A List of Music Distribution Companies

The world of digital distribution (in regards to music) can seem like a long walk through very murky waters for any independent musician. So, we’ve collected a pretty comprehensive list of music distribution companies and the stores they distribute to. If you were to ask: “What is the best music distribution company that will show me how to put music on itunes store?”, then our answer would be ADED.US Music Distribution at http://www.aded.us

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Companies that offer placement services / Companies that can put your music onto the various digital music stores

  • ADED.US Music Distribution | ADEDistribution | aded.us
    • (only $5 a month + a $3 submission fee) <<< CHEAPEST OPTION!
  • CDBaby | CD Baby | cdbaby.com
  • TuneCore | Tune Core | tunecore.com
  • DittoMusic | Ditto Music | dittomusic.com
  • VenzoDigital (f/k/a WaTunes) | Venzo Digital | venzodigital.com
    • delivers to iTunes only
    • they keep 20% of your royalties
    • ran by Kevin Rivers from Michigan, U.S.A.
  • MondoTunes | Mondo Tunes | mondotunes.com
    • ran by Javan Mershad from Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.
    • This is one of those fly-by-night companies that uses big numbers to sucker you in. They boast about being able to distribute your music to 750 stores. This may be technically accurate but not what YOU’RE thinking. Those are 750 stores… not BRANDS… iTunes accounts for at least 111+ of those “750 stores” because iTunes is available in at least 111 countries and each country is considered a different store. So, in reality, MondoTunes is a small outfit that doesn’t distribute to as many brands as they claim. Enticing would-be applicants to your service through misleading text is a bad way to start off.
  • BandCamp | Band Camp | BandCamp.com
    • ran by Ethan Diamond from San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
    • DIY and they keep 10%
    • The way BandCamp collects their 10% is tricky. They don’t take 10% out of every sale. They give you 100% of 9 out of 10 sales you make, then they take 100% of your 10th sale.
    • songs purchased on BandCamp are not available to download directly to an Apple smart device
    • controlled by venture capitalist Tony Conrad of True Ventures
  • RecordUnion | Record Union | recordunion.com
    • ran by Daniel Nilsson from Stockholm, Sweden
    • prices vary depending on the number of stores you want to distribute to
    • they keep 7.5 – 15% of your royalties
  • Beatport | Beat Port | beatport.com
    • They offer their own distribution but it’s really expensive. Especially compared to ADED.US Music Distribution. Plus, the songs are usually higher priced than iTunes. The website is centered around the EDM/IDM community
    • BeatPort is an active community of EDM Producers, DJs, and music buyers. Their site operates much like ReverbNation and BandCamp in the sense that you can buy and sell music all in the same community space, but they are lacking the artist apps of ADED.US Music Distribution
    • founded by John Acquaviva, it was bought out by  Robert F. X. Sillerman’s company SFX Entertainment, for a reported price of slightly over $50 million.
  • CreateSpace | Create Space | createspace.com
    • DIY, distributes to Amazon only
    • Artists using CreateSpace only collect a maximum of $0.65 per song sold regardless of what price Amazon sells it for. This pales in comparison to iTunes, which offers at least 70% of the sale price.
    • Artists may feel limited in their options to upload their music, as CreateSpace only accepts AIFF and MP3 (320kbps CBR) quality files (in a  zip file)
  • FUGA | F.U.G.A. | fuga.me
    • extremely expensive and complicated compared to other services
    • ran by Martin Tjho from Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Accenture
  • Amie Street
  • AmazingTunes.com
  • Anywhere FM
  • Art Empire Industries
  • AWAL a/k/a Artists Without A Label
  • Arvato Digital Services
  • AStream
  • Audiojelly
  • Audiolife
  • Band Metrics
  • Bandstocks
  • BeatsDigital
  • Bitpass
  • Black Market (Soho)
  • Bleep
  • Blubster
  • Blueprint Media
  • Brilliant Digital
  • Broad Street Digital
  • Broadchart
  • BurnLounge
  • Cadiz Digital
  • CD Fuse
  • CD Unsigned
  • Consolidated Independent a/k/a CI or C.I. | consolidatedindependent | ci-support.com
    • extremely high priced and complicated
  • Dancetracks
  • Datz.com
  • Digital Music Group Inc.
  • Digstation.com
  • DJDownload
  • DoubleTwist
  • Dropcards
  • DX3
  • The Echo Nest | EchoNest | echonest.com
    • software development company only
    • Key Example: There is a Spotify app called Swarm.fm that pulls info about artists and their music from The Echo Nest and Last.fm
    • they basically help music apps recognize artists and their music
    • ran by several people
    • The Echo Nest was founded by MIT PhDs Brian Whitman and Tristan Jehan
    • The company is headquartered in Somerville, MA with offices in San Francisco, New York and London.

