What is the best music distribution company in 2023?
Chances are, you have already searched Google, Bing, and Yahoo for digital music distribution companies that have the capability to get your music on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube Music, TIDAL, Deezer, etc.. Anyone in the music business, with half a brain, can tell you… having your music available in as many stores, or DSPs, as they are called in the music business, as possible. So, there are certain factors that go into choosing the best music distribution company to suit your needs.
How many stores (DSPs) do they distribute to?
How much does their music distribution service cost, in total?
What percentage of your royalties are they going to keep for themselves? (i.e. what’s their cut of the loot?)
They pay you 100% of your royalties. Of course, keep in mind, that is after the DSPs themselves take their cut. Most music distributors will double dip on you, i.e. they will ask you to pay for their service up front and also take a percentage of your royalties (from the backend) once they come in. ADED.US doesn’t double dip.
Their database has over 300,000 music industry professionals that you can market and promote your music to. ADED.US isn’t just a music distributor, but a music promoter as well.
You can get your music playlisted on ADED.US Radio. Most artists these days should understand the importance of having your music placed on playlists, as to spread the word.
They accept crypto, too! You will have to make arrangements ahead of time, before you submit your music, but you actually can pay ADED.US with crypto. They can also send your royalties to your paypal account, as long as you meet the $100 cash out threshold.
ADED.US allows you to get your music added to the TikTok, FaceBook, and Instagram music libraries. This means that your songs can be selected by people on TikTok, FaceBook, and Instagram to be added into the background of their video.
Pricing is $10 for a monthly account (pay as you go). $100 for an annual account (discounted for paying up front), and $500 for an unlimited “Eternal Package”. Their Eternal Package allows you to sign up as many artists as you want at no extra cost beyond the initial $500, and the music stays up forever, unless you tell them to take it down.
TuneCore has been in the game longer than anybody and they are still available to sign up with. However, once the co-founders who created TuneCore (Jeff Price and Peter Wells) were ousted from their own company by venture capitalists, things have been noticeably downhill for TuneCore ever since. Multiple pricing changes plus the fact that they were caught using fake ISRC codes for songs may have stained their rep permanently.
3. Ditto Music
Ditto Music is obviously paying a lot of money for ads to place themselves at the top of the list of music distributors. However,…
They have 3 different pricing structures: Artist, Professional, and Label. Unfortunately, you can’t even see their prices without actually signing up.
They do offer a free 30-day trial… but, seriously, who is falling for that in 2023?
They make you pay a separate fee for publishing, which is strange. ADED.US Music Distribution does publishing for free.
DistroKid’s pricing structure is as follows
The basic Musician plan costs $19.99 per year; Musician Plus costs $35.99 per year; Label 5 costs $79.99 per year; Label 10 costs $139.99 per year; Label 20 costs $239.99 per year; Label 50 costs $599.99 per year while Label 100 costs $1,199.99 per year.
It should be noted that DistroKid’s label deal is much higher than the price of ADED.US Music Distribution’s label deal, which is only a $500 USD one time fee, and it’s unlimited.
5. IIP-DDS by FUGA
If you have ever checked out the more info section on any given song on YouTube Music, you may have noticed a line that says “Provided to YouTube by IIP-DDS”. Well, IIP-DDS is a music submission system developed by FUGA, in the Netherlands. The average artist or independent record label (indie label) can not use IIP-DDS as it is a system that can only be used by actual distributors. If you want to use IIP-DDS, then you should sign up with ADED.US Music Distribution because they already have a deal with FUGA in place. Note: IIP-DDS (by FUGA) is not the same company as ADED.US Music Distribution. They are 2 totally different and separate companies. We only list FUGA here because they do, in fact, distribute millions of songs themselves.
I have never personally used Amuse, but, they have a Pro account for $60 a year. Amuse just seems to lack the bells and whistles that come along with an ADED.US account. You have to actually sign up for a Pro account for them to distribute your music to TikTok and other social media apps whereas ADED.US does this for free as part of their normal packages.
7. CD Baby
CD Baby has been passed around like a pack of NewPorts in prison. Honestly… they have changed hands, in terms of ownership, so many times I can’t even keep up with it anymore. The company is a shadow of what it once was when it was being ran by it’s founder Derek Sivers, a musician, coder, and (self described) pop philosophy writer. Derek Sivers ran the joint from 1998-2008 and it’s been downhill since his departure.
Again, I have never used Landr… but… according to other bloggers, who Landr and other music distributors have paid or had play dates with… they do their job. Their pricing is confusing and they take 15% of your royalties on the backend (double dipping).
