The process goes like this: you create your virtual
store and use Audiolife’s free tools to create
content such as ringtones, CDs and even t-shirts.
Then - again, using the tools that Audiolife
provides - you can embed the store into other
websites or blogs. Audiolife will then take care of
manufacturing, shipping, sales tracking and
Here’s what the FAQ says:
“At present, only residents of
the United States with a valid U.S. Social
Security or Tax Identification Number can use
Audiolife to sell products. To apply for an
Audiolife account, go to http://www.audiolife.com/signup/.
If you currently reside out of the United
States, please keep checking back with us. We
are working hard to be able to offer Audiolife
services to everyone in the world.”
Audiofile is free to use; it makes money when you
sell something. It’s not percentage based; Audiolife
takes a pre-set, flat fee that depends on the type
of content you’re selling. Fee details are listed
within individual categories of content creation.
For example, if you sell a digital copy of your
album, Audiolife takes 4 dollars; if you sell a
physical CD, the fee is 5 dollars. You can set a
price for your album anywhere above these prices.
It’s hard to tell whether the prices are too high;
the feature set that Audiolife offers for free is
definitely great value, since you can basically
manage your entire music & merch sales from your
living room. However, I’ll leave it to the musicians
to compare the prices with other similar services
and judge for themselves; if you have an opinion on
Audiolife’s pricing or service, please share
it in the comments.