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Best Digital Distribution or Aggregator
View Poll Results: What's the best Aggregator (Digital Distribution)?
CD Baby
4 Votes - 21.05%
TuneCore
2 Votes - 10.53%
ReverbNation
0 Votes - 0%
AWAL
2 Votes - 10.53%
MondoTunes
2 Votes - 10.53%
Catapult
1 Votes - 5.26%
Other (specify in your post)
8 Votes - 42.11%
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Old 15th March 2014
  #31
labelworx
Old 2nd February 2019
  #32
I use Distrokid

A couple of years ago I did some research and found that the cheapest options (small yearly fee for unlimited) were Distrokid and Symphonic. CDBaby is quite dear.

I went with Distrokid. I have found them very good. Some of my music is classical. Shortly after I joined and started submitting tracks, they notified me that there was a problem with metadata for classical and they could not put my stuff on Itunes because of that. Therefore they gave me a Premium upgrade for the whole year free. I have dealt with their Customer Service a couple of times and found them excellent. I am not sure how much they take - I think it is 15%. This did not concern me because I knew my sales would be very small.

Symphonic has changed their model and now you have to apply for a partnership with them and their emphasis is on Hip-Hop and EDM. I don't know of any aggregator that specialises in Classical. There was one called Dart Music but they went bust.
Old 3rd February 2019
  #33
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Originally Posted by MyMelbourne Down View Post
A couple of years ago I did some research and found that the cheapest options (small yearly fee for unlimited) were Distrokid and Symphonic. CDBaby is quite dear.

I went with Distrokid. I have found them very good. Some of my music is classical. Shortly after I joined and started submitting tracks, they notified me that there was a problem with metadata for classical and they could not put my stuff on Itunes because of that. Therefore they gave me a Premium upgrade for the whole year free. I have dealt with their Customer Service a couple of times and found them excellent. I am not sure how much they take - I think it is 15%. This did not concern me because I knew my sales would be very small.

Symphonic has changed their model and now you have to apply for a partnership with them and their emphasis is on Hip-Hop and EDM. I don't know of any aggregator that specialises in Classical. There was one called Dart Music but they went bust.
Actually, for their basic service, Distrokid doesn't take anything except your annual artist fee ($20 or less per artist); for most works there are no upload fees and they don't keep a percentage. (There are a few things like cover song licensing that cost extra. Can I Upload Cover Songs? – DistroKid )
Old 10th February 2019
  #34
distrokid is great.
Old 23rd March 2019
  #35
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I have been using DK for a couple of years now. I also use a couple of other agg's. With that being said, DK is a solid company. They are pretty cut and dry in the process of uploading and navigating their site. Recently I have noticed a few things that have become a moderate concern for me. First, they are inconsistent with their payouts. Other services I use have a standard payout date from all streaming companies (1st of each month, 15th of each month, third Friday of the month, etc.) DK states they pay as they receive. What I've noticed is there is no consistency from month-to-month. I'm not sure why/how these other companies are so on the spot yet DK is so sporadic? The second thing I have noticed is that DK distributes to Napster, however, they are not receiving royalties from Napster. Napster is not even listed on the streaming services on their payout list. I asked DK, about a month ago, what is the situation with this problem. The response was "We are still in BETA with Napster, but this should be taken care of soon." I will continue to use DK because I think they are a great bang for the buck. If they could simply get these two concerns taken care of, I would have absolutely no issues with them.
Old 31st March 2019
  #36
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Hmm DK seems to charge a whole lot of money I think.

I have been using this lately, which I think gives your more bang for the bucks:

FanRaizd – Upload & Network – Digital Music Distribution

Unlimited ISRC codes, UPC codes etc, and as many albums or uploads as you want, for 48 euros / year.

When it comes to physical+digital distribution, I think CD Baby is the king of services though.
Old 31st March 2019
  #37
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Originally Posted by Freguz View Post
Hmm DK seems to charge a whole lot of money I think.

I have been using this lately, which I think gives your more bang for the bucks:

FanRaizd – Upload & Network – Digital Music Distribution

Unlimited ISRC codes, UPC codes etc, and as many albums or uploads as you want, for 48 euros / year.

When it comes to physical+digital distribution, I think CD Baby is the king of services though.
Not sure what your thinking is there. Distrokid is $19.99 per year per artist (and can go down from there slightly with more artists).

That's less than €18 per year. As opposed to €48.

And they don't keep any of the royalties either. (I wasn't able to get the precise charges in the EU nations where DK operates, so YMMV.)


I'm not (necessarily) saying they're 'best' -- I think what's best probably depends on the artist's situation -- but I don't see how they are expensive.
Old 7th May 2019
  #38
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Originally Posted by theblue1 View Post
Not sure what your thinking is there. Distrokid is $19.99 per year per artist (and can go down from there slightly with more artists).

That's less than €18 per year. As opposed to €48.

And they don't keep any of the royalties either. (I wasn't able to get the precise charges in the EU nations where DK operates, so YMMV.)


I'm not (necessarily) saying they're 'best' -- I think what's best probably depends on the artist's situation -- but I don't see how they are expensive.
Yes it may depend a bit on the situation...

But if you consider that Fanraizd has one fixed price, with unlimited artists, albums and UPC/ISRC codes... no hidden extra costs.
I think that is a fairly good deal, especially if you have more than 1 artist ... :-)

Just saw now that Fanraizd price is cut 50%, 24 EUR/year.

Have anyone seen this "stem.is" site? Seems interesting with the royalty splits and stuff (kind of same concept as fanraizd seems to have)
Old 6th July 2019
  #39
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Originally Posted by Freguz View Post
Yes it may depend a bit on the situation...

But if you consider that Fanraizd has one fixed price, with unlimited artists, albums and UPC/ISRC codes... no hidden extra costs.
I think that is a fairly good deal, especially if you have more than 1 artist ... :-)

Just saw now that Fanraizd price is cut 50%, 24 EUR/year.
My advice is avoid Fanraizd like the plague.

I've just finished helping a local artist extract themselves from Fanraizd, complete and utter disaster from start to finish for this guy. I'd stick with DistroKid. There comes a point where if it's free or overly cheap then you have to question how they make any money to provide a decent service.
Old 6th July 2019
  #40
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Originally Posted by Holden Sandman View Post
My advice is avoid Fanraizd like the plague.

I've just finished helping a local artist extract themselves from Fanraizd, complete and utter disaster from start to finish for this guy. I'd stick with DistroKid. There comes a point where if it's free or overly cheap then you have to question how they make any money to provide a decent service.
Thanks for sharing their story. I hope things go better for them.
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