Music ecommerce community Muzooka recently launched combining social networking with ecommerce. It's ecommerce capabilities are free as are the nice looking, easy to build ecommerce stores from Tictail. Each are worth a look on their own with Muzooka providing potential for marketing and sales while Tictail offers an easy, mobile sales option.
Muzooka Music Community
"Producers benefit too by getting community vetted leads on fresh talent matching their criteria. Major music producers and A&Rs like Walter Afanasieff, Babyface, David Foster, Leonard Brooks, and Tony Mardini are already signed up to participate."
Muzooka's ecommerce options are powered by PayPal competitor Dwolla and are free to artists.
Of course, you'll still have to pay transaction fees but that's really as free as it gets in ecommerce.
Update: As it turns out, not only does Muzooka not have fees but there are also no transaction fees being charged by Dwolla. Totally fee-free so that's definitely a strong selling point.
It's a nice looking site with potential if a crowd builds. There are so many sites for musicians to create networks that Muzooka will have to go a long ways to stand out but they're off to a good start.
Via Alex Pham.
Tictail Web Stores
Among Billboard.biz's Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013 was yet another ecommerce startup that's not music-specific but looks attractive for musicians. Tictail has been described as the "Tumblr of ecommerce" for its quick setup and simple design choices.
Though based in Europe, the U.S. is included in their store setup. Stores themselves are free with some premium services such as custom domains which are free for the next few months.
Tictail looks worth considering if you're looking to set up a separate store, perhaps at a subdomain of your main website. They're entering a very crowded field and are not music-specific but the ease of setup may help quite a bit for those wanting to go beyond single-item offerings.
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