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Re: Anyone made decent money from CD Baby/ Songtrader/ Distrokid/ Tunecore etc!

Postby CS70 » Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:18 pm

Hazer wrote:Thanks for that info! CDBaby specify the requirement for 16 Bit, their system will automatically convert 24 bit 44.1 if you upload a WAV in that. Any degradation is the issue here really

Under the somewhat safe assumption that they are neither insane nor utterly incompetent, the conversion will automatically dither and so no degradation to speak of.

There's very little value in having a master at 24 bit.. maybe if the track contains samples from Cage's 3'44 and a close mic-ed space shuttle launch, taken from the launch pad. Then perhaps yes.
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Re: Anyone made decent money from CD Baby/ Songtrader/ Distrokid/ Tunecore etc!

Postby jpalmer » Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:00 pm

It depends where you're coming from regarding a listening audience. If you've already got a substantial fanbase then aim for the platforms they're already actively using (ask them). If you don't have a targeted audience then probably aim for Bandcamp. You should have a presence there anyway but the way their charts/recommendations/promotion works is good for building up an audience and fanbase, especially if you're a niche genre. Bandcamp listeners (in my experience) also tend to be quite a respectful bunch and value the artists they like.

I don't make what you'd call 'decent' money (more like beer money) but I'm not really doing as much as I could be. My Bandcamp page tells me I've earned about $4,500 over about 4 years. My Distrokid page tells me they've paid me about $7,000 since I've been with them (about 6 years) so year by year it's roughly been the same for me.

I would definitely recommend Distrokid over anything like Tunecore etc. If you're doing physical releases then it's probably different (I don't). Once you've paid Distrokid their annual $20 fee, you can release unlimited releases to all the major stores.

So I pay Distrokid $36 a year (for a musician plus account) and make maybe $1,000 a year. After that it's mainly just a case of Paypal taking their cut at payout time (which is the same for most of the sites including Bandcamp and most others).

A quick look at my Bandcamp stats says approx $4,500 total sales of which I've kept $3,500 with Bandcamp taking $650 and Paypal taking $250 (approx).
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Re: Anyone made decent money from CD Baby/ Songtrader/ Distrokid/ Tunecore etc!

Postby Hazer » Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:43 am

Thanks for this detailed rundown!
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Re: Anyone made decent money from CD Baby/ Songtrader/ Distrokid/ Tunecore etc!

Postby RichardT » Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:10 pm

jpalmer wrote:It depends where you're coming from regarding a listening audience. If you've already got a substantial fanbase then aim for the platforms they're already actively using (ask them). If you don't have a targeted audience then probably aim for Bandcamp. You should have a presence there anyway but the way their charts/recommendations/promotion works is good for building up an audience and fanbase, especially if you're a niche genre. Bandcamp listeners (in my experience) also tend to be quite a respectful bunch and value the artists they like.

I don't make what you'd call 'decent' money (more like beer money) but I'm not really doing as much as I could be. My Bandcamp page tells me I've earned about $4,500 over about 4 years. My Distrokid page tells me they've paid me about $7,000 since I've been with them (about 6 years) so year by year it's roughly been the same for me.

I would definitely recommend Distrokid over anything like Tunecore etc. If you're doing physical releases then it's probably different (I don't). Once you've paid Distrokid their annual $20 fee, you can release unlimited releases to all the major stores.

So I pay Distrokid $36 a year (for a musician plus account) and make maybe $1,000 a year. After that it's mainly just a case of Paypal taking their cut at payout time (which is the same for most of the sites including Bandcamp and most others).

A quick look at my Bandcamp stats says approx $4,500 total sales of which I've kept $3,500 with Bandcamp taking $650 and Paypal taking $250 (approx).

Those are good figures for nowadays! I’m aiming for figures in that kind of ballpark and I’d be very happy to reach them in a couple of years.
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Re: Anyone made decent money from CD Baby/ Songtrader/ Distrokid/ Tunecore etc!

Postby Leopold63 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:58 pm

CS70 wrote:There's very little value in having a master at 24 bit.. maybe if the track contains samples from Cage's 3'44 and a close mic-ed space shuttle launch, taken from the launch pad. Then perhaps yes.

This made me laugh, especially as I was reading it whilst uploading my latest 24-bit masters to Bandcamp :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Anyone made decent money from CD Baby/ Songtrader/ Distrokid/ Tunecore etc!

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:45 am

I must admit to converting all my Bandcamp purchases to 44.1kHz/16-bit (even today I ended up doing it to a purchase that for some strange reason was 48kHz/32-bit float :headbang: )

A 100dB dynamic range is perfectly adequate for commercial releases ;)


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Re: Anyone made decent money from CD Baby/ Songtrader/ Distrokid/ Tunecore etc!

Postby worshiptuned » Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:32 pm

jpalmer wrote:I would definitely recommend Distrokid over anything like Tunecore etc. If you're doing physical releases then it's probably different (I don't). Once you've paid Distrokid their annual $20 fee, you can release unlimited releases to all the major stores.

I used distrokid too and it works pretty well, They paid me 8 USD for the 2000 streams of my "greatest hit" :lol: on Spotify, I was completely shocked because I didn't think I could ever have back a single penny from my music :lol: :lol:

In the main comparisons online is usually absent a new distributor which is cheap and I find very competitive with some advantages on Distrokid for a person like me that makes very few releases.
https://imusician.pro/en/products/digit ... on-pricing

Distrokid makes me pay some 5 USD/year for the YouTube content id.
i musicians sells the YouTube content id for an unique payment of some 1 USD paid once, also for tracks released on other distributors...
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