It’s about the relation with the fan
If the fans feel they are dealing directly with the artist, their willingness to pay increases. Bandcamp embodies this 100%, Topspin can embody this if the artist chooses to utilize it that way.
Amplify’d from latimesblogs.latimes.com
According to Francis, fans paid an average of more than $5 for the 84-cent album, a trend of generosity that Bandcamp founder Ethan Diamond said extends throughout the site, even as overall music sales continue to slide.
“I think a lot of it is the fans’ perception that they’re supporting the artist and they want to pay more when that’s what they perceive,” he said. With donations, “fans are paying about 50% more than whatever that minimum is.”
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