Music Distribution Services – The Definitive Guide

Music Distribution Services – The Definitive Guide

Music distribution services are a dime a dozen these days, with each one offering its own unique way of doing things. 

With so many on offer it can be quite overwhelming trying to figure out which one is right for you.

When I was starting out in music over a decade ago it was basically just a choice between CD Baby and TuneCore. 

So how far has music distribution come over the last 10 years and how far has it evolved?

Are CD Baby and TuneCore still the dominant force they once where or is there a new kid on the block looking to over take the competition?!

In this post we provide you with everything you need to know in a quick and timely fashion. 

Furthermore, you can see at a quick glance who rates the highest in certain areas or read the authors view to see my take on it.

In addition, you can bookmark the tab onto your favourite search engine and have it there at all times as a guide. 

Whatever way you use it, I hope it benefits you and assist in making the right decision for you and your music. 

 

Features

4/5

CD baby has extensive features and offers marketing and promotional services to boot.

Price

3/5

The price of a single is 1/3 of the price of an album which is quite expensive.

Interface

4/5

Good user experience with with an easy to follow step by step process to get your music online.

Support

5/5

Great customer support, with a FAQ option as well as direct contact and chatbot services. 

Outlets & Release Options

  • CD Baby offers a wide variety of stores for distributing your music, including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer and many others.
  • You can have a look at all the available stores and select as many as you wish or remove the stores that you don’t wish to distribute too.

Speed of Release

CD Baby claims most of their digital distribution partners post new content to their sites 1-4 days after delivery. 

That said, it could take up to a week to get your music on the likes of Spotify and iTunes after the set release date. 

Artist Payout

CD Baby takes 9% of your download sales. So for instance, if your digital download sold for 99c you would get 90c of the sale.

Music Distribution

CD Baby standard

$9.95 per single

Cd Baby Standard

$29 per album

CD Baby Pro

$29.95 per single

CD Baby Pro

$69 per album

Standard Version

  • Worldwide digital distribution
  • Worldwide CD distribution
  • Sell music on store.cdbaby.com
  • Make money on YouTube
  • Sync licensing for TV, film, and games

Pro Version

  • Worldwide digital distribution
  • Worldwide CD distribution
  • Sell music on store.cdbaby.com
  • Make money on YouTube
  • Sync licensing fro TV, film, and games
  • Performing Rights Organisation affiliation or admin
  • Song registration with global collection agencies
  • Worldwide publishing royalty collection

Extra Services

CD Distribution

  • Sell your CD in over 15,00 record stores
  • Get paid every Monday via direct deposit through PayPal
  • CD baby takes $4 for every CD sold
Disk Manufacturing: Get instant quote. Many different bundles available.
 

Vinyl Distribution: CD Baby has partnered with Alliance Entertainment and Super D, so your fans can purchase your album in stores. 

Pro Audio Mastering: $49 per song.

Free Marketing Services: Run banner ads and grow your mailing lists and Youtube subscribers with Show.co.

Customer Support

CD Baby has an extensive list of FAQ. Additionally, if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, you can submit your query to their help centre or use their chatbot to resolve your issue. 

Who's It For?

CD Baby is a great platform for artists and bands distributing and releasing music on a yearly basis with the odd single. 

It has been around the longest and is a trusted brand amongst the industry.  

It has over 650,000 artist signed up to the platform and has set the standard for releasing music independently. 

On another note, if your releasing singles regularly CD Baby might not be for you. At $9.95 a single it can quickly add up. 

Pros

  • UPC barcode to track digital and physical music sales, allowing CD Baby to send your sales tallies to Nielsen SoundScan/Billboard every week so you can chart. 
  • Free Marketing Services
  • No yearly fees.
  • Great customer support
  • Sync Licensing
  • Integrates with Bandzoogles website builder
  • Collects Sound Recording Copyright Owner royalties for you through Sound Exchange. 

