Distributing music "is the process of getting music from artist to store, making it available to the public for purchase" (Horus Music). This can be both physically and digitally. In simple terms, it's the process of getting your music on Apple Music, Spotify or in physical format in a store.
Distributing music can be done through what's called a distribution service. There are loads you can use, so it can be difficult to choose, but don't worry! We're going to run you through the very best of the best!
Ditto are the best music distributors in 2020. Here's what they offer: ✅Cheap yearly subscription of $19 per year, for distribution across all digital stores. ✅Artists keep 100% of streaming royalties. ✅Help with getting in popular Spotify playlists. ✅Incredible analytics tools!
📉Not as fast distribution time as others on list 📉Sometimes email replies are slow. 📉Don't support covers or remixes, only original songs.
Distrokid come in at 2nd. Here's what they offer: ✅Cheap yearly subscription of $19.99 per year, for unlimited digital distribution. ✅100% of earnings from streaming royalties. ✅Great customer service. ✅Easy automatic split payments for collaborations.
📉Visual dashboard looks old and hard to navigate. 📉Lots of extras that aren't included in the $19.99 per year price. 📉Don't collect all your royalties from publishing arms. 📉If you miss a payment they'll take your music down.
CD Baby come in at 3rd. Here's what they offer: ✅Both physical and digital distribution for a fixed price - $9.95 per single & $29 per album. ✅Free marketing tools that propel success. ✅Publishing partners that help collect all royalties.
📉Pricey compared to other options. 📉Take 15% of your streaming royalties, and still charge for distribution. 📉Don't offer total monetisation unless you purchase pro.