Disc Makers, a CD and DVD manufacturer for independent artists and filmmakers based in Pennsauken, N.J., announced the acquisition of CD Baby, the largest independent music seller in the world, following a 7-year close strategic partnership between the two companies.
CD Baby enables independent musicians to sell their music in both physical (CD) and digital (download) formats through its online store at www.cdbaby.com. The Portland, Ore.-based company works with more than 240,000 artists worldwide, and according to Disc Makers, its online music store receives more than 100,000 visitors each day. With more than 2 million digitized tracks under management, CD Baby is said to be the largest provider of independent music for Apple iTunes and other digital download sellers such as Amazon MP3, Napster and Rhapsody.
“I’m excited to bring together the two strongest brand names in the independent community,” says Disc Makers president Tony van Veen. “CD Baby has paid musicians more than $81 million over the past 10 years for CD and download sales. It is one of the greatest tools created to allow musicians to make money from their music. Now artists can get manufacturing, CD sales, download sales and Web hosting through CD Baby’s HostBaby division, seamlessly and more easily than ever.”
CD Baby will continue to operate as a separate company, focused on online CD sales, distribution and download sales. CD Baby founder Derek Sivers comments, “It’s amazing that this little hobby I started 10 years ago has benefited so many musicians. Disc Makers was my first choice to take the company to new heights. Their operational expertise is just what little CD Baby needed to grow up.”
Sivers will continue to be involved with CD Baby as a consultant.
To learn more about Disc Makers’ duplication/replication services and its complete line of duplication hardware visit www.discmakers.com.