Back in the day, it was incredibly difficult to get a distributor to put your CDs into a store, especially as a lesser-known band or Singer. Then, when digital storefronts like Amazon and iTunes took over, it became easier to be included, though sales for many acts still didn’t pick up as most had hoped.
Now, getting your music on streaming platforms like Spotify and countless others only takes a few minutes and a couple of dollars, and there are plenty of companies that will happily do the work for you. In fact, it looks like brands like Spotify prefer to accept music from these distributors, as a seamless pipeline has been created between them.
For now, let’s focus on two of the biggest companies working in this space today: Tunecore and CDBaby. Both are great, and depending on how far you want to go with your latest release, you may want to dig deep into the differences between them before signing up.
The biggest difference between the two that you’ll want to note is that Tunecore charges a certain amount annually, but takes zero from any royalties you make with your music. CDBaby will only charge you a flat rate once to upload your tunes, but the firm does claim 9% of your digital revenue connected to the music you upload with them.
Both Tunecore and CDBaby charge just under $10 for a single and about $30 for an album (though that price rises to $50 per year after the first year with Tunecore).
CDBaby also has an option to pay more upfront for their “pro” option (for either a single or an album), and that comes with additional features. On top of distributing the music, the company will also collect all publishing royalties worldwide, register your music with collection agencies, affiliate your art with performing rights organizations (PROs) such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, or SOCAN and help you in many other ways.