MAJOR MUSIC DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES REVIEWED

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed &{Updated Video & Table}

Please check out Youtuber and digital music marketing expert Shawn Folk from the blog Payusnomind.info. I interviewed Shawn a while back for the mixtape marketing podcast episode 12 where we briefly discussed Digital Distribution Sites.

Since then Shawn has created this amazing videos where he has broken down each digital distribution site with their pros and cons. Below I broke down my video for this blog in the hope that it would prove useful to the readers of my blog. If you want to see Shawn’s Blog post on his video on music distribution companies check out this article here:  Click Here  

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CD Baby vs. Tunecore vs. Songcast vs. Onerpm vs. DistroKid vs Ditto Vs Symphonic Now, this is a comparison video with these digital distribution sites and music distribution companies.

Now what we are going to look at and comparing them on is price, the percentage sales they take, whether they give you an ISRC code.

Which is a code used within YouTube where when your album or song is in a video, it puts a link at the bottom of that video with the thumbnail of your album and the link to iTunes or Amazon where people can click that link and buy it. If you need additional help with music promotion online read this blog posts. 

And A UPC barcode which tracks sales and sounds.

Music Distribution Companies
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We are gonna look at how they pay you, how they get you your money. We gonna look at their reputation, how people feel about them and how they satisfy people with their service. We gonna look at what extras they give you and the price that they charge you.

Now the first thing that we gonna look at is the price. One rpm doesn't charge upfront distribution an album.

If you wanna distribute your album to these stores and you don't really care about all the other stores, you got to pay $10 to distribute your album to those stores, specifically. And they also have an option of distributing your music to the streaming platforms for free.

MUSIC DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES COMPARRISON TABLE


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Music Distribution 

Sites

Music Stores / Music Streaming SItes

Other Services

Price

Royalties

Visit Site

5 Star rATING

Apple Music
Spotify
iTunes
Google Play & YouTube Music
Amazon


Pandora
Deezer
Tidal
Napster (beta)
iHeartRadio (beta)


ClaroM√ļsica
Saavn
Anghami (beta)
MediaNet and


 150+ smaller outlets


Beats
Music CUR
Pulselocker
Songzae
Bay
MOGE
MIMTV
Univision
JoMediai
Mesh
Synacor
Freeform
NicheStreem
Tesco
Yahoo
MusicPlaylist.com
SoundTracker
La Curacao
StubHub
hmv
Inmotion
Catch Media
Clearwire

YouTube Money ($4.95/yr + 20% of YouTube ad revenue from matches we detect)

Store Maximizer ($7.95/yr)

Leave a Legacy ($29.00 one-time fee, non-recurring)

Shazam & iPhone Siri ($0.99/yr)


Pre Launch Preorder Hyper Follow Page


Cover Song Distribution


Merge Duplicate Spotify Profiles


Stats / Analytics

Tier 1 - Musician
$19.99/yr
1 artist or band name


Unlimited Song Distribution

Tier 2 - Musician Plus
$35.99/yr
2 artist or band names


Unlimited Song Distribution


Tier 3 - Label
$79.99/Year
5 To 100 Band / Artists Names


Unlimited Song Distribution

100% For Digital Distribution


YouTube Money ($4.95/yr + 20% of YouTube ad revenue from matches we detect) 

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Apple Music
Spotify
Amazon
Google Play
Pandora
YouTube Music
Deezer


Shazam
TIDAL
KKBox
LINE MUSIC
Napster
8tracks
Saavn
AWA


Claro m√ļsica
Kuack
Anghami
iHeartRadio
Medianet
Akazoo


Slacker
24-7
7digital
Yandex


 CD Distribution


Sell Vinyl


The ability To Sell Music On The store.cdbaby.com


YouTube Content ID



Sync licensing Of Your Music for TV, film, & Games


Performing Rights Organization affiliation or admin


Song Registration With Song Collection Agencies


Collection Of Your Publishing Royalty


Cover Song Distribution



Stats / Analytics

CD BABY STANDARD
Worldwide Distribution


Per Single $9.95
Per Album $35





CD BABY PRO
Worldwide Distribution
+ Publishing Royalty Collection

Per Single $34.95

Per Album$69

Digital distribution

91% of net income

CDbaby keep just 9% of the net income paid to us by our partners and you keep the rest.

