“… The company provides artists with customized prepaid cards that fans can redeem for MP3 downloads on its Web site. Here's how it works: Artists buy in bulk a set of cards that they can design with their own custom artwork and text. Each card has a unique redemption code and holds 15 credits. Participating artists then upload their music in MP3 format to their profile on the DiscRevolt site, which can also accommodate a bio, contact info and artwork. Bands can either sell or give away these cards to fans, who use the redemption code to download individual tracks -- one credit per track.
“Where pressing CDs generally costs on average of $1 per disc -- excluding cover art and booklets -- DiscRevolt prices range from 100 cards for $99 (99 cents each) to 1,000 cards for $450 (45 cents each). Larger bulk orders can run as low as 25 cents per card.
“There are no further per-track costs for tracks downloaded from the site. Artists pocket the cash they make by selling the cards individually -- typically between $5 and $10. And even kids without a credit card can buy them.”