Cons

  • Publishing royalty collection only available in pro version. 
  • They charge $5 for a single UPC code or $20 for an album. You can’t distribute your music without a UPC, so add on an an additional $5/20 for each release.
  • No payment splitting options (splitting payments with other band members who have an account with CD Baby)
  • Youtube commission can be as high as 30%
  • No Instagram story inclusion on standard version.
  • Sync Licensing only for select artists

Authors View

CD Baby is around a long time and has been pioneering the future of music distribution for many years now. 

It has established itself at the forefront of the industry for over a decade and has set the standards for those who followed in their footsteps.

Features

5/5

TuneCore has a list of amazing features and services to get your music to the masses.

Price

2.5/5

With so many necessary add-ons Tunecore can get quite pricey.

Interface

5/5

Slick design with simple user-interface, Tunecore’s a breeze to operate. 

Support

3/5

With a bad rep for customer support in the past, they have been improving recently.

Outlets & Release Options

TuneCore partners with over a 150 digital stores, Including TikTok, Shazam, Spotify, Amazon and Pandora amongst others. 

Speed of Release

  • iTunes/Apple Music: 5 days
  • Spotify: 5 business days
  • Google Play: 1-2 weeks
  • Amazon Music: 1-3 business days
  • Amazon On Demand: 6-8 weeks
  • Deezer, iHeartRadio: 3-7 business days 
  • All other stores take 1-3 weeks 

Artist Payout

Quarter 1 = January–March (Payout will occur in mid May) 
Quarter 2 = April-June (Payout will occur in mid August)
Quarter 3 = July-September (Payout will occur in mid November)
Quarter 4 = October-December (Payout will occur in mid February of the following year)

Music Distribution

Album – $29.99 

($49.99 Each Year After)

Single – $9.99

(Each Year)

Ringtone – $19.99

(Each Year)

Other Services

Publishing – $75 

(One Time Fee)

Youtube – $10

(One Time Fee)

Tunecore Social – $7.99

(Monthly Fee)

Customer Support

TuneCore had a bad rep for customer support over the years. Stories about not responding to enquires and customers left hanging. 

Recently though, they have seemed to get a hang of it and have been improving the service with timely and accurate responses at late. 

Who's It For?

TuneCore is for the more established artists who has a reasonable budget to work with, rather than someone just starting out. So if you have built up a solid local following and you’re looking to reach a greater audience than TuneCore’s for you. 

Pros

  • Keep 100% Royalties
  • Comprehensive Sales Data
  • Sync Licensing
  • Tunecore Social
  • Abundant Features
  • Marketing Services

Cons

  • Expensive
  • You need to purchase a lot of necessary add-ons like pre-ordering. 
  • Tunecore take 30% commission from YouTube.
  • Publishing is a $75 one time fee
  • You have to buy credits to distribute new releases
  • Yearly fees

Authors View

TuneCore is a fantastic platform for distributing music online, with endless features. That said, I do find it too pricey, especially if you’re just starting out. The ROI wouldn’t be worth it, unless you already have 1000 true fans and the budget to reach them.

Features

3.5/5

Basic features in the musician plan but enough to get you releasing your music online.

Price

4.5/5

Distrokid allows you to upload an unlimited amount of music for a low price..

Ease of Use

4.5/5

Simple design and very easy to navigate. You’ll have a hang of it in no time at all. 

Support

4/5

Good support and quick response times. Distrokid are building up a good reputation for themselves.

Outlets & Release Options

Distrokid lets you upload unlimited tracks for a low price. It releases your music on over 150 digital channels, including the likes of Spotify, iTunes, TikTok, Youtube and more. That said, do they charge extra to get on Shazam and other various platforms. 

Speed of Release

Distrokid claims to get your music out there 10-20x quicker than all of it’s competitors. Going live on Spotify & Apple music 1-7 business days after the set release date.

Artist Payout

Distrokid offers various payment methods which include Paypal, Wire transfer and eCheck. Payments can be requested at any time. 

Music Distribution

Musician 

$19.99/yr

Musician Plus

$35.99/yr

Label

$79.99/yr

Bonus Features

  • Distribute cover songs legally
  • Get paid when other people use your music on YouTube
  • Unlimited Backups
  • Instant Spotify Verified Checkmark
  • Manage your Apple Music page
  • Get your credits and lyrics into stores
  • Get a YouTube official Artist Channel
  • Spotify pre-save

Who's It For?

