Card Included is a brand new service that makes music download cards cheap and easy to do. You create a customized landing page, design a download card and then download the resulting PDF for printing at home or at the print shop. It's a nice combo of digital and printed services for music distribution.
Creating your cards follows a well thought out templated route to producing a design for the digital download card and for the landing page, uploading a zip file of your music and ordering the number of individual codes you desire.
You can see a screenshot of a download landing page on this post from Nick Mango about the launch of the service.
Card Included costs "$0.01 per 20MB. If you have a 20MB file and want 250 cards, it'll cost $2.50. If you have a 40MB file and want 250 cards, it'll cost $5.00."
The low cost makes Card Included accessible while hopefully making it sustainable as well.
Disc Revolt is a good example of music download cards that are printed and delivered. They look great but the price difference compared to Card Included's fee plus home printing is significant.
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