There are quite a few options when it comes to music distribution services to assist you in selling your music. In this post, I’m only going to talk about SongCast, CD Baby and TuneCore since these are the 3 companies that I have personal experience with.
SongCast allows you to advertise and sell your music on their site as well as handling the distribution to iTunes, AmazonMP3, Google Play, Spotify, Rhapsody, Emusic and MediaNet. When signing up, you can choose either a monthly payment plan($5.99) or a yearly payment plan($59.90). You can also sign up to have your music played on SongCast Radio. If your music is selected, then you will be charged an additional monthly fee per track. You will have to agree to a one time set up fee that varies depending on if you’re uploading a single ($9.99) or an album ($19.99). With SongCast, you do get to keep 100% or your royalties and they provide you with free UPC and ISRC codes.
CD Baby is also a worldwide music distribution service that will allow you to sell your music on their site as well as get your music onto iTunes, Amazon, Google, Spotify, Rhapsody, eMusic, MOG, Verizon and other retailers. You won’t have to pay any annual fees. It will cost you $12.95 per single or $49 per album that you want to submit. You won’t get to keep all of the profits made from sales, but you will get paid a substantial 91% of the income that CD Baby collects on your behalf for music sales. You don’t get free UPC codes here, but ISRC codes will be provided for you if you don’t have your own.
TuneCore advertises that their music distribution service will send your music to over 74 digital music stores including the very popular iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify. You can visit their Music Store page to get more information on the top stores that they distribute to. With TuneCore, you get to keep 100% of your revenue from sales while paying either a yearly fee of $9.99 for singles or $29.99 for the first year for an album. You will also have access to daily iTunes trend reports and monthly detailed sales reports.
All 3 of these companies are reputable and have really good reviews. Below are two charts comparing first and second year costs that I created for myself to help me determine which one of these companies to start with. I also look at the other features that each company offers such as licensing, publishing and royalty collection assistance to get an overall picture of which one would best serve my needs as my music career changes and grows. Please note that the values below were calculated based on a $1 per single and $10 per album purchase price. Just click on the images below to enlarge the charts.