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Best distribution tool to get on Spotify?

edited November 2021 in Other

Hi all,

My Pro sub to SoundCloud is up in a week, and I’m not going to re-up.

I’ve decided that BandCamp can work for a lot of purposes, and I’ve also got enough tracks on SoundCloud now to also shove these out on Spotify as proper albums.

This is purely as a vanity thing, not for any delusions of income, and, primarily, for the convenience of Spotify over Bandcamp of being able to seamlessly listen to my own stuff alongside other material there. (Believe it or not, I actually enjoy listening to stuff I’ve made :) )

The SoundCloud Pro sub includes a fairly easy to use distribution option, covering Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and a gazillion others.

Once I bin it, I will need an alternative. So: what would forum users here recommend?

I’m basically looking for the cheapest, simplest option that lets me retain the rights, upload a lot, and uses artwork and wavs I’ve prepared to be distributed to Spotify, and as many other streaming candidates as poss.

Thanks!

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  • edited November 2021

    I’ve used Distrokid for my last 3 albums and have been happy with the service.

    Here’s a referral link from me if you decide to use the service:

    https://distrokid.com/vip/seven/752386

  • edited November 2021

    The two most common options are CDBaby and Distrokid. Each has pros and cons.

    CDBaby: you pay per release, which works out at around $49 ($29 album fee plus an additional $20 for the barcode). Once you've paid your music is permanently released, there are no recurring fees to keep it live.

    Distrokid: subscription-based, with a $19/year fee for unlimited releases. If you cancel the subscription your music will be removed from distribution (and no longer available on streaming platforms etc).

    CDBaby also has a more expensive Pro tier if you want them to collect publishing royalties ($69 album fee plus $20 barcode).

    On the face of it CDBaby is more expensive, but you don't have to maintain a subscription for your music to be available. In my opinion CDbaby is probably cheaper in the long run if you want your music to be out there on a permanent basis.

    If you release a lot of music every year and are happy to maintain an ongoing subscription then Distrokid might be the better option. It depends on how many releases you are aiming for.

  • I like Distrokid a lot. As Richardyot said, it depends how much you upload and whether or not you’re willing to pay a yearly subscription.

  • Prefer Distrokid by far, and their splits feature for collaborations is industry leading,

  • If you really just want it to be uploaded to spotify and don't care about being in tiktok or instagram you can use https://indiefy.net/ for free (they take a cut of your payments), I've never used it tho.

  • edited November 2021

    There's also Amuse if you're looking for another free option. It's ok. It takes kind of a long time for tracks / albums to process to stores, but you get what you pay for. The customer support is inconsistent, I had a problem with album / track artwork once, one reviewer cleared everything but another reviewer flagged same exact art style as rejected.

    Again though, can't beat the price I guess.

    https://amuse.io

  • edited November 2021

    DistroKid - I used it to get my branding on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. and also Artist Channel on YT. Only cost me $35 but I would pay much more for that branding.

  • edited November 2021

    Thanks all, some great suggestions there. :)

    Distrokid are offering a free 30 day trial for their single artist deal, and as I am the very definition of a one person band, albeit without the shopping-centre bothering kazoo and washboard, I’ve gone with them for now.

    I’ll surely try the free ones, though, and, who knows, if I ever produce something for the ages, I might just spring for a CDBaby distro as a one off now and then, to get my, ahem, ‘legacy’ out there… :) Kind of like an aural tombstone…

    As to Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook et al: don’t use em.

    This here forum, SoundCloud currently, BandCamp imminently , and YouTube occasionally are the entire limit of my social media involvements. Bah, humbug, young people today, etcetera.

    This of course is just one of the lesser reasons of the many which ensure I will never be famous…

  • I use distrokid for spotify, only because my family and friends (some...) want listen my "music". I'm happy with that.

  • I use CDBaby as it’s far cheaper for me in the long run, and they have really good reporting so you can see where your sales are coming from. Tiered payouts are nice as well. Their support has been a lot faster than distrokid in my experience helping my mastering clients with release issues too.

  • edited November 2021

    Another vote for Distrokid.

  • edited November 2021

    In regards to Distrokid, you can pay a 1 Time fee of $49 to have a permanent place in the Music Universe if you decide to stop the annual subscription:

  • @echoopera : ha! That looks like the sweet spot then, definitely. Pay a not very big annual fee and any time I think I have somehow stumbled across an, ahem ‘banger’, treat it to digital immortality. Excellent!

