When you chose to sell your music on our CD Baby Retail store, your mp3s will be high quality. We encode them using the default setting of the LAME encoder. This creates roughly 200kbps VBR files. This is why we do not recommend uploading MP3s but rather, WAV or Flac files.
In addition, you have the option to offer your album as an album-only full download or you can sell individual tracks from the album. You can even choose to not sell downloads at all!
Do you have a website? Would you like a cool button?
We have something called a linkmaker you can use to create a graphic "buy now" button that directs to your sales page on store.cdbaby.com. You can check it out at:
On that page simply scroll down to the section that says "Create your custom link".
There you can enter your artist name or album name (be sure to change the drop down box to the correct selection) then click SUBMIT.
You will then be given a list of albums that meet your search criteria and from there you can click SELECT under the album you want to create links for.
After you have made your selection the next screen will show you the available button styles we offer.
From there simply copy the HTML code below your desired button and paste that to the appropriate section of your website or blog.
What should I put in my description?
There are no rules to what you can add to the descriptive sections on your page. Just make sure that whatever you write is captivating (and TRUE!). Grab the reader's attention and leave an impression so that they'll want to click to hear the sample clips. Be sure to use some keywords, though, because your style description will be searchable. You can change the text at any time, so try out a few different approaches and see what works.
You can access the area to edit your description by following these steps:
- Log into your account
- Click on VIEW/EDIT next to your album or single
- Click on Album/Single Description
- This edits the text that shows ABOVE your track list
- This area should be used for a few short sentences about your release
click on Album/Single Notes
This edits the text that shows BELOW your track list which can be used for your album and can include things like musician credits lyrics etc.
Can I make my sample clip the whole song or customize it?
You sure can! Every album on CDBaby.com has samples for customers to listen to before buying.
You have the option of setting the clip to run for a short sample (29.5 seconds) or to play the full song. To adjust this setting:
- Log into your account
- Click on VIEW/EDIT
- Click on "Selling on CD Baby"
- Click on "Edit Track Preview Lengths"
- Choose "Clip" or "Full Track"
- Click on "Continue"
If you choose the clip option, we start the clips at 48 seconds into each song unless you specify otherwise.
You can request custom start times for your clips by submitting a request through our Help Center.
In the body of the request, you must include the start times in SECONDS. So if you want a sample to start at 2:04 (two minutes and four seconds) you'd tell us 124 seconds.
DO NOTE: If your track is marked as a COVER SONG we will only be able to post the 29.5 clip due to licensing issues.
This feature is for CD Baby only. We do not have the ability to set custom samples on our digital partner sites.