Last month I wrote a blog post called Which Music Distribution Service Rocks the Most, in which I reviewed my new favourite music distributor: Ditto Music. A few weeks after my review I was contacted by Lee Parsons at Ditto Music who explained that they had significantly improved their system since my first experience and invited me to try out the service again. So below is my step-by-step experience of uploading your music to iTunes with my thoughts at each stage, enjoy!
Step 1. The Home Page
My thoughts: This is great! The home page tells me exactly what I need to know, doesn’t distract me with any gimmicks and clearly explains what I need to do next; sign up now.
Step 2. Become a Member
My Thoughts: Again, a really nice simple registration process and I like that I didn’t even have to wade through my email to verify my account – I’m in in under 30 seconds.. Things are looking good!
Step 3. Fill Out Your Song Details
My Thoughts: Uh oh! While I understand that there is a lot of information that needs to be inputed to distribute a song, this form does look quite intimidating and long, but it is simple and easy to fill out so no biggie.
Step 4. Confirm Your Details
My Thoughts: Every thing looks good, confirm.
Step 5. Upload Your Music
My Thoughts: Hey! It’s time to upload my song, but I can only use a java application.. doh! I’m going to have to reinstall Java (yes, that’s right – I didn’t have Java installed..fail). What I would love to see here is a ‘simple upload’ button where you can just locate the file on your hard drive in the same interface that your computer uses normally.
Step 6. Wait..
My Thoughts: Waiting.. waiting.. 40mb WAV files don’t like moving fast, I should have gone with the 320kbps MP3 (my bad!)
Step 7. Add Song Details
My Thoughts: De ja vu. Luckily it’s only a few quick forms.
Step 8. Choose Your Stores
My Thoughts: The variety here is great, I think it could be made easier to select a large number of stores quickly but for this test I just hit the iTunes checkbox and head over to the final stage.
Step 9. Pay For Your Release
My Thoughts: Easy, Cheap and in a few days later I’ll be able to see the song on iTunes, wahey!
Although not perfect, Ditto Music looks like it has made some enormous improvements since I first used it and as a result are becoming the music distributor of choice for many musicians. I really like the unique features that they offer like including PRS / MCPS royalties in your payments and would recommend giving some of the other features a spin such as ‘create your own label’ – interesting huh :-)
Win a free iTunes Song Release voucher code
Want to read a free copy of The Musician’s Guide and get a free song release voucher to get your music on iTunes?
I’m giving away a free digital copy of The Musician’s Guide to the first ten people who email me at [email protected] with the subject ‘Ditto Competition’. All you need to do is reply with your feedback on The Musician’s Guide and a short (2-3 lines) review and I will then send you a free voucher code to get your music on iTunes with Ditto Music!