CD & Vinyl

Your price minus $4

CD Baby store downloads

91% of the purchase price

tunecore music distribution company review

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Spotify
Amazon Music
Google Play
YouTube
Art Tracks
KKBOX


Deezer
Napster
iHeartRadio
Simfy Africa
MediaNet
VerveLife
Tidal


Gracenote
Shazam
7Digital
Juke
Slacker
KKBox
Akazoo
Anghami
Spinlet


Neurotic Media
Yandex
Target Music
ClaroMusica
Zvooq
Saavn
8tracks
Q.Sic
Musicload
Kuack Media Group

Instant Mastering $9.95 per track

TuneCore Fan Reviews $9.99 per report

Radio Airplay 100 Free Spins

Custom Engineering $75 Per Track

Vinyl & CD Replication $N/A

TuneCore Social Pro {Social Scheduling Tool $7.99/month or
$85.99/year (10% savings)

Feature.fm
Get guaranteed plays on specific streaming websites $49.99


Stats / Analytics

MUSIC DISTRIBUTION

Album £23.99 first year

£39.99 each following year

SINGLE*
£7.49 per year

RINGTONE*
£15.99 per year


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MUSIC PUBLISHING ADMINISTRATION
£55.99


one-time fee and register unlimited songs at no extra cost.


Youtube Content ID Set Up Fee
£7.99

 Keep 100% of your Music Sales Revenue


For volume inquiries of more than 75 releases, contact TuneCore



You keep 80% of Youtube Content ID collected revenue!



Keep 90% of MUSIC PUBLISHING royalties TuneCore Collects


You keep 80% if Tunecore's gets you any Sync licenses for your Music in Film, Radio and TV


iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify,


Google Play, Tidal, 


SoundCloud, Shazam, Amazon Music


, Emusic, Napster, 7digital & MediaNet.)


Indie Artist Radio, ShoutCast Networks, TuneIn Radio and iTunes Radio.

Accounts can have an unlimited number of artists or tracks in your account!


Earn Money on subscription or advertising revenue on SoundCloud

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Submit Cover Songs


Indie Artist Radio, ShoutCast Networks, Tunein Radio and iTunes Radio


Indie Artist Radio Only $7.99 per track per month of play


Stats / Analytics

Monthly Fee: Plans Sart at 5.99 per month or $59.90 per year per account.


$19.99 per album 

$9.99 per single one-time setup fee (waived for the first submission).



The musician keeps 100%.


For a large volume of tracks contact Songcast for discounts





The musician keeps 100%.


For a large volume of tracks contact Songcast for discounts



symphonic distribution music

7Digital
8Tracks
Addictech
Apple Music
Amazon Music
Anghami
Audible Magic
Beatport
 


Sounds (Sample Packs)
Boom (UMA)
Claro Music
CUR Music (Medianet)
Deezer
Digital Tunes
Dubset Media (Medianet)
Electric


Jukebox ‚Äč
Express In Music
Gracenote
Google Play
iHeartRadio
iTunes
JoMedia ‚Äč


Juno Download
KK Box
Mail.ru (UMA)
Medianet
Mix Upload
musical.ly ‚Äč
Napster




Noiseporn Video Network
OK.RU (UMA)
Pandora
Qobuz
Saavn
Shazam
Sirius XM
Slacker
Soundcloud
Sounds.com
Spotify
TIDAL


TrackItDown
Traxsource
VK.ru (UMA)
Weyv (7Digital)
whatpeopleplay
Yandex
YouTube Red
Zonga Romania (Medianet)
ZVOOQ

Music Video Distribution
$95 per video.


License Your Music


Release Packages
Starting at $125

Video Marketing
Starting at $35

Logo
$300

Electronic Press Kit (EPK)
$75

Release Covers
Starting at $75


Mastering Starting from $45


SoundCloud Monitization

{Unique Dashboard}


Youtube Content ID

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Submit Cover Songs



Branding & Design Offerings
Digital Music Distribution, Publishing, Licensing, Mastering, Graphic Design

Video Marketing

Release Campaign


Radio Promotional Partners
Feature.fm
Play mpe
Radio Airplay


Stats / Analytics

Music Distrobution


$25 Registration fee {One Time Fee}

1-5 - Releases - $10.99
1-10 - Releases - $19.99
1-15 - Releases - $29.99
1-20 - Releases - $39.99
24 + Releases - $50



Music Video Distribution
$95 per video.

