CD BABY has announced the closure of its HOSTBABY artist website service, but will continue to service its artists through music-oriented web hosting provider BANDZOOGLE. Throughout the transition, HOSTBABY users will keep the same domain, inbox and other assets, as well as all hosting time purchased and all deals with CD BABY. However, HOSTBABY will not accepting new sign-ups any longer.
“We aim to make this move so effortless and easy for users, they barely notice,” CD BABY VP/Marketing KEVIN BREUNER said. “Our goal is to create or provide the strongest, most effective tools for artists to make the most of their creative lives and music careers. This partnership will allow us to move forward in a focused way, putting energy into new offerings while keeping our high standards of support and service.”
BANDZOOGLE will also offer users a wide range of new tools for promoting their music and engaging their fans -- highly customizable mobile-friendly templates, direct-to-fan eCommerce to sell music, merch, and tickets, as well as run crowdfunding and fan subscriptions, and integrations with popular platforms like BANDSINTOWN and YOUTUBE.
“BANDZOOGLE shares our focus on artists, with tools that help them wherever they are in their career,” AVL/CD BABY CEO TRACY MADDUX said. “They have built the best hosting product for indie musicians, and they back it up with amazing customer service. Like us, they keep ahead of a fast-changing business and think hard about what tools will best support artists’ dreams and goals. I can’t think of a better partner in web hosting, and I’m glad we finally get to work more closely together to promote indie music as a whole.”
"BANDZOOGLE and CD BABY share similar values and goals: our sustained, honest efforts to provide all of the tools DIY artists need online today,” BANDZOOGLE CEO STACEY BEDFORD said. “We both have longevity in the industry (over 35 years combined!) and we are thrilled to be able to work together to help musicians."