldn’t say bad, Sometimes we or who cannot afford to buy from bandcamp, in this case i tunes is very good option. And you are still supporting somehow.
    – do people still buy CDs and why? – Yes people buy, but i did not, but maybe in future.
    how to support artist? – Bandcamp is good way to support artists directly, you can donate extra amount, or buy their music or choose external sites like Patreon if they have.

  2. rossco

    I like cd’s from second hand collections for the home/car not travelling with… them from ebay or other auction sites where people sell collections as job lots… bored wiht streaming and just clicking a mouse to hear the next track…..that said when working i also stream via you tube just to get a semi random que of new stuff….

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