The musician keeps 100%.  Digital Music Distribution [Music Sales And Streams}



‚ÄčYoutube Content ID Musician Keeps 70%


Soundcloud Monetization Music Keeps 70% of all royalties


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Symphonic Music Publishing Administration {TV, FILM, SYNC, RADIO}

$75 Upfront
One-time fee to join. Symphonic take10% of the publisher’s share of your royalties as you earn them

SPOTIFY
APPLE MUSIC
ITUNES
DEEZER
GOOGLE PLAY
BEATPORT
AMAZON
SHAZAM
VEVO

Pandora 


7Digital
8Tracks
Slacker Radio

Rdio
Apple Music
Amazon Music
Anghami
Audible Magic
Beatport
 


Boom (UMA)
Claro Music
CUR Music (Medianet)
Deezer
Digital Tunes
Dubset Media (Medianet)
Electric


Jukebox ‚Äč
Express In Music
Gracenote
Google Play
iHeartRadio
iTunes
JoMedia ‚Äč


Juno Download
KK Box
Mail.ru (UMA)
Medianet
Mix Upload
musical.ly
Napster


Music Distribution


PRE-RELEASE
CHARTS REGISTRATION
PLAYLISTING
Vevo Distribution


UK Radio Plugging
Price Varies From - £1,749.00
PR & Full Media Campaign £3,499.00
Social Media Campaign from - $299




Tier 1

1 Artist Unlimited Music Distribution

£19.99 Per Year


Tier 2 

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2 Artists
Professional Artist Unlimited Music Distribution
+ Compilation Relases

£29.99 Per Year


Tier 3

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Professional Label
5 + Artists
Unlimited Music Distribution
+ Compilation Releases
+Priority Support


From £69.99 Per Year Up Too $299 for 40+ Artists



Musician Keeps 100% Of Music Distribution Royalties



iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify,


Google Play, Tidal, 

Facebook


Amazon Music




Claro Music
CUR Music (Medianet)
Deezer
Digital Tunes
Dubset Media (Medianet)
Electric

Ami

Slacker radio


Sound exchange

, Emusic, Napster, 7digital & MediaNet.)



‚ÄčMultiple Formats
ONErpm supports WAV and FLAC uploads, as well as high-res MP3s

Video Distribution


Select Pricing

Ringtone Distribution

iTunes pre-order

iTunes Instant Gratification

Disable previews on pre-orders


Windowing
For a 2 week period of time, make your music available only to Spotify premium users

Multimedia Albums
Deliver a combination of audio and video tracks in an album.

Bulk Uploads of your catalogue


Royalty Sharing

Daily Trends Analytics

Content ID Tracking




No Upfront Registration Fees,Musicians Can Maintain 100% control.

ONErpm offers free delivery for you full audio tracks.


A one-time fee applies for ringtones and videos.
Keep 85% of your royalties


 (70% for ringtones and YouTube; 50% for speciality video}


Musician Keeps 70% of your YouTube revenue.

Bonus In-Depth Product Review 


Distrokid Music Distribution Review


Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Quality

Very easy set up and gets your music in to all these stores very quickly. 

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Price

The Distrokid pricing makes it very attractive for both emerging artists at $19.99/yr and $79.99/Year for labels 

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Our Rating

This is my chosen music distribution company based on the ease of use and the much lower Youtube Content ID Royalties taken. From my research I noticed that a lot of the other companies where taking 30% or more for content plus royalties from Digital distribution. While Distrokid only takes 20% of Content ID royalties and gives the musician 100% of online music sales and streams. 

Not only did I take Shawn Folks recommendation from Payusnomind.com for DistroKid their testimonials from the founders of DistroKid's two biggest competitors left their companies and gave their unsolicited endorsements to DistroKid.

"DistroKid is simply the best distributor in the market."
-Jeff Price, founder of TuneCore and Audiam (source)
"This is amazing. I'll be sending everyone I know to DistroKid now."
- Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby (source)

PROS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Analytics
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Large Music Distribution Stores / Stream Services
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Lower Content ID Royalties Taken Compared To Others.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Great For Independent Musicians and labels
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Affordable Prices
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Unlimited Music Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Hyper Follow Page
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Legacy Options {Won't Remove Much If You Keel}
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Cover Song Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Simple To Use
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Discounts For Upgrades

CONS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Youtube Content ID Extra Fee $4.95/yr
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Store Maximizer Fee For New Streaming Services
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    No Music Licensing Options
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    No Soundcloud Monitization
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Shazam & iPhone Siri ($0.99/yr)

CDbaby Music Distribution Review


CD Baby Music Distribution
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Quality

Cbbaby is a very reputable company with a huge user base.D Baby has 100 per cent approval rating.