Distrokid is for solo musicians, bands, DJ’s, performers, producers and YouTube creators who record music in the home studio and are looking to release music on a regular basis. 

Pros

  • Unlimited uploads
  • Music will stay online even if you stop paying fees
  • Vault: Store you music on their cloud unpublished 
  • Spotify verified checkmark
  • Keep 100% commission
  • Team features
  • Payment splitting features
  • One minute Instagram help videos

Cons

  • Distrokid does not collect composition royalties
  • Pre-order only available in premium
  • Set release date only available in premium 
  • Charges fee along with commission for YouTube services
  • Not enough insights from the data reports

Authors View

Distrokid and Spotify are enjoying  a wonderful bromance at the moment. 

With Distrokid you can really get the most of your Spotify’s Artists page. 

In addition to verifying your account, you can edit your image and artist pick as well as gaining basic insights on your fans. 

This is an excellent feature that’s not available to you with most other music distribution services. 

Features

4.5/5

Ditto has a great array of features to help you get the most from your releases including full marketing campaigns.

Price

4.5/5

Ditto in its basic form is very affordable. Bonus features are pricey but have a history of success.

Ease of Use

3.5/5

Ditto has many features on offer but is easy to navigate and well organised, making it easy to navigate. 

Support

2.5/5

Ditto hasn’t the best reputation for customer support but they have been making efforts to improve its services.

Outlets & Release Options

Get your music on over a 100 online store including Deezer, TikTok, Spotify, Beatport Facebook, Instagram and many more. 

Speed of Release

Your music can be live on iTunes within 3 days, but Ditto advises that you allow 3 weeks for all stores to go live. In saying that, you can purchase a release express service which will quicken up the process. 

Artists Payout

Ditto states that once you have over 25 English pounds in your account you can request a payment to be transferred into your bank account, which can take 7-10 days to be processed. 

The royalty returns on streams is 0.003p per stream. For downloads, stores can take anywhere between 10-30% commission. 

Music Distribution

Artist

$19/yr

Professional

$29/yr

Label

$69/yr

Bonus Features

  • Social Media Marketing Campaigns – £299
  • PR Campaigns from £1,499 for a 6-week campaign
  • UK Radio from £1,749
  • Band Name Generator (free)

Customer Support

Ditto has a 100 staff on hand in 16 countries to help you with your queries. It also a FAQ and Solutions section for quick answers to your questions. 

Who's It For?

Ditto is for the budding musician looking to take themselves to the next level and has a few extra pound in the piggy bank for promotion. Ditto works best when you go all in and avail of the great features they have on offer. 

Pros

  • Keep 100% of royalties
  • Award winning customer service
  • They can get your music playlisted
  • No yearly fees
  • A great array of features
  • Unsigned advice
  • Collaboration

Cons

  • Hidden fees
  • Payouts only made through Payoneer
  • Only select users get YouTube monetisation

Authors View

Ditto are responsible for the debut releases of none other than Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Royal Blood, proving the platform does indeed get results for its artists.They know what they’re at.  

Features

4.5/5

Lots of marketing and promotional features and educational services available.

Price

4/5

Free to use its service but it takes 15-30% of your royalties which is a fair chunk.

Ease of Use

3.5/5

There is a lot of features available to you initially but once you get used to it, it’s relatively easy to use.

Support

5/5

Symphonic has fantastic customer support and is known for its quick response to queries.

Outlets & Release Options

Digital distribution to hundreds of DSP’s and nearly every territory in the world. They distribute to hundreds of online stores including Spotify, Facebook, TikTok, Beatport, Apple Music, Traxsource, Juno and more.

Speed of Release

Symphonic usually deliver music to its DSP’s within 3 days.

 However, it could take your music up to 10 days to go live depending on the individual preferences of each platform. 

I’d recommend you give yourself at least 3 weeks lead time before the actual release. 

Artist Payout

Robust platform to access monthly payments. There’s a threshold of €50 before you can withdraw your earnings. 

