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Which Music Distribution Service Rocks the Most?

246908353 2fb028bb9a Which Music Distribution Service Rocks the Most?

The ability to distribute your music without the need of a record label is a relatively new thing to the music industry, which still hasn’t reached a surprisingly large amount of musicians, but for those who do know, which service is the best?

The main players in the game seem to be Tunecore, Ditto, CD Baby and Reverbnation, who each offer a very similar service but with varying bells and whistles and incentives to win you over.

So lets start off at the bottom of the pile with Ditto’s rather controversial analysis of why they think they’re the best!

Ditto Music


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Wow, green ticks.. they’ve gotta be good! Hold on Ditto, are you really telling me that I can only make a living as a film/tv composer and get into the charts if I use Ditto? Funny how you don’t mention distribution costs either! Nice one guys..

I remember using Ditto briefly when my Tunecore account was playing up and the whole user experience was pretty dreadful, they asked me to send the music by post and then apologised four hours later saying “sorry, you must have logged into our old system” – Not a great first impression!

Anyway, before I vent much more disrespect for Ditto, lets move on to who I think are the top of the pile – Tunecore.

Tunecore

As soon as you hit their homepage you know there is something nice about these guys, a no BS service that isn’t compromised or dressed up with all the extra gimmicks that the other services have. The reporting is easy to understand but comprehensive in analysis, they’re optional extras are incredibly useful and the customer service is fantastic. My only little niggle with Tunecore would be the 30 – 40 day expected go live time, although in my experience they generally get your songs live on iTunes in around 2 – 3 weeks, which isn’t bad at all.

So what about Reverbnation and CDBaby?

I think CDBaby obviously has it’s unique selling point of offering artists a manufacture on demand physical CD distribution service, which is excellent but I don’t feel they offer anything significantly enticing from a digital music distribution perspective. Reverbnation on the other hand try to grab the reins slightly by offering a collection of free promotional tools, but I’m guessing that these ‘tools’ are nothing that you couldn’t find for free using a few Google searches. For musicians who already use Reverbnation very heavily this may be a good solution as it will save time logging in to different places, but I still say Tunecore FTW.

But wait a sec, there’s someone else.

Zimbalam

According to Hypebot, Believe Digital’s sub company ‘Zimbalam’ have announced they’re planning to enter the U.S digital music distribution market in 2010 – charging artists about $15 less than Tunecore per album release and offering a personal A&R manager to high performing artists. Will Tunecore be able to compete with that?

Photo Credit: maury.mccown (Flickr)

About Marcus Taylor

In 2013, Marcus Taylor won the award for 'Young Visionary of the Year' at MIDEM. Marcus is passionate about marketing and the music industry, and has consulted to some of the biggest names in the music industry through his agency, Venture Harbour. Marcus founded this website in 2009, and has reached over half a million musicians ever since.

13 Comments

  • Find_you_lost says:

    I just put an album up on TuneCore and it was on iTunes in less than 24 hours

  • RouteNote says:

    You should take a look at our offering. RouteNote is the leading digital music distributor in the UK and we offer both Free and Premium distribution for artists.

    Free option allows artists to not pay anything upfront and receive free worldwide distribution with UPC codes and ISRC codes. Artists keep 85% of the revenues.

    Premium option allows the artist to pay the smallest fee in the industry and keep 100% of the royalties.

  • RouteNote says:

    You should take a look at our offering. RouteNote is the leading digital music distributor in the UK and we offer both Free and Premium distribution for artists.

    Free option allows artists to not pay anything upfront and receive free worldwide distribution with UPC codes and ISRC codes. Artists keep 85% of the revenues.

    Premium option allows the artist to pay the smallest fee in the industry and keep 100% of the royalties.

  • RouteNote says:

    You should take a look at our offering. RouteNote is the leading digital music distributor in the UK and we offer both Free and Premium distribution for artists.

    Free option allows artists to not pay anything upfront and receive free worldwide distribution with UPC codes and ISRC codes. Artists keep 85% of the revenues.

    Premium option allows the artist to pay the smallest fee in the industry and keep 100% of the royalties.

  • Steve says:

    Bandcamp?

  • Mark McDonald says:

    These days I would put my money on JMD Distribution.  they're an upstream for majors so they provide the largest distribution range without monthly or annual costs.
    we keep 100% royalties
    and they cost the lowest out of all the rest

  • Kenw7 says:

    Tunecore has a turnaround time of 48-72 hours, not 30-40 days. I released three CD's through Tunecore: Portals to Heaven, Dawn Treader, and Oh, Father Christmas. Each time, Tunecore met the deadlines. The writer of this article should update.

  • SethJest says:

    Its funny I have also released 2 releases through Tune Core and found that they are inconsistent with the 48-72 hour turn around time and their response time sucks.  I am now with HSM Entertainment http://www.hsment.com which is working because I can actually talk to people, the team actually cares about my project, they pay on time with no nonsense.Another thing as an artist I dont want 72 hour turn around time if my distributor has not set my project up properly on their end. In other words dont rush me out the door.  I dont care for that

  • Haylen Green says:

    Venzo Music is better than them all! They allow you to sell unlimited music for FREE!
    http://music.venzodigital.com

  • Jason says:

    You guys should actually try Blood Rush Digital (www.bloodrushdigital.com) i have been using their free distribution services for a while now and i like it a lot, i don’t pay anything up-front and i keep 85% from the royalties. Unlike routenote they send it to 500+ digital stores if i’m right. Like Itunes, Amazon, Beatport & a lot more. I hope this helps.

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