  • edited March 2022

    @echoopera said:
    In regards to Distrokid, you can pay a 1 Time fee of $49 to have a permanent place in the Music Universe if you decide to stop the annual subscription:

    Just stumbled across this. Interesting!.
    I didn’t consider Distrokid as I’m 100% gonna have some kind of problem (credit card expired bla bla bla) and I want the legacy option to just forget about it.
    So you pay the annual subscription and if you want the “inmortality” you just pay the one-time $49 per album?.
    A good option would be to release singles with the subscription and once you have enough just pay that fee and submit as an album.

  • @tahiche said:

    @echoopera said:
    In regards to Distrokid, you can pay a 1 Time fee of $49 to have a permanent place in the Music Universe if you decide to stop the annual subscription:

    Just stumbled across this. Interesting!.
    I didn’t consider Distrokid as I’m 100% gonna have some kind of problem (credit card expired bla bla bla) and I want the legacy option to just forget about it.
    So you pay the annual subscription and if you want the “inmortality” you just pay the one-time $49 per album?.
    A good option would be to release singles with the subscription and once you have enough just pay that fee and submit as an album.

    Yep, and I actually just tested this out. I cancelled my subscription and, before I did, I added the Leave a Legacy to two albums. About two weeks later, I noticed everything except those two albums had been removed. I can still log in and see my bank for those two albums too.

  • @ChancedMusic said:

    @tahiche said:

    @echoopera said:
    In regards to Distrokid, you can pay a 1 Time fee of $49 to have a permanent place in the Music Universe if you decide to stop the annual subscription:

    Just stumbled across this. Interesting!.
    I didn’t consider Distrokid as I’m 100% gonna have some kind of problem (credit card expired bla bla bla) and I want the legacy option to just forget about it.
    So you pay the annual subscription and if you want the “inmortality” you just pay the one-time $49 per album?.
    A good option would be to release singles with the subscription and once you have enough just pay that fee and submit as an album.

    Yep, and I actually just tested this out. I cancelled my subscription and, before I did, I added the Leave a Legacy to two albums. About two weeks later, I noticed everything except those two albums had been removed. I can still log in and see my bank for those two albums too.

    Nice. Did you “pack” all your stuff into those 2 albums upon cancelling?.

  • No, but that would have been a great idea 😂

  • @ChancedMusic said:
    No, but that would have been a great idea 😂

    You need a manager!

  • edited September 2023

    https://dittomusic.com/

    You pay just $19/year for unlimited amount if releases for one artist. For a little bit more you can release multiple artists (so basically work as Label).

    if you want release also on beatport, you need pay one time fee to Beatport 65$ (distrokid doesn't have beatport)

    UI if Dittomusic is better than Distrokid (at least it was 2 years ago when i used it)

  • @dendy said:
    https://dittomusic.com/

    You pay just $19/year for unlimited amount if releases for one artist. For a little bit more you can release multiple artists (so basically work as Label).

    if you want release also on beatport, you need pay one time fee to Beatport 65$ (distrokid doesn't have beatport)

    UI if Dittomusic is better than Distrokid (at least 8t was 2 years ago when i used it)

    Interesting haven’t heard of this one yet. Have you used it?

  • @HotStrange said:

    @dendy said:
    https://dittomusic.com/

    You pay just $19/year for unlimited amount if releases for one artist. For a little bit more you can release multiple artists (so basically work as Label).

    if you want release also on beatport, you need pay one time fee to Beatport 65$ (distrokid doesn't have beatport)

    UI if Dittomusic is better than Distrokid (at least 8t was 2 years ago when i used it)

    Interesting haven’t heard of this one yet. Have you used it?

    Yes .. was very satisfied .. also friend of mine is using it, also very satisfied ..

    Never tried withdraw any money tough, cause my profits were probably around 5-6$ :-D :-D :

  • I’m following this post with interest. Can’t decide on what platform to use.
    I just checked out Ditto, looks great. But it has the same problem as Distrokid, if you stop your subscription the music goes away…
    This is something that stresses me. I might forget to renew or have some credit card expiration issue, or I might die… I’d want to upload tracks and forget about it.
    I found this service, that works on a “pay and forget” basis, 20€ per album and 9€ per single. Not bad.
    https://imusician.pro/en/products/digital-music-distribution
    Also for “forever” releases I used ReverbNation in the past https://www.reverbnation.com/, although it seems to have changed into a subscription approach model and I can’t find how much it is to upload a release.