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Price

This is where Cdbaby is different from DistroKid. Their  Worldwide Distribution Per Single $9.95 Per Album $35 which can rack up if you have volume, and taking 9% of Digital sales.  

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Our Research

CD Baby charges you $35 per album and $9.95 per single. They take 9 per cent of your royalties. CD Baby gives you ISRC free.
There's nothing bad to say about them. CD Baby does physical distribution. In exchange, they take $4 in every sale, no matter how much sales your album has. They also offer a direct to an option. They also have quality customer service. And also, they are also very accommodating

Now, when you look at how they give you your money, everybody on this list distributes payment through PayPal. But only CD Baby and Tunecore allow you to receive your money through direct deposit, which is great because when you receive your money through Paypal, you have to wait for the digital distributor to send your money to PayPal and you have to wait to get your money from PayPal to your bank account.

PROS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Analytics
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Mastering Options
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Large Music Distribution Stores / Stream Services
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    CD Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Vinyl Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Quality Support
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Collection Of Your Publishing Royalty
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Cover Song Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Sync licensing Of Your Music for TV, film, & Games
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Great For Reputation

CONS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Youtube Content CDbaby Take 30% 
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    CDbaby keep just 9% Of Net Income Earned From Your Music Sales Streams.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Pricing Per Single $9.95 Per Album $35 
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    No Soundcloud Monitization
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    $4 taken from CD / Vinyl Sales


TuneCore Music Distribution Review


Tunecore Review
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Quality

TuneCore is a pretty big company with a large user base. But some users have been vocal about their distaste with Tunecore.

My concerns come from the sacking of their form very influential leader Jeff Price, who has amazing video explaining the music industry to independent musicians. 

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Price

Price is pretty affordable only a little higher than Distrokid.

But they also give you 100% of your Digital distribution royalites  Album $23.99 first year $9.99 each following year
SINGLE* $7.49 per year

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Our Research

TuneCore charges you $50 per album per year. It's an annual fee. Every year, you gotta pay them $50 for every album that you distribute through them. $10 per single, same thing. It's an annual fee. Every year, you gotta pay them $10 for every single that you distribute to them.

TuneCore allows you to keep 100 percent of your royalties. They don't take anything from you. TuneCore gives you the ISRC code and the UPC code for free as well. I put their reputation at 80 per cent there was a lot of complaints about them, not particularly about their service but their YouTube program and other issues. Tunecore doesn't really do much outside digital distribution compared to the other music distribution companies mentioned here in the blog,  for the price that they charge you. They do other things, but it's a separate charge. But they have high-quality customer service too.

PROS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Analytics
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Large Music Distribution Stores / Stream Services
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    CD Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Vinyl Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Collection Of Your Publishing Royalty
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Cover Song Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Radio Airplay 100 Free Spins
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Social Tools {Different Prices}
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Keep 90% of MUSIC PUBLISHING royalties TuneCore Collects
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Sync licensing Of Your Music for TV, film, & Games

CONS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Does offer a lot of services but services addition services have individual costs included in the yearly fee.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Poor Reputation
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Negative Publishing Collection Issues From Users.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    20% Taken from Sync Licensing Deals
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Youtube Content Take 20% 


Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Quality

Songcast seems to be very popular with first time music distribution for starting artists. 

Their strengths are seen with their connections with online radio streaming services where they provide services for their members to grow.

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Price

Price is pretty affordable only a little higher than Distrokid.

But they also give you 100% of your Digital distribution royalites  Album $23.99 first year $9.99 each following year
SINGLE* $7.49 per year

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Our Research

Songcast has a monthly fee of $5.99 per month. They also charge $19.99 per album upload with the first one being free. This monthly stays at $5.99 no matter how much content you upload. They pay out a 100% of your royalties and they also don't charge recurring album fees. Like some of the other music distribution companies do. 

Songcast has some other options like your own Facebook Music Page Tab and Itunes sales reports. They also don't charge you to remove your music from these distribution sites. Songcast is one along with cd baby is one of the more popular music distribution companies for independent artists. 

PROS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Analytics
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Music Distribution Stores / Stream Services
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Cover Song Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Offer Volume Discounts
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Popular With Artists 
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    SongCast operates on a monthly payment schedule via PayPal
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    100% Royalty Payout.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Special Facebook Musician Page
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Daily Spotify Analytics.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Daily Apple Music Analytics.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    iTunes Daily Trend Reports.No Contracts, Non-Exclusive.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Very Strong Links With Multiple Online Radio Streaming Services

CONS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Doesn't offer a lot of services for the amount you pay.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Not the biggest player in the music distribution industry.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    No Mention of Youtube Content ID
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    No Mention Of Soundcloud Montization
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    No Sync License Ops
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    More Expensive Compared to Distrokid as Songcast charges per album and per single per account. 