Music Distribution

Symphonic does not charge a fee to distribute your music but instead takes 15% of your royalties. 30% of your royalties if you choose to monetise your SoundCloud and YouTube channels. 

Customer Support

With Symphonic you have a direct line to their team and will be working in conjunction with them as they market and distribute your music. 

Who's It For?

Symphonic is for whoever they consider it for. They accept music for consideration in the Hip-Hop, Latino, Electronic genre and more. 

Pros

  • Video distribution
  • Sync licensing
  • Marketing services
  • Great customer support
  • Soundcloud monetisation
  • Playlist consideration
  • Free ISRC & UPC codes
  • Excellent analytics 
  • Ringtone and stem distribution

Cons

  • You have to considered and chosen to use their services.
  • Video distribution is extra ($95 – $205)
  • Takes a big cut of your royalties
  • Artist payouts are only once a month
  • No payment splitting

Authors View

You can’t just sign up to Symphonic and start using their services. You have to apply for distribution and they’re quite selective. 

Symphonic only distributes music for artists that suit their platform and their methods of promotion. It’s not for everybody, but if it is for, you’re in good hands. 

Symphonic operates like a label working to promote your music, 

Here’s a guide of what they’re looking for if you think you fit the profile. https://symphonicdistribution.com/client-criteria/

Features

4/5

Landr caters for everything from mastering, to distribution and everything in between. 

Price

3/5

You can pay in monthly or yearly instalments which isn’t too bad but you will have to pay for the extra features. 

Ease of Use

4/5

Just upload your track and artwork and Landr will do the rest for you. I find they guide you along the process nicely. 

Support

5/5

Landr claims to have a super human support team at hand and they’re not lying. Great response time too.

Outlets & Release Options

Landr will get your music on all major platforms including the likes of Shazam, Beatport and Spotify.

Speed of Release

According to Landr, its service is quick to get your music live on the likes of iTunes and Spotify. Typically having them up within 3-5 days. However, other online stores may take longer. 

Artist Payout

It takes Landr 45-90 days to collect money from digital stores after your initial release. 

Additionally, you must have a Paypal account to withdraw your earnings but you can withdraw them at anytime once they’re in. 

Music Distribution

10 Tracks

€1/mo

30 Tracks

€2/mo

Unlimited 

€4/mo

10Tracks

€12/yr

30 Tracks

€24/yr

Unlimited 

€48/yr

Landr get’s your music on all the major online stores including the likes of Beatport which a lot of the other music distributors choose to ignore for one reason or another. If you go for the year subscription you get %50 off.

Bonus Features

Landr is mainly known for it’s mastering but also offers Plugins to rent- to own and free samples to use in your tracks as well. It has educational blogs to help you along your way too. 

Customer Support

Landr is known for it’s great customer experience.

Who's It For?

Landr is for the budding bedroom producer who want’s to do everything in the one place. It’s the full package you need to get your music from the mastering stage to the distribution stage, and even offers mixing tips in their educational content to help you along the way. 

Pros

  • Distribute first two tracks for free
  • Keep 100% royalties
  • Free promotional link with every release
  • Free educational content
  • Master & distribution plans
  • Collaboration tools.

Cons

  • Keep pushing you to use their mastering services.
  • Need Paypal account to receive earnings
  • Have to pay extra for mastering Wavs or HD Wavs pending on the package you choose
  • Unlimited uploads not an option.
  • Takes longer to get paid.
  • Album Renewal fees

Authors View

Landr is great if you want to master your tracks and distribute them in the one place. If you’re using it solely to distribute your music, €12 a year for a 10 track album isn’t too shabby.

Features

3/5

Basic features but all you need to get your music out to the right people. 

Price

3/5

Cheap by the month. With no yearly subscriptions it can start to add up in the long-term. 

Ease of Use

5/5

SongCast is one of the easiest platforms out there to use.

Support

4.5/5

Prides itself on great customer support. Quick to respond to queries. 

Outlets & Release Options

Distributes to online stores such as Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Shazam, Amazon music and more. 

Speed of Release

SongCast claims your tracks normally go live after 2-3 days. However, they have no control over such retailers as Pandora, who revue your track for their platform which may lengthen the process. 

