Distrokid is one of my personal favorites and a populair music distribution service that gets your tracks onto almost all the major music stores and streaming platforms. You pay a yearly fee of $19.99 to upload unlimited albums and songs and artists keep 100% of their rights and royalties.
They do not place music on Beatport, that is to bad if you are a EDM producer in my opinion.
Bandcamp another option. You can offer your songs as a free download and ask for a e-mailadress or set a price yourself and give buyers the option to pay more if they like.
Bandcamp makes their money by taking 15% of your revenue. Once you reached 5000,- USD in sales within 12 months it drops to 10%.
CD Baby distributes your music to 150+ streaming and download services around the world for a fee of $9.95 per single, $49 per album and 15% of your royalties. CD Baby also gives you access to key demographic and geographic data when you distribute your music using their service.
Not one of my favorites but still a interesting distribtor.
Tunecore prides itself on being one of the first in the market, starting the business model in 2006.
For a fee of $9.99 per single per year or $29.99 per album ($49,99 each following year), Tunecore distributes your music to over 150 digital stores and streaming platforms. TuneCore artists keep 100% of the profits they earn from sales, downloads, and streaming revenue. You can also sell Ringtones for a fee of $19,99 per year.
Tunecore provides its users with comprehensive sales data, and as value-added services: social media promotion and music publishing administration.
As the slogan “Arists First” attempts to impress on musicians, ReverbNation paints itself as more than just a music distributor, but a career-maker for artists. Artists with tight budgets will also be glad to know the company offers a free tier with direct selling, but digital distribution has separate price tiers.
ReverbNation is the only one in this list that highlights a website-builder for artist branding, as well as fan feedback for music. Indeed, ReverbNation’s suite of features surrounding the basic music distribution panders to the artist’s career: marketing and promotion tools with email and social messaging functions, social media and digital ads, crowdsourced listener reviews and feedback, and even sponsorship under the ReverbNation brand where artists are introduced and exposed to music industry partners and events. These value-added services come with a separate price tag.
ReverbNation starts off at the low price of $0 for direct selling and a basic package of features, but also offers three, larger paid packages with more functionality. For free tier users, they can pay for digital distribution starting at $1 per single or $9 per album per year.
One of my least favorites.
Amuse gets your music onto all the music stores and streaming platforms that matter, like Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer, Napster, Google Music, Shazam and YouTube.
Amuse is the only free music distribution service that lets you release music direct from your phone using our app.
Once your release is live, you can keep track of your streams, downloads and audience daily from the app. As soon as the music stores pay out your royalties, you can also withdraw your money with one simple tap.
With unlimited releases starting from around $25 USD per year, Ditto distributes your music to over 200 stores, including all the major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and more. Ditto has three distribution packages available for music makers at every stage of their career – Artist, Professional and Label. Ditto lets you keep 100% of your rights and royalties, has 24/7 artist support and lets you track sales and trending data with daily analytics reports.
Record Union is a distribution platform that lets you register a free account and then charges you for every release. There are three distribution packages available depending on the amount of stores you want your track delivered to, with single releases priced from $7. Record Union artists are charged per year for every music store or streaming platform they want their track added to and take 15% of all artist royalties.
Spinnup is an independent record label and music distribution service owned by Universal Music Group. You can sign up for free to use their social data dashboard and special artist features, but then you pay to release every track. Single releases start at $9.99 USD. SpinnUp delivers to 44 music stores and streaming platforms, artists keep 100% of their rights and royalties, and the top tracks uploaded from their platform are sent to the Universal Music Group A&R team, giving you a chance to be discovered and signed by their record label.
AWAL is a distro service that delivers your music to all the key stores and streaming platforms in over 200 territories worldwide. AWAL is free to join, but they take a minimum 15% share of all your streaming and download profits once your track is released. One of the major differences of AWAL is that they don’t automatically accept every artist who wants to join the platform. They believe that having a curated artist roster lets them support their artists with a higher quality of service.
While it’s free to distribute your music with UnitedMasters (they deliver your tracks to 30+ stores and streaming platforms, including all the majors like Spotify and YouTube), they do take 10% of the profit from your streams and downloads. Every artist has access to an analytics dashboard which tracks your real-time data.
One of the newest distro services on the scene is Level, which is currently available in beta and lets you release your music on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, TIDAL, Pandora, Deezer and Napster. While still in Beta, you can distribute your music free of charge, but when the full platform is launched, Level will take 8% from each of your release royalties.
RouteNote offers free distribution services for 15% of revenues, while also offering artists a premium plan that requires upfront payment but lets them keep 100% of all royalties. RouteNote claims to cover over 90% of the digital distribution market.
Artists and musicians can expect the fundamental digital distribution and direct selling services from RouteNote’s plans, as well as referral rewards, data and reporting on streaming and sales, and inclusion and IDs for Youtube Music Network and Soundcloud. RouteNote also provides free ISRC and UPC codes, as well as a community called RouteNoteStudio that helps members grow audiences faster on Youtube.
Pricing starts at $0 with a 15% cut off any royalties earned as well as two other annual pricing options
OneRPM actively leverages its global network of users for more visibility and opportunities for its members, amplifying the reach of its artists with the help of fan engagement from its existing user base. Also noteworthy is that it offers a free pricing tier, though OneRPM keeps 15% of all royalties—even for paid tiers.
The fundamental offer is music distribution, direct selling, and cover licensing, but extends to marketing, including social media, business intelligence, rights management and publishing, and a Music Video Network that also includes video production.
OneRPM pricing starts with a free tier for audio and a one-time fee for video and ringtone distribution. The company keeps 15% of royalties from audio, 30% for ringtones and Youtube, and 50% for specialty video.
Established in 2014, Fresh Tunes took the value-add approach. Distribution itself is free of charge, but value-added services are what bring in revenue for the company.
Heavy on Youtube and Facebook, Fresh Tunes’ paid value-added services focus on advertising and audience growth on these two platforms. Aside from marketing and promotion, the company also provides professional consulting for tracks submitted by artists. If accepted, these tracks are branded for promotion and the artists receive feedback on their work.
Because of its business model, Fresh Tunes’ pricing starts at $25 for promotion, but the total price tag depends on how much the user wants to spend—it functions like a modern advertising program such as pay-per-click ads. Meanwhile, the price tag for professional consulting depends on how many tracks are submitted for consideration.
While a number of companies in this list have partner stores in China (e.g. Netease), Musicinfo is the only distributor solely focused on the Chinese market. Musicinfo distributes to major Chinese music services such as QQ Music, Kugou Music, and Qianqian Music.
Musicinfo offers annual pricing per year per album, song, or EP, and the starting package includes streaming and sales reports as well as social media promotion and localized content. Now, this does not seem like much, but for any artist or musician who wants to break into the Chinese market, Musicinfo is probably their best bet. China’s digital market is closely monitored and for the most part, closed to foreign influence. Anyone who wants to sell directly to Chinese consumers from outside the country requires partners like Musicinfo.
To their credit, Musicinfo understands the importance of localized content and social media promotion on China’s leading social networks, as well as the value of partnerships not only with Chinese streaming services, but also promotion organizations and the like. Musicinfo’s pricing starts at around $34 a year (prices are in Euro), and around $11 a year after the first year. Higher paid tiers are available for more content releases and more packaged features.