9. Horus Music
Horus Music has been in the game since 2006 (reportedly) and they are consistent with monthly payouts. However, they do want money up front and they take up to 20% of your royalties (double dipping). Pricing can range from £20 a year up to £300 a year depending on your needs.
ONErpm is ran by Emmanuel Zunz (CEO). They have been in business since 2010. They used to be located in Brazil but have since moved their offices to New York, USA. However, their website doesn’t have any up-front pricing. You have to sign up just to see the prices. They claim to only distribute to 45 DSPs, which pales in comparison to ADED.US, which distributes to over 1,000 DSPs worldwide.
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
Here is our list of music companies that offer placement services and distribution companies that can put your music onto the various digital music stores
This company is the only music distributor that will also promote your content for free on their channels. They also have options for further promotion (for as low as $25). Their network includes over 30,000 music industry professionals and they promote via e-blasts and social networking posts.
They have 4 package deals to match the scale of your needs:
The Ultimate Package –– $100 a year for 12 releases to be distributed to all 1,000 digital stores and apps. This essentially sets you up with a label deal. So, you are getting major label level distribution even though you are an indie artist or independent record label!
Pick-and-Choose Monthly –– $5 a month and you pick and choose (hence the name) only the stores you want to distribute to. –– These pick and choose packages are for people that want to distribute their music to certain stores but not all the stores. So pricing varies via the extra store placement fee you have to pay. Usually it’s only $3-$10 per store. So, members get a discount on store placement fees and only pay for what they want. Most other music distribution platforms do not offer this.
Pick-and-Choose Annual –– $45 a year + store placement fee(s). You save $15 a year on membership fees if you are willing to pay for a whole year up front.
Pick-and-Choose Weekly –– $1.25 a week + store placement fee(s).
One release to 1 store $8.99 flat fee for 1 song (a single).
They also do extra services for you like:
Promoting your material on their InstaGram, FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest pages
Verifying store front-end links. This is so you can see where your music goes. Most other music distributors don’t do this.
Adding your song(s) to 3 company radio playlists for guaranteed streaming. This can be negotiated for about $20.
You may encounter the name of ADED.US used in several ways: added us music distribution, aded distribution, ade distribution, adedistribution, aded us music distribution, etc..
Notable points about this service:
Although CD Baby is considered to be one of the two largest music distribution companies in the world (TuneCore being the other), CD Baby is known to change prices constantly. This is annoying as well as confusing for members. In most instances, they will also keep 15% of your royalties ON TOP of the up-front fee they expect you to pay. This is referred to as “double dipping” and it is frowned upon.
They have an extensive history of making changes, such as who owns the company and overall pricing schemes. The company has been sold twice since being founded by Derek Sivers.
Notable points about this service:
Based on the number of members it has, TuneCore is considered to be one of the two largest music distribution companies in the world (CD Baby being the other). Much like CD Baby, they have changed pricing schemes dramatically. Also, the ousting of it’s founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells was a public nightmare for the company and has left many members wondering what’s going on. The company is currently controlled by venture capitalists, not music business people…
Unfortunately, we cannot recommend that anyone join Ditto Music for the simple fact that the people who run Ditto Music –– and the people that work for them –– are known ‘trollers’ in the music distribution business. They will do things, like searching for videos and/or social networking pages of competitors and they will leave negative comments and/or taunt the other distributors. These actions make them look unprofessional.
They claim to be FREE, but this is merely a play on words. They use the word FREE because they are not charging you an up front fee. However, they keep 20% of your royalties. Therefore, it isn’t actually free.
ran by Kevin Rivers from Michigan, U.S.A.
Venzo Digital has had problems with maintaining relevancy in the digital distribution world. They have switched names several times. They were originally called WaTunes and claimed to be headed by a fake ‘umbrella’ company called Xeinge
MondoTunes is 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.
a/k/a Catapult Music, Catapult Distribution, Catapult Music Distribution
Pricing: $25 for an 1 album, $9 for 1 single. They only pay out 91% of your royalties.
Their site says that they were founded in 2006 by Caleb Carruth and that they are based out of Dallas, TX, USA
Truth be told, although we’ve done extensive research on the various digital distribution companies for music, Catapult hasn’t come to the forefront until 2015. We suspect they are paying Google AdWords a pretty penny for those first page placements in Google’s search results
BandCamp is ran by Ethan Diamond from San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
This company is a DIY (do it yourself) company and they keep 10% of your sales for themselves. 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.
BandCamp allows you to upload and sell your own music and set the pricing. However, they do not distribute your music to any other digital stores and apps. Your music will only be available on bandcamp.com.
This company is controlled by venture capitalist Tony Conrad of True Ventures.
