In close conversations with my artist friends for the past six months I have been asking them “Have you heard of DistroKid?” Currently DistroKid is the absolute best way to get your music onto streaming services.
2. Easiest to use
3. Best place for splitting royalties
4. Cheapest place to put out LEGAL COVERS
5. New features like TEXTING YOUR FANS
Think of DistroKid as a better TuneCore and a leaner CDBaby. It’s about being prolific and getting your music out quickly. DistroKid has a crazy quick turnaround time. Your music is guaranteed to be up within two weeks but in many cases it can be up within 24 hours.
But where DistroKid truly shines is with their unlimited uploads.
With DistroKid you pay $20 a year and can put out as many tracks as you want. Correct, unlimited uploads to all the streaming services for $20. This is a game changer. Previously with TuneCore and CDBaby you not only had to pay to put up each release but you also had to pay a large yearly fee to keep your releases up. A band with a few albums, a couple of singles, and an EP can see their yearly fee add up quickly. With DistroKid there is only one fee for AAAAALLLL the music you have.
The DistroKid back end is simple and easy to use. Unlike a lot of the big digital distribution sites, DistroKid doesn’t have upsales and add-ons at every corner. Their plan is just to make the best digital distribution option for artists all over the world.
If you’re a professional musician you can choose to upgrade your membership to Musician Plus for $36/year which provides more granular analysis of your streaming numbers including geographic information, daily streaming breakdowns, custom label name, custom release date, iTunes pricing and 2 artists/band. There’s also an option to upgrade to Label for $80/year which has the ability to control up to 5 artists/bands.
I have been using DistroKid to distribute my music for the last 4 months and can say after using both CDBaby and Tunecore in previous years that DistroKid is by far the easies and the cheapest. For musicians with hundreds of other things going on these two facts are huge.
Finally DistroKid is continually innovating. Recently they announced Text-message marketing. DistroKid gives a how-to here but basically once you’ve collected your fans ph number when your track drops you can let all your fans know direct on their cell. That’s crazy powerful and DistroKid doesn’t limit this to a track. You can stay in contact for future news/releases.
So what are you waiting for?