In saying that, SongCast simplifies the process of submitting your track saving you time. 

Music Distribution

Monthly Fees

$1.99 for 1st month

Album Fees

$19.99

Single Fees

$9.99

Extras

For an extra $2.99 a per track a month you can get your song played on iTunes radio and SongCast radio. 

With that, you not only get your music distributed on online radio stations but get notifications if a user favourites your track. Additionally,  you get real-time stats and feedback. 

Artist Payout

You get 60-70c per track and $6.00-$7.00 per album sold. 

SongCast pays out on the 20th of every month but you can withdraw your money at anytime through PayPal. 

Customer Support

Songcast have FAQ section and you can also contact them directly with an option for support or billing.

They also offer a low too high priority option to help them get a sense of the urgency of the matter.

For example, if your music suddenly disappeared from online stores you’d want that dealt with as quick as humanly possible. 

Who Is It For?

Songcast, according to them, “is an affordable option for up-and-coming artists who are in the “I’m looking for ways to sell my music stage, but need a service and company they can trust.”

Pros

  • You keep 100% of your royalties
  • No long term contracts or hidden fees
  • Earn revenue from Soundcloud streams which you can’t do if you upload a track directly.
  • Music Page features (SongCast page for Facebook to help you sell and promote directly from your social media page)
  • Free UPC barcode.
  • Submit cover songs
  • No album renewal fees

Cons

  • There is no guarantee you’ll get played on Pandora
  • Monthly fees rise after 1st month. 
  • Monthly subscriptions only
  • Cost (monthly fees can be quite expensive compared to yearly subscriptions.)

Authors View

SongCast is at it’s very basic a no frills distribution service which it does well. If you’re in your first band or you are just starting to put music out there, than SongCast is for you. 

Features

4/5

Fresh Tunes makes its money from additional features which are highly beneficial to the artist if they avail of them.

Price

5/5

It’s free to use it standard services and you can run promotional campaigns within your own budget. 

Ease of Use

3.5/5

I’d say it’s easy to use once you get use to it but initially I found myself going around in circles.

Support

3/5

They offer support between the hours of 9-19.00 (UTC+3) which can affect anyone outside that timezone looking for a quick fix.

Outlets & Release Options

SongCast offers a streamlined and affordable music distribution service where artists and labels can easily release music on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, SoundCloud, Tidal, Amazon Music, Napster and MediaNet!

Speed of Release

Fresh Tunes claim they will have your songs in 20 digital stores in 24 hrs but don’t let you know which stores. Some stores take longer to go live than others, so you should give yourself at least 3 weeks lead time when releasing a track. 

Artist Payout

Fresh Tunes doesn’t charge you to withdraw your funds unlike many other MSD’s. You can withdraw your funds through Bank transfer, WebMoney or Payoneer. On the other hand, there is no PayPal option. 

Free Service

It is free to upload and distribute your music on Fresh Tunes.

Paid Service

Fresh Tunes makes its money from additional its services. Extras such as a personal assistant can cost €25 a month and paid promotional campaigns are limited. 

To get Fresh Tunes Certified you will have to submit your song for review. If you succeed you will be charged for professional advice and promotion across radio and music store platforms.  

Prices start at €25.

Customer Support

If you want to get the most out of their customer support you’ll need to be living in UTC +3 timezone. 

If you are living in that timezone, USA, Dubai e.t.c you have from 9am -7pm to contact them or you can fill in a form which you can submit to their support team. 

Who's It For?

If you have just recorded your bands debut EP and can’t wait to share it with your friends Fresh Tunes is for you. 

Pros

  • Uploads your music to 20 stores in 24 hrs
  • Free distribution services
  • Modify pre-order date
  • No additional fee for withdrawing funds
  • Mastering services
  • Promotional Services (Based on your budget)
  • Keep 100% royalties

Cons

  • You have to order your data and statistics, not readily available.
  • Extra features such as a personal assistant can get quite costly
  • Only offer YouTube and Twitter promotional servies

Authors View

Fresh Tunes make their money from additional services such as mastering and promotion so you literally start distributing your music for free. 

