Popular DIY music site, Bandcamp.com, has announced that it will soon begin charging a percentage of sales to artists who sell music through the service. They explained:
In the past six months, you guys have used Bandcamp to sell over $1 million USD in music and merch directly to your fans. The pace of those sales is increasing rapidly, and last week we even saw an artist make it to the Billboard charts on the strength of her Bandcamp sales alone. It's been awesome to witness, and we're amped to carry right on, full steam ahead, building out new features, honing existing ones, strengthening our infrastructure, and generally making things better and better. Perhaps most importantly though, we want to do so in a way that's sustainable long-term, and ensures that we're here supporting musicians far into the future. Bandcamp's share will be 15% of each transaction, dropping to 10% as soon as your all-time sales exceed $5,000 USD.
By comparison, the popular iTunes service is said to charge 30%.
Check out the press release here.