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Full disclosure, I should say, I have used CD Baby, Tunecore, Distro Kid and Loudr to release my music in the past.
I just released my latest album and this piece honestly helped me decide who the best company for this release was.
As of now you can still signup with Loudr distribution through their site, but in the future they will be completely transitioning over to CD Baby’s services. Loudr’s digital distribution service is mainly for cover artists to easily get their music on i Tunes.
STAY AWAY Loudr has handed its distribution services over to CD Baby. Chris had a previous distribution company primarily used for A Cappella groups.
It’s a massive process (and headache) to signup as a rights owner (and fill out their catalog spreadsheet). You still have to signup as a Featured Artist on your own with Sound Exchange, but this cuts a lot of the hassle down. * They charge for single UPC or for album UPC. You can’t distribute your album without a UPC – so add on an additional /20 for each release. It’s a completely different model than all the other digital distributors.
I spoke with the founder, Philip Kaplan about his service. He is also the founder of the musician meet up site, Fandalism with over 600,000 musicians signed up. They have been recommended by Derek Sivers (founder of CD Baby) and Jeff Price (founder of Tunecore) – who no longer work at the companies. Whether you release 1 song or 1000 songs, it’s still .99 a year.
I sat down with reps at 8 different digital distribution companies, CD Baby, Distro Kid, Ditto Music, Loudr, Mondotunes, Reverb Nation, Symphonic, Tunecore and Zimbalam, to get a full in-depth look at each company and for the reps to explain to me their company’s best features (that I may have missed scanning their FAQ).
Being a musician, I asked them questions I deemed most important for independent musicians.
Chris used to work at i Tunes so has “an in” there still and understands it a bit better than most new distribution companies.