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Which music distribution site?

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I would like to get a single on itunes, Amazon etc. and wonder which is the best distribution site. I am in the UK so I am not sure how tax is worked out if selling through a US site.

Any advice would be very welcome.
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Focus on a site that suits your genre, as Beatport for overall electronica. Rap has some dedicated distro-sites. Same for Trance, as for Punk/HC...
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Lots of choices, almost too many these days. The most popular are CDBaby and Tunecore. For general material not genre specific as i604 mentioned, you can look into AWAL and DittoMusic both are UK companies.




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My band is going with ReverbNation because they get to more websites but I think they ended up being more expensive though.
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Just remember distribution is nothing without advertising. Your song will be one of 10,000 added that day so you have to spend $$$$ to get that name in front of people. Good luck!!
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Lots of choices, almost too many these days. The most popular are CDBaby and Tunecore. For general material not genre specific as i604 mentioned, you can look into AWAL and DittoMusic both are UK companies.




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I agree, both Tunecore and CDBaby are the most popular, or ones that I've come across the most. I've used Tunecore in the past, they really do a good job of things. They put the music I was dealing with on itunes, amazon etc. (you can pick which places you want your music available). They made the CD's look really awesome, really good printing, lots of different printing/leaflet and casing options, stick ur own barcore on ur cd case and everything lol. I'm sure all offer similar choices though. I'd research what percentages they get from what you sell etc. and things like that.
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i used tunecore for my first batch of tracks. i thought they had the best pricing and choice of sites (all over the world). i second guessed myself later when i saw that reverbnation claimed they could get you on pandora. but later found out that was false, as pandora's site states they have a selection process and no one else just places stuff on their site. that sketched me out about reverbnation and makes me not wanna ever use them.
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i used tunecore for my first batch of tracks. i thought they had the best pricing and choice of sites (all over the world). i second guessed myself later when i saw that reverbnation claimed they could get you on pandora. but later found out that was false, as pandora's site states they have a selection process and no one else just places stuff on their site. that sketched me out about reverbnation and makes me not wanna ever use them.
Yeah I think it's as impt to get into these popular music discovery services (that may not pay royalties) as the actual download stores. Pandora (afaik) only considers submissions that are already selling as physical CDs in Amazon, and that is a prerequisite on top of their screening process, because I think their earn from the referral affiliation. I think music discovery is still mainly based on 1) word of mouth 2) Likeness and association in genre/style. The actual no. of people who make an effort to go dig around mp3 blogs to discover music are still the vanguard minority I would imagine.

Wonder if other people have good exposure using services like Slacker or Lastfm?
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Thanks very much for the information.

Tunecore sounds like a good first choice.

For anyone in the UK what happens with making money through a distributor outside the UK - is there tax to pay? I'm not too sure with buying or selling electronic goods from software or music sites that offer direct downloads.
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I like noisyplanet.net because they charge a modest membership fee then let you keep ALL of your download money. They provide widgets for myspace and personal web pages. Above the basic plan, the Premium and Pro memberships get you on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, eMusic, and one other I think. You also get free Internet radio spins on jango.com.
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iTunes and Beatport for electronic music
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re. electronic music: you can't go directly to Beatport (or iTunes that I'm aware) and get your music on there. Beatport is notoriously fickle and you must go with a distributor that already has a relationship with Beatport and even then it's not a guarantee they can get every label or artist they work with on the site. If you ARE trying to get on Beatport, I'd suggest EPM Music, they're great. All distributors will take at least 15% of your sales but usually 20% in my experience. (I believe that you can go to Juno Download directly which is getting more popular but not close to Beatport.)

re. other options for non-dance music: I wouldn't worry about a distributor or site that can get you on 6000 stores or whatever, as 80% of your sales will be iTunes, a bit from eMusic and a bit from Amazon and that's pretty much it. So you are better to ignore the people who say they're on a bazillion stores and go with who has the best reputation and can offer you the best deal.

In that case, I would go with something like tunecore or CD Baby where you pay a fee and that's it, you don't pay a % of your sales.

Re. using a distributor outside of the UK if you are in the UK - I think it depends on where you are; ie are you in an EU country or not. But really the tax is paid by the person downloading the song, depending on where they are. ie in Itunes UK you pay VAT, in Canada you pay HST or whatever. Your distributor should not tax you on your share of the money - but as the money is 'income' you would pay that when you do your taxes if you have such a thing where you are.

If having tax consequences to consider because you have so much download revenue is an issue, consider yourself lucky!!
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