Symphonic Music Distribution Review

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Quality

Following Symphonic Distribution online, they seem to have excelled in customer service and they have a strong focus in music distribution to EDM streaming stores. They have listened to the wants and needs of their customer base over the years and tailored their services accordingly.

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Price

The pricing Symphonic Distribution is very different from the other companies. Which may put labels off if you are putting out volume. $25 Registration fee {One Time Fee}
1-5 - Releases - $10.99
1-10 - Releases - $19.99
1-15 - Releases - $29.99
1-20 - Releases - $39.99
24 + Releases - $50

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Our Research

Symphonic Distribution is quickly becoming on of the major players in the music distribution industry. It's clear from their website that Symphonic has the musician in mind. Not only with monetary solutions but with support and guidance.

I am particularly fond of their blog which is an amazing way to use their expertise and the expertise of others to help up and coming musicians navigate in the crazy world of online music marketing. They have exclusivity to some big-name artists like that of Waka Flocka Flame, Sean Paul Marshmallow Head, and The Movement. 

They have added a number of new features with the musician in mind. Like that of the Promo Mailer, Creative Marketing Services, Marketing Support (DSP and More), Sync licensing for TV, Film, & Games, YouTube and Soundcloud Monetization, Anti-Piracy Solutions (Topple Track), Monthly Reports & Payments, Publishing Deal and Youtube Content ID.

PROS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Analytics
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Music Distribution Stores / Stream Services
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Cover Song Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Popular With Artists 
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Monthly Payment schedule
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    100% Royalty Payout.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Daily Spotify Analytics.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Soundcloud Monitiztation
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Youtube Monitization
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Collect Publishing
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Music Licensing
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Video Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    CD Pressing
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Video & Graphic Design 
    Marketing
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Mastering & Production 
    Piracy Protection
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Unique EDM Music Stores
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Reviews
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Reputation / Support
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Promotes Artists On Social
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Video Distribution

CONS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    More Expensive 25 Registration fee {One Time Fee}
    1-5 - Releases - $10.99
    1-10 - Releases - $19.99
    1-15 - Releases - $29.99
    1-20 - Releases - $39.99
    24 + Releases - $50
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Symphonic Takes 30% of Youtube Content ID
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Symphonic Takes 30% Of Soundcloud Monitisation
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Artist Distribution
    $50 {Threshold}
    Label Distribution
    Option 1: 70% = $50
    Option 2: 80% = $75
    Option 3: 90% = $100


Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Quality

I like Ditto for their simplicity. Their tagline says it all "INDEPENDENT. TRANSPARENT. SIMPLE."

The really focus on doing a great job at music distribution, while, offering good support, guidance, and complete transparency. 

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Price

Very Simple Pricing Structure, while they really only focus on music distribution they don't take any other fees 1 Artist £19.99 Per Year
2 Artists  £29.99 Per Year
Tier 3 Professional Label 5 + Artists
+Priority Support From £69.99 Per Year Up Too $299 for 40+ Artists

Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}

Our Research

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Similar to what I liked with what Distrokid offers. Affordability for the independent musician and 100% royalty payout for music sales and streams.

Ditto doesn't offer tons of services like that of CDBaby or Symphonic Distribution, but they do exactly what they are good at which is a simplistic approach to music distribution for the independent musician.

Like that of Distrokid, they offer unlimited music distribution for one of the lowest fees of £19. They have 4.5/5 stars on Trustpilot which to me is a game changer as you can't fake these reviews. Whereas other distributors may have cherry-picked their reviews from certain artists. If I didn't go with Distrokid first Ditto Music would of been my second choice. 

PROS

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    Good Analytics
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    One of The Lowest Upfront Fee's. 
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    Good Music Distribution Stores / Stream Services
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Beatport Store
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    Cover Song Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Popular With Artists 
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    Monthly Payment schedule
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Bank Account Payments
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    100% Royalty Payout.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Daily Spotify Analytics.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Youtube Monitization
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    4 Start Trust Pilot Reviews
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Reputation / Support
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Video Promotion

CONS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Doesn't Specify Youtube Content ID Royalty % Taken
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Some Stores Take Much Longer Than Other Distribution Companies
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    No mention of Soundcloud Monitization
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Doesn't Offer Sync Licensing Like
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    No Vinyl or CD Options

ONERPM Music Distribution Review

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Quality

Fast and efficient, your music will be in stores worldwide within hours of approval.
No upfront fees, Maintain 100% control.

