Bands can now sell their music to fans through MySpace and other social-networking services using 7 Digital's new indiestore.com plug-in.
indiestore.com, the global online service from 7 Digital, already helps independent and unsigned artists sell their music direct on the web, so that they earn up to 80 per cent of the sale proceeds and qualify for inclusion in the official download charts.
The plug-in adds an indiestore Flash Player to the users MySpace home page. Visitors can listen to the tracks using the Player and if they are interested in purchasing a track, simply click 'buy' and be taken to the bands checkout.
MySpace is due to launch another tool to let bands sell tracks via their profile in the UK next year.
The Flash Player is easy to add - users simply log in to their indiestore manager, copy the HTML code and paste it into their profile page. When the code is added, the Player appears as a 10 x 10cm box.
Since the launch of indiestore.com more than 4,000 bands from 79 countries have signed up and are selling their own music directly in their choice of MP3, WMA and AAC 192kbps formats.
The basic indiestore.com service is free to use and lets artists upload four tracks, unlimited photos and a calendar of upcoming events. indiestore Pro costs £75 a year and allows artists to upload and sell up to 20 tracks from their own download store.