By Andy Malt | Published on Monday 19 August 2019
Digital distribution firm CD Baby has announced that it is closing
its HostBaby website building service for musicians. Existing accounts
will be migrated over to rival service Bandzoogle, starting later this
The company told users that it wants to “put all our energy
into what we do best, namely distributing music, creating tools for
independent artists, and helping them collect their royalties
worldwide”. It also seemingly admitted that HostBaby’s website building
offering has lagged behind others in the industry, saying that
Bandzoogle offers “better, more modern technology and themes”.
Artists who have used HostBaby to date will continue to be able
to build websites using pre-made templates, and, once the transition is
complete, will also be able to add crowdfunding and subscription
“Bandzoogle shares our focus on artists, with tools that help
them wherever they are in their career”, says CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux.
“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”.
CD Baby says it aims to make the migration for existing users
as seamless as possible. As it prepares for the transition, HostBaby has
stopped accepting new sign ups, and – in the future – CD Baby will
promote Bandzoogle to its distribution clients.