    I know Distrokid has the “Leave a Legacy” service for those conscious of THE END, But it’s quite pricey (49€ album, 29€ single). Seems like they’re taking advantage of customers already being there…

    I asked this before and it’s still unclear… Could you use a Ditto or Distrokid plan to upload songs and then publish “forever” albums with another service?. Legally there should be no issue but I wonder if anyone knows what happens when you try to upload songs, say to Spotify, with the same artist from different services. Upload songs with Distrokid, and albums with ReverbNation….

  • edited September 2023

    @tahiche
    I just checked out Ditto, looks great. But it has the same problem as Distrokid, if you stop your subscription the music goes away…

    Yeah, if that is concern, then good alternative is https://cdbaby.com/ ... with them you pay one time per track and it stay there forever ..

  • @dendy said:

    @tahiche
    I just checked out Ditto, looks great. But it has the same problem as Distrokid, if you stop your subscription the music goes away…

    Yeah, if that is concern, then good alternative is https://cdbaby.com/ ... with them you pay one time per track and it stay there forever ..

    100% agree, my distributor of choice

  • If I wanted to put an album on Spotify/Apple Music/Amazon etc., using one of these services, other than the music is there anything else I need to do?

    Are there any "gotchas" I should know about up front, other than needing to keep paying a sub for some of the services?

  • @klownshed said:
    If I wanted to put an album on Spotify/Apple Music/Amazon etc., using one of these services, other than the music is there anything else I need to do?

    Are there any "gotchas" I should know about up front, other than needing to keep paying a sub for some of the services?

    You will probably need to set up your artist page and account on Spotify and iTunes (CDBaby can create these for free, you then just have to log in and claim them).

    Then you will also need to grab the links to your albums and tracks if you want to promote them.

    And then of course you have to market your music, this is the one I haven't quite cracked yet :)

  • @richardyot said:

    @klownshed said:
    If I wanted to put an album on Spotify/Apple Music/Amazon etc., using one of these services, other than the music is there anything else I need to do?

    Are there any "gotchas" I should know about up front, other than needing to keep paying a sub for some of the services?

    You will probably need to set up your artist page and account on Spotify and iTunes (CDBaby can create these for free, you then just have to log in and claim them).

    Then you will also need to grab the links to your albums and tracks if you want to promote them.

    And then of course you have to market your music, this is the one I haven't quite cracked yet :)

    Cool, thanks. I might just do it.

    As for marketing? Yeah, no. I've long since accepted the fact that it's not something I'm really capable of doing!

  • @dendy said:

    @HotStrange said:

    @dendy said:
    https://dittomusic.com/

    You pay just $19/year for unlimited amount if releases for one artist. For a little bit more you can release multiple artists (so basically work as Label).

    if you want release also on beatport, you need pay one time fee to Beatport 65$ (distrokid doesn't have beatport)

    UI if Dittomusic is better than Distrokid (at least 8t was 2 years ago when i used it)

    Interesting haven’t heard of this one yet. Have you used it?

    Yes .. was very satisfied .. also friend of mine is using it, also very satisfied ..

    Never tried withdraw any money tough, cause my profits were probably around 5-6$ :-D :-D :

    Thanks! I don’t do it for the money anyway lol

  • @tahiche said:
    I’m following this post with interest. Can’t decide on what platform to use.
    I just checked out Ditto, looks great. But it has the same problem as Distrokid, if you stop your subscription the music goes away…
    This is something that stresses me. I might forget to renew or have some credit card expiration issue, or I might die… I’d want to upload tracks and forget about it.
    I found this service, that works on a “pay and forget” basis, 20€ per album and 9€ per single. Not bad.
    https://imusician.pro/en/products/digital-music-distribution
    Also for “forever” releases I used ReverbNation in the past https://www.reverbnation.com/, although it seems to have changed into a subscription approach model and I can’t find how much it is to upload a release.

    I know Distrokid has the “Leave a Legacy” service for those conscious of THE END, But it’s quite pricey (49€ album, 29€ single). Seems like they’re taking advantage of customers already being there…

    I asked this before and it’s still unclear… Could you use a Ditto or Distrokid plan to upload songs and then publish “forever” albums with another service?. Legally there should be no issue but I wonder if anyone knows what happens when you try to upload songs, say to Spotify, with the same artist from different services. Upload songs with Distrokid, and albums with ReverbNation….

    I sorry about this as well. So many things that can happen that could potentially take your music down everywhere. And how hard is it to get back up? Hopefully as simple as renewing the subscription.

  • edited February 9

    Transitioning from SoundCloud to BandCamp and Spotify sounds like a great move for your music journey. For distribution, have you checked out SongLifty? They might have some neat options for getting your tracks out there while retaining your rights and keeping things simple.

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