BEVERLY HILLS (Hypebot) –
CD Baby is upping the rate it charges artists for downloads sold direct from its site from 9% to 25% with a 27 cent minimum. CD Baby blamed the increase in credit card fees which range from "27¢ (for a single) to over 50¢ (for an album or CD sale) per transaction". Commissions on downloads sold through Amazon, iTunes and other digital retailers will remain 9%.
The move is part of a site revamp going live this weekend that includes the addition of single song downloads, artist pages as well as the standard album pages, download card printing and an upload utility that eliminates the need to mail in a CD.