Although its promotional services are limited and they’re mastering services wouldn’t be as good as Landr, Fresh Tunes has something about it which I quite like. 

Features

4/5

An array of fine features to help you get the most out of your music and online sales.

Price

4.5/5

Free service with a pro version for as little as $10 a month

Ease of Use

2.5/5

BandCamp isn’t the easiest platform to use and it’s many features can be overwhelming. 

Support

4.5/5

Great customer support with quick response times. 

Outlets & Release Options

When uploading and releasing music on BandCamp it’s solely for sale on the platform. 

It doesn’t distribute your music to other online stores but with a fan base of hundreds of thousands spending over $200 million since 2007, there are plenty of opportunities to make money on BandCamp

Speed of Release

You can upload your music straight away to BandCamp with options to pre-order. Furthermore, you can set up a private link to send your music out to journalist and bloggers to review your music before it’s official release date. 

Artist Payout

You get paid directly by fans who support your music into your PayPal account.

Free service

BandCamps free service is a powerful tool, that offers not only free uploads and distribution but search engine optimisation, discount codes and complete control over your music to name but a few.

Paid Service

You can get BandCamp pro for as little as €10 a month and includes some great extra features such as private streaming (when you want to share your latest track to bloggers and music journalists before the official release. 

Additionally, you can avail of such features as batch uploading, ad-free video hosting, a custom domain, Google Analytics integration and more. 

Well worth the extra 10 bucks I say!

Customer Support

BandCamp is always on hand to help and our easy to get in contact with resolve your query in a timely manner. 

Who's It For?

Every single independent artist out there.

Pros

  • Free to upload music for digital distribution 
  • Embed your gigs on BC via SongKick
  • Ask fans to pay what they want
  • Free download trade for email addresses
  • Includes physical sales
  • Options to sell merchandise
  • Real-time statistics
  • Pre-orders and private streaming
  • BandCamp Daily
  • SEO Optimised
  • Discount Codes

Cons

  • Takes 15% commission for music
  • Takes 12% commission for merchandise
  • Doesn’t distribute to multiple stores
  • No licensing options
  • Some necessary features only available in the pro-version (private streaming, bulk upload, custom domain e.t.c.) 

Authors View

BandCamp is it’s own platform and I would highly recommend that you use it independently of other distribution companies that distribute your music to multiple online stores. 

It is its own online store, with a huge community of Artist and Fans alike that you just don’t see anywhere else. 

BandCamp is a fantastic tool that every independent musician should be taking advantage of.

 

Features

3/5

Limited features on offer with premium services when compared to other MSD’s but does distribute to the Asian market.

Price

3/5

Free service takes 15% commission, Premium service is ok when you compare it to the likes of TuneCore (which it does).

Ease of Use

3.5/5

Takes a bit of setting up, having to add your social media profiles before creating an account but once that’s done it gets easier. 

Support

4.4/5

Provide a 24-7 email and ticket support line and one on one assistance pre-release

Outlets & Release Options

With RouteNote your music can be distributed up to 200 different shops and streaming services which includes many Asian stores that wouldn’t normally be included with other MSD’s. 

Speed of Release

48 Hours after your music has been approved.

It varies per store. Nonetheless, the vast majority of stores and streaming services will receive your music from RouteNote within 48 hours of it being approved.

It then takes stores up to 14 days for your content to be ingested and to become live (if you have not set a sales start date).

This, again varies from store to store with major stores i.e Apple, Spotify, Google having your content live within 5 days of approval within RouteNoteone

Artist Payout

When you have reached the minimal threshold of €50 you can withdraw your funds monthly through a PayPal account. The payment cycle is between the 15 and the 20th of each month. 

Free Services

All distribution is free up front but RouteNote takes 15% commission 

Premium Services

€30 

Yearly Payment

€9.99

Yearly Renewal 

€49.98

Per Album

0% 

Commission

Customer Support

Customer service is on UK times (GMT) from 9am-4pm Monday – Friday. 

They also offer a 24/7 email service and assist you before each release, which is a huge help if you have never distributed music before, they have always someone on hand to help. 

Who's If For?

