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How To Get Your Music On Spotify: Top 10 Distribution Services

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Spotify - Top 10 Distribution Services

Not everyone's lucky enough to be a signed music artist. Fortunately even if you're not signed to a label there's still ways to get your music on streaming services. Distribution services offer that and a lot more, including physical releases, statistics and marketing tools. Some services even offer marketing help for artists who start to "catch" after a few releases - like adding tracks to Spotify playlists. Here's a comparison of what the best distributors have to offer. 

Distrokid

distrokid - Get your music on spotify

Distrokid allows you to upload as many tracks as you want for a yearly membership fee. What’s good about them as well is that they take no commission from your music - you get all the money you earn from your music. Unfortunately they don’t offer marketing help or playlist plugging possibilities.

+ No commission (you get all the money you earn)

+ You can upload as many songs as you wish for one yearly price

+ They're about to introduce SMS message marketing tools for artists

 No additional marketing help for artists who gain traction

Pricing: $20 per year membership fee

 

Tunecore 

tunecore Distribution service on spotify

Tunecore is the service for you if you’re interested in proper revenue and analytics reports. They’re very easy to use, detailed and helpful. Although they take no commission the price is a bit higher compared to Distrokid.

+ No commission

+ Very good revenue and analytics reports

Pricing: $30 first year, $50 next years

 

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AWAL (Artists Without A Label)

awal music distribution for spotify

AWAL might be for you if you’re trying to get your music on Spotify playlists. They don’t take any fees for putting up your music on streaming services, but charge a 15% commission (15% of everything you earn goes to AWAL). Also, they offer one of the best analytics report tools of all.

+ Possibilities to get your music on playlists

+ No additional fees

Must be accepted to get in

Pricing: 15% commission

 

Btw, if you're mastering your own tracks for streaming services, make sure you know how to set the right loudness for your track.

 

Ditto

ditto music distribution for spotify

Ditto is a bit like Distrokid - you pay one price a year and you’re able to upload as many songs as you wish with no commission. The difference is that they seem to have better revenue and analytics reports + are a buck cheaper than Distrokid.

+ No commission

+ You can upload as many songs as you wish for one yearly price

+ Very good revenue and analytics reports

 No additional marketing help for artists who gain traction

Pricing: 19$ per year

 

LANDR

landr music distribution for spotify

LANDR is a company which offers an automated mastering service. If you’re already their subscriber you can distribute your music to all streaming services for free. They also offer you possibilities to get your music on Spotify playlists which is very nice.

+ No commission

+ Possibilities to get your music on playlists

+ Free for LANDR Mastering subscribers

 Does not provide mechanisms for you to release a cover song

Pricing: $1/month ($12/year) minimum. $3/month ($36/year) gives you access to all streaming sercvices

Stem

stem music distribution on spotify

Stem is one of the newer services here and seems to be a cheap service (5% commission) which gives you access to a direct representative to support you. You have to apply and get in though.

+ You have a dedicated representative who you can communicate with

+ Possibilities to get your music on playlists

+ No fees or up front costs for anything

Invite-only

Pricing: 5% commission

Symphonic

symphonic music distribution for spotify

Symphonic doesn’t charge you any commission but makes you pay $25 for signing up and their release prices start at $11. It’s a very simple service.

+ No commission

Pricing: $25 "Sign-up fee" + Release fees staring from $11 for a 5 track album

 

CD Baby 

how to get your music on spotify with CD BABY

CD Baby was one of the first ever services to let DIY musicians release their music in a physical format like CD or Vinyl and get it to record shops around the world. Nowadays they also let you release music on streaming services and you can do it all in one place.

+ It's a "one stop shop" to get your music on streaming services as well as physically in stores (CD, Vinyl)

No marketing help for artists who gain traction

Pricing: $5 per single, $20 per album + 9% commission

Reverbnation

reverbnation music distribution for spotify

Reverbnation is a service meant mostly for bands, but electronic producers can use it too. They offer you very nice packages - for 20 bucks a month you get access to their distrubition, mailing list tools and awesome opportunities. They also have very good revenue and analytics reports.

+ In a package you get distribution of 2 releases per year, a mailing list service and the ability to submit to opportunities such as TV placements, label submissions and festival slots

+ Very good data analytics, especially useful for demographics & venue finding

+ No commission

Everything you release with them is branded with ReverbNation

No professional help for bigger artists

Pricing: $9.95/month to get your music on streming services, $19.95/month for a full package

Freshtunes

freshtunes music distribution for spotify

Freshtunes is one of the newer services here. They claim to offer you everything for free (yes, no fees and no commission) with an option to get objective feedback from an expert for $25 a track. However you’re never too sure about how long is this kind of company going to last, so we would recommend going for one of the more “trusted” ones. If this service loses its investor it’s going to probably be closed. Another service like that is Amuse which claims to give you possibilities of signing you to a label with a 50/50 deal (if you “catch” after a few releases). Again, I would think twice before joining one of these investor funded services.

+ No fees

+ No commission, except from China

+ Distribution to Chinese streaming services

+ Their experts will review your music for $25/song. It could be useful to get objective feedback

 No marketing help for artists who gain traction

Pricing: Free, $25 fee for feedback from an expert 

 

Want to find a label instead of going DIY? Check out this article on finding a label in 16 steps.

 

k-pizzaAbout the Author: K-Pizza

I’m a music maker who likes to share his experiences with other producers. I regularly show up with tutorials, articles & project files at PML.

Skype lessons with me: http://bit.ly/pml_s_one2one

 



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