Mobile music download store Gigaboxx dumps subscription charge for artists and labels

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Gigaboxx, the mobile music download platform targeting artists and record companies who want to set up shop to sell direct to fans, has dumped its monthly subscription charge to make the bulk of its B2B service free. This actually makes a lot of sense since the UK startup gets a kick back for every track sold, so why charge for the razors? Furthermore, Gigaboxx says that it’s seen 1,000 new sign-ups since it quietly switched to free last week.

As we reported when the service was first outed in April at TechCrunch Europe’s GeeknRolla, it has a particular emphasis on live events – hence the mobile component – offering artists a “suite of marketing tools”, including their own store URL, QR codes and a SMS reply service that they can feature in promotional material and share on social networks.

Additionally, Gigaboxx offers local Wifi and Bluetooth solutions that can be used at a live gig to beam a link to the artist’s download store direct to the audience’s mobile phones, although this still involves an additional fee, starting from £350.

Interestingly, for its mobile component Gigabox is shunning native apps in favor of a mobile browser-based download store, which artists and labels can create via an online wizard. They can then add tracks, videos, gig listings and other content, which can easily be tailored to a particular audience or event.

Also of note, Gigaboxx is using the mobile payments standard Payforit to handle transactions. As we’ve previously noted, that’s smart since it means that downloads are billed direct to a fan’s mobile phone bill, or deducted from their pay-as-you-go (pre-pay) credit. Also sensible is that tracks purchased can optionally be downloaded later via the desktop web rather than mobile.

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  • panderman

    Gigaboxx is running into a collision train. The hit songs that music lovers want are under the flagship of the big recording labels. Gigaboxx will be the refuge for all the wannabes and failed musicians. Gigaboxx subscription experiment failed and now they took on this new experiment that is likely to fail.

  • Outsource guru

    I want to make a similar business model as gigaboxx but with some free options

  • valleymonger is so much better, not only in terms of features but also design, that is not even fun to talk about gigaboxx

    you guys should check it out – seriously. And, for the record, i am not part of the bandcamp team nor have any type of relationship with them.

    • Kevin

      Bandcamp is interesting indeed. I’ve also had the opportunity to discover another interesting platform called

      Somewhat similar to Bandcamp, however with a different approach. They help artist make song based web sites, pretty cool actually.

  • GyratoryTech

    i really never thinking about that point. but also i’m a real newbie about that

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