Last updated on 8 August 2022
Today’s music scene features musicians who sell music and beats independently rather than join a record label or sign up with a distribution network.
Shopify is among the more popular eCommerce platforms where businesses can set up online stores; it’s full of features that can help artists and producers sell music and beats. So, how can you start selling your music and beats on Shopify?
Step 1: Login or create your Shopify store
If you have an existing Shopify account, sign in to your account and navigate to your store.
If you do not have a Shopify account, you can create one in a few minutes. Don’t worry; you don’t have to pay outright for a subscription, as Shopify offers a 14-day trial, after which you may delete your Shopify account or subscribe to any of the three subscription plans.
Create your products in Shopify
The best thing you can do before you start selling music or beats on Shopify is to organize your store. Get your digital files prepared and ready to upload. You will also need to add those products to the Shopify Product page.
To add a product you want to sell, go to your Shopify dashboard and click on “Products” > then click the “Add product” button.
After you have added the product you want to sell, you will navigate to the shipping section to determine if the product is physical and shippable, e.g., vinyl albums, CDs, etc., or digital and downloadable upon payment.
If the product is physical, leave the “This is a physical product” option as it is, i.e., checked, but if it is a digital music file, disable or uncheck the option.
- Physical products = “This is a physical product” – Checked
- Digital products = “This is a physical product” – Unchecked
If you leave that option checked, Shopify will enable shipping costs and shipping emails. Your customers must enter their shipping address before purchasing the music product.
Step 2: Install “Downloadable Digital Assets” from the Shopify App Store
Shopify does not have the in-built capacity that allows you to send the download link for your music and beats to your customers.
So you will need to use Downloadable Digital Assets (an app on the Shopify App Store that Shopify Experts built) to sell your music and beats on Shopify.
Downloadable Digital Assets allows you to upload any file type and size within the limits of the storage capacity allocated to your plan. The app also has a free plan that delivers secure download links to your customers after paying for your music.
The best part about Downloadable Digital Assets? It’s fully automated, so you do not have to worry about managing every minute detail.
Step 5: Upload music beats & attach it to the products
The next step is to upload and attach the music files to your Shopify products.
The app automatically syncs all of your Shopify products directly to the Products page, so you can easily upload your digital files and attach them to the Shopify products.
You can upload any file type such as MP3, FLAC, WAV, etc., but ensure that they are high-quality, as music consumers would only appreciate quality music. This will value your brand better in the belong run too.
Uploading your files
- Go to the “Apps” page in your Shopify dashboard and open Downloadable Digital Assets
- go to the “Assets” page and then click on the “Upload new asset” button
- Upload your music files!
Attaching the music beats to your Shopify products
Next, you need to attach those files to the Shopify products.
- Click on the “Products” page and select a product/variant
- Go to the search box/drop-down and select your music to attach
- Once you have selected the music, press the “Attach” button
Step 6: Make a test order
You want to ensure that your customers can purchase and download your beats or music, so you should place an order to see if the order goes through smoothly. You can see how to place a test order on Shopify here.
Choosing to go independent in the music industry leaves musicians to fill the gaps that a record label would’ve covered; this means that musicians turn to eCommerce and streaming platforms such as Shopify and Spotify, respectively, to sell and grow their music brand.