Old 04-18-2019, 06:48 AM   #1
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Default Music Distribution Services-Which one should I use & avoid?

I have my first song that I want to distribute online.

I was wondering if you all can give your input on which online distribution services I should use and which ones to avoid .... and why?
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:01 PM   #2
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I am assuming you are talking of spotify, iTunes, deezer etc.

I've heard talk of Distrokid, but there are others, and each have their own way of making money off you.

Personally I don't give a damn about those services mainly because, as far as I am concerned, they screw over the artists big time.

I therefore stick to Bandcamp for my "serious" stuff and SoundCloud for all sorts.

I don't regard my stuff worthy of selling anyway but I have sold a couple of albums since using Bandcamp. Not enough to feed the habit, so to speak...
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Old 04-18-2019, 02:00 PM   #3
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I'm referring to ones like:

-LANDR
-CD Baby
-TuneCore
-Ditto Music
-ReverbNation
-Loudr

Anyone had good luck with any of these or maybe feel you got ripped off?
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:02 PM   #4
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Personally I don't give a damn about those services mainly because, as far as I am concerned, they screw over the artists big time.
how, exactly? i think you can rest easier on this subject

tunecore's fine, $50 per year per album, with weekly payouts. i don't hate it, it pays my bills.

i think i remember reading that of the bunch, distrokid was the best -- but that was last year's info.
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don't sign up with one that takes a percentage. that's ridiculous.
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:04 PM   #6
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One other thing....

I need to obtain a BUY link for my track that I have on SoundCloud. The thing about BUY links is that for a newbie it is not exactly clear how to make or get one!

I have done a Google search and can't seem to find an answer.

So, how do I get a BUY link?
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After looking into this myself over the past couple of weeks, I narrowed my own decision down to two possibilities, Distrokid or CD Baby. I ended up going with CD Baby for three primary reasons; They give the option of creating physical media such as CD and vinyl, they charge a one time fee per album with no annual fees and they have been around a long time with a good reputation.
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I am assuming you are talking of spotify, iTunes, deezer etc.

I've heard talk of Distrokid, but there are others, and each have their own way of making money off you.

Personally I don't give a damn about those services mainly because, as far as I am concerned, they screw over the artists big time.

I therefore stick to Bandcamp for my "serious" stuff and SoundCloud for all sorts.

I don't regard my stuff worthy of selling anyway but I have sold a couple of albums since using Bandcamp. Not enough to feed the habit, so to speak...

I wanted to stick to just Bandcamp. Not that I have any "fans" or following at all or anything. I like how Bandcamp works. But people kept rolling their eyes or scoffing when I told them I "released my album on bandcamp"

I hate to say it, but they have a bad name. Bandcamp. This sounds very amateur to people. I kept hearing it over and over.

Then when I finally got my album on Spotify and Apple/iTunes, people were like "Wow!" Despite that I like how bandcamp does business better, I feel more accomplished having my album on the services people use more which are Spotify and Apple/iTunes. Everybody I know uses these services.

I wish Bandcamp had a more professional sounding or unique name, it would help us out a lot I think. People would take it more seriously.
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^ haha agreed, people don't know how easy it is to be on iTunes (how come they can get away with having such a stupid name? come to think of it, Spotify is a stupid name too)

Bandcamp is falling out of favor - fewer and fewer people want to own and manager their mp3s compared to buying into streaming services. it's a decent model for the artist, though nowhere near as heavenly as they suggest. Bandcamp has no business taking a cut of physical sales just for hosting a store when bigcartel does the same for free
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I would love to get on Bandcamp, but, I can't!

They require songs to be a certain length and mine are not that long...
For example, One song I sing is 'People' from Barbra Streisand. The song is only 3:45 long which by Bandcamp standards is too short!
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I would love to get on Bandcamp, but, I can't!

They require songs to be a certain length and mine are not that long...
For example, One song I sing is 'People' from Barbra Streisand. The song is only 3:45 long which by Bandcamp standards is too short!
Huh? I definitely have songs that are way shorter and way longer than 3:45 on Bandcamp...
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