In recent times, I noticed that some new netlabels are adopting Bandcamp as default hosting solution for their releases. Please, don’t do it. Bandcamp’s download process need too many clicks and it’s slow as fuck, and – talking personally – I cannot spend my whole afternoon for downloading all your fucking releases one by one.
Bandcamp’s download process is one of the best examples of “anti-usability” I stumbled upon in the last months of daily web browsing.
What you have to do for starting a fucking single download from Bandcamp?
1. click on “Download album”;
2. select the audio format;
3. disable Flashblock (or the other systems to block the useless, invasive and cpu-hungry Flash animations) for a while;
4. give to Bandcamp the permission to write on your disk;
5. select the folder in which you want to download the file;
6. your download will finally start!
WTF??!!?? Do this fucking process for 20-30-40 releases and you wasted your whole day. Try yourself if you don’t trust me. We want usability, not Flash fake coolness.
I repeat guys, we listeners have not time to waste, so adopting Bandcamp will just keep away and scare people. If you dare about your listeners, please setup a simple website with direct links to the release files, so people can download many files at once and in the way they like.
And if you want to drastically improve your download skills, please check my series of posts “How-to Download Whole Netlabel Catalogues With Few Clicks: The Ultimate Guide“. First episode here.
Bandcamp sucks. Governments would inherit webdesign to some people.
As people says in comments, Bandcamp guys updated their download process, as showed:
It’s better than before, but still sucks a lot compared to a fucking simple website with straight links, because it seems that ZIPs are created on the fly and maintaned in a sort of “cache” for a certain period of time, then they are removed. This stupid implementation makes download managers not suitable for Bandcamp, because if you add an album in your queue today and try to download it tomorrow, you get a fucking error. So you can use download managers but you have to download your files very quickly or they will expire… a very annoying thing really. You lose the advantage of using download managers.
Plus, when you try to download an old release, a message like this popups:
But it’s not all. Some free releases require your email address, that is pleasuring like inserting a fucking shoe in the asshole:
Try typing your email address and your postal code one time for twenty releases.. then check your email and click on the download link for other twenty times…! COME ON BANDCAMP GUYS, HAVE YOU EVER USED YOUR WEBSITE?
If you own a netlabel and you care about your users/fans, please don’t use Bandcamp. Learn some HTML instead and upload a proper website instead.