 

EMI

Emu Bands

EPM

Finetunes Solutions

 

  • Free Music Archive (FMA) | FreeMusicArchive | freemusicarchive.org
    • a site that showcases music offered in public domain, with or without creative commons licenses attached, sort of like a public library for downloading free music
  • The Fresh Page
  • The GenePool Distribution| Gene Pool | thegenepool.co.uk
    • They keep 80-90%
    • Based out of Plymouth, U.K.
  • Gracenote | Grace Note | gracenote.com
    • a site/service that catalogs music information, which many music apps pull their data from. Associated with CDDB ( compact disc data base)
  • Hard To Find
  • HDtracks
  • HMV (defunct)|
  • IMD Fastrax
  • iMesh
  • INgrooves | Interoute | Into Music
  • IODA | Iris Distribution | ISA – Music
  • I Think Music | Javien | Juno
  • Kerascene | K-Tel Digital Distribution | Kudos Digital
  • Lime Wire | LimeWire Store (US) | Lost Tunes
  • Mashboxx | Masterbeat | Mbop
  • Mixmag Download | MJM | MOS Download
  • MTraks | Mubito | Musana (Beta)
  • Music Giants | Music Glue | Music Makes Friends
  • MusicNet | Musicslu | MusicStation Next Generation
  • Musiwave | Muziic
  • MyMusicSite | My Music Site | mymusicsite.com
    • $7.99 single / $19.99 album
    • very basic layout, not very informative, not many stores
  • MyMusicStream | My Music Stream | mymusicstream.com
    • $5 – $10 a month
    • DIY, build and sell music from your page
    • I don’t see how this differs from bandcamp, besides the fact that it’s more complicated and costs more. Artists wanting an official artist page/app would be better off just going through ADED.US Music Distribution or BandCamp as it is cheaper and less complicated.
    • ran by Andrew Drake from Sydney, Australia. Servers possibly located in London, U.K.

My Song Store | NDN | NetMusicPromotions

  • Neurotic Media | NeuroticMedia | neuroticmedia.com
    • Their website is very convoluted. They like to use big words but are very vague on the exact pricing details. They don’t outline (in a list) what stores they distribute to. They ‘appear’ to be more of an artist representation service than an actual distribution company
    • They seem to be more of a marketing company
    • ran by Shachar Oren from Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Nimbit | nimbit.com
    • DIY, pricing starts at $9.95 a month
  • NoiseTrade
  • Nova
  • The Orchard
  • Passalong Networks
  • Passionato
  • PayPlay.FM
  • People’s Music Store
  • Piccadilly Records
  • Play.com
  • Prefueled
  • Puretracks
  • QTrax (Amdocs)
  • RecordStore
  • Realnetworks
  • ReverbNation | Reverb Nation | reverbnation.com
    • ran by  Mike Doernberg from Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.
    • controlled by venture capitalists (not music business people)
    • charges $19.95 a month – $41.67 a month for distribution (extremely high priced compared to others)
    • only allows 2 projects to be released per year at those prices.
    • over the course of a year, you will pay at least $239.40 to distribute 2 albums
  • Ripfactory
  • TheSixtyOne
  • Slicethepie
  • SNOCAP (think MySpace… dead)
  • Songbird
  • SongCast (a/k/a SongCastMusic) | Song Cast Music | songcastmusic.com
    • $6 a month for membership + $20 for each project you want to distribute
    • ran by Michael “Mike” Wright from Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Sony DADC | sonydadc.com
    • they mainly create discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays) and distribute them
    • doesn’t seem to be for independent artists
    • prices are quoted not public

Soulbrother

Soul Jazz Records | Stompy | StreamUK

Tesco | Tema Digital Media | Topspin Media

Trackitdown | Trackseller | Traxsource

  • Trendrr (acquired by Twitter) | trendrr.tv
    • analyzes the demographics of a product or brand
  • Tune Tuzer (defunct)
    • it was a site that cataloged info about the bitrates and pricing variations of different music stores
  • Wild Palms Music (defunct) | wildpalmsmusic.fr
    • possibly defunct, now it’s just a blog
    • based out of France (French)

Xpress Beats

A-La-Carte Music Stores / Pay-Per-Download 

Streaming Music Stores/Apps

  • GrooveShark | Groove Shark | grooveshark.com – 2/5 stars
    • they’ve had issues with lawsuits being filed against them for copyright infringement
  • Pandora | Pandora Radio – 2/5 stars
    • controlled by venture capitalists
    • they’ve had problems in the past not paying out artists’ royalties
    • a lot of distributors will not distribute their catalog to Pandora due to their complicated ingestion process and the problems they’ve had paying out royalties
  • Rdio | rdio.com – 3/5 stars
    • they do not offer nearly as much freedom over the music you’re listening to as Spotify does
  • Slacker Radio | Slacker Music Service | slacker.com – 4/5 stars
  • Spotify | spotify.com – 4/5 stars
    • controlled by venture capitalists and major record labels
    • offers the most freedom over what you listen to
  • iTunes Radio – 3/5 stars
  • Google Play Music All Access
  • We7 (defunct) | now known as Blink Box Music | blinkboxmusic.com

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