Bandcamp helping to defeat music piracy?

Digital download site conducts own study on its users

Bandcamp, an online music store, has claimed its service is helping to cut down on music piracy.

The company posted a blog stating that their users are finding and purchasing music from their site after originally being directed from a google search for pirated music.

The blog read:

For example, just this morning someone paid $10 for an album after Googling ‘lelia broussard torrent’. A bit later, a fan plunked down $17 after searching for ‘murder by death, skeletons in the closet, mediafire’. Then a fan made a $12 purchase after clicking a link on music torrent tracker What.CD

It continued: “We see these sales as proof that Bandcamp can effectively compete with file-sharing and other free distribution platforms by a) giving fans a clear, easy way to directly support the artist, and b) offering them a better user experience.”

The website also boasted about the money its service made for artists selling their music. It said Bandcamp contributed 22% of overall sales of music and merchandise for the artists featured on the site.

Bandcamp was founded in 2008 and is an online music store for, mainly, independent artists and labels.