Recently we posted about digitally distributing your music via TuneCore and CD Baby. There has been quite a bit of traffic on that post, and with all the new info we’ve got it’s time to take another look at your digital distribution options.
WaTunes has flipped the script on digital distribution as it now offers it’s services for free. Yeah, free. In addition the customers of WaTunes will still earn 100% of their royalties and sell unlimited songs & albums. Kevin Rivers, the CEO of WaTunes contacted NRP and made the heady claim that “By going absolute, this makes WaTunes the cheapest digital distributor in the world!”
I know musicians like cheap things, and free is even better, but how can WaTunes afford this? Well according to Hypebot, WaTunes hopes to generate revenue from ads on a new music social networking site.
RevebNation is fast becoming a one stop shop for independent musicians. They have mailing lists, widgets galore, twitter integration, electronic press kits, and also digital distribution. For $34.95/year they get your music onto 10 major online stores (iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, etc), give you a UPC code, you get to keep 100% of your online sales, give you income reporting and detailed stats of where you’re selling your music.
Thanks to Jenny for sending Ditto Music our way. It’s a English site (pounds not dollars people), and for 25 pounds offers you coverage on over 600+ digital distribution sites, gives you a pre-release option, takes nothing from your sales, and interestingly gives you UK chart release options and national TV opportunities (which cost more). Also Ditto Music did just get the rights to digitally distribute the newest Lil Wayne album. So that’s something to ponder
Finally, we have another interesting reader suggested path which we shall call Dave Carter Two-and-a-half Other Options. Amongst other things Dave suggested starting your own label, then dealing directly with iTunes, Rhapsody, etc. Which is a great idea if you’re part of a group of bands (collective) and can share the work and share the rewards.
So there you have it. A few more options for digital distribution, other then TuneCore and CD Baby. Each one is worth a look and offers their own angle on the digital distribution world.
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