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Price

Free To Upload Which is good for starting musician but ONErpm receives payment from stores and streaming services, the artist receives a standard payment of 85% of sales and streaming revenue. Artists receive a percentage of 70% from YouTube revenue.

It's this free upload and very clever wording makes me very un easy about Onerpm. The wording is very blurred and unclear and burried on their FAQ page.

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Our Research


Onerpm is the only Music Distributor that enables artist to upload their music for free which out any up front costs. 

One rpm allows you to take your money whether there’s a $10, it doesn’t matter.If you have money in your Onerpm account, you can take it out, no minimum balance that you have to reach. CD Baby requires that you have at least $10 in your account to withdraw your funds. 

TuneCore allows you to withdraw your balance at any amount. Only CD Baby has a requirement before you can withdraw your funds.

Onerpm provides you with a marketing support where if you have a notable writeup or you’ve got a certain amount of sales, they’re with you to get a priority placement in digital music stores like iTunes and Amazon to get you a feature. They also have a multichannel network, which is like a YouTube label that you can sign and become a part of.

All these other digital distributors with the exception of the DistroKid have a YouTube licensing program.


Now in addition to having a multichannel network, Onerpm has a free video production studio that they allow artists in their multichannel network program to create high-quality videos using 4D cameras. You can make high-quality videos on your YouTube channel. They have quality customer service. If you need help with getting your music featured on rap blogs I covered it right here.

PROS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Analytics
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Free To Upload
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Music Distribution Stores / Stream Services
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Cover Song Distribution
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Popular With Artists 
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Monthly Payment schedule
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Bank Account Payments
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Daily Spotify Analytics.
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Youtube Monitization
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Good Reputation / Support
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Video Promotion

CONS

  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    It's very unclear of how much artist receive from much of the 70% of the Youtube review goes to Onerpm
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    It's this free upload and very clever wording makes me very un easy about Onerpm. The wording is very blurred and unclear and burried on their FAQ page
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    No mention of Soundcloud Monitization
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    Doesn't Offer Sync Licensing Like
  • Top 7 Music Distribution Companies Reviewed {Updated Video & Table}
    No Vinyl or CD Options

COMMON FAQ

Is Tunecore better than DistroKid?

‚ÄčDistrokid Music Distribution Review
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Quality
Very easy set up and gets your music in to all these stores very quickly.


Price
The Distrokid pricing makes it very attractive for both emerging artists at $19.99/yr and $79.99/Year for labels

Our Rating
This is my chosen music distribution company based on the ease of use and the much lower Youtube Content ID Royalties taken. From my research I noticed that a lot of the other companies where taking 30% or more for content plus royalties from Digital distribution. While Distrokid only takes 20% of Content ID royalties and gives the musician 100% of online music sales and streams.

Not only did I take Shawn Folks recommendation from Payusnomind.com for DistroKid their testimonials from the founders of DistroKid's two biggest competitors left their companies and gave their unsolicited endorsements to DistroKid.

"DistroKid is simply the best distributor in the market."
-Jeff Price, founder of TuneCore and Audiam (source)
"This is amazing. I'll be sending everyone I know to DistroKid now."
- Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby (source)


What are the best music distribution companies?

DistroKid
CDBaby
TuneCore
Ditto
Symphonic Distribution
Songcast
OneRPM
Landr

What do music distribution companies do?

Music distribution companies or digital music aggregators help distribute your music to all the major streaming and digital music retailers online. These include Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Dezzer, Pandora, Beatport, Beats1, Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube.

Can I distribute my music on my own?


‚ÄčYes! Using online music distribution companies or digital music aggregators like that of Distrokid you can upload you music to all the major online streaming websites like Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Dezzer, Pandora, Beatport, Beats1, Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube.

Does DistroKid take a percentage?


‚Äč‚ÄčDistrokid only takes 20% of Content ID royalties and gives the musician 100% of online music sales and streams.

Do I Need A Label To Distribute My Music?


‚ÄčNo! Using online digital music distribution companies like CdBaby TuneCore, Songcast, and DistroKid you can distribute your own music to all the major online music retailers and streaming sites.


How do I get paid by DistroKid?

‚Äč‚ÄčDistro Kid pays artists via Paypal. Online streaming sites and digital retailers have a 2-3 month delay.


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