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Distribution Service?

Postby awjoe » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:12 am

I've finished another album, and I'd like to distribute it via a distribution service. For the last two albums I've used Distrokid, and made about a dollar overall. (Cue applause...) So it's obvious I do it for the fun rather than for the money. I'm curious about your experience and opinions about online distribution services in general and Distrokid in particular.
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Re: Distribution Service?

Postby blinddrew » Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:24 am

Are you talking hard-copy or download only?

I'm currently using CD baby for our last band EP but their pricing model works better for albums. Worth a look for sure.
I note that SoundCloud have a comment about distribution to streaming services on their pro unlimited plan now. I've not checked it out yet but am intending to as my solo stuff doesn't tend to fit the album format so much.
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Re: Distribution Service?

Postby BigRedX » Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:30 pm

I use CD Baby and Catapult for two different projects.

Neither has made a profit when you take the upload fee into consideration, despite having had music up there for almost 10 years now.

As part of the overall distribution strategy they are worthwhile especially since neither band is currently playing live, and now we get a small but steady income from Spotify and Apple Music streaming, but while we were gigging, the revenue generated was less than 5% of all sales.
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Re: Distribution Service?

Postby awjoe » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:51 pm

Well yeah, if it's money you want, then gigging's way way better than the online floggeroo. On Friday night I watched a three-man British band called The Trials of Cato playing in a kind of club way out here on the left coast of Canada. (They described themselves as 'folk' and they are, but intelligently and inventively so. Relatively unknown on this side of the planet, but an awesome talent that I heartily recommend.) They managed to fill a 250-seat venue and got a take of the gate, but they really worked the signed CD sales during the intermission and at the end. *That* is how to make money. And interestingly, they don't even sell CDs online, only mp3s.

In the meantime, I just want to get my stuff out there online, as sensibly as possible. I've checked reviews of Distrokid and some people really pan them along the lines of 'They were good when they started but they've gone to the devil recently - don't trust them' sort of thing. Of course, I know better than to believe anonymous reviews online, so I thought I'd ask here. ... oh hang on... you're online and relatively anonymous too... Never mind. It's all about *degrees* of trust, right? :headbang:
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