Digital MP3’s have been selling like crazy, iTunes alone averages 15,000 downloads per minute! To tap into this selling craze you need to upload your single, EP or Album with an online distributor.
Online distributors are the simplest and easiest way to sell your music online. These retailers will distribute your music worldwide.
You first upload your music to their site, then they can distribute it around the world to online stores such as iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify, xbox music, rdio, Rhapsody, Emusic, iHeart Radio, YouTube and many more.
When your songs are played (streamed) or purchased on one of these retailers sites, you get paid. How much you get paid is determined by the online distributor you choose.
Many of these online distributors also offer publishing (if you wish to be paid when your song is used on places like TV, commercials and YouTube), mastering, cover art creation, and website design.
There are many online distributors to choose from. To help you select the distributor that is right for you, below is a list of the most popular online retailers and their fees. There are definitions below the chart.
|Distributor||AlbumDistribution||Single SongDistribution||What you keep from Music Sales||OtherServices||Sync LiscensingPaid to you|
|CdBaby||$49/ Album||$9/ Single||91%||PublishingUPC $20CD Profile Page||%50|
|TuneCore||$29.99/ 1st Yr.$49.99/ ea. following yr.||$9.99/ Yr.||100%||Publishing||%80-%90|
|ReverbNation||Pro $19/ Month (2 Ablums/ Yr)Max $41/ Mo.(4 Albums/ Yr.)||100%||WidgetsFaceBook AppProfile Page/ WebsiteGig Finder
|Song Cast||$5.99/ Month +$19.99/ Album||9.99/ Single||100%||UPC & ISRC codes Free|
|Ditto Music||$20 for 2-6 Tracks$35/ Album||$9 for 1-2 Tracks||100%||UPC & ISRC codes Free|
|Catapult Distribution||$25/ Album||$9/ Single||91%||UPC $20SoundScan Registration|
Distributor: The online company sending your music to places such as iTunes & Spotify
What you keep from music sales: The distributor may charge a commission fee on all music sales. %0-%9 fee.
UPC: The Universal Product Code. A barcode for your Album or Single
ISRC: The International Standard Recording Code is an international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings.
Sync Licensing: A music Synchronization license, or “sync” for short, is a license granted by the holder of the copyright of a particular composition allowing the licensee to “sync” music with some kind of visual media output (film, TV Shows, ads, Video Games, accompanying website music, movie trailers, etc.).
Which distributor did you choose? Why? Thanks!