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Type of site
Social networking service, music download, streaming media, e-book
FoundedApril 2008; 16 years ago (2008-04)
United States
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerPaste Media Group
Founder(s)Derek Webb, Joe Kirk, Mark Nicholas, David McCollum, Brannon McAllister [1]
Employees22 [1]
RegistrationE-mail and zip-code required download music
Users1.3 million users (December 2015), 50,000 albums (Dec. 2015)
LaunchedApril 2008; 16 years ago (2008-04)

NoiseTrade was a global online audio and book direct-to-fan distribution platform. It was based in Nashville, Tennessee. It enables its users to upload original music and books and give away for free without digital rights management to anyone who provides at least an e-mail address and zip code. It was established by Derek Webb and artists he knew after he became one of the first major label artist to give his digital album away. Over 80,000 free copies were downloaded.[2] He used those mailing addresses to book shows. After attendance at his shows had increased dramatically he decided other artists could benefit from the same idea. He decided that the data would be more valuable than money made selling digital albums.[3][4] Artists upload music with their free account, and then anyone can download ZIP files of mp3 and album art, only requiring an e-mail address and zip-code or country code for an opt-in newsletter from the artist. The media can be shared using various social media or pay artists via a tip-jar. The site takes a 20% cut of the proceeds.[5]

It added features, many of which are common on other music streaming and music download websites, and supports books and other written media as well.[6]

Noisetrade was acquired by PledgeMusic in 2016[7] and is currently owned by Paste Media Group.[8]

In 2019, the website was merged into Paste's website, and in 2023 all of the available downloads were removed from the website.


  1. ^ a b "NoiseTrade About page". Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "‘FREE DEREK WEBB’ CAMPAIGN CLOSES WITH OVER 80,000 DOWNLOADS OF MOCKINGBIRD CD." Press Release. Retrieved December 31, 2006.
  3. ^ Thompson, John J. "The New Music Revolution". Crosswalk. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Strom, David (January 3, 2012). "Lessons Learned From Noisetrade: Free and Legal Music Downloads". Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "NoiseTrade FAQ page". Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Gaughran, David. "NoiseTrade: Build Audience While Boosting Your Mailing List". Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  7. ^ Cooke, Chris (July 13, 2016). "PledgeMusic completes NoiseTrade acquisition". CMU. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  8. ^ Eggertsen, Chris (April 26, 2019). "Paste Media Group Acquires NoiseTrade From Embattled Crowdfunding Platform PledgeMusic". billboard. Retrieved February 25, 2021.