Show your fans some love.
Download Codes are unique codes that you can provide to your fans, friends or family members that allows them to download your album for free via Catapult. You can order Download Codes for any of your albums in your catalog and then send them via e-mail or print them out.
The best way to get your Download Codes to your fans is via e-mail. You might paste them into an e-mail to a specific fan or you could blast your whole fan e-mail list at once.
Once you have ordered some Download Codes, you can visit your album's page in your Dashboard at Catapult and click on "Export Download Codes". You can instantly see how many Download Codes you have ordered as well as the total redeemed to date. Or you can download a .csv file that contains all of your Download Codes and see which specific Download Codes have been redeemed.
Example of Exporting Download Codes:
That's up to you. Most artist choose to e-mail their Download Codes to their fans. Other, more technically inclined artists can even print out their own cards that display the Download Codes, but that is up to you.
If you intend to send codes to hundreds of people or more, you should consider using an email service that can automatically insert the codes into emails for you. We recommend MailChimp since they are specifically suited for this purpose. You should however, never send unsolicited e-mails to users unless they have subscribed to your e-mail list. That's a good way to get your e-mail address blacklisted by ISPs.
However you choose to provide the Download Codes to your fans, you should always point them to the following URL to redeem their free album:
Example of a Free Album Download Page:
Your album will be downloadable as a 320kbps MP3 album with all metadata and cover art embedded in the mp3 files. This allows the user to import the album into iTunes (or their preferred listening software) and all the track titles and cover art will display correctly.
Each Download Code can be used 3 times. We do this for a couple reasons:
Simply visit your album's page in your Dashboard at Catapult and click on "Purchase Download Codes".
Unfortunately, no. iTunes does sometimes offer Download Codes for albums in their store but it is normally reserved for high profile / top billboard artists. Our Download Codes will only work at Catapult.
What others are saying about Catapult
"...Where other digital distributor payouts were laughably small, Catapult's were more than fair and actually skewed rates in the artists' favor; imagine that. I'm glad to be associated with these folks. Their payouts are prompt (once a month on the dot) and they are accessible whenever I have questions/concerns, unlike many other faceless corporations whose empty promises of customer service fail once they get your money."Eric Peters - Independent Artist