They offer their own distribution but it’s really expensive. Especially compared to ADED.US Music Distribution. Plus, the songs that are available on their store are usually higher priced than the songs that are available on 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.
This service is extremely expensive and complicated compared to other services.
This company is ran by Martin Tjho from Amsterdam, Netherlands.
If you are an independent artist and you want to distribute your music to Spotify, then chances are the people that work for Spotify are going to tell you to sign up with FUGA (or CI) –– our advice is DON’T DO IT.
Ran by several people, Kontor is a music distribution company based in Germany. They claim the be a distributor for the Walt Disney Company in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
They claim to distribute music, movies, and e-books. They are not up front with their pricing. You have to e-mail them to sign up and get further information. iMusician Digital uses them to distribute and has stated that Kontor takes 15% of your royalties.
They do not have transparent pricing for any of their services. They require you to e-mail them for pricing. This is usually a shady business practice because, after you e-mail them, that’s when they decide to drop those high price tag bombs on you.
Located in Half Moon Bay, California, U.S.A.
WhoIs says their domain is registered by Granada Studios in El Granada, California, U.S.A.
ONErpm, which stands for One Revolution People’s Music, is a music distribution company based out of Brazil. Although the founder was born-n-raised in the U.S.A., he chose to work in the South American market.
01-05 track project = $25 (one time sign up fee) + $10.99 = $35.99
06-10 track project = $25 (one time sign up fee) + $19.99 = $44.99
11-15 track project = $25 (one time sign up fee) + $29.99 = $54.99
16-20 track project = $25 (one time sign up fee) + $39.99 = $64.99
Label Pricing (as of 9-24-2014) –– in order for you to collect 100% of your royalties (as a label) you have to pay them $500 up front.
Based out of Wesley Chapel, FL
ran by Jorge Brea, Jeannette Brea (Jorge’s wife), and Julio Brea (Jorge’s brother)
We saw a review from a former employee saying that they aren’t good to their employees.
They like to use word play and math trickery to make their prices seem lower than their competitors in comparison. However, Symphonic Distribution is (by far) one of the most expensive distribution services to use and, therefore, we can not recommend them.
Spinnup claims to be associated with (or ran by) Universal Music. They are pretty new in the space of ‘independent’ music distribution. However, the real question an independent artist should be asking themselves, when dealing with a company as ‘large’ as Universal, is… “Do I, as an independent musician, really want my music controlled by a major label who wouldn’t sign me in the first place?”
If you are an independent artist and you want to distribute your music to Spotify, then chances are the people that work for Spotify are going to tell you to sign up with CI (or FUGA) –– our advice is DON’T DO IT
EMI is a publishing company that monitors radio stations, network television, and movies to see if music (from artists that use their service) is being used. They collect royalties on your behalf. They were acquired by UMG (Universal Music Group).
Controlled by Robb McDaniels (CEO ) –– A decade ago he launched INgrooves out of his spare bedroom. Since then he’s raised over $50 million in capital and built a staff of 140, becoming one of the world’s largest distributors of digital music. INgrooves is home to acts from Mac Miller to Dolly Parton and small labels like X5 but also handles distribution for Universal Music Group, the world’s largest record company.
Note: INgrooves does not have transparent pricing, you have to e-mail them to find out their prices.
A whois search on them says their domain was registered on September 30, 2002, but their information is being protected by a ‘privacy blocker’ company.
They claim to have offices in L.A., San Francisco, NYC, and London.
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.
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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
NoiseTrade is sort of like BandCamp. They have a clean interface that translates somewhat nicely to mobile. They allow you to sell music and books. They don’t have nearly as many members as most services because they seem to take in people on a case-by-case basis.
NoiseTrade Music helps artists & labels meaningfully connect with fans through the exchange of free music for email addresses & postal codes.
DistroKid is relatively new on the scene of music distribution. They smooth talked their way into getting, what appears to be, a ‘nod’ from former music distribution moguls Jeff Price and Derek Sivers. Their pricing scheme is unique in that it’s based on the number of artists you are submitting as opposed to the number of releases you are submitting.
For example, if you are trying to distribute the releases of 1 artist, then they will charge you $19.99 a year and that artist can upload an unlimited number of releases. You can also submit the releases of multiple artists (from 5-100) for anywhere from $80-$1200 a year.
We discovered that DistroKid is in fact a middleman of sorts as they are using Loudr.fm (now Soundrop or Soundr) to deliver their content to the various digital retail stores and apps.
The company was founded by Philip Kaplan and is based in San Francisco, California, U.S.A..
