If you’re a Bandcamp user then you’ll probably enjoy this bit of news; Bandcamp is now offering a Facebook app/widget/plugin. Yay!
The Bandcamp Facebook app puts all the functionality and content of your Bandcamp site into a tab within Facebook. The plugin will be a direct competitor with Root Music, the previous winner of Facebook music apps.
Expect to see even more competitors enter this field, but if you’re already a Bandcamp user their plugin will probably be the easiest to get set up. You can go through a step by step guide here. But below is an excerpt from the Bandcamp FAQ page which brings up a good point:
Should I stop sending fans to my standalone Bandcamp site and instead just send them all straight to Facebook?
We think that’s a bad idea. Whereas Bandcamp provides a focused music listening and purchasing experience, the average Facebook page has between 50 and 60 things for your fans to click on other than your music. Why let an ad for Bonobos pants vie for your fans’ attention unless you have absolutely no other choice? In addition, it’s entirely possible that Facebook may one day require fans to use Facebook Credits to purchase your music (from which they take a 30% cut). They did that for all game apps earlier this summer, so why wouldn’t other app types follow? Do you really want to condition your fans to the idea that this is your only store on the web? (More here)