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There's only one format to upload to Distrokid??

Postby Kinh » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:41 am

Do stores convert 24bit according to the platform after you upload to distrokid? If you just upload an mp3 then that's obviously not gonna work too well with streaming platforms. I dont get why there's just one format to fit all. What about itunes aac? My tracks are optimized to different platforms.
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Re: There's only one format to upload to Distrokid??

Postby James Perrett » Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:47 pm

That's fairly normal - for may main label customer I just send 16 bit .wav files and the various platforms take care of the conversion (as far as I know). Some distributors still only accept 16 bit files while others now accept 24 bit files. I believe that the platforms also keep the uncompressed version so that, if they were to launch a lossless service in the future, they already have the raw material.

It is all very well to try to optimise for individual platforms but they have a habit of changing their criteria every so often so it is best just to make it sound as good as you can without going too near 0dBFS.
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Re: There's only one format to upload to Distrokid??

Postby CS70 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:41 pm

Kinh wrote:Do stores convert 24bit according to the platform after you upload to distrokid? If you just upload an mp3 then that's obviously not gonna work too well with streaming platforms. I dont get why there's just one format to fit all. What about itunes aac? My tracks are optimized to different platforms.

Most distributors expect CD quality as format - 16 bit, 44.1KHz.
Compression occurs on their side.

That doesn't stop you from optimizing them for streaming - have a look at https://theaudioblog.org/post/master-that-stream for some thoughts on the matter.
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