Which is the best digital distributor?

Discussion in 'Internet for Musician' started by Nothingness, Apr 27, 2018.

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Best digital distributor?

  1. Amuse

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  2. AWAL

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. cdbaby

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  4. DistroKid

    7 vote(s)
    63.6%
  5. Ditto

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    0.0%
  6. Fresh Tunes

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    0.0%
  7. Hours Music

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Lando

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Mondo Tunes

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. One rpm

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. ReverbNation

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    0.0%
  12. Routenote

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  13. Soundrop

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Stem

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    0.0%
  15. Symphonic

    2 vote(s)
    18.2%
  16. TuneCore

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  17. Songtradr

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. etc

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. Nothingness

    Nothingness Member

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    I have found lots of digital distributors and am in panic now. Too many options! What do you guys use?
     
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  3. fraifikmushi

    fraifikmushi Audiosexual

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  4. jayminho

    jayminho Newbie

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    i have used tunecore , onerpm and believedigital so far. im pleased with all of them. anyway, i had never heard of many you put on your list. but i believe the major ones are very solid.
     
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  6. peterA

    peterA Producer

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    I always used Catapult Distribution. One single payment (no yearly fee), payout via Paypal every month even if it's a few cents.
    http://www.catapultdistribution.com/

    Latest album I used Distrokid who were super easy and fast. Used them after reading many good reviews - time will tell on that one.
     
  7. kingchubby

    kingchubby Kapellmeister

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    Distrokid.
     
  8. Kwissbeats

    Kwissbeats Rock Star

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    little old already,
    I'm currently using routenote and all his finding are wrong inaccurate at this moment
     
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  9. fraifikmushi

    fraifikmushi Audiosexual

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    Care to elaborate?
     
  10. Kwissbeats

    Kwissbeats Rock Star

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    RouteNote Review:

    BEST:
    • Strong in Asian markets - namely China
    • Internal playlist pluggers
    • No fees whatsoever (depends on the "plan" you choose, see spoiler below taken from their website )
    • No payment splitting
    WORST:
    • Revenue and analytics reports. No clear interface to see your reports - you have to download a CSV file and work Excel magic.
    • Distribution speed - require 3-4 weeks lead time typically
    • (moderation by routenotecan did only take up to a week for me so far, the rest is up the shops. If you select a date earlier then 4 weeks your release wont drop simultaniusly in all shops, however Playstore/itunes/deezer/spotify quite match up.)
    • No admin publishing partner to help collect songwriter royalties.
    • 15% commission (again depends on the plan)

    • No daily trending reports
    RouteNote Premium
    Perfect for an artist with an established fan base
    With our Premium Distribution plan you get everything that makes our free service great and a whole deal more! For a small upfront cost you keep 100% of the royalties. Our distribution plans are designed to ensure you have total control and flexibility, ensuring the cheapest per product distribution available.
    What will Premium Cost ?
    Artists keep 100% of royalties
    Singles $10
    EP $20
    Album $30
    Extended Album $45

    Noting bad too say? well yes,
    the free plan only supports high quality mp3's, in 44000. I didn't even know that was a thing but it is :dunno:
    nowadays I ussually downsample a high quality wav while I make it mp3.

    And if the song you uploaded gets picked out by the system,because it has copyright infrigement or inregularities. (like silences at the biginning/end or low overall volume)

    you'll have too wait on human moderation instead of a a automatic system reports back to you.
    which can take another day or 2, re-sending then again has some moderation time. Which add up in the end.


    Edit:

    One big plus he also doesn't touch on is this Artist Lock-in
    I refuse to sign up for money to get my royalties, so paymen splitting is actually a bad thing.
    It is getting abused for marketing
     
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  11. Baali Soda

    Baali Soda Producer

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    Not sure how much of a help this is, I was using RouteNote (as a free user) till last December then shifted to Distrokid (for a minimum annual subscription fee), found the latter to be much better for my needs (in terms of faster uploads to various digital platforms or taking care of any copyright claims when it comes to use of images for cover arts).

    Cheers!:wink:
     
  12. fraifikmushi

    fraifikmushi Audiosexual

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    Thanks @Kwissbeats !
    I don't think that that's a bad thing, I would never go under six weeks to get everything on order in advance. You want preoders, don't you :)
    That drives me nuts as well. Soundcloud monetization for 5% share? My ass! But ok, there's no other way to get your money so you'll have to bite the bullet...
     
  13. Vader

    Vader Producer

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    Bandcamp is where I'm moving my labels now.
     
  14. huschiwuschi

    huschiwuschi Platinum Record

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    • Apple Muisc/ iTunes
    • Deezer
    • Saavn
    • Tidal
    • Pandora
    • Shazam
    • YouTube Content ID
    • YouTube Art Tracks
    • Amazon
    • Google Play
     
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    Not really a distributor but very interesting, you can earn Steam when people like your music:

    https://dsound.audio/
     
  16. fraifikmushi

    fraifikmushi Audiosexual

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    Those are not digital distributors.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2018
  17. 11Fletcher

    11Fletcher Ultrasonic

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    I use Tunecore because my old release were on Zimbalam and they sign some partnership, but they are expensive.
    I try cdbaby for a friend's release recently and it seems to be good, it was on itune in just a week (even maybe less), not very expensive but I'm not sure if you pay only once or if it's an annual fee like Tunecore

    Also I use Awal when I want to put free track on Spotify and other streaming plateform, it's free (but they take some % on your sells and stream) so it's the best option for track that I don't sell (maybe if I hit more than 100 000 play for each track it will not be that great anymore). This one is harder to get on, as they do some kind of selection.
     
  18. huschiwuschi

    huschiwuschi Platinum Record

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    I just posted the supported platforms of Stem which is a distributor
     
  19. huschiwuschi

    huschiwuschi Platinum Record

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    If you are into EDM or other electronic music I am sure you want to be listed on Beatport as well, only a few support Beatport thats one of my main decision arguments.

    For example Distrokid does not support Beatport
     
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