It’s for the aspiring musician who’s looking to break the asian market from his bedroom in Greystones. 

Pros

  • Switch between free & premium plan anytime
  • Payment splitting for collaborations 
  • YouTube Content ID included (15%)
  • Free UPC and IRSC Codes
  • Unlimited uploads
  • Solid statistics and data.

Cons

  • Renewal fees
  • 15% commission
  • No cover song distribution
  • Limited features
  • Payment through PayPal only

Authors View

I can’t see too much of  difference between the free and premium services other than the commission. The free service seems to me to be the better option if you are starting out. 

With the premium option you make more commission out of €500 than you would out of €50, so you’d need to be selling those tracks to see a return on investment. 

The analytical data available to you though is beyond most MDS’s, and will help you identify your audience for future marketing campaigns which is valuable information. 

Features

5/5

Bandzoogle is an all in one platform for musicians. It has everything you need to succeed. 

Price

3.5/5

It might seem expensive at first but when you see what it has to offer you’ll be happy to throw them your hard earned cash.  

Ease of Use

4/5

There’s a lot going on at Bandzoogle as it has many pages and features to navigate. That said, it is well laid out and shouldn’t take long to master.

Support

4.5/5

Support is always on hand to reply to any queries or trouble you may be experiencing. 

Outlets & Release Options

Bandzoogle doesn’t distribute music to other online stores although it does give you the option of connecting your BandCamp, Soundcloud and social media sites for easy sharing. 

Speed of Release

Your music goes live as soon as it finishes uploading.

Artist Payout

You can receive payment from Bandzoogle through either PayPal or Stripe. You have access to your account at all times and can withdraw funds whenever you please. 

Free Service

30 days free trial with all plans

Standard

Pro

Lite

$12.46/mo billed annually 

or $14.95/month

$16.63/mo billed annually 

or $19.95/month

$18.29/mo billed annually 

or $9.95/month

Customer Support

Bandzoogle has reliable customer support and a strong presence in online forums and communities, reaching out to their users and answering any query they might have regarding their service. 

Who's It For?

Bandzoogle is for the independent musician who’s not too tech savvy and wants a single hub to run their business. 

With Bandzoogle you can have your own personal website in just a few simple steps. 

You can be uploading and selling your music and merch after an afternoon at the laptop. 

There’s worrying about SEO or code or spending weeks trying to master WordPress. It’s all here for you in one attractive package. 

Pros

  • Your own website
  • Sell merchandise
  • Sell subscriptions
  • Sell tickets
  • Free domain
  • Mailing list
  • Commission free sales
  • Easily connect with other music and social media services
  • Electronic press kits
  • Bandname Generator

Cons

  • Doesn’t distribute your music to other online stores.
  • You can only sell tickets on the pro plan
  • Quite expensive
  • You don’t own your site, you’re only renting it.

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Bandzoogle, like other music platforms could vanish in the morning. Remember what happened to My Space?! That would be my only worry. 

If you’re relying solely on Bandzoogle for your online existence, you’ll disappear along with them if anythings goes wrong. 

In saying that, Bandzoogle is an amazing platform that has everything you need to succeed online and I don’t see it disappearing anytime soon. 

I highly recommend having a look at what it has to offer especially if you’re new to the game. You will learn a lot from it and what it takes to be an independent musician. 

Conclusion

So there you have it folks. As you can see, each music distribution service has its own take on on how to do things. 

Some which we may suit what you’re doing some which may not. 

It all depends on what you’re looking for.

For example, if you’re a DJ, you’d be more inclined to use a service that distributes to Beatport. 

If you’re a bedroom producer making tracks on a regular basis and don’t want to be breaking the bank to get your music online, Distrokid’s the one for you. 

If you’re a band looking to hit the big time and are looking for promotional and marketing services as well as distribution, I would advise having a look at CD Baby and Ditto in that respect. 

There’s something out there for everybody. I hope this post helps you narrow it down and assists you in your search for a music distribution service that will work for you.

Baz McAuley

Baz McAuley, the founder of Badgrammrbaz.com, is an independent musician & digital marketer, specialising in music marketing and promotion.

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