Uploading Music to DistroKid.com to get on iTunes, Spotify etc.
Update Jan. 10, 2018:
Here’s how the upload process went:
Here’s the original video showing how Distrokid works:
- Save 7% on your DistroKid account by clicking on this link. – You save money on your account, I make a commission! – Win, Win!
- Ari’s Take Online Distribution Comparison – This music world of Online Music Distribution is constantly changing. Each online music distributor offers pros and cons. Ari’s overview was super helpful to me!
I was holding out for a while to get my Beat Tapes onto Spotify.
Anyways, I finally found some time over the holidays to upload my music to one of these online music distributors, and get it out there to the world 😉
So why’d I choose DistroKid?
Upload Unlimited Albums/Songs
I really liked this feature.
Even though DistroKid is a yearly plan, this still gives you the peace of mind that any music you feel is ready to release to the public is just a quick upload away to have your music in all these online stores!
Keep 100% of your Royalties
If your song starts to go big, you’ll be really happy DistroKid provides this option of keeping all of your earnings.
If your song only gets a couple thousand streams a year, a 10% commission on your royalties sure doesn’t seem like much.
But imagine your song did go big.
Let’s say you made $10,000 from that song in one year.
That’d be $1,000 you give away! (And this will never stop.)
So that’s why keeping 100% of your royalties is such a strong point to go with DistroKid.
Other Miscellaneous Benefits
They claim to be in stores 10-20x faster. (I can’t make any claims to this, but many online people have said so.)
I can’t really use my timing as a comparison because I uploaded at a slow time of the year when most people go on holidays; right before the New Year! 😉
(They also communicate quite well with their customers on social media either with their helpful quick videos, or letting you know about their hours etc. I was also in no rush to get my music out there, as I finally made up my mind to release my music onto these online stores.)
Cons that I Found with DistroKid
Now where DistroKid is quite affordable and gives you 100% of royalties.. they sure seem to make up for it on their add-ons lol
Like for example, they don’t include Shazam in their pricing!
They currently charge $0.99 per song, per year! – That can really add up..
Also, if you ever stop paying your yearly fee to DistroKid.com, your music comes down unless you select their option to ‘Leave a legacy’, which is currently a fee of $49! (Plus paying your monthly fee still..)
Conclusion abot DistroKid.com
So why’d I choose DistroKid?
Again, I really liked the unlimited uploads feature and 100% royalties option.
If I can cover the cost of my yearly account in terms of sales/streams per year, then this really is a great option to select.
But if you feel your music is not going to ever grow lol, then these one-time payment options where they take some of your commission could be more affordable in the long-run.
If you do decide to use DistroKid, you can save 7% by using this link!
Hope my walk-through with you was useful 🙂