CD Baby yesterday launched CD Baby Free - a Bandcamp-like direct to fan music download sales tool that opens the company's popular indie music store to all artists - even if they don't use CD Baby for digital distribution. CD Baby retains 15% of sales with no upfront fees. CD Baby distributed artists are charged 9%. Direct to fan sales allow the artist to keep a larger portion of each sale. Apple takes 40% of a 99 cent iTunes download and percentage based distributors take another 10-15% or more. That puts just 50 cents or less in the artist pocket...

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