This post is for anyone who wants to release music on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, TIDAL, etc.
You’ve gone from song idea, to written song, to recorded song, to receiving and applying feedback, to fully mixed and mastered record. What’s next? Time to release your music to the world! (Once your metadata is in order, but that’ll be another blog post).
This has probably been the most asked question of me these last few years: How do I get my song onto Spotify, Apple Music, etc.? And not only that, but which company is the best to work with? Here are some things to consider.
The last few years have seen numerous companies begin offering services to independent artists and labels to distribute music on all streaming services, for a fee. There are a variety of videos and posts on this subject, and my favorite and the most comprehensive comparison of these services is by Ari’s Take (link at the bottom of this blog post). On this post, I will share my experience, things you should consider when choosing a distributor, and who I’d recommend.
It is important to note that at this moment in time, you are not able to send your music directly to streaming services. You need a digital distributor. Two that I have worked with are CD Baby and TuneCore. Distributing your music through a digital distribution service does not mean you are “signed” to the distributor.
However, keep in mind you can only release a song or album through one distributor. You can’t distribute one song through multiple distributors. You can release a separate song or album through another distributor, and I actually encourage you to try two or three different services until you are comfortable and confident that you have find the appropriate ongoing partner for you.
What to consider:
As mentioned above, there are many digital distributors, and if you’d like to go more in-depth with comparing them, visit Ari’s Take.
At this point in time, I really enjoy my working relationship with CD Baby. I've distributed most of my music through them. I like the additional services they offer, and the fact that I only have to pay once to distribute a song, or album, with no recurring annual fee. They have always been very responsive and clear when I have any questions. When there is a new music streaming service, CD Baby ensures music is distributed to them as well (no additional fee). I think they need to grow as far as collecting more metadata, but I would highly recommend them.
I hope this helps you what to consider when choosing a digital distributor. If you have questions, or comments, please reach out to me.
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