The French used to say, “Le roi est mort; vive le roi,” which means, in case you’re not a Francophone, “The king is dead; long live the king.” As soon as one monarch died, a new monarch was crowned. In our times, it might be appropriate to say, “The music industry is dead; long live the music industry.”
Record labels don’t hold the sway that they once did in the industry, but that doesn’t mean that no one is selling music anymore. Who is selling music and how are they selling it? Artists and small labels are gaining traction by using places like YouTube, iTunes and their own websites. Thus, we are smoothly approaching the topic of today’s blog post – Music Store Website Design. After browsing tons of music stores, we discovered some similarity between them and decided to create a list of their common trends and back them up with catchy examples.
To cut a long story short, if it comes to creating the perfect music website for selling or reviewing music, spend a minute or two browsing the websites below. They will definitely give you some fresh ideas and a clear view of the situation.
Common Trends on Music Store Websites
Looking through the websites discussed in this post, we were surprised how unappealing most of them are. Some of them look really busy and, at first sight, seem disorganized. But we didn’t give up and our search ended up with the success. We want to bring to your attention the attractive examples of music related websites and point out the features they have in common.
Full-Screen Photography & Eye Appeal
Photography is an effective and powerful tool that helps to draw visitor’s attention to the specific areas of a website. But some music stores prefer big high-quality pictures to dominate their websites. Check the examples below.
Home Page Embedded Video or Music Player
Embedded video or music player is one of the essential features of almost all music websites we looked through. That’s a great way to announce new songs or albums, present the latest artist’s interview or entice visitors to stay and explore the website content.
Minimalist design has always been the key to success. You really don’t have to use vibrant colors or fonts to make your site eye-catching. As they say: the simpler – the better. And the examples below prove this statement perfectly.
Most music related websites give preference to grid layout; and that’s not surprising. As this type of content display allows designers or website owners to present all information in the most convenient and effective way. Grid layout helps visitors grab information at once and greatly enhances their visual experience.
Social media integration
Social Media websites are a great way to drive more people to your music store. And most of them are already using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other web sites for marketing and to boost sales. Social websites allow artists or music bands to easily connect and engage with the audience, get feedback and promote their work.
Showcase of Attractive Music Store Websites
Below there are some more creative music related websites that deserve your attention. Well-organized layout, user-friendly navigation, features high quality graphics and catchy slideshows – that’s what makes them stand out among the others.
Music Beat – music store template from TemplateMonster
Music store design from Template Monster