This site is possibly defunct and now it’s just a blog.
based out of France (French)
These are distributors and/or stores that we have heard of, but we have not (yet) consolidated information about
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 – Bitpass – Black Market (Soho) – Bleep – Blubster – Blueprint Media – Brilliant Digital – Broad Street Digital – Broadchart – BurnLounge – Cadiz Digital – CD Fuse – CD Unsigned – Dancetracks – Datz.com – Digital Music Group Inc. – Digstation.com – DJDownload – DoubleTwist – Dropcards – DX3 – 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 – My Song Store – NDN – NetMusicPromotions – Nova – The Orchard – Passalong Networks – Passionato – PayPlay.FM – People’s Music Store – Piccadilly Records – Play.com – Prefueled
Puretracks –– this is a site dedicated to selling EDM music
QTrax (Amdocs) – RecordStore – Realnetworks – Soulbrother – Soul Jazz Records – Stompy – StreamUK – Tesco – Tema Digital Media – Topspin Media – Trackitdown – Trackseller – Traxsource – Xpress Beats – Hard To Find – HDtracks – IMD Fastrax – iMesh – Emu Bands – EPM – Finetunes Solutions – The Fresh Page
August 26, 2020 is the birthday when I turned 39 years old. It is Earth Day 14125 in the life of Makell Bird. I have created a tradition where this is now the 3rd birthday in a row that I have spent alone in Long Beach, California.
The following pictures (video) are from that 3-day birthday vacation. It is mostly of the various street art and scenery I encountered, along with some words of wisdom from yours truly. Note: Furthering the tradition of it all, I like to give a little speech and update on where I am at in life.
Gorilla Cake is (by far) one of the stickiest strains I’ve ever come across. It has the feel of rice krispy treats when you break it apart. That slow, sticky pull apart. Two buds/colas literally merged together into one huge bud inside the container. This stickiness also makes this one of the slower burning strains. As I was smoking it –– in an Elements Cone pre-roll (joint) –– I was watching it burn down and it was burning noticeably slower. It’s ultra moist too.
The smoke itself was super smooth and didn’t dry out and hurt my throat the way most strains do.
Let’s discuss the stages of being high. First, I had that S.O.S. (stuck on stupid) feeling. Secondly, I felt a full body buzz. Third, here comes the munchies. I had a crazy sugar craving and drank 2 sodas (cherry cola) right after smoking this.
Chocolope was an interesting strain. Here are the effects I felt:
Stage 1: Stoned, Stone faced, Numb Skull –– This strain comes in like a little creeper. It took about 10 minutes to kick in. I smoked it from some King size and regular size Elements pre-rolls. The first stage involves your entire head feeling numb. It’s a very ‘heady’ strain but not necessarily cerebral, as you would feel after smoking a more pure sative like Panama Red.
Stage 2: The active phase. I was talking (to myself) a lot and pacing around my condo like a madman. It’s (sort of) like the same feeling you’d get from a cup of coffee only less coherent.
Stage 3: The munchies. I ended up making myself a huge breakfast about 30 minutes after smoking this.
Stage 4: The giggling stage, right before you fall asleep. This stage made me happy with this strain because this “effect” is exactly what I’m looking for. The euphoric “everything’s funny” stage. I had a great time watching videos on YouTube with funny dialog.
The smell and taste is pretty faint. It had the faint citrus smell. It did get a little harsher as I got further and further down the pre-roll. It also had a very faint, smooth, chocolate smell and taste. Overall I’d say this is a good strain to pick up.
I picked this strain up from Canopi and it was $220 + tax for an ounce.
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She could be smoking hot… a perfect 10… and she’s got 100s of men telling her how beautiful she is every time she posts a selfie… but what she isn’t telling you is… she’s fucking a 50 year old white guy… she relies on a sugar daddy to pay her bills… and if it wasn’t for him… she’d still be living with her parents or homeless… so, that 50 year old white guy is the REAL MVP.
A lot of these girls that are strippers and 304s… they grew up with low self esteem… so they never even TRY to be anything else… not even joking they become 304s STRAIGHT OUTTA HIGH SCHOOL!… they don’t believe they have the mental capacity to do anything else but sexual related shit… sometimes they learn it from their mom, who was also a 304… they watch their mom manipulate men and the mirror that behavior… MOST of them have homegirls that talked them into it. It’s like a game of 4 square and I’ll discuss that later.
I don’t think women understand the concept of ‘damaged goods’… Most men (good men) will look at a woman for what she’s ACTUALLY worth (besides sex)… so, a LOT of these girls a in a rush to do ‘young hoe shit’… and they don’t realize that they are turning themselves into damaged goods… they are ruining their reputation and turning themselves into damaged goods… men in this generation are putting up with shit their grandfathers NEVER had to put up with.